Head Coach: 11th Season
Ryan DeLong, four time conference coach of the year and 2015 NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year, recently completed his 11th season as the V-Hawk volleyball coach – finishing 40-5overall and ranked fourth in the country (NAIA) for the second straight season. The V-Hawks spent the complete 2015 season ranked among the top seven in the NAIA and achieved the school’s first ever #1 ranking during the season. The 2015 campaign included a NSAA Regular season and Tournament championship as well as the programs 3 trip in four years to the NAIA National Tournament.
In 2014, the V-Hawks finished 39-9 overall and ranked fourth in the country (NAIA) which is the highest any V-Hawk team had ever finished. The magical season included the teams third MCC Championship in five seasons and its second trip to the NAIA National Tournament in three years. At the National tournament, the V-Hawks advanced all the way to the national semifinals where they lost to #5 Texas at Brownsville. The final four appearance was the school’s first ever in any sport.
Coach DeLong has started to make a name for himself in the Midwest as he has been asked to work numerous elite level camps and speak at coaching conventions. Coach DeLong recently was a presenter at the Minnesota State High School Coaches Convention and worked the Northern Lights Elite Camp with several NCAA I head coaches. He also has worked numerous elite camps including MVI clinics in Minnesota as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports camp at Luther College.
DeLong will be assisted by current Viterbo assistant coaches along with other high school and college coaches as well as current V-Hawk volleyball players.
Assistant Coach: 10th Season
Eric Kunick is in his tenth year as an assistant coach for the Viterbo Volleyball Program. During Kunick’s nine seasons on staff, the V-Hawks have gone 298-94 (.760), won three Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season titles, two MCC tournament titles, and qualified for the NAIA national tournament twice. Viterbo has lost just nine conference games in the past eight seasons.
In 2014, the V-Hawks took it to the limits, recording the best volleyball season in school history. Viterbo finished 39-9 overall and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament where they upset No. 1 Rocky Mountain College to reach the Final Four. Viterbo finished the year No. 4 in the NAIA top-25 poll.
During his seventh season on the V-Hawk staff, Viterbo went 36-8 overall and won the programs fifth MCC regular season championship. The V-Hawks also won the school’s first ever MCC tournament title and qualified for the NAIA National Championships. At the national championships, the V-Hawks knocked over four teams ranked ahead of them as they advanced to the national quarterfinals. The V-Hawks finished the 2012 campaign with the programs highest national ranking as they were ranked 8th in the NAIA Top-25 poll.
While not coaching at Viterbo, Kunick serves as the assistant director of the very scuccessful V-Hawk Xtreme Volleyball Club and Viterbo Camp program. This past club season was the fifth year of having a club program which has grown from two teams (16 players) to 13 teams and over 150 players. The V-Hawk camp program has erupted to include numerous satellite camps at area high schools and reaches over 500 kids every summer.
Kunick brings a wealth of coaching knowledge from spending four years as an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Eau Claire North High School. Outside of coaching volleyball, Kunick also finds time to volunteer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes whom he worked for four years prior to coming to Viterbo University. Through FCA, Kunick has gained a wide variety of coaching knowledge by working numerous summer camps for a variety of sports.
Kunick graduated from UW-Eau Claire in Kinesiology-Exercise Management and from UW-La Crosse with a Masters of Science in Sports Administration. Eric and his wife Joya, have a daughter, Zoey, and reside in La Crosse where Joya works as a physical therapist assistant at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine.
Assistant Coach: 2nd Season