Oregon State University Athletics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State head volleyball coach Lindsey Behonick announced Tuesday the additions of assistant coaches Abbie Wright and Peter Manguiat, as well as the retention of director of operations Alyssa Whitney to round out her staff for the 2023 season.

Wright spent the 2022 season serving as interim head coach at Fresno State, after spending the past five seasons as head coach at Seattle Pacific.

“I am very excited to welcome Abbie to the Beaver Nation,” Behonick said of the addition. “Abbie comes to Oregon State as a great recruiter and experienced coach on many levels, including two seasons as the head coach at Seattle Pacific University and most recently at Fresno State. Abbie and I played head-to-head in college and have remained connected over the years. When I was going through the hiring process, I wanted someone who had ties to the Pacific Northwest, experience as a head coach, and someone people would be drawn to. Abbie embodies those qualities and I’m delighted for him to join our program.

Combined to win 65 games in his time in the Pacific Northwest, Wright led the Falcons to a 15-10 mark in 2021 while tied for fourth in the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference.

Prior to her time in Seattle, Wright spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Biola, from 2013 to 2016. During her first year there in 2013, the Eagles reached the NAIA national championship. Biola returned to the national tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and posted an overall mark of 115-24 (.827) in his four-year stint on the sidelines.

In 2015, the program achieved its first national No. 1 ranking by winning 30 games and Wright won the AVCA/NAIA Southwest Region and National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

A setter in her playing days at Biola, Wright still holds program records for most matches played (143), most sets played (508) and service winners (182). Her teams made it to the NAIA national tournament all four years, advancing to the semifinals in 2007 and 2008, and to the quarterfinals in 2010.


Following the 2016 season, Wright was named to the “30 Under 30” list by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which recognizes the best coaches at all levels of the game who are 30 years of age or younger.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Lindsey’s staff at Oregon State. It is an honor to work in a place with such a rich tradition, strong community ties and welcoming people,” Wright said. “From the moment I walked on campus, I knew it was a place with a mission that I wanted to contribute to. Meeting the staff and student-athletes made me feel right at home. Thank you Lindsey for believing in me and trusting me.” to help make his vision of OSU volleyball come true. Thank you to Jacque Bruns and the entire athletic department for this opportunity.”

Manguiat comes to Corvallis after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Cal Poly, where the Mustangs combined to a combined 32 wins in the span of two years and five student-athletes were selected for Big West All-Conference honors after the 2022 season.

I am grateful that Peter has joined the Beaver Nation and this volleyball staff,” Behonick added. “I knew that our time at Pitt would not be the last time we would work together. Peter can bring a lot to the program on and off the field. Having that trust built with a person from working together before makes Peter a perfect fit for the culture that we are building within the program here at Oregon State. “

Manguiat spent two years at Pitt, where he served as interim assistant coach and director of volleyball operations. During his second stint with the Panthers, he was part of the staff that guided the program to his first Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as well as a No. 5 ranking in the country. During that time, he also coached three players who were named All-Americans.

Prior to that, Manguiat served as an assistant coach at Marist College for two seasons in 2017-18. There, he coached three players who earned All-MAAC honors.

In 2016, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Pitt during his first stint there. That year, he was part of the coaching staff that led the program to his first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years.

Manguiat’s other coaching experiences include volunteering as an assistant coach at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, California from 2012 to 2014. He has also helped coach club volleyball for Diablo Valley Volleyball Club from 2003 to 2016.

A native of Oakland, California, Manguiat attended Springfield College where he played from 2007 to 2010, where he won two NCAA Division III national championships. He ranks in the top 10 in school history for serve percentage in his career.

“I would like to thank Lindsey and Jacque Bruns for this opportunity,” Manguiat said. “I have had the privilege of working with Lindsey in the past and am excited about her vision for this program. Lindsey is a great coach and an even better person to lead student-athletes in this program. I look forward to working with her again and bringing this program to new heights.

After serving the past six seasons as chief operating officer, Alyssa Whitney will continue in that role to round out Behonick’s staff.

“I’m excited to have Alyssa on staff. When looking for a COO, I wanted someone who was organized, worked well with others, someone who could adapt and someone who cared a lot,” Behonick concluded. “Through the interview process, I learned how valuable Alyssa has been and will continue to be to the show. I am delighted to welcome her and know that she will continue to help move our show forward.”

Whitney, who grew up in nearby Albany, Oregon, is an Oregon State graduate who has spent her career organizing volleyball squads and tournaments throughout the region and the nation.

Prior to joining the volleyball staff, Whitney spent two years as a sports program specialist with the Oregon State Office of Recreational Sports. In that role, among other duties, Whitney coordinated travel for 40 sports club teams and coordinated internal leagues.

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