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WNCC Names New Head Volleyball Coach

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Western Nebraska Community College’s search for a volleyball coach is over after Binny Canales was named the Cougars’ head coach on Thursday.
Canales is no stranger to volleyball, whether it be at the NCAA Division I or Junior College level.

He comes to WNCC from Laredo Community College, where he served as head coach for 13 years. Canales also coached at Texas A&M International and Louisiana Tech University.


Canales has a 473-223 overall record. He served as Laredo’s coach in two different stints, from 1998-2001 and then from 2006 through last year. Last season at Laredo, the Palominos went 24-8, including beating nationally-ranked Blinn College twice.

The head man is also known for his recruiting. His roster last year at Laredo included players from Brazil, Poland, Hawaii, along with players from Michigan and Texas.

Canales’ volleyball knowledge is intense. During his initial tenure at LCC, he made impressive strides to help the Lady Palominos achieve back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2000 and 2001. In his final  season with the two-year LCC volleyball program, the Lady Palominos finished 31-4 in 2001,

Canales then went on to start the volleyball program at Texas A&M International, where he led the team to a 92-35 record during the program’s first four years. Among his accomplishments at TAMIU were a Red River Athletic Conference West Division title in 2002 and a NAIA Region VI tournament berth in 2003-2005.

He then returned back to Laredo and helped the Palominos finish as the regional runner-up in the conference in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. In addition to his experience at LCC and TAMIU, Canales has served as head coach in several collegiate volleyball divisions, including the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. Canales launched his coaching career with one-year stints at Hardin-Simmons in 1988 and Louisiana Tech in 1989. After going 35-7 at Hardin-Simmons, he posted a 21-19 record in his lone season in Louisiana, guiding the Lady Techsters to a fourth-place finish in the American South Conference.

After his season at Tech, Canales moved on to the University of Texas at El Paso, where he served as an assistant for two seasons. Canales will inherit a good foundation to his first season as six players return along with three new faces.

Canales’ first day at WNCC is July 21 and he is already planning the move with family. He has three kids, one going to college in California, an 11-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter.

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