Coach David Shumaker enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Bryan College volleyball program.
In his third season, the team set new records for most wins (32) 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.
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 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 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 completed some graduate work at Michigan State University. 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 Day, formerly Jessica Kaya, was a 4-year stand out for the 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 1480 total digs.
Following her graduation in 2012, Coach Day spent one year as Assistant Coach at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. In 2013, Jessica returned to Dayton and joined the Bryan College Volleyball staff as volunteer assistant. 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 will include overseeing the team's defense and serve receive. As the team's top assistant, she will also function as the Head JV Volleyball Coach. Coach Shumaker had high praise for his new assistant. "I am extremely pleased to have Jessica come on our coaching staff. She has a great passion for the game—a passion to see it played at the highest level. Our team will profit from her experience and passion."
Jessica currently resides in Dayton, Tennessee with her husband, Jordan, who is an assistant coach for the Bryan College Baseball program. She and Jordan attend New Union Baptist Church in Dayton.