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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dave Zelenock has been named the head coach for The Citadel volleyball program, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. Zelenock was most recently the head coach at Tennessee Tech where he served for five years.

"A national search for our head volleyball coach resulted in a quality candidate pool, and Dave rose to the top as a person of character, a quality recruiter, and a developer of talent," said interim athletic director Rob Acunto. "We look forward to having Dave join The Citadel family and watching him develop a positive team culture that produces winning results on the court, as well as to continuing the volleyball program's strong performance in the classroom and cohesiveness with, and among, the corps of cadets. I also want to commend Kathy Kroupa and the entire search committee for the time and effort they put into the search process. Success at The Citadel is a collaborative effort, and the search committee was a fine example of that fact."

"First, I would like to thank Rob Acunto, Kathy Kroupa and everyone on the search committee," Zelenock said. "It is clear to anyone who has spent time around The Citadel that it is a special place. My family and I are beyond excited to be joining a department so committed to cadet-athlete success in the classroom, success on the court, and success in life."

Zelenock led his 2014 and 2015 Golden Eagle volleyball teams to back-to-back appearances in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Tournament semifinal round. His 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes earned High Honorable Mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com for strength of recruiting class.

In the classroom, his teams earned the Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award four times (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17) and 21 of his student-athletes earned spots on the TTU Athletic Director's Honor Roll. The Golden Eagle volleyball program has the longest streak among all the teams within the TTU Athletic Department of uninterrupted semesters (35) with a team GPA exceeding 3.0, a stretch which began in fall 2000.

He also saw 21 student-athletes earn a spot on the TTU Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Twenty-nine athletes also made the OVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll during his time, and two earned a Medal of Honors for achieving a perfect 4.0 through both the fall and spring semesters.

The Golden Eagles also recorded their first All-OVC athlete and All-Newcomer team member under Zelenock's tutelage. In the summer of 2015, one of his student-athletes, Cody Dodd earned a place as one of 36 athletes to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program.

Prior to his stint in Cookeville, Tennessee, Zelenock spent six seasons on the volleyball staff of Central Michigan, helping reshape the landscape of the program. He was named the associate head coach in 2009. With Zelenock on the recruiting trail, Central Michigan secured five-straight nationally ranked recruiting classes in his six seasons as well as two more that felt his impact even after he departed for the head job at Tennessee Tech.

Zelenock's responsibilities at CMU included acting as the program's recruiting coordinator and future opponent scouting. In the gym, he was in charge of outside hitter development/training.

During his six seasons at CMU, the Chippewas forged five winning seasons and a 107-78 overall record. In 2007, his first season on the staff, Zelenock's scouting abilities helped CMU to its first 20-win season since 1985 and first postseason victory in 25 years. The Chippewas won 20 straight sets over the course of eight matches midway through the season. In 2008, the Chippewas missed their second straight 20-win season by the slimmest of margins (19-11).

CMU posted its fourth straight winning season in 2009, and reached the MAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 1996. The Chippewas tallied postseason victories over Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois to reach the semis.

The 2011 CMU team ended a 33-year drought as the Chippewas won the Mid-America Conference championship and earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

Individually, during his six seasons on the staff Zelenock saw seven CMU players earn all-MAC honors as well as two capture all-freshman awards.

A 2005 graduate of Central Michigan, Zelenock also served as an assistant coach at Northwood University for two years and Delaware State for one season before returning to his alma mater in 2007. At Northwood, he helped the team to a 44-21 two-year record and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

As an undergraduate at CMU, Zelenock was a four-year starter for the men's club volleyball team. He served as captain for three seasons, club president for two years and was a coach for two years.

He earned his bachelor's degree from CMU in 2005, majoring in physical education with a minor in secondary physical science. Zelenock and his wife, Jamie, have two sons, Jacoby and Zander Lee.

For more information on The Citadel's volleyball team follow @CitadelVB on Twitter and @citadelvolleyball on Instagram or visit CitadelSports.com.
 
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