Ryan Booher
Ryan Booher
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6333
Email: rdbooher@king.edu
Year: Fourth Year

Experienced in coaching a wide range of ages and talent levels, Ryan Booher enters his fourth season as head coach of the Tornado men's volleyball team. The Bristol, Tenn., native has taken the reigns and brought success and stability to King’s only Division I competing program. After reaching the Conference Carolinas Tournament finals in his first season at the head of the program, Booher has laid the foundation that will bring the Tornado a conference championship.

The 2012-13 season didn't go as planned for the men's volleyball team, ending the season with a 10-18 overall record and 5-11 mark in Conference Carolinas play, narrowly missing a tournament berth. Under Booher's guidance, the Tornado led the league in block assists, and finished second in total blocks. Both Jeremy Funk and Michael Koebel were named to the Academic All-Conference Carolinas team. 

In his first full season as head coach in 2011, Booher was selected as the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year after guiding the Tornado to a second place conference finish going 5-3 and 11-8 overall. He coached the Conference Carolinas Player and Setter of the Year (Joel Salva) and Libero of the Year (Morris Cephas).

The Tornado won their last three games of the 2011 season to advance to the Conference Carolinas Championship match against Mount Olive College. Their first conference championship match ended in a 3-0 loss in a tight contest but showed that the Tornado is a team ready to compete for conference championships so early in the program’s existence.

Booher’s players have already shown signs of success both at King and beyond. In his first two years, he coached three All-Conference Carolinas selections, including two-time all-conference player James Friddle, and seven all-academic selections. In Nov. 2011, former Tornado player Joel Salva inked a professional contract to play for Liga de Voleibol Superior (LVS) in Puerto Rico.

After a position change early in the season, Booher guided former Tornado Brandon Rorer transition into the libero position and in the same year ranked in the top-5 in digs per set, once hitting No. 1 in the country in the category. Eric Glenn also finished the same year fifth in the country in kill percentage (.348).

Booher was named head coach in May 2010 after serving as interim coach for the Tornado’s final 13 matches that season. In that time, Booher led King to an 11-2 overall record to close out the season. He started his run as head coach of the Tornado with 11 straight wins including a 4-0 conference record with the only two setbacks coming at the end of the season at NCAA Division I opponents Ball State and IPFW.

Booher is no stranger to the King volleyball program having traveled with the women's team on mission trips. Booher also serves as the president of the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club, a traveling squad for girls between the ages of 8 to 18, which he founded in 1998. The organization, which is 14 years old, has 15 traveling teams and has seen some of its alumni move on to attend King and play for the Tornado.

In addition to his experience with King and the NETVC, Booher has been playing volleyball for more than 20 years. At one time, he played with the King men’s club volleyball team prior to his involvement coaching the team.

Along with his mission work that has taken him to Germany and Costa Rica, among others, Booher and his teams volunteer at the YWCA and Niswonger Children’s Hospital (Johnson City, Tenn.).

Booher graduated from King with a degree in Business with a minor in Education in 2013. He is a life-long resident of Bristol, Tenn., where he currently resides. 

The Book on Booher

Year

Record

Conference

Conference Finish

2010*

11-2

4-0

t-3rd

2011

11-8

5-3

2nd

2012

10-20

2-8

4th
2013 10-18 5-11 t-6th

Total

42-48 (.467)

16-22 (.421)

 
* - Interim Coach for final 13 matches