Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset has announced that current assistant volleyball coach Bryndon Paulsen has been elevated to the role of head coach.
Paulsen takes over the program from former head coach Kendra Marlowe who stepped down in November of 2013. He joined Manchester University's athletic staff in August 2013. Earning a Master of Science degree in sport management from Western Illinois University in May 2014 and Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology and physical education from Clarke University of Iowa in December of 2010, Paulsen held positions as graduate assistant coach for the WIU women's team from August 2011-May 2012 and volunteer assistant coach for Clarke's men's team and the University of Dubuque women's team from August 2010-April 2011 before joining the Manchester University staff. Paulsen also played collegiately at Clarke from 2006-10 which included being part of back-to-back winning seasons for the Crusaders in 2009 and 2010 and a captain on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' qualifying squad in 2010.
"I'd like to thank the search committee and Rick Espeset for giving me this opportunity," he said. "I'm excited about remaining at an institution that I feel is committed to building a successful volleyball program."
"This is a great situation for the university and its athletic department," Espeset added. "Bryndon brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy into this role which is something we saw during his role as an assistant. I feel confident he will develop the volleyball program into a strong contender year in and year out."