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.
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