AMES, Iowa – Cyclones head volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch announced Wednesday the hiring of Greg Harasymowycz as assistant coach and the promotion of current Iowa State assistant coach Dawn Sullivan to associate head coach.
Harasymowycz (Harris-IM-AH-vich) comes to Iowa State from UCLA where he served as men’s volleyball volunteer head coach from 2008-2012 before assuming the full-time assistant coaching position in February of this year.
While at UCLA, Harasymowycz worked under head coach Al Scates, the winningest coach in Division I volleyball history whose teams boast 19 NCAA Championships and two USVBA Championships. During his tenure under Scates, Harasymowycz helped the Bruins to a 79-56 (.585) record and produced five All-Americans. He also worked as an instructor at the UCLA Volleyball Camp.
“We are thrilled to have Greg join us,” Johnson-Lynch said. “He’s had a tremendous opportunity to work for and learn from Al Scates, one of the most legendary coaches in volleyball, for the past several years, and I am excited to have that experience in our gym. I believe he will have a great impact on our blocking and training our middles in particular. He has a very energetic, positive presence that I anticipate will be great on the recruiting trail.”
Prior to UCLA, Harasymowycz spent seven seasons on staff at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge, as a volunteer assistant coach in 2002-03 and as an assistant coach from 2003-2008 as the Matadors went 115-70. The Buffalo, N.Y. native also was the assistant coach for the 2007 Jr. Olympics silver medal Pacific Palisades Volleyball Club.
An all-section and all-state outside hitter at Sweet Home Senior High School in 1994, Harasymowycz began his collegiate career at LaVerne before transferring to Cal State Northridge and playing three seasons for the Matadors before graduating in 2000.
Sullivan moves into the position of associate head coach after serving as the Cyclones’ assistant coach since the 2005 season.
“Dawn has been a critical part of the growth and success of Iowa State volleyball since we arrived here seven years ago,” Johnson-Lynch said. “She is as loyal, hard working and competitive as they come. I value, so much, what she adds to our program, and it is important to me to recognize that by naming her the associate head coach.”
Over the last seven seasons, Sullivan has helped transformed Iowa State into a perennial volleyball powerhouse. Her work with the Cyclone outside hitters has resulted in the top four hitting percentages in program history, including 2010’s record-setting .259 mark.
The Cyclones are less than two months from the start of the 2012 season which begins Aug. 24-25 in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic. Iowa State will play teams from Tennessee, Cincinnati and Florida State, who defeated the Cyclones in the NCAA Tournament Regional Final last season, during the open weekend of play.