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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 6:15 pm

Winning nine state titles and 646 games over a 22-season career, Mike Tyree retired from the Borgia head coaching job as a legend.

On Tuesday, the school announced the hiring of its new girls volleyball head coach, Brad Bruns, who already has an impressive record as a college and club coach.

“I’m really excited to be coaching again,” Bruns said. “I took a year off and really missed it a lot. You don’t realize how much you’re missing something until you’re not doing it any longer. I’m really excited to be coaching at Borgia. It’s nice to go back to a program I greatly respect and loved coaching with before. It’s come full circle.

Bruns has history with Borgia. He was an assistant there in 2004 and 2005 under Tyree, helping the team win its ninth, and most recent, Class 3 state title in 2005.

“I do want to thank George Wingbermuehle and Kurt Russell for working with me and my schedule and making this happen,” Bruns said. “It was offered several times and I reluctantly turned it down. They are passionate about the sport as well. I think their passion helped to feed my passion to come back and coach in the sport again.”

Bruns first met with prospective players Tuesday afternoon.

“I have a lot of respect for Mike Tyree and John Nieder (Borgia’s last two girls volleyball head coaches. Nieder is the boys volleyball head coach). “I am not guaranteeing anything, but the girls will work hard, enjoy the game and be one unit. Success will be determined by how hard they want to work. At the meeting Tuesday, I saw a lot of smiles. I think good things will happen.”

Bruns’ last head coaching job was with the East Central College Falcons. He restarted that team before the 2007 season. In four years there, Bruns led the program to a 118-57 record (.674 winning percentage) and three consecutive NJCAA Division II District O titles. The Falcons placed 11th once and 13th twice in the national tournament (the only times ECC volleyball has advanced to the national tournament) while being ranked as high as fourth in the national poll.

The 2010 Falcons posted the a 37-9 record while going undefeated in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference, winning the title.

Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Bruns stepped down from the ECC position in the spring of 2011.

“When I retired to spend more time with my family as well as my current position with the college, it was not feasible to keep coaching there to sacrifice my full-time employment,” Bruns said. “To coach college successfully, it’s a 40 hour a week job. High school is a part-time job. I plan on giving my all to the program, but it’s not as intense as college. You don’t travel as much, your season is shorter, your practice time is shorter. I’m giving this the same intensity, but the amount of hours is not the same as in college. In college, you have recruiting on the front side and back side as well. There just is a lot more flexibility with the high school schedule. The travel and playing 45-50 best-of-five matches in a season takes its toll. Being away from my family with the travels hurt.”

In addition to his college and high school coaching experience, Bruns has been a longtime club volleyball coach. He was technical director for the Rockwood Thunder club, one of the largest in the St. Louis area, before starting Show Me Volleyball Academy along with Shane Allen for the 2012 season. The SMVA 15 Elite (the only team in the program this season) won the USA Volleyball Gateway Region championship last weekend in Kirkwood.

“I kind of went a different route,” Bruns said. “I’ve always had great respect for Borgia volleyball, the tradition and everything involved with the program. Everything about Borgia in the past has been a great experience. I’m looking forward to the opportunity that was given to me by the administration to do what I think I do best, coach.”

At Borgia, Bruns inherits a program which reached the MSHSAA Class 3 sectional level last season, losing to eventual Class 3 state champion Villa Duchesne.

Borgia graduated two players from last year’s team, Baylor recruit Kristina Fitzpatrick and libero Bryggen Korte, from last year’s 20-11-3 team.

From there, everyone else within the program last season is eligible to come back.

Taylor Mentz, Hanna Glastetter and Katie Lindemann each had more than 100 kills last season. Janie Arand led the team in assists. Sarah Geatley and Glastetter ranked first and third on the team in blocks. Molly Arand and Clara Blatt are the top two returners in digs. The Arand sisters and Blatt are the top returners in aces.

“I think we have a lot of potential there with what we have coming back along with some of the newer players in the program,” said Bruns. “The one thing I’m adamant about is consistency throughout the program at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels. That’s one thing I’m pushing for, to make sure we’re training the same way at all three levels. That way, at any given time there isn’t any huge change or switch in techniques or strategies.”

Exactly what changes will take place remain to be seen.

“Hard work and sacrifice by the girls is what makes the program successful,” Bruns said. “I can give them the tools and teach them how to do things. But when they’re on the court, it’s pretty much up to them.”

At ECC, Bruns instituted a fast offense which moved the ball from pin to pin. The teams he coached at ECC were known for aggressive serving as well. He indicated Borgia’s offense will speed up as well. Bruns feels that will help the players who wish to play beyond high school adjust to make an easier transition to college ball.

“I know it’s a high school program and I come from college,” Bruns said. “This is a college preparatory school. I’m going to train a lot of the ways I train in college. I think the girls can handle it. The speed is something we’re looking at. We’re going to run a faster offense. If I can teach the girls how to do it correctly and fundamentally sound, I don’t think they’re going to have any problem staying in tune. The more they can run it in high school, the more prepared the ones who want to move on are going to be for college.”

Bruns feels it’s a natural fit for him to re-enter the coaching ranks.

“I think it’s going to be a great fit,” Bruns said. “I’m excited about it. I hope the parents and the players are going to be excited as well. I love the sport. I don’t do anything halfway. It’s all-in usually for me. I’m looking to see what we can achieve as a program.”

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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