During the summer of 2014, the Coker sports information office brings you the "Cobra Athletic Staff Spotlight". Each week we highlight different members of the Coker athletics staff, giving you an in depth look at the athletics staff and coaches. This week we take a look at Allison Stack, Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach and Cy Wainwright, Head Wrestling Coach.
Name: Allison Stack
Administration Position (Title): Head Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Coach
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Why did you choose Coker? I fell in love with the people and campus during my two-day interview and the weather is pretty awesome compared to New York.
What unique ability does your role give you? Working with college athletes keeps me young and on my toes. But knowing what I know now, I hate seeing my athletes making the same silly mistakes I did at their age, but that’s part of growing up.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t stress the small stuff, as long as you have your health and loved ones all is good. And life works out the way it’s supposed to in the end.
What is the best thing about working at Coker? Besides the awesome weather and the new athletic facility; I love my colleagues.
What achievement are you most proud of? On the personal side being a mom of two beautiful children, and on the professional side taking my former college program to two National Final Four appearances.
What is something people may not know about you? I have an identical twin sister who is a NYPD Sergeant.
Who is your favorite professional sports team? NY Yankees
What is your favorite food? Crab legs, spaghetti and salad.
What kind of music do you listen to? I love listening to 80s and 90s music.
What is the last book you read? I’m currently reading “Law of Nines”.
What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be a ballerina, then a park ranger, than a professional athlete and then a sports agent. I fell in love with coaching at 24 when I coached the varsity Riverdale Country school team.
What was your very first job? I worked at a make-up packaging plant on the sorting aisles.
What is your most prized possession? My king sized pillow top memory foam bed.
Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? Allie my whole life, but during my college years “Big Gun” because my maiden last name was Gunther and I could hit the ball very hard on the volleyball court.
In your free time you like too… Play with my kids, go hiking, cook, exercise, socialize with friends and sleep whenever possible (which isn’t much with two toddlers).
One word that describes you: Determined
Name: Cy Wainwright
Administration Position (Title): Head Wrestling coach
Hometown: Green Cove Springs, Fl
Why did you choose Coker? An opportunity to educate student athletes in a vibrant environment relatively close to my home.
What unique ability does your role give you? Ability to mold student athletes
What is the best advice you have ever received? Find a Way- Jim Reape A motto my High School coach always told us to apply to life. If there is something you really want “ Find a Way"
What is the best thing about working at Coker? They help employees with their careers and understand that not all careers are built the same. They have strong training programs, and provide pathways for people to be successful.
What achievement are you most proud of? At Coker creating a wrestling program that is academically and athletically in line with Coker’s mission and values.
What is something people may not know about you? I have a twin brother named Ty
Who is your favorite professional sports team? Jacksonville Jaguars
What is your favorite food? Anything spicy
What kind of music do you listen to? Country
What is the last book you read? The Sport Gene by David Epstein
What was your childhood ambition? To have fun and work hard
What was your very first job? Movie Theater attendant
What is your most prized possession? My Daughter Ameila
Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it? “Cy Guy” It rhymed so it stuck.
In your free time you like too… Do anything outdoors or workout.
One word that describes you: Motivated