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    Kris Grunwald
    Kris Grunwald
    Hometown:
    Germantown, N.Y.

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    Second Season

    Alma Mater:
    George Mason '91, Florida State '93

    08/30/2014

    Volleyball Finishes Second at 2014 UConn Classic

    The Huskies reached the tournament championship game against Indiana on Saturday night.

    08/22/2014

    Grunwald Names 2014 Team Captains

    Kris Grunwald announced that Brianna Datti, Devon Maugle and Erika Thomas will serve as captains in 2014.

    08/19/2014

    UConn Picked Sixth in The American; Ratliff Earns Preseason All-Conference Honors

    The Huskies earned 45 points in the coaches' preseason poll

    08/09/2014

    Volleyball Kicks Off 2014 Preseason Activities

    UConn will prepare for its second season in the American Athletic Conference

    06/23/2014

    Kris Grunwald Looking Forward To 2014 Volleyball Season

    The new Husky coach is settling in to his role in Storrs

    09/20/2014

    UConn vs Bryant

    UConn vs Bryant Volleyball

    09/20/2014

    UConn vs Columbia

    UConn vs Columbia Volleyball

    Kris Grunwald, who spent 2012 and 2013 as an assistant coach at Auburn and was the Tigers' head coach from 1998-99, was named the head coach of the University of Connecticut volleyball team on April 2, 2014.

    A native of Germantown, N.Y., Grunwald was an assistant coach at Auburn from 1994-97 then took over the head coaching reigns for two years. As an assistant coach, he led Auburn to an SEC Western Division championship in 1996. In his two years back at Auburn as an assistant coach, the Tigers had a 17-13 mark in '12 and was 19-11 in '13.

    The Huskies posted a 12-19 mark in Grunwald's first season as head man, including five wins in the American Athletic Conference.

    Auburn has had a winning record in all eight years that Grunwald had been on the Tiger staff. "I am incredibly excited to become the head volleyball coach at UConn and I consider it an amazing opportunity," said Grunwald. "I am looking forward to being part of this amazing University with its rich tradition in athletics and such a strong academic reputation. I think we have a very talented roster of current student-athletes in this program already and I look forward to getting to know them and develop their skills. As a native of the Northeast, I think this school and this program is a great fit for me."

    "I am very pleased to welcome Kris to our UConn family and am extremely excited about the direction of our volleyball program," said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "Kris brings a wide variety of collegiate athletics experience to our program, including many years of coaching the sport at the highest level. I believe that Kris will be an excellent mentor for both the athletic and academic success of our volleyball student-athletes."

    Grunwald returned to Auburn in 2012 after spending the previous four years as an assistant at Arkansas. Under Grunwald's leadership as head coach, Auburn amassed a 41-20 record over two seasons, posting a 22-win campaign in 1998 and 19 wins the following season.

    Grunwald was a three-time Honorable Mention All-American and three-time All-East First Team performer for the George Mason volleyball team (1988-91), which reached the national semifinals in 1988. In the George Mason career records book, he is second in kills (1,764), fourth in digs (676) and seventh in blocks (394).

    He moved on to Florida State for his graduate work where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons (1991-93). He assumed a larger role as the recruiting coordinator when he joined the Auburn staff as an assistant in 1994.

    Grunwald was the compliance service coordinator at Michigan from 2000-02, assisting with student-athlete certification, eligibility and NCAA rules interpretation. He returned to coaching in 2002 as an assistant coach at Mississippi, a position he held through the 2005 season. From his spot with the Rebels, Grunwald became the associate head coach at Morehead State until accepting the position at Arkansas prior to the 2008 season.

    Grunwald is a 1991 graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He earned his master's degree in mathematics education at Florida State in 1993.