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Iowa Volleyball vs. #12 Purdue Nov. 8, 2014 Carver-Hawkeye Arena Photos by Clem Messerli
Iowa Volleyball vs. Northwestern Oct. 18, 2014 Carver-Hawkeye Arena Photo by Clem Messerli
Practice Facility in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Aug. 9, 2014 Photos by: Jil Price
Reception for new Head Volleyball coach Bond Shymansky
Bond Shymansky was announced as the new University of Iowa Volleyball Head Coach during a press conference on Monday.
Bond Shymansky -- a University of Iowa graduate and Iowa City native -- renewed excitement surrounding the Hawkeye volleyball program with success in his first year as head coach in 2014.
In his 13th season overall as a head coach, Shymansky guided the Hawkeyes to a 14-17 overall record and a 6-14 mark in Big Ten Conference action. He has amassed a 304-126 record and .707 win percentage over 13 seasons, earning his 300th win milestone on Oct. 31, 2014, with a 3-0 sweep of Maryland on the road.
The program's six conference victories in 2014 were the most for the program since 2008. Four of the Big Ten wins came consecutively, as the Hawkeyes defeated Maryland (3-0), Rutgers (3-1), Indiana (3-2) and No. 12-ranked Purdue (3-1). It is the longest conference win streak for the program in 20 years, dating back to 1994 when Iowa won eight straight matches and went on to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The team's win over the Boilermakers marked the team's first ranked win since 2012.
Alessandra Dietz and Alex Lovell wrote their names in the Iowa volleyball record book in the final season of their careers under Shymansky. Dietz broke Jen Barcus' eight-year-old career attack percentage record (.276), finishing her career with a .278 attack percentage. She also broke the program's five-year-old single match attack percentage record, hitting .882 with 15 kills in Iowa's 3-0 win at South Dakota State, and ended her career ranked 11th all-time with 274 career blocks. Lovell closed her career ninth all-time with 1,279 kills, and earned the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Hawkeyes performed at a high level in the classroom as well. Seven student-athletes -- Julianne Blomberg, Dietz, Alyssa Klostermann, Erin Leppek, Lovell, Alli O'Deen, and Emily Yanny -- were named to the 2014 Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference Team for earning a letter, being in their second academic year at Iowa, and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Shymansky as the volleyball program's ninth head coach on January 31, 2014.
"The Big Ten is the most competitive volleyball conference in the country," Barta said. "I was thrilled when Bond agreed to lead our program. He has a strong track record as a head coach in the sport of volleyball and he has deep Iowa ties."
"This is such an unbelievable opportunity for me as an Iowa City native and Hawkeye alum. But more importantly, it's a huge opportunity as a volleyball coach to be a Hawkeye and match the level of determination, intensity, commitment and expectation that the administration and Gary Barta have for the volleyball program's future success," Shymansky said.
Shymansky's 12-year resume as a head coach boasted 24 all-conference honorees, three conference players of the year, two conference freshmen of the year, 17 AVCA All-Americans, two AVCA Region Freshman of the Year selections, and eight professional volleyball players.
Shymansky arrived at the University of Iowa after spending five seasons (2009-13) at the helm of the Marquette volleyball program, where he has developed a winning culture and created a postseason tradition. On his watch, the Golden Eagles earned their first NCAA berth and NCAA victory in school history in 2011, and returned to the postseason in 2012 and 2013. Marquette also won its first Big East regular season title and Big East Tournament championship in 2013.
Shymansky was instrumental in the accomplishment of many more firsts for the Marquette volleyball program. He developed 10 honorable mention All-Americans and the program's first third team All-American, helped the program accomplish its first-ever Top 25 national ranking and a No. 8 RPI rating in 2013, and signed the first top 25 ranked recruiting class in program history.
Shymansky, a two-time Big East Conference and Regional Coach of the Year, also understands the importance of academic success. The Golden Eagles posted a team grade point averages of 3.3 or higher each season of his tenure.
Before Marquette, Shymansky spent seven seasons as the head coach at Georgia Tech (2002-09), where he guided the Yellow Jackets to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen finishes, and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. In his tenure, Georgia Tech posted an overall mark of 172-64 (.729), including a 96-38 (.716) record in ACC action, and earned No. 4 and No. 6 RPI rankings.
Shymansky produced a first team All-American and a three-time second team All-American at Georgia Tech, signed a Top 5 recruiting class, and was named ACC Conference and Regional Coach of the Year.
Shymansky has a deep understanding of what it means to be a Hawkeye, as he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1995 and a Master of Arts in English Education in 1997 from the UI. From 1991-93, Shymansky was a setter and outside hitter on the UI men's volleyball club team.
He and his wife, Iowa City native Catherine (Cruikshank) Shymansky, have a daughter, Corrina, and two sons, Nicholas and Bond.