IU parts ways with Dunbar-Kruzan

Indiana volleyball is starting over.

IU athletic director Fred Glass announced Saturday that the university did not renew the contract of volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan after 11 seasons with the program.

A search for Dunbar-Kruzan’s replacement has begun.

“I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished, am appreciative for the opportunity to have been a part of the Indiana University family, and will miss all the staff and fans who’ve been so supportive throughout the years,” Dunbar-Kruzan said in a statement. “I’ve been fortunate to have gotten to know, coach and teach players, past and present, who were dedicated to something bigger than themselves. I wish nothing but the best for the program and am looking forward to the next challenge.”

Dunbar-Kruzan compiled a 162-196 overall record during her time in Bloomington, including a 56-165 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers never finished with a winning record inside the conference, which is perennially one of the most competitive in the country.

The Hoosiers (12-20, 1-19) are coming off one of six losing seasons under Dunbar-Kruzan.

In 2010, the Edgewood High School graduate led Indiana (23-12, 9-11) to its best season in program history. The Hoosiers beat No. 4 and eventual champion Penn State in Bloomington and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016, IU finished the season 17-16, posting its most wins since the 2010 campaign. The Hoosiers began the season 9-0 for the fourth time in program history, went 11-2 in non-conference play and later beat two ranked teams — No. 13 Michigan and No. 22 Ohio State.

During Dunbar-Kruzan’s first season at IU in 2007, she led the Hoosiers to more Big Ten victories (six) than the previous three seasons combined (five).

Dunbar-Kruzan was hired at Indiana after going 113-22 and winning four Southern Conference regular season titles at the College of Charleston.

“We thank Sherry for her many positive contributions to Indiana University,” Glass said in a statement. “She has been committed to her students and dedicated to the community, and we wish her well in all of her future endeavors.”

Assistant coaches Paul Koncir and Jason Oliver will remain in their roles until a successor is named and determines whether to retain them. Koncir will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Mattie White will otherwise oversee the program until a new head coach is hired. That search will begin immediately and be led by White.

Indiana’s next coach will take over a program with potential.

In June, the IU Board of Trustees gave the green light to Wilkinson Hall, a $17 million multi-purpose arena that will become the new home of Indiana’s volleyball and wrestling programs.

The 2,500 to 3,000 seat arena, which will be built adjacent to Cook Hall on 17th street, will serve as both the new volleyball practice facility, as well as the program’s new gameday home.

The arena is expected to be completed by September 2018.

3 comments

  1. The coach hasn’t had any facilities while coach at IU, compared to the other Big Ten Schools, had a very young team this year. Limited Big Ten wins and not wanting to give a contract extension must be the reasons for parting ways. Now, the new coach will have the facilities and young roster, three tall recruits from California for the 2018 season. Best of luck to you Coach Dunbar.

  2. Nice analysis of what often success and lack thereof is dependent on the situation that one may find him or herself in.

  3. I enjoyed watching Weismiller and didn’t think she should have been let go. Dunbar said her first year during the Penn St match she would change the “losing culture” at IU…it was never there to begin with and an awful thing to say. I appreciate the efforts of Dunbar, but she didn’t get it done. IU would do well to beg Weismiller to come back. I hope Dunbar learned from her comments as she didn’t get it done, period!

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