Darrin McBroom became the 12th volleyball head coach at Drake University on March 25, 2013.
Now entering his fourth season at the helm of the Bulldogs, McBroom clearly has the program moving in the right direction. His third season at Drake was highlighted by many significant strides including the most overall wins and best conference finish for the Bulldogs since 2010. The team’s 15 wins were the third-most in a season since 1996 and the sixth-most since 1983 when the Bulldogs joined the Gateway Conference that would later be absorbed by the Missouri Valley Conference.
The team began the 2015 campaign by going undefeated in the opening weekend to win the Western Illinois Hampton Inn Tournament. Kyla Inderski received tournament MVP honors while Katie Dulek and Makena Schoene were named to the All-Tournament team. The squad compiled an overall record of 15-20 and a seventh-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference, one spot ahead of their projected preseason finish of eighth. That team closed the season with wins over Bradley, Indiana State, Loyola and Evansville in the final month of the season to vault into seventh place with an conference record of 6-12. That finish was the best conference performance for Drake since 2010 and left the Bulldogs one place away from a coveted berth into the MVC Tournament.
The 2015 season’s improvement in conference play was even more significant given that it was during one of the MVC’s strongest years in its history. The MVC was ranked as the sixth-strongest conference in the country, tied with the SEC and the Mountain West. The conference had four teams qualify for the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in league history.
McBroom’s revitalization of the Drake program extends beyond the court as well. In 2015, Kyla Inderski and Katie Dulek were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team. Inderski, a sophomore who posted a 3.8 grade point average as a business major tied for the team lead in kills with 350 this in 2015 and was second in digs with 421. She recorded 15 double-doubles on the season and was ranked 13th in the MVC in kills on the season.
Dulek finished her senior season as the Bulldogs' top blocker with 99 total blocks on the season and was fourth on the team with 128 kills. Through three years at Drake, she maintained a 3.60 GPA as a secondary education and environmental science major.
McBroom’s second season was also marked by tremendous strides for the program. Coming off an inaugural season in 2013 that only saw two wins, the Bulldogs pounced on two early season tournaments in 2014, going 8-0 to begin the season. In capturing these two tournament titles Drake quickly surpassed the win total of the two previous seasons combined. It was the first tournament win and best start for the program since 2010 to date. Then freshman Kyla Inderski received MVP honors for both tournaments while sophomore transfers Nicole Woods and Chandelle Davidson and sophomore Michelle Thommi received All-Tournament honors.
The opening weekend tournament demonstrated the significant changes that the program had undergone in McBroom’s first off-season with the team. The Bulldogs won their first three matches of the season by going to five sets in all three matches, including a back-to-back match where Drake came from 14-9 down in the fifth set to win the match 20-18. That come-from-behind effort marked the genesis of a new team, new season and new beginning for the Bulldogs.
The team went on to finish 11-18, the most wins in a season since 2010 to that point. Freshmen standout Kyla Inderski earned a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer team and also received the Drake Newcomer of the Year award as well. The team finished eighth in the conference standings, a two-spot improvement from the previous season.
McBroom’s athletes have also excelled in the classroom during his tenure at Drake. For the 2014-15 academic year, the Bulldogs received AVCA recognition for maintaining a cumulative team GPA of 3.3 or higher. They have also received NCAA Public Recognition awards for success in the classroom as well.
Prior to arriving at Drake University, McBroom spent eight seasons in the NJCAA where he compiled an overall record of 322-58, earning a winning percentage of 85 percent, to rank him among top 10 active coaches nationally across all NJCAA divisions.
McBroom was the head coach at Iowa Western from 2009-12 where his teams were ranked among the top five in the national poll and made four-straight Division I National Tournament appearances placing as high as 4th in 2012. In four years he posted an overall record of 177-25. In 2012 he was named Mid-West Region Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. His players garnered 13 All-American honors.
McBroom’s collegiate career began at MCC-Longview where he was the head coach from 2005-2008, turning an average program into a national power by going 145-33 in four seasons. In his first season, the Lakers moved into the national rankings for the first time in program history and remained in the top 15 over the next three years, peaking as high as No. 4 in 2008. McBroom led his team to two DII National Tournament appearances placing fifth in 2006. His players received four All-American honors.
Prior to collegiate coaching, McBroom spent seven seasons as varsity high school coach in Missouri where he also taught high school history. He compiled a record of 174-68-9 spending one year at Nodaway-Holt High School where his team placed third in the State tournament and six years at Oak Grove High School.
“Darrin McBroom's experience and his demonstrated commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes exemplify the qualities integral to The Bulldog Way culture of excellence and ethics,” said Drake associate athletic director Megan Franklin. “His passion for teaching the sport and celebrating the team's successes on and off the court make him the perfect fit to lead the next era of Drake volleyball.”
McBroom holds a master’s degree in special education and bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social science from Northwest Missouri State University.