Reed Sunahara Resigns as UC Head Volleyball Coach
Reed Sunahara

Jan. 17, 2012

CINCINNATI - Reed Sunahara, who has served as the University of Cincinnati head volleyball coach for the past 12 seasons, announced his resignation Monday.

"This has been something I've been thinking about for some time," Sunahara said. "Fifteen years at one place is a long time. I have thoroughly enjoyed my association with UC and I am grateful that I have the chance to go out after winning the BIG EAST Tournament."

"Reed has laid a tremendous foundation for the next coach to build upon," Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. "We are grateful for his services and wish him the best in future endeavors."

Sunahara, the winningest coach in program history, led UC to a pair of BIG EAST Conference Championships (2008, 2010), the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament crown and three Conference USA Regular Season Championships (2000, 2001, 2003). Under his tutelage, the Bearcats have won 20 or more matches in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

During his time at UC, Sunahara 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 honorees and 24 all-conference selections between C-USA and the BIG EAST.

He holds a record of 289-109 at UC and a career mark of 308-149.

Sunahara came to UC in 1997 as the top assistant to then-head coach Laura Alford. He took over as head coach prior to the 2000 season.

A national search for Sunahara's successor will begin immediately.

"We have a great product here at the University of Cincinnati," Babcock said. "Our goal is to find the best coach who meets the high expectations of our program. We have a great tradition athletically and coupled with the top-notch BIG EAST Conference and our outstanding facilities, we feel this will be a very attractive opportunity."