Sherry  Dunbar

Sherry Dunbar

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Ball State [apos]92


Sixth Year at Tennessee

Sherry Dunbar is in her sixth season as an assistant with the Lady Vol volleyball team, where she is involved in recruiting, scouting and assisting in all phases of practices. She is directly involved with the coaching of the middle hitters. Dunbar also serves as the SEC representative for the NCAA Assistant Volleyball Coaches Committee. Additionally, Dunbar is the summer camp director, team travel coordinator and supervises the managers and office projects.

Dunbar joined the program after spending four years in a similar role at the University of San Francisco. During her time in the Bay Area, she became acquainted with Rob Patrick while working at Don Shaw's Stanford Volleyball Camps and became his first hire when he accepted the head coaching job at UT.

While at USF, Dunbar was a valuable member of Head Coach Karin Wallenstein's staff in addition to serving as the school's assistant compliance director. Her coaching duties included working with the middle blockers as well as scouting, recruiting and overseeing individual player training. Among her top pupils was Chiara Lawrence, who broke the Dons' single-season block record in 1995.

Born in Fontana, Calif., Dunbar moved with her family to Ellettsville, Ind., during her childhood. While playing at Edgewood High School, she was coached by Wallenstein, then an assistant at EHS. When Wallenstein was named head coach at USF in 1993, she wasted little time in naming her former pupil as her number one aide.

Dunbar's talents for coaching middle blockers can be traced back to her days as a standout at that position as a prep and at Ball State University. The 6-foot-2 Dunbar finished her career at the Muncie, Ind., school as the program's all-time blocks leader. She also appears among the top 10 in the BSU record book for two career marks, hitting percentage and kills.

A four-year starter for the Cardinals, Dunbar was named to the Ball State All-Decade squad. She also earned all-conference honors as a junior and was BSU's most improved player as a freshman. She earned a bachelor's degree from the school in 1992 and completed a master's in sports and fitness management at the University of San Francisco in 1996.


  • Coached first-team All-SEC outside hitter Ariana Wilson to a spot on the AVCA All-South District first team
  • Named to All-Decade Team at Ball State
  • All-time career blocks leader at BSU
  • All-conference middle blocker for Cardinals
  • Spent four years as an assistant coach at San Francisco
  • Tutored USF single-season blocks leader in 1995


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