Volleyball coach Cory Frederick resigned his position Monday after four seasons at Western.
“It was a surprise,” Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin said. “It was a family move. His wife is a pharmacist and she got offered a job she couldn’t turn down. It was a financial thing; he has two little kids. He wanted to spend more time with his family.”
The move comes very late in the year and leaves McGuffin less than ideal time to find a replacement as jobs for fall coaching positions are usually filled in the early winter months. Despite the timing, McGuffin doesn’t want to rush a new hire. He plans to meet with the players individually this week and come to a resolution of whether to look internally or search for new candidates from outside of Western.
Frederick compiled a 37-72 record at Western after taking over a team that won only four games in the season before he took over the head coaching position. The Griffons showed gradual improvement each season under Frederick and went 16-16 last season in one of the most competitive volleyball conferences in Division II.
“He did a good job of progressing each year and this fifth year I was getting ready to see good things,” McGuffin said. “They basically have the whole group back so I think they are going to be pretty good.”
Although he would have liked to know sooner, McGuffin still feels he can find the right candidate to replace Frederick and has already begun receiving phone calls from coaches inquiring about the position.
“I think our jobs are pretty well sought after,” he said.
The players usually sign their scholarships before going home for the summer, which is another reason why the late timing presents a challenge for McGuffin to find the replacement.
Frederick came to Western after winning a men’s national championship at Park University in 2008. He coached nine All-MIAA selections in his tenure with Western including Stephanie Hattey who has been an all conference team selection in each of her three seasons including winning the Freshman of the Year award in 2010.