John Dunning Named Stanford Women's Volleyball Coach
July 6, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Athletic Department announced Friday that John Dunning, head coach at the University of the Pacific, has accepted the head coaching position for the Stanford women's volleyball team.
'This is an exciting day for me and for Stanford women's volleyball,' said athletic director Ted Leland. 'John is a great fit for Stanford. He is one of the best teachers of his sport and has phenomenal organizational skills. His national reputation as a technician of the game is outstanding.'
'I am thrilled to be here,' said Dunning. 'I have a passion for this game - a passion for team sports. That is one of the first things my players learn. Stanford volleyball has been and will always be one of the greatest college programs in the nation. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.'
Dunning, who spent 16 seasons at Pacific, compiled an impressive 437-102 (.811) record during his tenure. He led the Tigers to two NCAA Championships, a NCAA runner-up finish, five Big West Conference titles and 16 consecutive NCAA postseason tournament bids.
This past season, Dunning earned Big West Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season, as the Tigers won a second consecutive Big West title. His squad posted a 28-4 overall record in 2000 and 15-1 mark in league play. Pacific lost to UCLA in an NCAA Regional Semifinal and had two players earn All-American status (one first-team and one second-team selection). In addition, Dunning had four players garner first-team All-Big West accolades.
In addition to back-to-back national titles in 1985 and 1986, Dunning led his teams to a combined record of 43-15 in postseason action - an unmatched 10-1 in Big West Conference Tournament play and a stellar 33-14 mark in the NCAA Tournament. Of the 16 squads coached by Dunning, 14 have reached the NCAA Regionals, or 'Sweet 16,' advancing to the regional championship match seven times and the NCAA Final Four on four occasions, including 1999. He also earned Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year kudos in 1985, his first season at UOP.
Dunning compiled a 230-46 Big West record with Pacific, competing in one of the nation's toughest and most competitive conferences. His teams finished no lower than fourth in any of his 16 seasons.
An outstanding student and teacher of the game of volleyball, Dunning has consistently helped his athletes gain individual recognition on the national stage. In his 16 years as Pacific head coach, 16 of his athletes have garnered a total of 29 All-America awards. Nine of the 16 honorees earned All-America selections in at least two seasons.
Dunning can also make another claim: he is one of only two coaches to have captured national titles on three different levels. He led squads to national championships on the high school, club (Junior Olympic), and collegiate ranks.
Dunning arrived at Pacific in 1985 as one of the country's top prep and junior club coaches. The founder of the national champion USVBA Bay Club, he also spent nine successful years as the head coach at Sunnyvale's Fremont High School. He founded the Bay Club in 1980, and built it into one of the country's most successful and well-managed junior programs in just four years.
After being selected as the California Coaches Association Prep Coach of the Year in 1980, Dunning was a finalist for National High School Coach of the Year in 1984. His impressive 283-32 high school record makes him one of the most successful prep coaches in California history. His teams were among the top five in the state each of his last six years, also capturing eight league titles and six sectional crowns.
Dunning has also been considered one of the top coaches on a national level, as he was selected to coach the North squad at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival. He promptly led the team to a gold medal.
A member of the USVBA CAP CADRE of Coaches, Dunning is on a national committee that trains volleyball coaches throughout the nation. In January of 1993, he began a term as President of the American Volleyball Coaches Association that ran through December of 1994. He served the two previous years as the NCAA Division I representative to the AVCA Board of Directors, and is a member of the AVCA Division I All-America Selection Committee. Dunning also served as interim athletic director at Pacific in 1999-2000.
Dunning earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from San Diego State in 1973. He coached volleyball and taught at Fremont High School from 1973 to 1980, then moved on to Saratoga High School, working in the same capacity from 1980-83. He returned to Fremont High School in 1984.
John and his wife Julie have two children, Lisa and Lauren.
The Stanford women's volleyball program has won four NCAA Championships in the last nine years and eight Pacific-10 Conference titles in the last 15 seasons. The Cardinal will return four starters in 2001, including 2000 Summer Olympic standout Logan Tom.