John Dunning retiring as coach of the women’s volleyball team

John Dunning
John Dunning

JOHN DUNNING, a 32-year veteran of the women’s volleyball coaching ranks and five-time national champion head coach, has announced his retirement.

“I am a very lucky person. I have had the joy of coaching in a sport I love for decades, but have decided that it is time to retire,” said Dunning, who in December led Stanford to its record-tying seventh NCAA title with a 3-1 victory over Texas.

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to coach so many great student-athletes, and work with amazing people in amazing programs at great universities. I am grateful for all the support I have received and hope in the coming weeks to be able to reach out and thank people for all that they have done for me.”

Dunning directed Stanford to three national championships (2001, 2004, 2016) and eight conference titles during his 16-year tenure on The Farm. He boasts five national titles overall (1985 and 1986 at Pacific) – which ranks as the second-most in NCAA Division I history – and was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame in 2011.

In 32 seasons as a head coach, Dunning’s teams never missed the postseason. He led 12 teams to the Final Four, including eight of his 16 Stanford squads. Dunning joins current Penn State head coach Russ Rose as the only coaches in the history of the sport to guide 10 teams to the national championship match. Dunning finishes his career with an 888-185 overall record (.828).

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