Bucknell Volleyball Coach Cindy Opalski Steps Down

Cindy Opalski

Nov. 21, 2012

From Bucknell Athletic Communications

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell head volleyball coach Cindy Opalski announced her resignation Tuesday, effective immediately.

Opalski just completed her 23rd season as head coach of the Bison volleyball program. Only the third head coach in program history when she took over in 1990, Opalski recorded a 312-347 record with the Bison. Including her four years at Clarion from 1986-89, her career record is 404-395.

Under Opalski's leadership, the Bison won three Patriot League Tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament two times, including the school's first-ever appearance in 1998. Opalski's program also recorded the best record in Bucknell history in 1995, finishing 26-7 overall and 6-0 in the Patriot League. Individually, Opalski was named Patriot League Coach of the Year three times (1995, 2000, and 2003), and she was also inducted into the Connecticut Interscholastic Volleyball Hall of Fame while coaching at Bucknell.

"As a teacher and coach, I have always stressed the importance of integrity, and what it means to have strong character," said Opalski. "Over the years I have mentored my athletes through a plethora of life lessons. I have taught them to persevere and compete at the highest level, both in the classroom and on the volleyball court. I am proud to have had such a profound impact on the lives of so many student-athletes throughout my tenure."

"I would like to sincerely thank Cindy Opalski for her 23 years of service to Bison Athletics," said John Hardt, director of athletics and recreation. "Cindy took over a program that was in dire need of energy and enthusiasm, and she was a positive mentor to numerous student-athletes during her time at Bucknell. I wish Cindy all the best in her future endeavors. I am confident that we will identify the right successor who will be successful in moving the program back to that championship echelon."

Bucknell finished 9-20 overall and 3-11 in the Patriot League this fall. Assistant coach Anna Allison will oversee the management of the program as a national search is conducted to identify the program's next head coach.