Women's Volleyball

Bond Shymansky
Bond Shymansky

Hometown:
Iowa City, Iowa

Position:
Head Coach

Birthdate:
04/03/1972

Experience:
7 Seasons

Alma Mater:
Iowa



Bond Shymansky finished his seven-year career at Georgia Tech holding the highest winning percentage among active Atlantic Coast Conference coaches by averaging 24.6 victories per season. He spent nine years on the Flats after serving two years as an assistant coach under Shelton Collier from 2000-01 before being promoted to his first head coaching role prior to the 2002 season. His .729 winning percentage ranks in the top-25 in the nation among active coaches, while his 96 ACC wins ranks seventh all-time.

Shymansky's squads won at least 20 matches in six of his seven years as head coach, and in seven seasons since his arrival in Atlanta. After being tabbed the sixth head coach in the history of Georgia Tech volleyball, he guided the Yellow Jackets to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including NCAA Elite Eight and NCAA Sweet 16 showings in 2003 and 2004, an ACC Tournament championship and two ACC regular season championships. The 2004 AVCA East Region and ACC Coach of the Year coached nine players that earned AVCA All-America accolades on 14 occasions, 10 players that earned All-ACC nods on 21 occasions, two ACC Players of the Year and four All-ACC Freshman selections.

While his success on the court was been well-documented, perhaps more impressive is his work on the recruiting trail, where he lured no fewer than 10 Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" recruits to Georgia Tech. The 2008 season was no different, as the Yellow Jacket freshman class of Alison Campbell, Lisa Carlson, Bailey Hunter and Asia Stawicka were rated Honorable Mention as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, according to Prepvolleyball.com. Of the nine returnees from the 2007 team, four were named "Fab 50" recruits in the past, including junior Chrissy DeMichelis and seniors Talisa Kellogg, Allie Niekamp and Callie Miller. Four of his first seven recruiting classes were ranked in the top 25 nationally, led by the 2005 class, which featured Laura DeMichelis, Kellogg, Niekamp and Miller, and was ranked No. 4 by Volleyball Magazine and eighth in the nation by Prepvolleyball.com, marking the highest class ranking in ACC history.

On the heels of a 22-12 record in 2007, Shymansky's 2008 squad eclipsed 20 victories for the fourth-straight season, finishing the year with a 20-10 mark. Two Yellow Jackets were named to an AVCA All-America squad, while both Talisa Kellogg and Callie Miller earned first-team All-ACC accolades as well.

Behind the intricate offensive system of Shymansky, the Yellow Jackets played several exciting matches in 2007, but no result was more thrilling for the head coach than the Jackets' 3-1 win over No. 14 Duke in early November, marking the sixth-straight season the Yellow Jackets posted a victory over a top-25 opponent.

Georgia Tech ended the year ranked third in the conference standings with a 16-6 record, but narrowly missed postseason play despite winning seven of its last eight matches, and 11 of the last 13.

The Jackets had at least one player named to the All-America team for the sixth-consecutive year, and 2007 marked the third year that the Yellow Jackets had two players tabbed to an All-America team under Shymansky.

In his first season at the helm of the program, Shymansky guided Georgia Tech to a 33-6 record and the 2002 ACC Championship. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and concluded the season ranked 17th in the final AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, marking the first time in seven years that the Yellow Jacket volleyball team had been ranked in the final poll. Georgia Tech had four players named to the all-conference team while Lynnette Moster became the first player in the program's history to be tabbed AVCA All-American.

The following year, Shymansky's squad opened the season with a school-record 23 consecutive wins and went on to earn a record-breaking 34 victories. The team advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2003 NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 2 Hawai'i, marking the first time in conference history that an ACC school competed for the right to play in the Final Four. The Yellow Jackets opened the season ranked 12th in the nation and moved as high as No. 4 in the polls, marking the highest ranking in ACC history. Tech finished the season ranked eighth in the nation, which was the highest final ranking for a team in conference history while also marking the first time that the Yellow Jackets had been ranked in every poll throughout the season. Tech defeated four nationally-ranked opponents during the year while advancing to the ACC Championship match for the second-consecutive season.

The squad finished the season leading the nation in assists (17.05) and kills (18.26) per game and ranking fifth in hitting percentage (.331), while setter Kele Eveland led the nation with 14.93 assists per game. Four members of the 2003 squad earned AVCA All-America accolades, including Eveland, who became the first player in ACC volleyball history to earn first-team All-America honors. Joining Eveland on the All-America team was second-team honoree Moster, while Alexandra Preiss and Lauren Sauer both earned honorable mention accolades.

Shymansky's 2004 team earned a preseason ranking of No. 12 in the nation, but had a tough beginning to the season, opening 2-5 with losses to nationally-ranked USC, Colorado State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Following the loss to the Buckeyes, the Yellow Jackets reeled off 21 straight victories, which included 16 consecutive ACC wins to mark the first time in school history that a team had gone undefeated in conference play and the first time since 1996 that it had been accomplished by an ACC school. Georgia Tech earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and upset 13th-seeded UC-Santa Barbara to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second-consecutive year before falling to No. 4 Minnesota in an exciting five-game match to conclude the season with a 27-7 record.

Three members of the team earned AVCA All-America honors, including Moster, who finished her career as the most decorated volleyball player in school history, earning All-America honors on an ACC-record three occasions. Shymansky's team once again led the nation in assists (17.34) and kills (18.64) per game and concluded the season ranked seventh with a .300 hitting percentage. Lindsey Laband, Tech's honorable mention All-America setter, also led the nation with 15.40 assists per game. For his efforts, Shymansky was tabbed the 2004 AVCA East Region and the ACC Coach of the Year.

Despite losing five members of the 2004 NCAA Sweet 16 team to graduation, the 2005 Yellow Jackets finished fourth in conference play with a 12-10 ACC record and closed out the season with a 16-15 overall mark. Tech started as many as five freshmen and played just three upperclassmen for the majority of the season, but still had four players earn conference accolades at the season's end, as both Laband and Stegemann were named All-ACC second team and Kellogg and Miller garnered ACC All-Freshman honors. Laband became just the second player in the history of the program to earn repeat AVCA All-America honors, as she was named to the honorable mention team for the second-consecutive season.

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 on the Flats. 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, Sauer, the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year, and 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 Touirnament 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, 35, is married to the former Catherine Cruikshank of Iowa City, Iowa. The couple has a 13-year old daughter, Corrina, and two sons, Nicholas, 10, and Bond, 2.

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