WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marquette University women's volleyball head coach Bond Shymansky reached a significant personal milestone Friday evening with the 3-1 victory over Georgetown at McDonough Arena. The win was Shymansky's 256th career head coaching victory, helping him pass a former mentor in career head coaching triumphs.
"Some coaches recognize milestones like 100 wins or 1,000 wins, and I think those are great milestones in a coaching career, but 256 has always been a personal number for me to strive for," Shymansky said. "I have been coaching now for 11 seasons and reaching that number already is a really great achievement for me personally."
Shymansky, 256-100 in his head coaching career, came to Marquette in December 2008 after a seven-year tenure leading Georgia Tech. He is currently in his fourth season at the helm of the Golden Eagles and has amassed a record of 84-36 at MU with his .700 winning percentage ranking as the best program history.
"I have been fortunate enough to be at great universities and have great players and people striving to achieve every single win. To add them all up and get to 256 last night was really a great moment for me," said Shymansky.
The Iowa City, Iowa native has helped the Golden Eagles to two of their most successful campaigns in program history in 2010 and 2011, including a pair of BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship semifinal appearances and the program's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2011.
A two-time conference and AVCA region coach of the year honoree, Shymansky has helped six Marquette student-athletes to All-America recognition in the last two seasons after just a pair of MU players had earned the honor in more than two decades of the program's affiliation with NCAA Division I.
Three players have gone on to play professionally in the last two seasons following their Marquette playing careers, and Shymansky has overseen a significant strides in the Golden Eagles' work in the classroom.
Marquette returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Villanova, Pa., at Jake Nevin Field House against Villanova before returning to Milwaukee for a Tuesday, Oct. 30 showdown at the Klotsche Center against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.