Mike Gaffaney begins his fourth season at the reigns of the Northwest Christian University volleyball team. He is just the second coach in program history.
In three seasons, Gaffaney has coached a trio of All-Cascade Collegiate Conference athletes and has seen nine players earn Academic All-CCC honors. Additionally, one of his players went on to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Gaffaney has been in the coaching profession for over 20 years, spending time at the collegiate, high school and club levels. Most recently Gaffaney was the head varsity girls coach at Pleasant Hill HS where he led the team to the 4A state tournament in 2006. He spent three seasons prior to that at Mohawk HS, leading the team to three district playoffs and to the 2003 1A state tournament.
Since 2004 Coach Gaffaney has been the director for the Storm'n West Volleyball Club in Eugene and he also coaches the U18 team. He has coached former Beacon volleyball players Cotie Howard and Ashley Blanchfill. While in Washington, Gaffaney worked with the King County VC as director and coach for five years.
Gaffaney played collegiately at UCLA for four years and was a member of the national championship UCLA dynasty from 1981-1984. He has remained in competitive volleyball since, competing in USVBA men's indoor volleyball for a number of years and playing men's doubles beach volleyball which he continues to this day. Gaffaney also participated in the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada.
He graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a degree in Economics and then went on to Seattle Pacific University, earning a Masters of Athletic Administration in 1988. While working on his degree, Gaffaney began a women's club volleyball team at Seattle Pacific, coaching the team for three seasons before they transitioned into a varsity sport at the NCAA D.III level.