Coach David Shumaker enters his third season as the head coach of the Bryan College volleyball program. In his second year at Bryan, Coach Shumaker helped the program achieve new milestones. In 2012, he led the team to a program-high 32-10 record, the program’s first-ever outright conference championship, the team’s first conference tournament championship, and the program’s first-ever qualification for the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament. The program placed two players on the AVCA All-Region team, and one player as an honorable-mention All-American. Coach Shumaker was named the 2012 AAC Coach of the Year for his efforts.
In his first season, the team started slowly, opening with a 0- 9 record. However, once the Lions entered the conference schedule, they quickly rattled off 11 straight victories and finished the season 20-19 with an impressive 12-2 conference record. Entering the conference tournament as the second seed, the Lions were knocked out of the tournament in the semifinals by the eventual champions.
Before coming to Bryan, Coach Shumaker was the women's volleyball coach at Division III Baptist Bible College for 10 years. In his time there, he led his team to an impressive record of 209-139 (.600) becoming the most successful volleyball coach in school history. While at Baptist Bible College, he led the Lady Defenders to 4 straight NCCAA East Region Championships, including a 2nd-place finish in the National Tournament, and a 29-11 record in 2005. He garnered numerous honors in the NCCAA, receiving 3 Regional Coach of the Year awards, while being named National Coach of the Year in 2003. Coach Shumaker served as the NCCAA II Regional Volleyball Chair for 2 years and National Volleyball Vice-Chair for one.
After transitioning the team to the NCAA III, Coach Shumaker led his team to 2 straight NCAA conference championships in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). He took the first ever Baptist Bible College team to the NCAA III National Tournament in 2006. After his team moved to the Colonial States Athletic Conference, they ranked in the top three every year finishing the 2010 season as conference runner-up. Coach Shumaker received the NEAC Volleyball Coach of the Year award in 2005 and 2006, and was named the CSAC Coach of the Year in 2010.
In his ten years at BBC he has coached 12 NCCAA All-Region players, 6 NCCAA All-Americans, 2 NEAC Most Valuable players, 9 NEAC 1st Team All-Conference athletes, and 4 CSAC All-Conference players.
Coach Shumaker earned his Bachelor of Science in Bible with a Pre-Seminary major from Baptist Bible College in 1990. He went on to earn his Master in Divinity from BBC in 1996. He also did some graduate work at Michigan State University and began working on a PhD in New Testament. Coach Shumaker and his wife, Joanna have two children, Drew and Danielle. He lives in Ooltewah, Tenn., and is actively involved in his local church.
Alison Williams enters her third season as the assistant coach for the Lions. Along with her responsibilities with the varsity team, Williams also coaches the Bryan College JV team, which is coming off its second consecutive winning season. A graduate from Bryan College, she earned her B.S. in Exercise and Health Science and continues to study strength and conditioning. Williams was a starting outside hitter for the Lions as well as team captain. Her senior year she led the team in kills and was seven short of breaking the kill record. She has also worked many summer camps throughout the Southeast and Midwest as a guest instructor and coach.