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Fredann Soto Fredann Soto
Head Volleyball Coach
Office: 1654
Phone: (307) 382-1627

Fredann Soto is in her first season as Head Coach for the Mustangs. Fredann has played volleyball for 37 years, playing in her first tournament at age 8. A Rock Springs native, she played at Rock Springs High School, and was named to the All-Conference, and All-State teams, along with being named to the Wyoming All-Star team in 1991 and 1992. She earned honors as best hitter with a .347 and .364 hitting percentage in her junior and senior years respectfully, was named Who's Who in Wyoming and American High School Sports in 1992.

Fredann played collegiate volleyball at Casper College where she remains ranked #10 in a single season with 232 blocks. Although she had many offers to play on after Casper, she decided to get involved in coaching and teaching. She has coached for 24 years at the junior high, high school, and club levels.

Fredann's parents are WWCC alum, with her mother, Janis Collins-Hutton being a member of the first volleyball team at Western, and her father, Fred Hutton being a member of the basketball team coached by Ken Rochlitz, at which time they were the Spartans of Western Wyoming College.

Fredann is married to Mario Soto, and they have 2 children; Erikka is attending Eastern Washington University, and Alex is a Mustang sophomore.

Danielle Torpey Danielle Torpey
Assistant Volleyball Coach

Dani Torpey joins the Mustang Family this year as an Assistant Coach. Dani is a native of Rock Springs and attended Rock Springs High School graduating in 2012. During her high school career, she started as a varsity player as a sophomore, played for a state title as a junior and was selected co-captain of her team as well as earning All-Conference and All State honors for her junior and senior years. Dani was select as co-captain of her Elite traveling team with the Intermountain Volleyball Association. She was selected to play from a pool of Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana players. Her Elite Team played in the USVA International tournament in the summer between her junior and senior years where they competed against New Zealand, China and the Dominican Republic, as well as other teams. During her senior year, Dani committed to playing volleyball at Black Hills State University, a Division II NCAA school competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, in Spearfish, South Dakota.

During her time at BHSU, Dani received multiple selections to All Tournament teams across the mountain west region. She was also chosen as RMAC All Conference. Dani was also a member of the RMAC Student Advisory Council and did community service for Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, and local pet shelters. While attending BHSU, Dani earned her degree in Secondary Education and currently teaches for Sweetwater School District #1 as an English teacher.

Dani loves the outdoors and spends her free time with family, reading, traveling, hiking, camping, fly-fishing and going on many adventures with her adventure dog and best friend, Poppy.

Jake Harris Jake Harris
Assistant Volleyball Coach

Jake Harris is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Mustangs. Harris has been teaching Physical Activity classes at Western for the past few years. He has a masters degree in Human Performance and Physical Education (including studying Sports Psychology, Coaching Pedagogy, etc.). He had internships in coaching/athletics with Adams State University and Otero Junior College. He moved here five years ago with his wife and three children. They love calling Rock Springs home.

For more information, contact Fredann Soto at (307) 382-1627 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181