Q&A with Mario Andaya


Courtesy of CWU Athletics

Paije Maas, PULSE Magazine


Mario Andaya has been the head volleyball coach at CWU for 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Management and a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration. His patience and guidance has helped Wildcats push through losses and revel in wins.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Some of my favorite memories are with family.  The time spent with my sisters and cousins are very vivid and fun to look back on. 

 What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy working on my house.  The trial and error of those DIY projects are frustrating at times, but once I figure out the solution it keeps me wanting to do more stuff. I seem to always start a major home improvement project right before the volleyball season and it drives my wife crazy.  

 What are your personal goals?

I always talk about growth to my players.  If I continue to have the passion to grow and improve in the major aspects of my life, there’s always another level.  

 What are your career goals?

Coaching is about people and accomplishments. My career goals will always remain teaching people to win moments and achieve success.  When I lose the passion for learning new ways to do that I would probably find something else to do.

 What are three fun facts about you?

I have three great kids, two in college and one freshman in HS.

My wife got me into yoga, so I enjoy it as part of my fitness routine.

I used to have hair, but I probably should have shaved my head a good 5-7 years before I did.

  What is a quote you live by?

“Teach us the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” Psalm 90:12