UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western announces the hiring of Lisa Griffiths as the new head volleyball coach. UMW NEWS BUREAU [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="183" caption="Lisa Griffiths"][/caption] The University of Montana Western announces the hiring of Lisa Griffiths as the new head volleyball coach. Griffiths will take the helm immediately pending approval by the Montana Board of Regents. Griffiths comes to Montana Western from Idaho State University where she was an assistant coach from 2006 to 2008. She joined the ISU coaching staff after a successful career as an ISU player, which included three years as a letter winner, 82 matches and 272 games from 2003 to 2005. In those three years Griffiths racked up 968 assists, 360 digs and 36 service aces. She also excelled in the classroom while at ISU, receiving Big Sky All-Academic honors three times. She is currently finishing up a doctorate degree kinesiology with a concentration in sport psychology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. Griffiths said her winter 2010 visit to the UMW campus left a very positive impression on her. “I was really impressed with the university and the passion and support everybody had for the students and student athletes,” Griffiths said. “It felt like a community.” Montana Western Athletic Director Mark Durham said Griffiths is a perfect fit for the Bulldogs. "Lisa is going to be a great addition to our coaching staff,” Montana Western Athletic Director Mark Durham explained. “She has played and coached at the Division I level and has been actively involved in the club sports in our region. She is very intelligent and her doctorate work will definitely help her coaching. We are very happy to have her on board." Griffiths will be working to turn around the Bulldog volleyball program after 2010’s 0-14, 1-24 record. “I can’t wait to get into the gym this spring,” Griffiths said. “Our team has a lot of potential to compete. I’ll be looking to add a few key pieces to build off the core of Montana Western volleyball and all the hard work the girls have done.” A native of Riverside, Calif., Griffiths also had an impressive career as a four-time All-Ivy League selection and All-CIF performer for Riverside Poly High School. Griffiths was selected as the 2006 Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year from Idaho State University by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). She graduated from Idaho State with a master's degree in athletic administration, a bachelor's degree in physical education, and a second bachelor's degree in mathematics.