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Brad Bruns, East Central College head women’s volleyball coach, will be stepping down from the position at the end of this academic year.  Bruns will continue serving the college as Student Activities Director, a position he has held in conjunction with his coaching duties.

Bruns was hired in 2007 when women’s volleyball was reinstated as an intercollegiate sport at ECC.  In a short four year period, he developed the Falcon volleyball squad into a national contender every year compiling a record of 118-57.  Under his guidance the Falcons won three NJCAA Region 16/District O championships and made appearances in three NJCAA national tournaments.  

The Washington native was named MCCAC and Region 16/District O Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Last fall his team accomplished a rare feat, going undefeated to be the first team other than Jefferson College to win the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Championship outright in over 30 years.                                  

Bruns cited spending more time with his family as the main reason for his decision to leave the coaching position at ECC.  He has coached volleyball at the club, high school and intercollegiate levels for over 20 years.

ECC Athletic Director Jay Mehrhoff stated, “Brad accomplished a lot in a short amount of time while coaching at ECC. He made a lasting mark in the lives of his student athletes and his work during his tenure is much appreciated.”

The college will begin accepting applications for the part-time head women’s volleyball coaching position.  The projected hiring date will be in early June with full duties beginning July 1.

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