Third-year head coach Bryan Bunn and his staff are well-known in and familiar with the Lone Star State. Three Wolfpack players are also from Texas. The Pack plays Texas A&M on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA volleyball championships.
The NC State volleyball team begins practice on Aug. 7 and is looking to improve on last year's breakthrough 20-13 season. Here's a closer look at this year's squad.
Jen Christian, a former standout at Texas, is added to the Wolfpack volleyball staff.
Pete Hoyer enters his sixth season as an assistant coach on head coach Bryan Bunn's staff. He serves as the recruiting coordinator for the staff and also works with the team's middle blockers.
In 2013, Hoyer helped Brie Merriwether record a career-best 123 blocks and she finished among the top 10 of the ACC in blocks per set with 1.18. Under his direction, the Wolfpack limited opponents to just a .168 attacking percentage, the second best among the conference.
Hired in February 2010, Hoyer has made a successful return to his college coaching roots, after spending seven years as a high school teacher and coach. In 2004, Hoyer earned a teaching certificate from Huston-Tillotson College. He taught special education at three different area schools in Texas from 2003-10. During that time, he assisted with volleyball and was the head coach of the women's track team at Hutto High School.
From 1994-2002, Hoyer was the head volleyball coach at Dayton, building a 178-96 overall and a 102-42 Atlantic 10 record in his nine-year tenure. In 1998 and 2001, Hoyer coached the Flyers to Atlantic 10 conference championships, picking up conference coach-of-the-year honors in 2001. He ended his stint at Dayton by posting eight consecutive winning seasons.
Hoyer's coaching career began as an assistant at Southwest Texas State from 1987-89. He then served as an assistant at Ohio from 1990-93 before taking over the Dayton program.
Hoyer is a 1985 graduate of the Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in social studies, concentrating in history. He later earned a Master's degree in physical education, with a minor in educational administration from Southwest Texas State University in 1990.
Hoyer resides in Raleigh with his son, Ethan.