Ken Murczek Named Head Wake Forest Volleyball Coach
Feb. 7, 2013
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
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.
"Ken brings a strong background as a coach and as a player," said senior associate athletic director Barbara Walker. "His passion for the game is contagious and we look forward to working with him."
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.
"I want to thank Ron Wellman, Barbara Walker and the whole search committee," said Murczek. "I am excited for my wife and I to join our new Demon Deacon family."
Prior to his stint as head coach at North Texas, Murczek was an assistant coach at the University of Kansas for 2008-09. Two players from his time at Kansas were named to the ESPN All-District Academic team while the squad had eight Academic All-Big XII selections in 2009.
Before heading to Kansas, Murczek was an assistant at the University of Virginia in 2007 during a time when the Cavaliers won 18 matches. He helped with recruiting and trained the outside hitters including two-time AVCA All-American Sarah Kirkwood.
From 2005-06, Murczek was an assistant coach at Western Michigan University and a volunteer assistant at Purdue in 2004 during which time the Boilermakers made the NCAA Tournament.
He has also assisted with USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs, Colo., helping with skill development and on-court training for the United States Women's National Volleyball team since 2006.
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.
Murczek received his B.S. in kinesiology from San Diego State in 1998 before earning a master's in teaching and teacher education from the University of Arizona in 2000. He also holds a secondary education teaching credential in physical education and science from the state of Indiana, and an M.S. in sport management from Western Michigan University (2007). Murczek and his wife Jennifer were married in August 2007.