DENTON, Texas (2/4/10) North Texas volleyball coach Ken Murczek has announced the hiring of Keith Schunzel to the coaching staff. Much like Murczek, the former Indiana and Valparaiso assistant brings a pedigree of winning volleyball as both a coach and player.
Schunzel spent the last two seasons with the Hoosiers, helping IU to its first winning campaign since 2000 in his first year in Bloomington. Indiana had won just 11 Big Ten matches in the four years prior to his arrival, but went 34-32 overall in his two seasons, and nearly qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
"I'm ecstatic to have found someone with such passion and knowledge of the game to join this coaching staff," said Murczek. "I've known Keith for years, and I know that together we can take North Texas to a championship level program."
A quality recruiter and developer of talent, Schunzel helped land IU's 2009 class which was ranked No. 22 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. He helped mold Ashley Benson into possibly the greatest player in Indiana history, and despite being one of the nation's youngest teams, IU received votes in the 2009 AVCA Top-25 poll. In his first year at Indiana, Schunzel helped the IU setters land 1,506 assists, the second highest total in the past five years.
"This is a lifelong dream for Ken and I to finally work together, and to be at a place with so much potential makes it that much sweeter," said Schunzel. "In the decade that I've known Ken he has shown himself to be nothing but a winner, and it's great to finally get to work together."
At Valpo, Schunzel guided the Crusaders to a 44-24 overall record and a pair of trips to the Horizon League championship match. Prior to Valparaiso, Schunzel was a volunteer assistant at Purdue during their 2005 "Sweet 16" season.
Additional coaching stops include Muncie Central High School (2002-03) and Munciana Volleyball Club (2001-04). The Muncie Central Bearcats advanced to the state championship in both seasons under the guidance of Schunzel, taking home the state title in 2002.
Schunzel was a standout on the court while playing for the Cardinals of Ball State from 1999-2004. He led his squad to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Championship and a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2002, his first of three seasons as a team captain. Individual honors received include: 2004 Second Team All-America, 2003 Honorable Mention All-America, 2002-04 First Team All-MIVA and 2001 Second Team All-MIVA. Schunzel played professionally overseas from 2004-05 as the starting setter for VfB Friedrichshafen Volleyball Club in Germany.
A true volleyball family, Shunzel's wife, Briana, was the 2004 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year while setting for the Ohio University Bobcats.