We are very excited to announce the addition of Chris Duenow to the Prime family! Chris will be extremely valuable as our new Club Administrator and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator as he brings years of experience running and contributing to multiple successful club programs across the country. To have someone we know we can trust with club communications, registrations, and various other administrative aspects of our club is very exciting and will allow us to accomplish more and improve our processes and communication with our families and the community. Welcome to Prime Chris!
Chris Duenow comes to Prime from Spiral Volleyball in Arizona where he served as their Assistant Club Director, Technical Advisor, Recruiting Coordinator, and Head Coach. Chris spent the 2013 Girls’ season as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked 18 and 17 Black teams at Spiral. He has since coached both the 16UA and 14UA girls in addition to his role as Technical Advisor and Recruiting Coordinator for both the Boys and Girls Programs at Spiral. Chris is also joining the staff at Concordia University, Irvine as an assistant coach where he will work with Prime Coaches Paula Weishoff and Ron Larsen.
Over the past three years Duenow has also become very involved with the USAV High Performance program. He was selected as the AZ Region Girls Youth High Performance Head Coach for 2013 and 2014 and, most recently, was invited to be on staff for the USAV Youth A2 Training Program in July based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Prior to arriving at Spiral Chris was the top assistant coach at Cornell University, a member of the Ivy League, from 2009-2012. While he also had stints as an assistant at both the University of Virginia (’00-’02), Seattle University (2000) and the University of Washington (1999), the most significant stretch of his college coaching career was spent as the Head Coach at Concordia University(NAIA) in Portland, Oregon. During his tenure with the Cavaliers he became Concordia’s all-time winningest volleyball coach, including the 2002 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship. That 2002 team posted a perfect 18-0 conference mark on its way to a 24-3 overall record and earned Duenow Cascade Conference Coach of the Year recognition.
From 1992-99, while teaching high school instrumental music, Duenow started and developed the Kitsap Juniors Volleyball Club out of Silverdale, Wash. During his two years at Virginia he was the program director and head coach of the Virginia Volleyball Academy and, most recently, he held the position of technical director for the Nike Northwest Volleyball Club based in Gresham, Oregon.
Duenow graduated from the University of Washington in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He was a four-year starter for the men’s club volleyball program where he trained both as a middle hitter and as a setter.