Eric Stark is set to begin his sixth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team in 2019, as he continues to push the Wolverines back to the top of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Stark, a native of South Windsor, Conn., recorded his best season with the Wolverines in 2016, as the team totaled nine wins and won the early season Husson Invitational, taking five matches in two days in Maine.
The 2016 Wolverines received an All-WHAC Second Team selection for junior Bri Alspaugh, while Raechel Warchock was named to the All-WHAC Academic Team and also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. The Wolverines were named an NAIA Scholar Team and won an AVCA Academic Award.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Stark was an assistant volleyball coach at Eastern Michigan University, an NCAA Division I program, from 2010-12 and was the associate head coach at Oberlin College from 2007-10. Other college coaching experience includes serving as a student assistant coach at Bradley University from 2002-07. Stark earned his degree from Bradley in 2007.
At the club level, Stark coached the Spirit Volleyball Club in Lorain, Ohio, from 2008-09, and the Huron Valley Volleyball Club in Saline, Ohio from 2011-2015. He was also the recruiting coordinator and strength coach for Huron Valley. Stark has a USAV CAP Level 1 Certification (2006) and was named the 2014 WHAC Volleyball Champions of Character Coach of the Year.
In addition to his role with the volleyball team, Stark is the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services for the UM-Dearborn athletics department.