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Sharon Dingman
Sharon Dingman

Head Coach (Sixth Season)

Alma Mater, Year:
Northern Michigan, 1984


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Sharon Dingman was named the eighth coach in the history of University of Iowa volleyball March 21, 2008. In five seasons at the helm of the volleyball program, she has imposed a winning attitude and established a volleyball culture that has Iowa fans excited about the immediate future.

The Hawkeyes faced another challenging slate in 2012, facing 16 eventual NCAA tournament teams, after taking on 18 in 2011. Dingman led a young Iowa team -- with only one senior -- to eight nonconference victories. Five Hawkeyes garnered all-tournament honors. She led Iowa to conference wins at Indiana on Oct. 5 (3-1) and at 12th-ranked Purdue on Oct. 6 (3-0). The victory in West Lafayette, Ind., marked Iowa's first win at Purdue and first sweep of the Boilermakers since Nov. 10, 2000. It also marked the fourth win over a ranked foe for Dingman, and her first victory over a ranked team on the road. No. 12 Purdue is the highest-ranked team the Hawkeyes have defeated during her tenure and the program's highest since defeating No. 11 Michigan at home in 2007 (Sept. 28). It also marked the first time Iowa won two-straight league contests since 2008 and consecutive league road matches since 2005. Purdue was one of seven Big Ten teams selected to the NCAA Tournament. Six league foes advanced to the Sweet 16 and two (Michigan, Penn State) represented the conference in the NCAA Final Four.

Dingman coached sophomore Alex Lovell to Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Oct. 8 for her efforts in the back-to-back league road victories. It marked Iowa's first Player of the Week honor since Sept. 18, 2006, when Melanie Meister received the recognition. It was also the Hawkeyes' first weekly honor since Christina Meister was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 7, 2009. The Leonard, Mich., native equaled junior Rachael Bedell with a team-best 37 kills in the two wins.

Lovell finished the year with a team-high 382 kills, the most in a single season since Catherine Smale posted 441 in 2005. Junior Bethany Yeager totaled a career-best 533 digs in 2012 -- the most in a season since 2006, when Emily Hiza registered 545. Yeager became the 14th Hawkeye in program history to surpass 1,000 career digs in Iowa's season-opening sweep of Chicago State. She is fifth in program history with 1,522 career digs, moving up nine spots on the all-time list during the season.

Iowa also enjoyed a successful season off the court. Six Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten. The six selections are the most for the program since 2009.

In 2011, the Hawkeyes used their second of consecutive nationally recognized recruiting classes to continue building a program that will, in time, ascend up the Big Ten standings. Four Hawkeye freshmen combined to start 59 matches, and those four freshmen combined with four sophomores to total 62-percent of Iowa's starting lineup. The Hawkeyes' youth flourished in the nonconference season, racing to a 10-3 record and a pair of tournament championships.

In 2010, Iowa's four freshmen combined for 67 starts. The Hawkeyes started their freshman quartet four times, more than any other Big Ten school. Iowa kicked off the season with consecutive tournament championships and made program history by starting the season 3-0 for the second consecutive year.

Iowa knocked off No. 16 Michigan in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 12, marking the third time in as many seasons Dingman and the Hawkeyes defeated a top 25 opponent.

In 2009, Dingman helped Iowa match the best start in program history by guiding the Hawkeyes to a 6-0 start. Iowa eventually became the first team in school history to start the season 7-0 on the road. The Hawkeyes captured five conference wins in 2009, raising Dingman's two-year Big Ten win total to 11, the highest two-year stretch for an Iowa volleyball team since 2000-01.

Iowa set season attendance records in each of Dingman's first two seasons as head coach, including averaging a school-record 1,632 fans in 2009, the 23rd highest total in the country. Since 2008, the Hawkeyes have experienced nine of the school's top 10 all-time attendance figures, and 18 of the top 21. On November 11, 2009, the Hawkeyes eclipsed the 3,000 mark for the first time in program history when 3,102 fans saw Iowa host top-ranked Penn State. Four of Iowa's top 10 all-time attendance figures came in 2011, as fans continued to pack Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in year four of the Dingman era.

Dingman led the Hawkeyes to their most successful campaign in recent memory in her first season at the helm. Iowa's 14 wins in 2008 were tied for the most since 2000, and its six conference victories are the most since 2000. Dingman guided the Hawkeyes to a ninth place finish in the competitive Big Ten Conference, which was the highest finish for a Hawkeye squad since 2000.

