February 9, 2009

GRAYSTONE NAMED THIRD VOLLEYBALL COACH IN ISLANDER HISTORY

Tony Graystone, the winningest coach in West Texas A&M volleyball history, has been named the new Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi head volleyball coach interim Director of Athletics Scott Street announced late Monday.

Graystone has spent the past 10 seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M posting a 315-61 record. His .837 winning percentage was the third-highest among active NCAA Division II head coaches and he reached 300 victories faster than any other coach in the division's history. He reached 100 wins in 106 games making him the quickest coach at the time in any NCAA sport or division to reach the century mark in wins. He was named the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year five times and the AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year on four occasions.

"This is a great opportunity for myself and my family," said Graystone. "I am looking forward to the challenge and am getting excited to meet the players and hit the ground running."

"I am very excited to have Tony as our new volleyball coach," said Street. "He has a wealth of experience and has a proven track record as exhibited by his winning percentage, numerous conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances."

He is the third coach in Islander history. Graystone replaces Kimberly Martinez who resigned in December after three seasons at the Island University.

At West Texas A&M, he guided the Lady Buffs to Lone Star Conference crowns in eight of his 10 seasons and to five NCAA regional titles. He mentored 16 All-Americans and one Division II National Player of the Year in 1999. His 2001 team was ranked No. 1 for seven weeks, while his 2002 team held the top spot for five weeks. In 2003, his team set an NCAA standard with 77 conference wins in a row.

Prior to becoming the head coach, Graystone was an assistant coach for the Lady Buffs and was part of the coaching staff that won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1997. He also served as the program director for the Amarillo Junior Olympic Volleyball Club. He began his career as a head coach at Waggoner and Ballard High Schools in Louisville.

He earned an M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Louisville in 1996 after graduating with a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in exercise science from Grand Valley State in 1992.

Graystone and his wife Lauren have two sons, Drew and Dylan.