So, there I was, enjoying a quiet Sunday morning at home, watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when this tweet pops up on my phone:
To @AnonymousEagle how did I miss that Bond was leaving to become the head coach at Iowa?— Trent Carlson (@TTrentC) February 2, 2014
That led to finding these two tweets from Deputy Athletic Directory Mike Broeker:
Bittersweet congrats to @BondShymansky. Best of luck, friend. Thanks for showing us how to be great. You can't duck me on course forever.— Mike Broeker (@mikebroeker) February 1, 2014
So, yeah. Bond Shymansky, the most successful women's volleyball coach in school history, has left Marquette to take over the Iowa program. You can't really blame him, as he earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa in 1995 and his master's degree in 1997 as well. On top of that, he's a native of Iowa City as well. Shymansky has said in the past that the reason he left the Georgia Tech job to take the Milwaukee job was a desire to return to the midwest, so it follows that logic that he would be interested in the Hawkeyes' job when it came available.
Iowa is coming off of an 11-21 season, their 13th consecutive losing season. Shymansky will have a long road in front of him, especially in the highly competitive Big Ten. But that's a familiar tune for Shymansky. When he took the Golden Eagles' top spot in 2009, Marquette had a 288-334 record in Division 1 competition. Shymansky went 118-45 on the Marquette sidelines, leading Marquette to their first three NCAA tournament appearances in program history, the first two NCAA tournament wins in program history, as well as the first conference regular season and tournament title in program history in the 2013 season.
Whoever ends up as the fifth Marquette volleyball coach, they will inherit a talented team ready to continue Shymansky's success. The Golden Eagles will be returning every hitter that averaged more than one kill per set in the 2013 season, including leading attacker and Big East Freshman of the Year Autumn Bailey. They will have to replace setter, Big East Player of the Year, and AVCA Third Team All American Elizabeth Koberstein as well as four year libero and all time digs leader Julie Jeziorowski, both of whom have exhausted their eligibility.
Marquette does have a stellar recruiting class signed to national letters of intent, including MaxPreps All-Americans in outside hitter Alyssa Goehner (first team) and setter Gabby Benda (third team).
Best wishes and a huge thank you to Bond Shymansky as he takes the next step on his career!