Gale Lackey - Head Women's Volleyball Coach
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Now in her 37th year at Wesleyan, Gale Lackey will handle the volleyball Cardinals for a 30th term and final in 2014 as she has announced ger retirement at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Gale has compiled a 464-396 mark over her 29 seasons with the volleyball team. Gale joined the Wesleyan staff in 1978 after spending a year coaching volleyball at the University of Bridgeport. With 13 wins there, Gale has a lofty 477 victories in her career, which ranks among the national leaders in Division III. Prior to her stint at Bridgeport, Gale coached volleyball at Spring Grove (Pa.) High School for seven years. She is a 1970 graduate of West Chester (Pa.), and later earned her M. Ed. degree there.
Named 2001 NESCAC Coach of the Year after guiding her squad to a best-ever 30-6 record, a first-place regular-season finish in the NESCAC with a 9-1 mark, and a first-ever invitation to the NCAA Division III tournament, Gale had taken her 2000 squad to an ECAC North Region Division III title. In between, Gale arranged for her squad to embark on a memorable trip to Cuba during the winter break in January 2001. There her team competed against a Cuban junior national team. Her teams have posted nine winning seasons over the last 15 years with a collective 230-167 mark (a .579 winning percentage).
Gale, who holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education at the college, is the athletic department's senior woman administrator and was named an associate director of athletics in 2001. Gale has Stage 1 level international coaching certification from the FIVB and was inducted in the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame in November, 2010.
Gale formerly coached the field hockey team at Wesleyan from 1978 through 1984, directing the 1980 squad to the only undefeated (8-0-3) record in program history and a spot in the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. She also coached the women's lacrosse team for 19 seasons (1979-1997).
Joe Rouse - Assistant Coach
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A member of Wesleyan's philosophy department since 1981, chairman of the Science in Society Program and a past chairman of the Wesleyan faculty, Joe Rouse will serve as Gale's assistant coach for a 30th year. A 1973 graduate of Oberlin College, Joe had been active as a U.S. Volleyball Association club player, helping his squad finish second at the national tournament in the 40-and-over division in 1995 and seventh in the 45-and-over division in 2000. Joe received his master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, was granted tenure at Wesleyan in 1986 and elevated to full professor in 1991.
Nicki Gasch - Assistant Coach
A 2014 graduate of Eastern Connecticut St. U. with a degree in psychology and a minor in history, Nicki Gasch joins the Cardinals as an assistant coach in 2014. A three-year letterwinner and major contributor as an outside hitter for the Warriors, Nicki averaged 2.5 kills and 0.75 digs per set over her final two campaigns. She also had 77 career blocks and 24 career aces in 251 sets played. A native of New Fairfield, Conn., Nicki earned all-league and all-area honors during her high-school days. She has experience playing club volleyball with the Connecticut Juniors. Her coaching activities include numerous camps in New Fairfield as well as with Husky Volleyball for two years. At ECSU, she was the recipient of the outstanding student-athlete award.