Chris Toomey
Chris Toomey
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-4342
Year: Seventh Year
Previous College: King ('97)

Chris Toomey enters his seventh year as head coach of the Kingwomen's volleyball program after being an assistant from 1993-2006.His love for volleyball began as a child and he began playing onmen's club teams when he was a high school sophomore where hispassion has led him to his calling as a collegiate coach.

Coming into the 2012 season, Toomey knew he had a young team,and there would be ups and downs throughout the season. Following a3-5 start, the Tornado rolled off a season-high eight straightwins, including four wins in Conference Carolinas play. At the endof the season, the Tornado posted a 16-16 overall record, includinga 9-7 mark in Conference Carolinas play. King finished third in thewest division, qualifying for the conference tournament for thesecond straight year. The Tornado won the Conference Carolinas TeamSportsmanship Award while three student-athletes earnedall-conference recognition. Payton Tipton was also named ConferenceCarolinas Defensive Player of the Year. 

Under Toomey's leadership, the Tornado have enjoyed greatamounts of success at the NAIA and NCAA levels as the Universitytransitioned into becoming a permanent Division II member school.While head coach, Toomey has led his team to three conferencetournament championships - continuing a streak of 13 in a rowstarted back in 1997- one conference regular season championship, anational tournament appearance, two NCCAA regional runner-upfinishes and two NCCAA national tournament appearances in additionto many more accolades.

Through his first three seasons at the helm of the program, hecompiled an 84-36 record and a .700 winning percentage, leading tohis current overall record of 116-47 (.710) and an AppalachianAthletic Conference record of 32-4 (.889). In 2010, Toomey gainedentry into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)100-Win Club with a 3-0 win over Bluefield State.

In Toomey’s first season as head coach, he led his team toa 25-14 overall mark and second place in the Appalachian AthleticConference (AAC), finishing 15-3 (.833) en route to winning theconference tournament. He followed up a successful debut with hisbest season as a coach winning 75 percent of all games, finishing30-10 overall and losing only one league contest in 18 matches. Heled his team to a first place regular season conference finish thatyear and helped win the program’s 12th straight AACTournament. That year, the Tornado earned an invitation to the NAIANational Tournament and Toomey was named the AAC Coach of theYear.

Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Toomey had eight AACall-conference selections and four All-Region student-athletesunder his tutelage. While King was a member of the NCCAA, he hadnine players named to the All-Region team and four to the NCCAAAll-American team. His teams have been named an All-Academic Teamby the AVCA three times (2007, 2008, 2010).

In 2011, Toomey led his team to its first postseason appearanceafter completing the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.Following a 13-5 league record in its first season as a member ofConference Carolinas, the Tornado advanced to the conferencetournament and rattled off a come-from-behind, five-set victory onthe road against Mount Olive College for the College’s firstpostseason tournament win since joining Division II and ConferenceCarolinas. Toomey watched three of his players be named to theall-conference team and one to the all-tournament team.

Toomey has had the opportunity of playing volleyballinternationally while on sport evangelism trips in Germany, CostaRica, Brazil, Nicaragua and Austria. In addition to serving oninternational mission trips, Toomey has also served domestically inNew York City. He served as the director of the Tri-Cities JuniorsVolleyball Club and has been the head clinician at the KingUniversity volleyball camps for the past nine years. In addition,he has been a camp clinician at over 35 high school camps acrossthe region.

Toomey graduated from King in 1997 where he played on the men'stennis team for four years. While a member of the Tornado tennisteam, Toomey was named team Most Valuable Player in 1995 and 1996.As a student, he was elected SGA President, sang in The RefreshmentCompany and served as trainer and student assistant for the Kingvolleyball team.

After graduating from King, Toomey attended graduate school atthe University of Tennessee. While studying for his master’sdegree in Sport Management, he played on the University ofTennessee men's volleyball team for two seasons and served as agraduate assistant coach with the Lady Volunteer volleyballteam.

He also spent three seasons as the head coach of the Kingmen’s and women’s tennis teams. During his tenure, hewas named NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year and AppalachianAthletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Toomey was born in Lexington, Ky. and is the son of Hall of FameKing women’s volleyball head coach, Susie Toomey. He has abachelor’s degree in Behavior Science with a minor inCoaching. He obtained his Master’s of Science in SportManagement from Tennessee in 1998 and gained his teachingcertification in Elementary Education from King in1999.

Tale of theToomey 



Conference Record

Conference Finish


25-14 (.641)

15-3 (.833)

2nd (AAC)


30-10 (.750)

17-1 (.944)

1st (AAC)


29-12 (.707)


N/A *


32-11 (.744)


N/A *


23-13 (.639)

13-5 (.722)

2nd West / 3rd overall

201216-16 (.500)9-7 (.563)

3rd West / t-4th overall

201332-5 (.865)17-1 (.944)



187-81 (.698)

71-17 (.807)

*denotes transition from NAIA to NCAA