JULIE SHAW, assistant coach, women’s basketball, coached at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the past six years and describes her approach with students as extremely positive. “Truthfully, when I got my first phone call from Coach Graves I was thinking, “How did you get my number? And why are you calling me of all people?”I know how lucky I am to have this opportunity and I was really taken aback that the coaching staff saw something in me that they wanted to invite me into their family,” Shaw said. “I think everything will sink in at the first game in McCarthey. This is more than a job, but an experience that I am excited and thankful to be a part of.”
GLENN PUTYRAE, head coach, women’s crew, returns to Gonzaga after four years of coaching on the East Coast and says he’s ecstatic to be back. “Gonzaga genuinely cares about the student athlete experience and is committed to providing the best resources possible to enable them to succeed,” Putyrae said. “I have seen the support a lot of other successful departments offer their student athletes, and Gonzaga offers all of those things and more.”
“The student athletes are driven to succeed academically and athletically, which is all you can ask for as a coach. When they are in the classroom, their professors expect them to be present and make a contribution every day. That works well for our sport where, as long as you are present and making a contribution every day, you will succeed.”
MARCI ROBLES, assistant coach, women’s crew, comes to Spokane by way of another GU – Georgetown University. “I’m approachable, and that’s one of my greatest assets. As an athlete myself, having someone that I knew would listen and yet still push me to improve made that experience so valuable. I hope to be a role model for my athletes, and I think my approachability will contribute to that. I’ve been in the sport for several years, but having a full-time coaching job is a big and exciting step for me. It took me a few years out of college to figure out what I wanted to do and having an opportunity like this one is amazing.”
BILLY BARMES, assistant coach, women’s soccer, counts among his strengths a focus on working tirelessly and the ability to remain calm in moments of chaos. He brings coaching experience from his alma mater, the University of Illinois, as well as the University of Southern Mississippi and the Chicago Red Stars. “I love the feel of the Gonzaga campus. It is very compact and intimate, not to mention beautiful. You look out over the soccer complex and see the buildings of downtown and the South Hill and you get that urban campus feel, but without all of the hustle and bustle of a typical big city.” Barmes said he is both excited and relieved to be stepping into a fulltime coaching opportunity. He plans to work hard in his role at Gonzaga and learn everything he can from his coaching colleagues.