USC Men's Volleyball Head Coach Bill Ferguson Will Not Return|
May 8, 2015
Bill Ferguson will not return as USC men's volleyball head coach, USC athletic director Pat Haden announced today (May 8).
"We want to thank Bill for his service to USC these past nine years," said Haden. "He fielded competitive teams that often were in the national discussion and he recruited some accomplished players who represented our University well. He took over a program that had been wallowing for five years and changed its culture not only on the court, but in the classroom and in service to the community. We will now move forward to re-energize the program."
Said Ferguson: "I love USC and I always will. I want to thank the athletic department for the opportunity to coach at USC and for all they did for me, my family and the program. I'd also like to thank the men's volleyball alumni for their support. I am proud of the work I did here, and I am proud of the players and assistant coaches who came through our program and those currently here. The program is in very good shape for the future and I look forward to the success it will enjoy."
Ferguson won 59.5% (150-102) of his matches during his nine-year (2007-15) career. He led the Trojans to three trips to the NCAA Championships (with a pair of runner-up finishes when he was named National Coach of the Year), two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season titles and an MPSF Tournament crown. Among the players he coached were National Players of the Year Murphy Troy and Tony Ciarelli, along with All-Americans Micah Christenson and Riley McKibbin and current beach star Tri Bourne.
His 2015 team went 19-9, was fourth in the MPSF, advanced to the MPSF Tourney semifinals and finished with a No. 7 national ranking. The previous two seasons (2013-14), USC had a combined 22-29 record while placing eighth and 11th in the 13-team MPSF.
A search for Ferguson's successor will begin immediately.