Joe Getzin received the news back in December....that
after 12-years at Mississippi...he would not be retained
as the Rebels head volleyball coach.
During his time at Ole Miss...he was a two-time S-E-C
coach of the year....while making three appearances
in the NCAA tournament.
Winona State came calling and Getzin is now the new
Warriors head volleyball coach.
Getzin was officially introduced at a news conference
??So why the move from the Division one S-E-C to the
Division two N-S-I-C??
An important piece of the puzzle was a lot of reflection,
and why I coach.
I have a degree in Physical Education and I'm a teacher
And one of the things I saw happening at the Division
I level that I was involved with was that I was becoming
more of a manager of a staff and not having as much
hands on opportunities to work with the athletes as
much as I would like.
Getzin...an Oak Creek, Wisconsin native...takes over
a Winnona State program that went 11-and-18 overall
And will have the task of taking down teams in a conference
that had three of the top seven ranked schools...including
the seven-time defending national champion Concordia-Saint
I think there are pieces to the puzzle in place.
I think the girls are ready to work hard.
I can't say I know exactly where we stand with it
since I haven't had a day in the gym with the girls
But if all the reports of other coaches within the
league and I talk to colleagues around, everyone has
said there are good athletes here.
Winona State finished four of the past five conference
seasons with a losing record on the volleyball court.
When it comes to his resume....you may not find a
better coach to turn the program around than Joe Getzin.
Getzin was introduced today as the new Warriors head
He spent the past 12-seasons as head coach at Division
one Mississsippi....where he was two-time S-E-C coach
of the year....and a three-time NCAA tournament qualifier.
It's more of an effort than anything else.
I would say I was always known for having a defensive
One of those scrappy teams that you don't like to
play because they never go away.
It's more of an attitude than anything else.
There is no quick fix.
Obviously we are who we are right now.
It's going to take a lot of effort on the girls part,
a lot of committment to get them to buy into what
it takes to be successful.
Getzin says he's looking forward dropping down to
the NCAA Division two level...feeling he was more
of a manager of his staff rather than a coach at his
Of course moving from Mississippi to Winona State
means making some adjustments.
I've had to get another jacket, that's been part of
the culture shock.
I think getting familiar with Division II is going
to be a little bit interesting for me.
I've always just dealt with from a scholarship standpoint
for full rides.
So there is a learning curve that's going to be involved
but I think coaching is coaching.