Eddie Pennington was named the first head coach in the history of the Tusculum University men’s volleyball program on Dec. 3, 2018.
Men’s volleyball was introduced as Tusculum’s 22nd sport earlier this fall and will begin competition during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Pennington brings an impressive resume which includes coaching experience at both the NCAA Division I and II levels including the past two years on the staff at D-I Butler University. In his first season at the Indianapolis school, he helped the Bulldogs to a 23-8 record and advanced to the 2017 Big East Conference Tournament, Butler’s first postseason appearance since 2013. He mentored three All-Big East performers including two that garnered AVCA All-Region honors.
The Denver, Colorado native also spent two years (2015 & 2016) on the staff at the University of Illinois Springfield and also served as the head coach of the Springfield Elite VBC.
Before coaching, Pennington graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2015. While at Belmont Abbey, he was a two-year captain for the men's volleyball program and a student assistant for the women's program. He also served as head coach for Lake Norman Volleyball Club and assistant coach for the varsity program at South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina.
Prior to his collegiate playing career, Pennington coached a U15 team at the Colorado Volleyball Association. While at the CVA, his team earned a bronze medal at the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier and placed 13th at Junior Nationals. Pennington was also an assistant varsity coach for the men's and women's volleyball program at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver, Colorado, helping the men's team to a 24-2 record and a state championship in 2010.
He has worked numerous volleyball camps throughout the country including Butler University, the University of Illinois, College of Charleston, University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama Birmingham.