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Irene Matlock

Irene Matlock

Community Colleges of Spokane
Class of 2009

Irene Irene began her outstanding coaching career in 1977, serving as assistant volleyball coach for two years at Eastern Washington University while pursuing her Masters Degree in Physical Education.

In 1982, she became head coach at Sandpoint High School where her teams won four straight Idaho A-1 State Championships with a 101-7 record.

She became head coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane in 1986 and served in that capacity until 2004. Irene led her teams to the conference tournament every year and holds four NWAACC titles, 1988, 1992, 1994 and 2003. In 1994, she was awarded the AVCA National Coach of the Year, and in 2001, Irene received Tachikara/AVCA Regional Junior College/Community College Coach of the Year honors. Coach Matlock was named NWAACC Coach of the Year in 1988, 1992, 1993 and 1995 and Eastern Region Coach of the Year eight times.

Throughout her collegiate career, Irene’s teams accumulated an amazing 715 wins with only 246 losses. The Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters honored her with the 25-Year Victory Club Award in 2004 and inducted her into their Hall of Fame in 2009. She became a member of the CCS Hall of Fame in 2005, the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 2009, and was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2010.

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