BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the hire of Ryan Booher as head women's volleyball coach. Booher has led the King men's volleyball program for the last nine years and has been involved in girls club volleyball in northeast Tennessee.
"In a job that is often full of tough decisions, I appreciate the easy decisions," stated Hicks. "Once Ryan had demonstrated his plan for leading both programs, hiring someone with his qualifications and track record for success was an easy choice."
Booher is no stranger to the success and traditions of the Tornado women's volleyball program as he has been involved in some capacity over the last 20-plus years. In the 1990's he went on mission trips with the team when King Athletic Hall of Fame Member Susie Toomey was leading the program.
"I am excited and honored to be asked to coach such a prestigious women's volleyball program," Booher said. "The legacy left behind by Susie and Chris Toomey is one to be honored and remembered. I am looking forward to working with these young ladies and continue the development of strong Christian student-athletes. Thanks to King and the athletic department for this opportunity."
The transition from the men's game to the women's game shouldn't be an issue for Booher as he coached club volleyball in the area. A native of Bristol, Booher has led the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club (NETVC) for 18 years and coached girls club volleyball for more than 20 years.
"In addition to being a great coach, Ryan fully understands and believes in King's mission and vision, and is committed to King and our student-athletes," Hicks said. "His volleyball knowledge, spiritual maturity and understanding of King's volleyball traditions will be an asset to our program and student-athletes."
The success of Booher's men's teams can't be argued as they Tornado have won back-to-back Conference Carolinas regular season title, winning their first tournament title in 2018. That victory gave King their first NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship appearance. Booher has been named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year three times, in 2010, 2017 and 2018. In this time, Booher has amassed 130 wins and a winning percentage of .524.