Article posted on April 1, 2020

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The University of Florida has won or shared 20 SEC regular season titles since 1991, making Missouri’s 2013 title a bit of a departure from the norm. The SEC newcomer isn’t the only squad looking to shake things up though as three third year coaches are busy building contenders. The top three spots in the conference this year belonged to top 25 teams in Missouri, Florida, and Kentucky, but the next three all have third year coaches at the helm.

Lizzy Stemke’s Georgia squad finished a strong 22-10, with a 36 RPI as they improved each year under her leadership. The 2013 campaign featured the Bulldogs best record since 1994 and 1st NCAA tournament bid since 2004. Find Talented CoachesWin AD gives you access to tens of thousands of coach videos for all 39 NCAA sports and more than 8,000 coach Twitter streams that provide a gauge of social media savviness.Alabama also made it back to the tournament, their last appearance being in 2007. Ed Allen led the Crimson Tide to a 24-10 record and 41 RPI in his third season. Rick Nold led Auburn to a 19-11 mark, their 2nd winning record in a row, and 65 RPI finish. The season featured the program’s first win against a top ten opponent and a 5-5 record against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament. While these three programs vie for SEC titles, let’s look at a few other programs guided by new coaches in the process of building contenders.

Hugh & Stephanie Hernesman, NW ST (4 Years) – (2013 Record: 21-12, RPI 98)
The co-head coach combo nearly led Northwestern State to its 1st NCAA tournament appearance on the merit of the most Division I wins in program history, before losing a tough five-setter in the conference tournament championship game. The second 20+ win season in a row for the Hernesman’s also marks an improvement in RPI of 145 points from their first season in 2011.

Bryan Bunn, NC ST (4 Years) – (2013 Record: 20-12, RPI 57)
Coach Bunn has now posted 3 straight 20+ win seasons and back to back winning conference records. North Carolina State had not had a 20 game winner since the 1996 season and their last above 0.500 conference mark came in 1988.

Bakeer Ganes, Temple (3 Years) – (2013 Record: 18-12, RPI 183)
Temple may not be making huge waves yet, but Coach Ganes has a ten win and 63 point RPI improvement over year one. The back-to-back winning seasons are slowly erasing the memory of the 4-win 2010 campaign and could serve as a strong foundation for lasting program success.

Penny Lucas-White, Alabama ST (3 Years) – (2013 Record: 25-16, RPI 275)
While the RPI might need some additional improvement, Coach Lucas-White’s ten=win increase from year one was enough to make the Hornets’ SWAC champions and see them to their first ever NCAA tournament berth. That sort of accomplishment can go a long way towards building lasting success.

Tim Loesch, Stetson (3 Years) – (2013 Record: 18-16, RPI 257)
Stetson volleyball has had its share of rough seasons—the 2009 squad saw only one victory. Those days may soon become the exception, as Coach Loesch has improved 9 games over year one; the 2013 squad posted the program’s best record since 1988.

Michelle Collier, Jacksonville (2 Years) – (2013 Record: 30-4, RRPI 86)
Coach Collier has completed a remarkable two year turnaround improving by 20 wins and 135 RPI points. The Atlantic Sun Tournament champions made their first NCAA tournament bid since 2004 and posted the best winning percentage in program history.

Shaun Kupferberg, Howard (2 Years) – (2013 Record: 21-11, RPI 245)
After a rough one win start to his tenure at Howard, Coach Kupferberg led the Bison to their best finish since 1995 and best MEAC tournament finish since 2004. The turnaround saw a 74 point improvement in RPI.

The chart below shows win and RPI improvement from year one to year three for the third year coaches: