Coach David Shumaker enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Bryan College volleyball program.
In Shumaker’s fourth season, the Lions achieved several program firsts. They achieved their first-ever undefeated conference season on the way to their third-straight regular season conference championship. The team placed a six players on the All-Conference team and had two players tabbed as NAIA Honor Mention All-Americans. During the off-season, Shumaker received his CAP II Coaching Accreditation from USA Volleyball. This summer Coach Shumaker is slated to work with the USA Volleyball High Performance summer programs.
In his third season, the team set new records for most wins (33) and best conference record (19-1) on its way to repeating as both the AAC Champions and AAC Tournament champions. The 2013 team placed 6 players on the AAC All-tournament team. The team also placed 2 players on the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Team. For his efforts, Coach Shumaker was named both the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year. During the off-season, Coach Shumaker began working with USA Volleyball by coaching in their High Performance summer programs.
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, Shumaker coached the women's volleyball for 10 years at Division III, Summit University of Pennsylvania. 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 Summit, he led the 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 Summit University 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 2010season 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 Summit University 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’s degree from Summit University of Pennsylvania in1990. He later returned to Summit University to earn a M.Div. in 1996. 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.
Coach Jessica Day enters her third season as the assistant coach of the Bryan College volleyball program.
Last season, Coach Day assisted in achieving several program firsts. The Lady Lions achieved their first-ever undefeated conference season on the way to their third-straight regular season conference championship. The team placed six players on the All-Conference team and had two players tabbed as NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans. The team also had seven players named to the All-Academic Team and two NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes.
In her first season, Coach Day was a volunteer assistant with the Lady Lions. She assisted in helping the team set new records for most wins (33) and best conference record (19-1) on its way to repeating as both the AAC Champions and AAC Tournament champions. The 2013 team placed 6 players on the AAC All-tournament team. The Lady Lions also placed nine players on the All-Academic team, had two players named as NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes, and placed two on the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Team.
Coach Day, formerly Jessica Kaya, was a 4-year stand out for the Lady Lions from 2008-2011. During her playing days, Day garnered numerous athletic and academic awards including, 2008 AAC All-Freshman Team, 2009 Bryan College Defensive Player of the Year, 2010 NAIA All-Scholar Team, and 2011 Academic All-Conference. She finished her career with a total of 1480 digs.
Following her graduation in 2012, Coach Day spent one year as Assistant Coach at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She has also coached Junior Olympic volleyball for various area clubs since her senior year of college. Most recently, she coached for the C4 Volleyball Club of Chattanooga.
Coach Day's primary on-court responsibilities includes overseeing the team's defense and serve receive. As the team's top assistant, she will also function as the Head JV Volleyball Coach.
Jessica currently resides in Dayton, Tennessee with her husband, Jordan, who is an assistant coach for the Bryan College Baseball program. She and Jordan are members at New Union Baptist Church in Dayton.