Coach Shumaker returns for his fifth season at Bryan College. In his first four seasons with the Lions, he has overseen the most successful period in program history, growing the team into a perennial AAC powerhouse.
In his four seasons at Bryan, Coach Shumaker has an overall record of 112-42 (71%), and a conference record of 63-6 (91%). After a solid first year where his squad finished tied for second place in regular season play, the Lions finished each of the next three years in first place, winning two AAC Tournaments in the process.
In Shumaker’s first season, his squad overcame a 2-10 start to finish with 20-19. With hard work and improvement, the team was able to win 18 out of its last 27 matches to finish tied for second-place in conference. In his inaugural season, Shumaker’s lions were knocked out of the conference tournament in the semi-finals.
Shumaker’s second season saw the Bryan team achieve new milestones. The team finished with an overall record of 32-10 (76%) on the way to winning the programs first-ever outright conference championship. The team capped off the record season by winning the AAC Tournament and earning the programs first bid to the NAIA National tournament. Shumaker was recognized by his colleagues as the 2012 AAC Volleyball Coach of the year for his efforts.
In his third season, the Lions set new program records for total wins (33) and best-ever conference record (19-1). The team finished with an impressive 33-4 record, repeating both as AAC Regular Season Champions and AAC Tournament Champions. The Lions achieved another program record by receiving votes for the NAIA Top-25. The team capped off the year by hosting the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament. For his efforts, Shumaker was named both AAC Coach of the Year and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year.
Shumaker’s fourth season saw more program firsts. The team earned a so-called “three-peat” in AAC play, notching its first-ever undefeated season in conference. Once again, Shumaker’s squad received votes for the NAIA Top 25. The season ended in disappointment, however, when the team was upset in the AAC Conference tournament finals.
Before coming to Bryan, Shumaker coached 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 NCCAA 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 Summit University team to the NCAA III, Coach Shumaker led his team to two-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. Shumaker is highly active in the greater volleyball community. He holds his USA Volleyball CAP II Certification and is highly involved in USA Volleyball’s High Performance Programs where he has the opportunity to work with many young, up-and-coming volleyball players from around the country. He is also a coach and founding director of the C4 Volleyball Club which serves the great Chattanooga and Cleveland areas. Coach Shumaker and his wife, Joanna, have two children Drew and Danielle. They live in Ooltewah, Tenn. Coach Shumaker enjoys his family, cycling, mountain biking, 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.