Bond Shymansky had always thought about returning to Iowa City.
Monday, those thoughts turned into reality when the Iowa City native and University of Iowa graduate was officially introduced as the Hawkeyes’ head volleyball coach.
“I tweeted the other night, ‘always have been, always will be a Hawkeye.’ that’s just the way it is,” Shymansky said. “You know, you grow up here and it just becomes a part of who you are. It’s part of your fabric.”
Shymansky became the ninth coach in program history, taking over for Sharon Dingman, who went 66-125 in six years at Iowa.
The West High graduate returns to Iowa City after spending 12 seasons turning two programs into consistent winners.
In his 12 years as a head coach at Georgia Tech and, mostly recently Marquette, Shymansky has a career-record of 289-109.
“We’ve had some success at Iowa in the ’80s, not much since, a little bit in the ’90s, but clearly this is something that we want to get fixed,” Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta said.
Shymansky comes to Iowa after spending the past five seasons at Marquette, where he guided the Golden Eagles to the first NCAA tournament berth and first NCAA tournament win in program history in 2011.
Under Shymansky, Marquette reached the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons and won both the Big East regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history in 2013.
Prior to his five seasons at Marquette, Shymansky spent seven seasons at Georgia Tech, where he led the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament three times, including Elite Eight and Sweet 16 finishes, and won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
“We want to build a champion,” Shymansky said. “We have a very specific goal, and the team will understand that, and that is to win, to graduate and to do it right. But we want to do it at the highest level, and the Big Ten affords us that opportunity like no other conference in the country.”
Shymansky inherits an Iowa program that finished 11-21 last season and 2-18 in Big Ten play.
Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since going 15-13 in 2000 and is 33-227 in Big Ten play since the 2000 season.
The Hawkeyes have had two or fewer Big Ten wins in each of the past four seasons.
“Someone asked me, ‘Is this is your dream job?’ and in a lot of ways, yes,” Shymansky said. “People look at it and think it’s going to be so difficult to win at Iowa, and that’s part of what makes it a dream job, is you get to come in and conquer something that people think is unconquerable, and I love that.
Shymansky graduated from Iowa in 1995 and received his masters degree from the university in 1997.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at West High and was head coach at City High in 1996-97. He took the Little Hawks to the state tournament semifinals in 1997 before moving to the college ranks.
“It’s really been a great journey for me,” Shymansky said. “I started as a ninth grade B-team coach at West High, I got to coach at City High as a varsity coach somewhere along the way, and I went to Regina at some point in my schooling career. So I’ve kind of got all the bases covered here locally, and I love them all.”
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