Drake volleyball names McBroom as new coach

DES MOINES – Drake University has named former Iowa Western Community College head coach Darrin McBroom to replace Tony Sunga at the helm of the Bulldogs’ volleyball program, associate athletic director Megan Franklin announced Tuesday.

McBroom has been the Iowa Western head volleyball coach for the last four seasons, posting a 177-25 record with four consecutive trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I national tournament.

“Darrin McBroom’s experience and his demonstrated commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes exemplify the qualities integral to ‘The Bulldog Way’ culture of excellence and ethics,” said Franklin. “His passion for teaching the sport and celebrating the team’s successes on and off the court make him the perfect fit to lead the next era of Drake volleyball.”

Sunga stepped down on Dec. 15, 2012, after two seasons leading the Bulldogs. He had a 14-47 record in Des Moines, including a 5-24 mark this past fall that included a 4-14 Missouri Valley Conference record.

“I’m very excited to come to Drake University,” McBroom said. “I was so impressed with all the people at Drake that I met during the (hiring) process and I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the Drake administration and the confidence they’ve put in me.

“I’m looking forward to getting started.”

McBroom inherits an incoming recruiting class that includes Grundy Center High School senior Sam Meyers, the reigning NICL West Division Player of the Year. Meyers made her verbal commitment to Drake on Oct. 4, 2012, and confirmed her intent to be a Bulldog when Sunga quit and again Tuesday upon hearing of McBroom’s hiring.

McBroom owns has a 322-58 career record in eight seasons as a head coach, including three years at Longview CC in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He was 174-68 in seven years coaching at the high school level as well.