Reed Sunahara
Reed Sunahara

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
11th Season

Alma Mater:
UCLA '89


01/17/2012

Reed Sunahara Resigns as UC Head Volleyball Coach

12/29/2011

UC Athletics: Top 10 Moments Of 2011

Championships, thrilling wins among year's highlights

12/13/2011

One Word To Describe 2011: Successful

Bearcats win BIG EAST, narrowly miss Sweet 16

11/30/2011

Relaxed Bearcats Cherish NCAA Automatic Bid

UC opens tourney play Friday vs. Samford

11/27/2011

Bearcats Placed in Tallahassee for First Round of NCAA

Cincinnati will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for the first two rounds.

  • Overall Coaching Record: 308-149; At UC: 289-109

    Reed Sunahara, the winningest coach in program history, has guided University of Cincinnati volleyball to unprecedented heights during his 12 seasons as head coach.

    Sunahara has piloted the Bearcats to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of the past four years, and eight of his 12 seasons overall. UC won the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament, the 2010 BIG EAST regular-season championship outright and a share of the 2008 BIG EAST regular-season championship. Additionally, Sunahara has claimed a trio of Conference USA regular season championships, set school records for consecutive wins, consecutive home wins, and consecutive games won. Since his arrival in Clifton, UC has won at least 20 matches in every season but one. Sunahara earned the distinction as the program's winningest coach in 2004 and has amassed 289 victories on the Bearcats' sideline.

    Even more impressive is Sunahara's record at Fifth Third Arena, which is 127-15. From 2003 to the present, Sunahara has a winning percentage of .904 (104-11) while pacing the UC sideline, which is the fifth-best winning percentage at home during that stretch. The only coaches ahead of Sunahara are Penn State's Russ Rose, Florida's Mary Wise, Nebraska's John Cook, and Texas' Jerritt Elliott. Cincinnati held the nation's longest home-court winning streak for nearly the entire 2011 season, extending it to 48 matches befoore falling, 3-2, against Ohio on Nov. 25.

    Sunahara has also coached on the international circuit, taking USA squads through tours of China (2011), Spain and Portugal (2001), the Czech Republic (2003 & 2004) and Argentina (2006).

    Known for developing impact players, Sunahara has mentored five AVCA All-America performers, three AVCA Region Freshman of the Year selections, three conference Player of the Year winners, six conference Freshman of the Year players, and 24 all-conference selections between Conference USA and the BIG EAST Conference.

    Sunahara led the Bearcats to the first BIG EAST Tournament title in school history in 2011, sweeping Notre Dame, 3-0, in the final. The 2011 squad boasted first-team all-BIG EAST honorees Missy Harpenau and Jordanne Scott as well as second-team honoree Caylin Mahoney. The Bearcats earned the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, making an appearance for the fourth straight season. UC topped Samford, 3-2, before falling to host Florida State, 3-2, in the second round. UC has now advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons.

    Sunahara guided Cincinnati to arguably its best season in school history in 2010. The Bearcats finished the season with a 30-6 overall record, their first 30-win campaign since 1983. UC won the BIG EAST regular-season championship outright with a 13-1 record and advanced to the finals of the conference tournament for the second straight season. Sunahara was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
    Senior outside hitter Stephanie Niemer was named the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year, as well as a second team AVCA All-America selection. Volleyball Magazine tabbed Niemer as a first team All-American. Senior setter Annie Fesl and sophomore middle blocker Jordanne Scott joined Niemer on the All-BIG EAST First Team, as well the AVCA All-Northeast Region Team. Cincinnati recieved an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive season and advanced to the second round before falling to Illinois in four sets.

    In 2009, UC posted 25 wins and went to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many seasons, marking the fifth time in program history the Bearcats have put together back-to-back 25-plus win seasons. Behind AVCA honorable mention All-America selection and first-team all-BIG EAST performer Stephanie Niemer, Cincinnati advanced to its first BIG EAST Championship game since joining the conference.

    One year earlier, Sunahara and the Bearcats captured a share of the program's first BIG EAST regular-season championship. The 2008 squad reeled off 15 consecutive wins from Oct. 3 through Nov. 16, falling one win shy of tying the program record for consecutive wins. The Bearcats also took home court advantage to a different level, going a perfect 14-0 in Fifth Third Arena, setting a new school record for most home wins in a season. UC made the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the Sunahara era and advanced to the second round of the tournament for the second time in school history.

    After leading the Bearcats to a share of the 2008 BIG EAST title, Sunahara was named the 2008 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, while senior Jessie Nevitt became the first player in Bearcat history to earn four First-Team All-BIG EAST honors. Nevitt also was named an AVCA honorable-mention all-American for the third time in her career.

    The 2006 campaign was another winning and successful one as UC finished 22-7 to mark its 12th consecutive 20-win season. Under Sunahara's watch, sophomore Jessie Nevitt became the second UC player ever to earn all-America status two years in a row.

    In 2005, Sunahara's Bearcats continued their winning tradition, capturing 20 wins for the 11th consecutive year and advancing to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals in the program's first year in the league. UC finished the campaign with a 20-12 record against one of its most competitive schedules ever. Sunahara also guided the development of Nevitt, who was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention all-American.

    The 2004 season saw UC advance to the conference tournament semifinals for the seventh time in 10 years. Sunahara also guided the Bearcats to their 10th straight 20-win season, finishing with a 22-11 mark. Julie DuPont was honored as the C-USA Player of the Year for the second straight campaign and was again tabbed an all-American by the AVCA.

