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Feb. 7, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman has announced the hiring of Ken Murczek as the head coach of Wake Forest volleyball. Murczek who spent the past three seasons as the head coach of North Texas, is the 10th head coach in Wake Forest volleyball history.
“I am very grateful for this tremendous opportunity and can’t wait to meet the team,” said Murczek. “Wake Forest is already a premier academic university and my vision is to move the volleyball program up the ladder in the very competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.”
Murczek comes to Wake Forest from the University of North Texas where he spent three seasons as head coach. In the three years leading the program, Murczek guided the Mean Green to 63 wins including 20 wins in his first season at the helm and a program-record 26-12 mark in 2012. Last year’s squad also made the Sun Belt Conference finals for the first time in program history. Both the 2010 and 2012 teams won the Sun Belt West Division titles as Murczek became the fastest coach in North Texas volleyball history to win 50 matches.
Murczek’s teams at North Texas were successful off the court as well with the Green Machine team being presented with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Award in 2011 and 2012. The award is given to teams nationally who maintained a 3.30 cumulative GPA for the academic year.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Murczek attended San Diego State University where he competed for two years on the volleyball team before heading to the University of Arizona in which he competed on the club team for two years, winning back-to-back national championships. He also competed internationally for four seasons in Gelterkinden, Switzerland; Biendenkopf, Germany; Niort, France and Bandung, Indonesia.