Gilray named Cascades’ women’s volleyball coach

Mike Gilray has guided numerous club, provincial and university teams to significant successes.

Mike Gilray

Mike Gilray

The University of the Fraser Valley has hired a new coach for its women’s volleyball team.

Mike Gilray brings a long track record of success to his new position.

Gilray has coached extensively in B.C. over the past decade-plus, guiding numerous club, provincial and university teams to significant successes. He has a one-year contract to lead the Cascades.

“I am excited to have Mike come on board and lead the team,” said UFV athletic director Steve Tuckwood. “He brings great experience and success at several levels and understands the balance with sport and academics.”

Gilray previously served two stints as an assistant coach with the Trinity Western University women’s volleyball team. During his tenure, the Spartans won Canada West bronze (2006) and silver (2011) medals, and a CIS bronze medal in 2011.

He was also part of a run of success for the TWU-affiliated Fraser Valley Volleyball Club (FVVC) U18 Blitz girls team, which won seven straight B.C. club championships between 2004 and 2010.

“I’m just so thankful that UFV is willing to take a chance on me and give me my first opportunity as a head coach at the college level,” Gilray said. “It’s my goal to get UFV back to that national championship level that they’ve been at previously.”