2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year/AVCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year
Since Bond Shymansky's arrival at Marquette in December of 2008, his motto of "Success Today" has helped a program on the rise to unparalleled results.
In his nine seasons as head coach, Shymansky has accumulated 213 career victories and a winning percentage of .715, placing him 20th among all active NCAA Division I head coaches and first in the BIG EAST Conference. His current percentage would also rank him 23rd all-time, a mark which he will qualify for after this upcoming season.
Shymansky claimed his 200th career victory in a three-set sweep of St. John's on Oct. 8, 2010 and helped Marquette to its best BIG EAST Conference record in school history with an 11-3 campaign in 2010. The Golden Eagles' 23 victories was their best total as a member of NCAA Division I and MU went on a school-record 14-match winning streak from Oct. 1-Nov. 12.
Junior Ashley Beyer along with seniors Nikki Klingsporn and Rabbecka Gonyo were each named First Team All-BIG EAST, AVCA All-Northeast Region and AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans in 2010.
Klingsporn ended her MU career fourth in school history with 2,626 career assists, including 1,391 in 2010. Her average of 12.10 assists per set in 2010 ranked fourth in the nation and helped the Golden Eagles rank 11th nationally in hitting percentage (.288) and 28th in kills (14.12 per set).
Gonyo ended 2010 ranked second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.429) with 325 kills on 590 total attacks with only 72 errors. That mark is the best single-season percentage in MU history.
Both Gonyo and Klingsporn went on to play professional volleyball in Europe in the spring of 2011.
In his first season in 2009, Shymansky guided the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 18-12. The record included wins over NCAA Tournament participants Milwaukee and Dayton, in addition to impressive showings against some of the country's top teams.
Shymansky's energy and enthusiasm also brought a great deal of life to the Al McGuire Center during his first campaign. He encouraged great fan participation, resulting in the first time the building had ever been filled to capacity (4,000) for a volleyball match (Oct. 16, Georgetown).
Junior Nikki Klingsporn and sophomore Ashley Beyer each earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors in 2009.
Shymansky arrived in Milwaukee after serving for each of the previous seven seasons as head coach at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets made three NCAA Tournament appearances during that time and garnered multiple team and individual accolades.
Georgia Tech posted an overall record of 172-64 (.729) during his tenure, including a 96-38 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He concluded the 2008 campaign with the highest career winning percentage among active ACC coaches, a mark that ranked among the top-20 in the nation.
In seven seasons, Shymansky led Georgia Tech to the NCAA Sweet 16 (2003), the NCAA Elite 8 (2004), ACC Tournament Championship (2002) and ACC Regular Season Championship (2003 and 2004). He was named the league's coach of the year in 2004 after guiding the program to a 27-7 overall record and a perfect 16-0 conference campaign. He was also the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year that season as well.
Individually, 11 student-athletes have claimed All-America honors under his tutelage and 13 different players have earned a total of 26 all-conference selections. A pair of Yellow Jackets were tabbed the ACC Player of the Year during his tenure at Tech and four players earned spots on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Shymansky, who initially joined the Georgia Tech coaching staff as an assistant coach under Shelton Collier in February, 2000, served as the team's defensive and blocking coordinator in his first two seasons. He was also responsible for scouting opponents, team travel and summer camps and assisted in the training of Maja Pachale, the 2001 ACC Player of the Year, Lauren Sauer, the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year, and Kele Eveland, the 2003 ACC Player of the Year and 2000 ACC Rookie of the Year.
Following his arrival, the Yellow Jackets experienced two of their finest seasons in history, as the 2000 team finished 25-8 while earning the ACC regular season championship before advancing to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, and the 2001 squad posted a 19-8 record with another NCAA Tournament bid.
Prior to his arrival at Georgia Tech, Shymansky spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Iowa State, including a four-month stint as the interim head coach in 1999.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Shymansky has coached in both the high school and club ranks. He served as the head coach at Iowa City High School from 1996-97, guiding his squad to the state semifinals in his second season.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Shymansky began his volleyball career at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the men's volleyball club as a setter and outside hitter from 1991-93. He earned his degree in communications in 1995 from Iowa before completing his master's degree in secondary English education in 1998.
Shymansky is married to the former Catherine Cruikshank of Iowa City, Iowa. The couple has a daughter Corrina, and two sons, Nicholas and Bond.
