Greg Poole begins his eighth season on the WPI women's volleyball sidelines in 2020. Bolstered by a trio of 20-plus win seasons in the last five year on Boynton Hill, he enters the campaign with a 106-97 record (.522) and an overall ledger of 365-275 (.570).
Last season marked a return to the NEWMAC Tournament for the Engineers, their third postseason bid since 2015. The Crimson and Gray went 21-8 overall and earned the fifth seed in NEWMAC Tournament with conference victories over Coast Guard, Clark, Wheaton, Emerson, Smith and Mount Holyoke.
In 2017-18, Azita Bakhtyari was became the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-America since 1989 while the team traveled to pick up a pair of four-set wins versus the Barbados junior team in December. The team also tied for the conference lead with a program-best eight NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honorees.
WPI was the recipient of the conference's sportsmanship award twice (2013, 2015), as well as All-NEWMAC second team selections in 2015 (Casey Hunt) and 2016 (Maddy Werth). Hunt's selection was the program's fifth overall and first since 2000.
Overall, Poole has 20 years of Division III head coaching experience, including nine years at Western New England and six years at Western Connecticut. He amassed a total of 259 wins with the Golden Bears and the Colonials while garnering Little East Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2007.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Western New England in 1996 before taking over the helm a year later. While at Western New England, he also served as an assistant with the men's program and oversaw the intramurals program for six years. Poole then had a successful stint at Western Connecticut that included an appearance in the Little East Conference Tournament championship and the Colonials seven-day foreign trip to the Caribbean.
In the past Poole has taught physical education classes at Springfield and Western New England and he was an accomplished keynote speaker in at student affairs conferences at Springfield, Worcester State, Northeastern and Boston College.