BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Wednesday the hiring of Dave Ulrich to lead the King women's volleyball program. Ulrich becomes the fourth coach in program history.
"Dave is an excellent fit for King," Hicks said. "He has a passion for using volleyball as an instrument for the spiritual and personal development of student-athletes, continuing in King's long tradition in women's volleyball. In addition, he's recognized by his peers as one of the top young coaches in the game, and brought instant success to the program at Randall. I'm confident he will hit the ground running at King and build on our previous success in women's volleyball."
Ulrich spent the last two years as the head coach at Randall University in Moore, Okla. Prior to his first year, the Saints went 4-30 and he turned that around to a 12-24 mark in 2016 before leading Randall to a 26-13 record a season ago. Under Ulrich's tutelage, the Saints reached the NCCAA Division II Final Four in 2016.
"I'm very thankful that David Hicks and King University have given me the opportunity to lead their women's volleyball program," Ulrich said. "The interview process was very thorough, so I feel confident in knowing that they have placed their confidence in me to lead here. The women's volleyball program has such a rich history of athletic excellence, as well as spiritual depth that I hope to maintain and grow during my time here."
Along with his duties at Randall, Ulrich was also a coach and director of recruiting for the Oklahoma Charge Volleyball Club. Prior to his appointments at Randall and with the Oklahoma Charge, Ulrich was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lincoln Christian University, helping lead them to three NCCAA Final Four appearances in five years. In that time he coached seven first team and two second team All-Americans as well as 13 scholar athletes.
"I've always held to the idea that I would only coach as long as I was able to use coaching as an avenue for discipleship, and it has been very clear to me through the whole hiring process that God has a purpose for me to continue that here at King," continued Ulrich. "I'm looking forward to meeting and working with our athletes, and I'm also excited to connect with our many supportive alumni to learn more about the history and tradition of Tornado volleyball."
This past spring, Ulrich was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 list, an award that honors up-and-coming coaching talents at all levels. He was the only NCCAA member to earn the award.
Ulrich earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Ministry at Lincoln Christian University.