Volleyball: Murczek leaves Mean Green

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North Texas head volleyball coach Ken Murczek is leaving the school to take over in the same capacity at Wake Forest.

Murczek officially was introduced as the Demon Deacons’ new coach on Thursday.

“I loved my time at North Texas,” Murczek said in a statement. “I had great experiences with all of the players, coaches and administrators, and together we accomplished a lot in three years.”

Murczek led UNT to a pair of Sun Belt Conference West Division titles in three seasons at the school. Last season, UNT finished 26-12, tied the school record for wins and advanced to the Sun Belt tournament final, where the Mean Green was swept by 17th-ranked Western Kentucky.

Murczek upgraded UNT’s talent, brining in a series of highly regarded players, including Carnae Dillard. The former San Antonio Johnson product was named a high school All-American and was the Texas Sportswriters Association Class 5A Player of the Year before signing with the Mean Green.

Dillard was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year last season.

Murczek finished with a 63-42 record at UNT. His .600 winning percentage is the best in school history.

Wake Forest finished 11-21 last season, including a 5-15 mark in ACC play.

“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 said.

Murczek leaves behind a UNT team that had just three seniors on its roster last season.

“We have begun a national search, and I am confident we will secure a coach who will continue the success we have enjoyed the last three years,” UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal said. “The next coach of this program will inherit one heck of a volleyball team.”

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870. His e-mail address is bvito@dentonrc.com .

 


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