"Dave has done a tremendous job building on our outstanding traditions in women's volleyball," said Hicks. "We are sad to see him go, but this is the right move for him and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best."
Ulrich has served as the women's volleyball coach for the last two years, guiding the Tornado to a 29-26 record while going 15-13 in Conference Carolinas play. King finished third in the Conference Carolinas North Division each of the last two years and reached the conference tournament semifinals in 2018.
"I would like to thank David Hicks for giving me the opportunity to lead this program for the past two seasons," Ulrich said. "While no coach ever looks forward to leaving their athletes behind, my goal has always been to be better than we were the year before. I am confident that this team will perform at a high level even after my departure, and that whoever takes over next will find that I left them in a great position to continue to improve. Last, I would like to thank each of the athletes who always did their best for me on and off the court. You made my job easier, and I look forward to cheering you all on in the coming seasons."
Last season, Ulrich guided the Tornado to an 18-11 mark, including a 9-5 record in league play. King had two players selected All-Conference Carolinas, including freshman of the year Julie Ward. Over the past two years, Ulrich coached five players that earned all-conference accolades.
Ulrich will be joining the volleyball staff of Texas Women's University as an assistant coach, where his wife Laura is also an assistant. The two were married on December 8.
A national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.