After being named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in his inaugural season as head coach, Miles Kydd now enters his fifth year at the helm of the EWU women’s volleyball program.
In the past four years, Kydd has had nine different players named to one or more All-Big Sky teams, including Hayley Hills, the 2008 BSC Most Valuable Player, and Chenoa Coviare, a two-time All-Big Sky first-team honoree. His strong leadership is also evident off the court, as 11 members of the squad were named to the BSC All-Academic team in 2009 and 2010, and 10 were honored in 2011 - the most for any volleyball team in the conference all three years.
Last season, Eastern returned to the Big Sky Conference Championship after a one-year hiatus. The Eagles earned the No. 4 seed after finishing the league season at 9-7. Kydd has led EWU to a winning Big Sky record in three of his four years as head coach. In 2011, the Eagles celebrated a momentous win over Pac-12 foe Washington State, and also earned series sweeps against league rivals Montana, Montana State, Weber State and Idaho State. Junior outside hitters Cora Kellerman and Shelby Puckett were named to the All-Big Sky Conference team, while sophomore setter Lindsay Niemeier, who works directly with Kydd on the court, led the league in double-doubles.
Although Eastern just missed the cut for the Big Sky tournament in 2010, three members of the squad were selected to the all-conference team. Eastern also boasted one of the best defenses in the league that year, as it was second in the Big Sky in blocks per set (2.32) and fourth in digs (15.29). In league-only matches, EWU had the very best opponent hitting percentage of all Big Sky teams at .160.
In 2009, Kydd led the squad to an 18-11 overall record, and a 12-4 nod in conference play, which was good for second-place in the league standings. The 2009 campaign marked the 14th-straight season EWU had finished the BSC regular season in third place or better and advanced to the post-season tournament, which Eastern had the honor of hosting in 2009 after capturing the regular-season title the previous year.
Also during the 2009 campaign, Kydd had two players etch their names in the NCAA and EWU record books. On two separate occasions, Ashley Hamilton and Sarah Todorovich set the school record and tied the NCAA record for single-match hitting percentage with a perfect 1.000 clip. The NCAA record, which requires a minimum of 10 attempts to be considered, had only been achieved 22 times in history entering the 2009 season.
Kydd had an outstanding inaugural year at the helm of the EWU volleyball program, as he was named the 2008 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the league’s regular-season title and a berth in the Big Sky Conference championship match.
That season, Eastern Washington won 12 of its last 14 contests to finish at 18-11 overall and 12-4 in Big Sky play. The Eagles claimed the school’s first regular-season crown since 2004, while the berth in the league’s championship match was the team’s eighth in nine years.
In earning Coach of the Year honors, Kydd became the first EWU coach to do so outright since Pam Parks, currently Eastern’s senior woman administrator, achieved the feat in 1989 (Wade Benson shared league honors in 2002 and 2006).
Kydd is the program’s fifth head coach since Eastern Washington joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1983. He was, however, no stranger to the program when he was appointed to the head coaching post in January 2008, as he had served as assistant coach for the Eagles the previous four years.
In that time period, Kydd helped lead the Eagles to a quartet of top-three finishes in the Big Sky Conference standings and three appearances in the league’s championship match. The Eagles also won the Big Sky’s regular-season title in 2004, his first campaign as assistant.
Eastern Washington recorded a cumulative 44-16 Big Sky record in that time period, the second-best in the league, and 78-43 overall.
Prior to arriving at Eastern, Kydd attained an impressive amount of international and collegiate coaching experience.
Most notably, he was head coach for Team Canada at the 1999 World Student Games and assistant coach at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 1991 and 1989 World Cups and the 1990 World Championships.
From 1994-2002, he served as head coach at the University of Regina. In his time at the Saskatchewan school, Kydd was named the Great Plains Coach of the Year three times in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He led the team to its second-ever national championship appearance in 1999, when Regina advanced to the eight-team tournament.
Kydd also has served as the technical director and the U-18 head coach with the Spokane Splash Volleyball Club.
He played for Regina before earning a bachelor’s degree in education in 1984. Kydd resides in Cheney.