Hall of Fame Coach

Marlene Piper

Marlene Piper

  • Volleyball
  • 1994-2001
  • Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Marlene Piper was the head volleyball coach at Willamette for eight seasons and led the Bearcats to three straight Northwest Conference titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996.  Piper earned a combined record at Willamette of 146-83 (.638) and was named NWC Coach of the Year three times.

Before coming to Willamette, Piper coached at Portland State, UC-Berkeley, and UC-Davis. In 2001, she retired with an impressive cumulative record of 815-328 (.713) in 33 years of coaching.  Piper also played on the Canadian National volleyball team and was a three-time USVBA Master’s All-American, earning MVP honors at the 1984 national tournament. 

In addition to her success in volleyball, Piper earned ASA All-America honors seven times as a fast-pitch softball player. She led her team totwo national championships.

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