HEAD COACH DARRIN MCBROOM
In six seasons as the head coach at Drake University, Darrin McBroom has engineered a complete resurgence of the volleyball program and has led the Bulldogs to back-to-back 20-win seasons.
McBroom and the Bulldogs are coming off the program’s second-ever postseason appearance the first since 1995 after earning a berth to the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
The Bulldogs fell in the first round to eventual champion Iowa State to finish the 2018 season with a 21-15 record and back-to-back 20-win seasons. The team also earned the program’s first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament win since 1998 and advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 MVC Tournament.
Following that season, McBroom was honored by the AVCA as a member of the 400-win club for amassing 422 career wins at the NCAA Division I and junior college levels. He has won 89 matches at Drake while rebuilding a program that won five matches the season before his arrival.
In 2017, McBroom led the team to a 23-10 record for the program’s most wins since 2010 and the team’s first appearance in the MVC Tournament since 2010. Two Bulldogs, Kyla Inderski and Cathryn Cheek, also earned first-team All-MVC honors, the first time two Bulldogs were voted first team all-conference since 1996.
McBroom's tenure has also seen the program make equally impressive strides in the classroom as the team has won the AVCA Team Academic Award in four of the last five years. Four of the program's six total AVCA Team Academic Awards have come under McBroom's leadership and in the fall of 2018, the team recorded its second highest fall semester GPA at 3.57. A total of eight student-athletes have been named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team during his tenure.
The talent McBroom recruited into the program has resulted in Bulldogs recording 11 season performances that rank in the top-10 of various single-season statistical categories and nine that rank in the career top-10 at Drake.
The fruits of McBroom’s rebuilding of the program became apparent in 2016 when the team posted a 17-15 record to earn the program's first winning season in six years.
The momentum from 2016 carried over into the offseason as McBroom signed a recruiting class that received honorable mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com and was one of just two Missouri Valley Conference programs recognized by the organization.
The successful 2016 season built upon the 2015 campaign that was highlighted by many significant strides including the most overall wins and best conference finish for the Bulldogs to date since 2010.
Before 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 in at Nodaway-Holt High School where his team placed third in the State tournament and six years at Oak Grove High School.
McBroom holds a master’s degree in special education and bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social science from Northwest Missouri State University. McBroom resides in Des Moines with his wife, Elisa Altorfer.