The 2009 Ferris State University women's volleyball team's victory over Hillsdale this Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon took on added significance as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win represented the 400th career coaching victory for FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.
Brandel-Wilhelm, who's presently midst her 14th season at Ferris State, sports a 400-164 career coaching mark (.709 winning pct.) to date in 17 years. The two-time (1998 and 2002) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year has compiled a 282-144 mark (.662 win pct.) at Ferris State since her arrival back in the 1996 campaign. She has led the Bulldogs to 20 or more victories in a single season on nine occasions.
Prior to FSU, Brandel-Wilhelm recorded an impressive 118-20 coaching ledger (.855 win pct.) in three seasons (1993-95) at West Virginia Wesleyan. While at WVWC, she directed the Lady Bobcats to two NAIA national tournament appearances (1993 and 1994) and a fifth-place 1995 NCAA Division II National Tourney finish in her final season.
Brandel-Wilhelm, who became Ferris State's fifth women's volleyball head coach in June 1996, has guided the Bulldogs to NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2005. In 2004, FSU was crowned GLIAC Champions after winning the conference tournament.
The second winningest coach in FSU women's volleyball history, Brandel-Wilhelm entered this season ranked 20th nationally in winning percentage among Division II active coaches while her 387 career wins were the 23rd most on the Division II active coaches victories chart.
A native of Whitehall, Mich., Brandel-Wilhelm competed in both volleyball and track at Alma (Mich.) College.