Deering resigns after 29 years at CU

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Long-time Cumberland volleyball coach Dwayne Deering has resigned effective June 27, as announced Thursday morning by director of athletics Ron Pavan.

A national search for Deering’s replacement will begin immediately under Pavan’s supervision.

Deering just finished his 29th year at his alma mater and 26th as the volleyball head coach, compiling a 513-372 mark with five conference championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997). He was named Coach of the Year five times (1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997) and each of his four-year players received degrees from CU.

“We want to thank Coach Deering for his many years of service to Cumberland University in a number of capacities and for his leadership with the volleyball and tennis programs during his tenure as head coach,” Pavan said. “He recruited student-athletes who won many matches but more importantly, received their degrees and became contributing members of our society, many of them in the middle Tennessee area.”

The Lafayette native also spent 15 years as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at CU, garnering five Conference Coach of the Year honors (1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999). His teams won four conference championships, three straight for the men from 1997-99 and the women in 1999, and made four national tournament appearances. In back-to-back seasons (1998-99), the men’s tennis team earned the highest team grade-point-average in the nation.

Deering also served as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams during his tenure and was inducted into the Cumberland University Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

“I love Cumberland University. I want to thank everyone – the players, coaches and alumni – for their support and hard work, dedication and loyalty to the volleyball and tennis programs through the years. Without them, my tenure here at Cumberland would not have been possible,” Deering said.

“I also want to thank all of the faculty and staff through the years at Cumberland University for all of their support of our programs and the student-athletes.”

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