NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset announced Thursday, July 12, that head volleyball coach Bryndon Paulsen is stepping down.
Paulsen, who is taking over the reins of the Clarke University of Dubuque, Iowa women's program later this month, was at the forefront of a revival of the Black and Gold in five seasons at the Spartans' helm. He guided a 44-63 record in the span which featured a run of three successive double-digit win campaigns. Highlighting his tenure, MU 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 for the first time 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 mentored a group of five student-athletes that gained all-league awards. The awards roster included two-time first-team honoree Courtney Chowning (2015/2016); first-team selection Haley Duncan (2017); 2016 Freshman of the Year Riley Patterson; two-time honorable mention selection Dakota Stanichuk (2015/2016); and Hannah Tevis who was placed on the loop's all-freshman squad in 2015.
Espeset noted a search for his replacement is underway.