Former University of North Florida head volleyball coach Bryan Bunn isentering histhird year as Baylor's associate head coach. In 13 seasons as a head coach at North Florida and Texas Lutheran, Bunn's teams fashioned a 351-122 (.742) record and averaged 27 wins per season.
"Bryan is an outstanding volleyball coach, teacher, and recruiter," said Barnes. "Bryan and I share the same philosophy as coaches. We believe in building players into winners with a constructive, positive style and we stress strong character.
"His record speaks for itself," Barnes added. "He has had tremendous success as a head coach and I believe he makes our staff, along with Candice O'Brien, one of the top staffs in the country."
At North Florida, Bunn posted a seven-year record of 180-56 (.798) and left as the school's winningest volleyball coach ever and with the best winning percentage of any coach in school history among all sports. He led the Lady Ospreys to five consecutive Peach Belt Conference titles (2000-2004), and his teams advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship every season during that five-year run.
Under Bunn's leadership, North Florida closed out its membership in the Peach Belt Conference by winning 60 consecutive conference matches. He was named the 2000 and 2002 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
In 2005, UNF began the transition to NCAA Division I status, but Bunn's program did not skip a beat. His first two Division I teams finished among the top three in the Atlantic Sun Conference, closing with 19-10 and 18-15 overall records, respectively.
"Bryan Bunn has built a foundation and forged a direction for the UNF volleyball program that will serve the University of North Florida well for many years to come," North Florida Director of Athletics Richard Gropper said. "He is a talented young coach with a very bright future. He will definitely be missed, but we wish him only the best."
"It has been a great run here," Bunn said. "I appreciate all that UNF has done for me. The administration here has always given me support - both professionally and personally. The chance to coach at Baylor in the Big 12 Conference was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. It is closer to home as well, and I will have an opportunity to work with someone I have known for a long time."
Bunn and Baylor coach Barnes are longtime friends.
"We both grew up playing volleyball in Texas and started into coaching volleyball around the same time," Barnes said. "We had hoped the opportunity to coach together would transpire one day and now it has. The team and I welcome Bryan into our Baylor family."
Before taking over the program at North Florida, Bunn served as head coach and faculty member at Texas Lutheran University from 1994-2000. At Texas Lutheran, Bunn's teams fashioned a six-year record of 171-66 (.722), made two NAIA national tournament appearances, six regional appearances and two conference championships while averaging 28.5 wins per year.
In 13 seasons as a head coach at UNF and Texas Lutheran, Bunn has trained 18 All-Americans, 32 all-region players, 37 all-conference performers and five conference player of the year winners. His teams have finished among the nation's top 10 four times and won 23 or more matches 11 times.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio, Bunn began his coaching career as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin (1990-92). He then served as an assistant at Texas Lutheran (1991-93) before taking over as head coach at that school in 1994. An experienced club coach, too, Bunn guided the 1999 Alamo 18 Black to the Junior Olympic Club national championship.
Bunn and his wife, Jen, were married in June of 2008.