Former AVCA All-American Jackie Simpson is in her first season as assistant coach for the Marquette University women's volleyball team.
Simpson joins the Marquette coaching staff after two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina University where she assisted with recruiting and match preparation efforts. She also served as camp director for the Pirates in addition to organization of home tournaments.
As the starting setter at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-07, Simpson led the Badgers to a pair of Elite Eight appearances and one trip to the Sweet 16. She twice earned AVCA All-Mideast Region honors in addition to All-Big Ten First Team recognition as a junior and senior. The Downers Grove, Ill., native ended her career second in Wisconsin history with 5,235 assists (17th all-time in the Big Ten), while also ranking 12th all-time at UW in blocks.
Simpson earned Academic All-Big Ten honors while helping the Badgers to a 25-7 record as a senior in 2007 after earning AVCA Second Team All-America honors in 2006. Simpson was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week and earned AVCA national player of the week honors in October of her junior campaign. She also was recognized on the Big Ten's All-Freshman team in 2004 and compiled an overall record of 100-29 (.775) during her playing career in Madison.
Following her graduation from UW, Simpson coached at Winona State University in the fall of 2008 before embarking on a professional playing career in Germany and Cyprus. While in Germany, Simpson was the starting setter for VC Wiesbaden, the same club former Marquette setter Nikki Klingsporn played for in 2011.
Upon her return from Europe, Simpson served as the head coach for the 1st Alliance Volleyball Club (Silver) in her native Illinois from 2010-11. She coached a pair of players to AAU All-America honors with the 1st Alliance Silver Club, while leading the squad to a third-place finish at the national tournament.
She also served as the head coach at Oregon High School in Oregon, Wis., in 2009.
Simpson graduated from Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in sports sociology in 2008 and will earn her master's in sports psychology from East Carolina in 2013. She attended Downers Grove South High School, where she was a two-time prep All-American and ranked as one of the top-10 high school seniors in 2003 by PrepVolleyball.com .
Jason Allen is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Marquette University women's volleyball program.
Allen has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa where he served as recruiting coordinator and coached the Hawkeyes against some of the top teams in the country - Iowa faced 16 NCAA tournament teams in 2012 after taking on 18 in 2011.
Iowa's recruiting classes earned national recognition every year during his tenure in Iowa City, while Alex Lovell became the first Hawkeye in six years to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2012.
Iowa also recorded a victory over at No. 12 Purdue in 2012, the Hawkeyes' fourth win over a ranked opponent during his time at U of I.
Allen's efforts in his first two seasons at Iowa paid immediate dividends as the Hawkeyes posted the most overall and conference victories in nearly a decade and got off to a program-best start to the season in his second campaign, 2009.
In 2010, Allen served as the head coach of the Iowa High Performance Junior National team that advanced to compete in the USAV High Performance National Championships in the Wisconsin Dells.
Allen spent the 2007 season as the 16U head coach for the Texas Tornados club program, which is considered one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. He led the team to a No. 17 national ranking and coached 10 players who received Division I scholarships. Allen led his team to a first-place finish at the 16 Open Northeast Qualifier and also served as the recruiting director and webmaster.
Prior to his time with the Texas Tornadoes, Allen served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State University (2004-07). He helped lead Sam Houston State to a second-place finish in the Southland Conference (2005) and coached a total of eight student-athletes to all-conference honors. Allen was also responsible for video scouting, recruit evaluating and summer camps.
Allen was an assistant coach for the Lone Star Youth High Performance Teams in both Austin and Houston, Texas from 2005-06. In 2005, his team finished fifth at the USA High Performance Championships and in 2006, the team finished 10th.
He began his collegiate coaching career at the Division II level, where he was a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State. In his one season, Southwest Minnesota State was crowned co-champions of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He also helped coach five all-conference and two all-region student-athletes.
Allen played one season at Tomball College in Tomball, Texas, before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University. He helped Tomball to a ninth-place finish at the NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball Championships and served as a player/coach for the Oklahoma Baptist club team.
He was also a member of the International Sports Federation volleyball team for two summers traveling throughout North Africa, playing various national teams and hosting clinics for junior national teams.
Allen graduated from Oklahoma Baptist with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications, business administration and psychology. He worked towards his master's of education in wellness and human performance at Southwest Minnesota State University. Allen also completed hours towards his master's of exercise science in sport pedagogy at North Dakota State University.