Rachel Buckley earns tournament MVP honors
NC State's record-setting setter, Megan Cyr, will compete for Team Canada at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, in July.
The Wolfpack posted a 6-2 record last weekend at its own tournament in Reynolds Coliseum. It will play its final event of the spring on Saturday at Chapel Hill.
The Pack wins five of its eight sets in Virginia Beach, Va. The Pack hosts its second tournament of the spring this Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolfpack will play eight sets during the day-long event.
Third-year NC State volleyball coach Bryan Bunn talks about Tuesday's start of fall practice and the expectations for the Wolfpack for the 2012 season.
For the third consecutive season, NC State head volleyball coach Bryan Bunn led the Wolfpack squad to a 20-win season - becoming one of only three coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to do so in the past three seasons. Bunn is also the first NC State volleyball head coach to accomplish the feat since Pat Hielscher achieved the mark from 1980-1982.
His 2013 team posted a 20-12 overall record and an 11-9 mark in ACC play. The Wolfpack defended its home court particularly well, boasting a 12-4 mark in contests played in Reynolds Coliseum. Defense was once again a focus of the team's play, as it held opponents to a hitting percentage of .168 - the second best in the conference.
State defeated the Duke Blue Devils, 3-1, in Reynolds Coliseum to hand the Devils one of their two losses in conference play, as they went on to claim the conference crown. The Pack opened its home ACC schedule with eight straight wins, before suffering its first home conference defeat.
Since taking over as the head coach of the Wolfpack, Bunn has turned the program around. In 2012, the program earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. Bunn led the squad to a 22-10 record, highlighted by a 12-8 mark in conference play. His team also defended its home court very well posting an impressive 16-3 record in matches played at Reynolds Coliseum.
Hired on Feb. 19, 2010, Bunn guided the Wolfpack to more victories in his first two years (34) than the program had in the previous five years combined. He's also coached his team to a dozen wins in the ACC those two seasons, which is equal to NC State's conference win total the previous 12 years. In 2012, Bunn's team equaled the number of ACC wins it had in the previous two seasons combined (12).
In 2011, Bunn guided the Pack to a 20-13 mark, its first winning season and first 20-win season since 1996, while setting a school record with eight ACC victories. The Pack also had its highest ACC finish since 1999 and lost only one non-conference match all season, despite having 13 newcomers on his roster of 19 players.
Bunn coached the Pack's first All-ACC player, middle blocker Margaret Salata, since 2005, and its first All-Rookie team selection, Dariyan Hopper, since 2003. Even with the loss of Salata, all-time dig leader Kelly Wood and 2011 seniors Luciana Schafer and Becah Fogle, the Wolfpack returns a lineup of experienced veterans, led by seniors Megan Cyr and Alexa Micek.
In his first year with the Wolfpack Bunn led the Wolfpack to its most overall and conference victories since 1999. The squad also jumped 150 spots in the NCAA volleyball RPI, the largest move by a first-year coach and second-best of any Division I team in 2010.
Bunn has compiled 23 years of coaching experience, including 17 years as a head coach with a 427-193 (.689) record. As a head coach, Bunn has coached 18 All-Americans, 38 all-conference players, 32 all-region performers and five conference players of the year. Eleven of his teams have won 23 or more matches, with four squads finishing in the top 10 nationally.
Bunn came to Raleigh after three seasons as the associate head coach at Baylor, where he helped resurrect that program. During his tenure, the Bears posted a 56-40 record while showing significant improvement each season, culminating with Baylor's first ever appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. The 2009 campaign saw the Bears reach the postseason for the first time in nine years, spend 11 weeks in the AVCA Top 25 poll and achieve a No. 17 national ranking. Baylor reached the NCAA Sweet 16 after upsetting heavily favored UCLA on its own court in Los Angeles.
Prior to his stint at Baylor, Bunn spent seven season as the head coach at North Florida, posting a 180-56 (.798) record. He led the Lady Ospreys to five consecutive Peach Belt Conference crowns and NCAA Division II Tournament appearances from 2000-04, collecting conference coach of the year honors in both 2000 and 2002. North Florida won its final 60 conference matches as a member of the Peach Belt under Bunn's leadership.
In 2005 and 2006 he led the charge as UNF elevated into Division I status, guiding the program to respective 19-10 and 18-15 seasons and back-to-back top-three finishes in the Atlantic Sun Conference before joining the staff at Baylor. He departed North Florida as the winningest volleyball coach in school history, and with the best winning percentage of any head coach in all sports in UNF history.
Bunn coached the volleyball team and served as a faculty member at Texas Lutheran from 1994-99, posting a 171-66 (.722) record in six seasons. Under his watch, the Bulldogs won two conference titles, made two appearances in the NAIA national tournament and advanced to regionals on six occasions. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach on the staff at TLU before taking over as head coach.
Bunn's coaching career began with a two year tour as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin from 1990-91. He graduated from Texas - San Antonio in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology and English, later earning a master's of education from Stephen F. Austin in 1992.
Bunn and his wife, the former Jen Wismann, reside in Raleigh. The couple welcomed their first child in September of 2013, a baby girl Brynn Lorraine.
*North Florida's first season as an NCAA Division I program