STACY METRO FILE
Stacy Metro is in her 11th season as a member of Oregon’s coaching staff after starting as a volunteer assistant in 2005. Her resume as a player and assistant coach have made her one of the hottest commodities in the collegiate game.
In 2012, Metro helped mentor two outside hitters to All-America status. Alaina Bergsma was named a 2012 First Team All-American as well as the AVCA National Player of the Year while sophomore Liz Brenner joined the All-American Second Team, an honor she repeated in 2013. Setter Lauren Plum was the third Duck to be nationally recognized, also a First Team All-American.
During her tenure, Metro as coached seven individuals to 11 All-America honors, including four repeat All-Americans - Liz Brenner (2013, 2012), Alaina Bergsma (2012, 2011), Neticia Enesi (2009, 2008) and Gorana Maricic (2008, 2007).
Metro's impact on UO's academic success is equally obvious. Under her watch, UO student-athletes have earned five Academic All-America honors. Alaina Bergsma (2012) and Kristin Bitter (2006) were each named to the third team while outside hitter Katherine Fischer was a three-time Academic All-American with her 4.0 GPA that landed first-team honors in 2011 and 2012 as well as third-team recognition in 2010.
In recent seasons, seven Ducks have picked up Academic All-District honors – Bergsma (1st – 2012), Fischer (1st – 2012, 2011, 2010), Kellie Kawasaki (3rd - 2010), Nevena Djordjevic (2nd - 2008, 3rd - 2009) and Kristen Bitter (1st - 2006) and Academic All-Pac-10/12 nods – Fischer (1st – 2012, 2011, 2010), Kawasaki (2nd - 2012), Bergsma (2nd - 2011), Lauren Gross (2nd- 2010, 2011), Djordjevic (2nd - 2009, 2007), Bitter (1st- 2005, 2006) and Erin Little (2nd - 2005, 1st- 2006).
Metro began her coaching career by helping head coach Jim Moore resurrect the Kansas State program. Prior to their arrival, KSU had lost 36 straight conference matches, and within three years the team made the second round of the 1996 NCAA Division I playoffs and ranked top 25.
Metro’s impact at K-State was particularly evident in the skill and progress her players made. All three years Metro coached, K-State had a winning record, and an unrecruited player went on to become an All-Big 12 setter. As the recruiting coordinator, Metro garnered K-State its first “Fab 50” player, as well as its first All-American.
After the 1996 season, she traveled with Moore to Austin, Texas when he tabbed as the Texas head coach. She took four years off to start their family and raised their children, Matthew and Michael, and also coached with the Club Austin Volleyball program.
After her absence from collegiate coaching, she returned with Moore to help oversee the Cal State-Chico women’s volleyball team. The duo revitalized a program that had repeatedly come in last in its conference to become a contender for the NCAA Division II National Tournament with two successive winning seasons.
Metro is equally well-known as one of the most decorated volleyball players in NCAA Division II history. She was the first two-time AVCA National Player of the Year and a three-time first team All-American (1991, 1992, and 1993). She added Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year honors in both 1992 and 1993, and was an All-Conference selection in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
In the classroom, she was pegged a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1993, and received the 1993-94 Honda Award as the National Athlete of the Year for NCAA Division II, joining the ranks of prestigious fellow student-athletes like Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie.
Her jersey was retired from Northern Michigan University in a ceremony in 1994, and she was later inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame in October 2004.
In 1993, she led Northern Michigan to the NCAA Division II National Championship. Metro paced an offense that turned around a losing program three years prior to her arrival, resulting in a record of 99-14 during her tenure. She also helped NMU to the Elite Eight, initiating a run of seven straight postseason appearances.
Her senior year, she led the country in attack percentage (.510) and assists (12.37 a/s), and still remains second in school history in career blocks per set as a non-middle blocker. Metro was named all-tournament in every tournament of her career, and MVP in 13 out of her 16 tournaments.
After her collegiate career, she trained in San Diego at the end of 1993 and joined Team USA in 1994 after a professional stint in Peru.
The Lakewood, Calif., native Metro is a Mayfair High School graduate and member of the Lakewood Sports Hall of Fame. She studied initially at the University of Colorado, but left the Buffaloes for NMU in 1990. She graduated from NMU in 1993 with a marketing degree.
She and husband Jim Moore have two children: Matthew and Michael.