Michael B. English
Inductee of the Grant Hall of Fame
We lost contact with Mike after high school. Jeff Schad was doing some searching and received the following information from Mike's wife in October 2015.
Mike English was hired as head volleyball coach at the University of Wyoming on January 10, 1986. Within his first season, Mike guided the Cowgirls to Wyoming's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He would later lead Wyoming to two more NCAA appearances. One in 1989, the other in 1990. In the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Wyoming emerged as the Cinderella of the championship defeating heavily favored Stanford and earning it's way to the Elite Eight before failing to UCLA on their home court in the west regional final.
English won more than matches (124) and posted and higher percentage (59.0 percent) than any coach in UW volleyball history. He received High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the year honors in 1987 and 1989 and was named West Region co-coach of the year in 1989.
On December 12th, 1993, the university, Laramie community, and volleyball world was shocked to hear Mike was seriously injured in an auto accident. He suffered traumatic brain injury in the crash which left him 100 percent disabled. On November 20th, 2000, Mike passed away in Lakewood CO.
In the fall of 1997, the first Mike English Women's Volleyball scholarship was awarded. Since then, every year there has been an scholarship handed out.
Mike is our only classmate inducted into the Grant Hall of Fame for his achievements.
Info as of July 2018.