Beginning his fourth year as head coach of the Manchester University volleyball program in 2017 and his fifth overall season in North Manchester, Bryndon Paulsen has been at the forefront of a revival of the Black and Gold, guiding a 33-51 record in the span.
After a rugged five-win campaign in 2014, the Spartans crashed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference scene in a big way in 2015, reaching the postseason tournament for the first time since 2008 and the 10-wins-or-more mark since 2012. They upped those marks in 2016 when they tied the program single-season wins record (18) and claimed the school's first conference tournament victory and winning slate since 2008. He's mentored a group of four student-athletes that have gained all-league awards including two-time first team honoree Courtney Chowning; 2016 Freshman of the Year Riley Patterson; two-time honorable mention selection Dakota Stanichuk; and Hannah Tevis who was placed on the loop's all-freshman squad in 2015.
Paulsen, who earned 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, 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.