    During the 2003 season, Sunahara guided a team that lost two of the top players in school history-Trish Ladusaw and Bonita Wise-to a share of the C-USA regular-season championship and a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bearcats finished with a 27-6 record, presenting him with his 100th coaching victory. DuPont blossomed under Sunahara's tutelage, becoming UC's first-ever volleyball all-American.

    In 2002, Sunahara led the Bearcats to a 23-9 mark and an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.

    Sunahara earned the C-USA Coach of the Year Award in 2001 after leading the Bearcats to their most successful season ever. The Bearcats finished the season 23-8, capturing the C-USA regular season championship and matching a school record with a 14-2 conference ledger.

    A trip to the NCAA Tournament brought UC its first tournament win. Along the way the Bearcats set a school record by winning 16 straight matches

    In 2000, his first year as UC's head coach, Sunahara led a team returning three starters to a second consecutive C-USA American Division title with a 14-2 league record, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

    Sunahara joined the Cincinnati family in 1997 as the top assistant to then-head coach Laura Alford.

    As an assistant, Sunahara was involved in all coaching aspects, from recruiting and scheduling to practice planning and scouting. He was instrumental in developing Cincinnati's middle blockers, including former all-time kills leader Becky Tenkman, four-time all-conference selection Bonita Wise, and two-time all-conference choice Stephanie Meinig. The Bearcats were 70-32 in his three seasons as an assistant.

    Sunahara previously spent four seasons at Toledo, serving as head coach for the final two years. In 1993, the Rockets reached the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time. As head coach for the Rockets, he posted a 19-40 record, including a 12-19 mark in 1996.

    Prior to Toledo, Sunahara served as assistant men's coach (1990-93) at perennial power UCLA under Al Scates, the all-time winningest volleyball coach in NCAA history. He also served as the graduate assistant at UCLA in 1987 and 1989. The Bruins won three national championships during his coaching tenure.

    As a player, Sunahara helped lead UCLA to three straight national championships, including two undefeated seasons (29-0 in 1982 and 38-0 in 1984). He led the Bruins with a .399 hitting percentage in 1984 and was considered the nation's best outside hitter.

    A two-time all-American, Sunahara played with Olympians Karch Kiraly, Ricci Luyties (the current head coach at UC San Diego), Doug Partie, and Dave Saunders during his career. In 1988, he went to Spain to play professionally in the Canary Islands for Cisneros Isla Verdes. He played for champion NIKE/Molten at the United States Volleyball Association national championships in 1987 and 1990.

    Sunahara has held his own camp, The Reed Sunahara Volleyball Camp, for 14 years.

    The Reed Sunhara File

    College: UCLA (BA in Sociology, 1989)

    Year at Cincinnati: 12th as head coach, 15th overall

    Coaching experience: UCLA (1987, 1989), men's graduate assistant coach: UCLA (1990-93), men's assistant coach; Toledo (1993-94), women's assistant coach; Toledo (1995-96), women's head coach (won 19, lost 40); Cincinnati (1997-99), women's assistant coach; Cincinnati (2000-present), women's head coach (won 262, lost 99).

    Playing experience: UCLA (1982-86), two-time All-American, three NCAA titles; NIKE/Molten at the USVBA national championships (1987, 90); Cisneros Isla Verdes in the Canary Islands (1988).

    Personal: Children Rex (15), R.J. (11) and Mia (6).


    Sunahara's Year-by-Year Coaching Record

    Year

    School

    Position

    Record

    Conf.

    Postseason

    1987

    UCLA

    Men's G.A. Coach

    30-3

    18-0

    NCAA Champion

    1989

    UCLA

    Men's G.A. Coach

    29-5

    17-3

    NCAA Champion

    1990

    UCLA

    Men's Asst. Coach

    26-5

    15-3

    1991

    UCLA

    Men's Asst. Coach

    16-9

    12-4

    1992

    UCLA

    Men's Asst. Coach

    15-12

    11-7

    1993

    UCLA

    Men's Asst. Coach

    24-3

    16-3

    NCAA Champion

    1993

    Toledo

    Women's Asst. Coach

    16-12

    9-9

    1994

    Toledo

    Women's Asst. Coach

    8-19

    4-13

    1995

    Toledo

    Women's Head Coach

    7-21

    4-13

    1996

    Toledo

    Women's Head Coach

    12-19

    5-12

    1997

    Cincinnati

    Women's Asst. Coach

    21-13

    12-4

    1998

    Cincinnati

    Women's Asst. Coach

    21-12

    12-4

    1999

    Cincinnati

    Women's Asst. Coach

    28-7

    13-3

    C-USA Div. Champs, NCAA Tournament

    2000

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    24-10

    14-2

    C-USA Div. Champs, NCAA Tournament

    2001

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    23-8

    14-2

    C-USA Champions, NCAA Tournament

    2002

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    23-9

    11-2

    NCAA Tournament

    2003

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    27-6

    12-1

    C-USA Co-Champions, NCAA Tournament

    2004

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    22-11

    10-3

    2005

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    20-12

    9-5

    2006

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    22-7

    10-4

    2007

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    19-12

    9-5

    2008

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    27-7

    12-2

    BIG EAST Co-Champions, NCAA Tournament

    2009

    Cincinnati

    Women's Head Coach

    25-11

    12-2

    NCAA Tournament

    2010 Cincinnati Women's Head Coach 30-6 13-1 BIG EAST Champions, NCAA Tournament
    2011 Cincinnati Women's Head Coach 27-10 12-2 BIG EAST Tournament Champions, NCAA Tournament

    Totals

    Head Coach (Cincinnati)

    289-109

    138-30

    Totals

    Head Coach

    308-149

    147-55