Jan. 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - After five years as an assistant coach at West Virginia, Bakeer Ganes takes over the reins of the Temple University volleyball team. Ganes has been hired as the head coach of the program, as announced by Athletics Director Bill Bradshaw.
"Bakeer Ganes is a perfect fit for our women's volleyball program," Bradshaw said. "He really distinguished himself in our search process as someone capable of taking the program in the right direction, and brings to us a wealth of successful Division I experience. We are excited about the potential of our volleyball team to return to a regional and national level, and believe that Bake is committed to overall excellence and the welfare of our student-athletes."
Ganes served for three seasons as a full-time assistant with the Mountaineers after two prior years as a graduate assistant coach. As an assistant, Ganes served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with the players on skill development, as well as dealt with scheduling responsibilities.
One year after Ganes' transition to full-time assistant, the 2009 Mountaineers finished with their best overall record in five years, 17-13, and won six Big East games which ranked as the most since 1998. In 2010 the team finished 15-15 and took the title at its own WVU Classic early in the season with a perfect 4-0 record.
"I am honored to accept the position of head volleyball coach at Temple," said Ganes. "I'm very grateful for this fantastic opportunity and I would like to thank Bill Bradshaw, Kristen Foley and the rest of the search committee for giving me the chance to be a part of such a prestigious athletic department and fine university. The administration has demonstrated their commitment to success and I can't wait to get started and work together to achieve our goals. I am looking forward to being a part of the Temple Family."
Before his stint at WVU, Ganes served as an assistant coach at Cedar Valley College in Grand Prairie, Texas, for one season. He helped the Suns reach their co-conference championship in the 2005-06 season. His duties included assisting the head coach with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice and competition preparation, summer camps and travel arrangements, as well as alumni outreach and fundraising. In addition to his duties as an assistant coach at CVC, Ganes also served as the head coach of the 17's ACE Elite Team at Arlington Courts in Dallas, Texas. Ganes is not a stranger to Temple, having worked summer camps in 2005 and 2006 with former head coach Bob Bertucci.
He completed his bachelor's degree in political science with minors in economics and German from Queens College in 2005. He played four years of volleyball there while pursuing his degree. While having a standout career at Queens, he was also a four-year letterwinner and helped the Knights to two conference championships.
Ganes was born in Sri Lanka, but moved to Germany when he was five. He has been playing volleyball since he was nine. In Germany, he competed on a very successful club team from 1990 to 2000, VFL Sindelfingen, winning the regional championship and the state championship many times. Ganes and his team also made numerous appearances at the national championship.
Ganes received his master's degree in athletic coaching education in 2007 from WVU.