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Arkansas Volleyball

 COACHING STAFF

Jon Newman-Gonchar | Associate Head Coach

Jon Newman-Gonchar joined the Razorbacks as the program’s associate head coach on January 28, 2016, and comes to Fayetteville having spent the past three seasons at Iowa State where he helped lead the Cyclones to three NCAA Tournament appearances as the program’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

“Jon brings an enormous amount of experience to our program,” head coach Jason Watson says of Newman-Gonchar. “He is well respected and liked within the volleyball community. His time working with some of the best coaches in the college game, at Iowa State and LMU, enhance our abilities to better serve our student-athletes at Arkansas.”

During Newman-Gonchar’s three-season tenure in Ames, Iowa State posted a 56-31 overall record with a 32-16 mark in Big 12 play. In that time, Iowa State also tallied five wins over top-25 opponents. The Cyclones registered a conference finish as high as second place in 2014. In the past two postseason bids, Newman-Gonchar helped Iowa State reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Individually, Newman-Gonchar coached his student-athletes to four AVCA All-America certificates, six AVCA All-Region honors and 18 All-Big 12 selections including a trio of Big 12 Libero of the Year honors and the 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. In this three seasons at Iowa State, he worked directly with the team’s setters and middle blockers.

Prior to his time at Iowa State, Newman-Gonchar spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount. He was part of the staff that guided the Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 for the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2005 campaign. He was also the Lions’ recruiting coordinator which resulted in a pair of Highest Honorable Mention accolades in the PrepVolleyball class rankings.

Newman-Gonchar spent the 2007-09 seasons at UC San Diego where the Tritons racked up an impressive 70-18 overall record with three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In recognition of his work with UCSD, Newman-Gonchar was named to the 2010 AVCA Thirty Under 30 Awards list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming volleyball coaches under the age of 30 years old. He also served as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego men’s volleyball program which earned a top-10 national ranking in 2009.

Additional past collegiate experience includes serving as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006 after spending a season with the Thompson Rivers University men’s volleyball team in British Columbia. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Northern Arizona.

Newman-Gonchar also brings international coaching experience to Fayetteville, having most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the XIV Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru. He first worked at the national level in 2007 as a coach at the HP A1 Select Camp and staff member for the USA High Performance tryout. He also worked with the USA Junior National Team in 2008 and 2009 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

A native of Claremont, Calif., Newman-Gonchar earned his bachelor’s degree in health sciences in December 2005 from Northern Arizona where he was also a member of the men’s club volleyball team.


Sarah Rumely | Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Set to begin her second season as the program’s assistant coach, former SEC Player of the Year and two-time All-American Sarah Rumely joined the Razorbacks’ coaching staff in March 2015. Rumely will join the program as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator having spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Wake Forest University.

In addition to her coaching duties at Wake Forest, Rumely spearheaded the program’s recruiting efforts which resulted in three Demon Deacons earning All-ACC honors during the 2014 season. The accomplishment marked the first time Wake had three all-conference selections since 1999. Rumely worked primarily with the team’s setters and coordinated the offensive game plan.

Rumely’s first dip into collegiate coaching came at North Texas where she helped the team to 43 wins during her two-year stint in Denton, Texas, which included a record-tying 26 wins in 2012. Once again working with the Mean Green setters and coordinating the offense, Rumely coached three All-Sun Belt performers including the SBC Freshman of the Year in 2012. In her final season at UNT, the team advanced to the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament.

The New Palenstine, Ind., native also brings a wealth of playing experience to her new position with the Razorbacks. In four seasons at Kentucky, Rumely was twice named an AVCA All-American including second-team accolades in 2009. She was a two-time member of the All-SEC First Team, was selected as the SEC Player of the Year in 2008 and named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2006.

Rumely still holds the Kentucky program record with 5,703 career assists, which also ranks fifth all-time in the SEC. Away from the court, she was an Academic All-American in 2009 and was the 2010 recipient of the SEC Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. For all of her accomplishments, she was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in 2010.

Rumely has past playing experience with the USA Volleyball National Team program and played professionally in France before beginning her coaching career. She also has former ties as a club coach with Thoroughbred Elite Volleyball Alliance (TEVA) in Lexington, Ky., and Mean Green Juniors in Denton.


Andy Rynd | Volunteer Assistant Coach

Hired in August 2016, Andy Rynd joins the program as the volunteer assistant coach.Rynd comes to Fayetteville after one season as the director of operations for the Bowling Green State University volleyball team. He spent the 2014 campaign as the program’s volunteer assistant coach in addition to serving as an intern with the strength and conditioning staff. In addition to training and on-court coaching, Rynd will be handling the Razorbacks’ scouting film and video exchange. Rynd graduated from Bowling Green State University in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.