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Ryan DeLong
Head Coach: 8th Season
Phone: 608-796-3823

Ryan DeLong, 2010 MCC Coach of the Year, is entering his eighth season as V-Hawks head coach. DeLong completed his seventh season as V-Hawks head coach, going 35-8 overall and 8-1 in the very competitive Midwest Collegiate Conference. DeLong also saw his V-Hawks break in the NAIA Top 25 in program history as they got as high as 17th in the country and stayed in the top 30 for the whole season.

In 2010, DeLong led the V-Hawks to a 38-5 overall season and a perfect 8-0 in conference action to claim the programs first conference title since 1990 and just its fourth overall. The 38 wins were the most in a season since 1990 and included a school record 23 consecutive match win streak in the middle of the season. In DeLong's first seven seasons, the V-Hawks have compiled an overall record of 205-86 and have had 63 Academic All-Conference players, 2 NAIA All-Americans, 20 First Team all-conference players including the 2006, 2007, 2008 2009, 2010 and 2011 MCC Libero of the Year.

DeLong is also the director of the very successful V-Hawk PoWer Volleyball Club and summer volleyball camps. V-Hawk PoWer, in its fourth year, has grown from just 2 teams (16 kids) its first year to 13 teams (150 kids) this past winter. The summer camps have well over 300 campers and features four different sessions over a two week period in July. 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.

Prior to coming to Viterbo, Coach DeLong spent two seasons as the head coach at Western Wisconsin Technical College. Coach DeLong posted a 50-20 record there and two conference titles. Prior to WWTC, DeLong was the head coach at La Crosse Aquinas. DeLong served as Blugolds head coach for three years, finishing with two conference titles and an overall record of 45-7. He was La Crosse Tribune Coach of the Year in 2000, when the Blugolds went undefeated in the Mississippi Valley Conference, with a 12-0 record and remained undefeated until they fell to Osceola in the sectional finals.

DeLong graduated from UW-La Crosse in Exercise and Sport Science--Physical Education Teaching.  After teaching three years in Special Education, Delong is currently pursuing his masters. DeLong and his wife Kari have two boys, Bradyn and Carter, and  reside in Holmen where Kari works as a middle school health teacher.

Year Overall Record MCC Record
2005 14-21 3-4
2006 30-15 6-1
2007 29-13 6-2
2008 28-16 5-3
2009 31-11 6-2
2010 38-5 8-0 (MCC Champions)
2011 35-8 8-1
Total 205-86 42-13

 

 
Phil Gilbert
Assistant Coach: 4th Season

Phil Gilbert is in his fourth year as an assistant coach with the V-Hawk Volleyball Program. Gilbert comes to Viterbo having plenty of volleyball coaching and playing experience. He has made coaching stops at Holmen Middle School, Holmen High School Varsity, and club teams in West Salem and Holmen. He has experience playing club volleyball at the adult level throughout the Coulee Region.

Outside of coaching, Gilbert is a sixth grade teacher at Holmen Middle School. Gilbert lives in West Salem, Wis. with his wife, Judy, and their two children..

 
Heather Henry
Assistant Coach: 3rd Season

Heather (Harelstad) Henry enters her thirdseason as an assistant coach with the V-Hawk Volleyball program. Henry joined the staff after playing the previous four seasons for the V-Hawks. Henry played an integral role in helping to turn the V-Hawk program around as she was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Libero of the Year three times and first team all-conference three times. Henry sits a top the schools all-time dig list as she finished her career with 2,778 digs. She also played in a school record 596 games.

Henry also serves as the assistant director of the V-Hawk PoWer Volleyball Club and Summer Camp program. V-Hawk PoWer, in its fourth year, has grown from just 2 teams (16 kids) its first year to 13 teams (150 kids) this past winter. The summer camps have well over 300 campers and features four different sessions over a two week period in July.

Henry recently graduated with her nursing degree from Viterbo University. Henry and her husband, Brent, currently reside in Holmen, Wis.

 
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Eric Kunick
Assistant Coach: 7th Season

Eric Kunick is beginning his seventh year as an assistant coach for the Viterbo Women's Volleyball Program.  During his sixth season, the V-Hawks finished 35-8 overall, 8-1 in the MCC and spent most of the season ranked in the NAIA Top 25 poll.

During his fifth season on the V-Hawk staff, the V-Hawks compiled a 38-5 mark for their fifth consecutive winning season. The V-Hawks finished a perfect 8-0 in MCC action to claim their first MCC Championship in 20 years. Viterbo has lost just nine conference games in the past six seasons.

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 is also the V-Hawks Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and Events. He 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, reside in La Crosse where Joya works as a physical therapist assistant at UW-La Crosse.

 
 
 
 
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