Cal Baptist will have a new head coach in 2016.
The Cal Baptist athletics department announced Wednesday that Wes Schneider resigned as the team’s head coach after the Lancers finished the regular season in 11th place in the MPSF.
Schneider in his three seasons with Cal Baptist was a combined 26-59 and helped guide the program to successfully complete its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership last season. The team, though, missed the postseason in its first three years as a member of the MPSF.
The Lancers in 2013 during Schneider’s first season went 16-14 and moved into the top 10 of the national coaches poll but were ineligible for the postseason as part of their NCAA transition. Cal Baptist following that season never finished higher than 11th place in the MPSF.
Schneider is the first NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball coach to resign this season. It is also the first time a head coaching position has opened in the MPSF since John Speraw left UC Irvine to become the head coach at UCLA in 2012.
The Lancers have a majority of their starters returning for the upcoming season, including freshman middle attacker Enrique de Diego Garcia who was among the MPSF leaders with a 1.22 blocks per game average.
Cal Baptist announced a national search will begin immediately to hire a new head coach.