Mr. Volleyball

FORTVILLE — This man knows volleyball.

In only his second season at the helm, he’s tripled the win total for a program that was just 18-42 two years prior.

And after guiding Mt. Vernon to a school record 29 wins and a sectional title this season, Marauders head coach Eric Bulmahn, who is 53-14 with the team, has been named Daily Reporter Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Mt. Vernon jumped out to a 6-0 start before losing its first contest to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta 3-1 in early September. A week later, after beating Zionsville 3-1, the team lost to eventual HHC champion Yorktown (nationally ranked) but responded by rattling off six straight wins. Even more impressive, the Marauders ended their season on an 11-game winning streak, continually improving as the season progressed.

The sectional championship was the first since 2010 and capped a season in which Mt. Vernon broke 12 season or individual program records. After an exciting sectional final, the Marauders showed heart but fell to eventual 4A powerhouse Cathedral in the regional title match, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation and won the state title (36-0).

The Daily Reporter staff caught up with coach Bulmahn to speak about the record-breaking season and what he has done to change to culture of the program.

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Kris Mills is a sports reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 317-477-3230 or kmills@greenfieldreporter.com.