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FORTVILLE — Eric Bulmahn had to wait two years into his collegiate enrollment to get a tryout with the nationally-renowned Ball State men’s volleyball team. The Cardinals were so good, they didn’t need to have open tryouts.
Under the tutelage of Don Shondell, Bulmahn eventually suited up for the Cardinals and blossomed into an all-conference player who would go on to play five years on the Midwest Professional Volleyball Beach Circuit, become a tenured club coach and referee four Final Fours.
It seems Mt. Vernon could not have found a more experienced individual to head its volleyball program. But, it’s up to Bulmahn and the MV administration to decide if he’s the right man for the job.
Earlier this week, the Mt. Vernon school board approved Bulmahn as the team’s interim coach. The position became vacant after seven-year coach Kris Lashaway stepped down following the 2013 season.