A milestone was reached following the Ferris State University women's volleyball team's 3-1 victory at Michigan Tech Sunday (Oct. 24) as FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm recorded her 300th victory directing the Bulldog program.
Brandel-Wilhelm, who's currently in her 15th season at Ferris State, has compiled a 300-159 (.654) coaching record during that time and is 31 more victories away from becoming the school's all-time winningest coach. Jill Hirschinger, a 2008 FSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, went 330-151 (.686) from 1984-95 directing the Bulldogs' program.
In her tenure at Ferris State, Brandel-Wilhelm has led the Bulldogs to 13 winning seasons and six appearances (1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009) in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2004, Brandel-Wilhelm directed Ferris State to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship title as the Bulldogs won the conference tournament. For her efforts, she has twice (1998 and 2002) been selected by her conference coaching peers as the GLIAC Coach of the Year.
Brandel-Wilhelm arrived to Ferris State in 1996 after spending the three previous seasons (1993-95) at West Virginia Wesleyan. In three years at WVWC, Brandel-Wilhelm's teams went 118-20 overall while capturing three West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) and regional titles, made two NAIA national tournament appearances, and placed fifth at the 1995 NCAA-II Championships.
Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Brandel-Wilhelm ranked 23rd among NCAA-II Women's Volleyball active coaches in career victories (406) and was listed 24th in winning percentage (.705).
A native of Whitehall, Mich., Brandel-Wilhelm has compiled a current 418-179 (.700) career coaching record in 18 seasons within the collegiate ranks.
Ferris State has currently posted a 12-9 overall record with an 8-6 mark in the GLIAC's North Division this season.