Dingman's team set or snapped many streaks in a successful first season. Iowa won seven-straight matches, tying the fourth-longest winning streak in school history. The Hawkeyes also swept every opponent during the winning streak and won 15-straight sets. That was the longest set-winning streak since 1990. Iowa opened the conference season with wins over No. 18 Wisconsin and Northwestern, marking only the fifth time in school history that a Hawkeye team started 2-0 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes also had a winning record inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since 1998.

The Hawkeyes also snapped conference losing streaks in Dingman's first season. Iowa defeated Ohio State for the first time in 39 tries, dating back to 1988. That win also broke an 18-match losing skid on the road in Big Ten play. Iowa's upset win over No. 18 Wisconsin snapped a 26-match losing streak against the Badgers, which dated back to 1994.

Dingman set a personal milestone at Northwestern on Nov. 14 when she recorded her 350th career win in Iowa's five-set victory. Her career record stands at 391-316 in 22 seasons as a head coach. Iowa's match at Michigan State on Nov. 2, 2012, marked Dingman's 700th as a head coach.

Dingman came to Iowa after serving as head coach at Illinois State from 2000-07, where she compiled a 147-98 record. In 2007, Dingman led the Redbirds to their first at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament since 1997 after reaching the championship match of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and finished with a 21-12 overall record.

Illinois State produced winning seasons in seven of the eight seasons under Dingman and never finished lower than fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds also reached at least the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in six of her eight seasons. Dingman produced 21 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, including Player of the Year, Libero of the Year and two Freshman of the Year honorees. Two players also garnered all-district and all-region honors.

In her first season at Illinois State, Dingman guided the Redbirds to a 20-9 record, including a 15-3 MVC mark. Illinois State finished second in the Valley and also reached the championship match of the conference tournament, narrowly missing an automatic NCAA Tournament bid after dropping a tough match to nationally-ranked Northern Iowa.

Dingman led the Redbirds to a record-setting season in 2004. She guided the team to 22 wins, which were the most since 1998 and broke a school record with 18-consecutive home victories. Two Illinois State players were named first team all-conference and one was an honorable mention AVCA all-District pick.

Dingman helped create a strong home court advantage in Normal. Five of the top 20 crowds in Missouri Valley Conference history occurred at Redbird Arena under Dingman, including a league-record 5,641 fans in a match against nationally-ranked Stanford in 2002.

Redbird teams under Dingman were also strong in the classroom. Eleven players were named to the league's scholar-athlete squad in her eight seasons and in 2004, four volleyball student-athletes earned perfect 4.00 grade-point-averages and the team recorded a 3.32 GPA. In 2005, her volleyball team won the academic award for the highest GPA in the athletics department.

Dingman started her head coaching career in 1991 at Auburn, where she led the Tigers to a 22-13 record in her only season at the helm. Her 1991 squad become the first Auburn volleyball team to receive votes in the national poll and the team's fourth place finish in the SEC that season marked the highest showing ever for Auburn at the time. Two student-athletes earned All-SEC honors, including Jenifer Kleyn, who was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient, who carried a 4.0 GPA.

She then moved to Butler in 1992, where she served as head coach for eight seasons. Dingman led the Bulldogs to four 20 win seasons and three postseason tournaments, including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 after capturing the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title. She was named MCC Coach of the Year in 1997 after compiling a 28-7 record. Dingman guided three student-athletes to MCC Player of the Year honors, seven to all-region accolades and five to "Top 100 Student" honors at Butler.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Dingman spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at three Division I programs. After one season at Northern Michigan (1984), she assisted at Texas Tech for three seasons (1985-87). Dingman then spent three seasons at Kentucky (1988-90) and helped the Wildcats to an SEC Championship in 1988 along with three-straight regional finals appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Dingman has become one of the most respected volleyball coaches in the nation after her work off the court. She was a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Board of Directors for seven years and has actively served on many other sport-related committees. She volunteered to support the Special Olympics, the Council of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and the Citizens for Sports Equity. She was named an Outstanding Young Women of America in 1989 and served as a volunteer at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Her playing career included back-to-back Big Ten championships at Purdue (1979-80) before transferring to Northern Michigan, where she served as team captain and most valuable player. She earned her bachelor's degree in health sciences from Northern Michigan in 1984 and attended graduate school at Kentucky (1988-90), completing course work toward her master's degree in health education.

Along with her career in volleyball, Dingman earned a gold medal in team handball at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and was invited to train with the U.S. national handball team in 1987. She also has completed five marathons.

Dingman is a Monticello, Ind., native where she has been inducted into the Twin Lakes High School Hall of Fame.

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