CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced the hiring of David McFatrich as the eighth head volleyball coach in program history Tuesday morning.
A coach who enjoyed success at both Mississippi State and Central Arkansas, McFatrich comes to CSU with a 137-92 career record and was named the 2013 Southland Coach of the Year at Central Arkansas.
"We are very blessed to have David McFatrich lead our volleyball program," said Charleston Southern director of athletics Jeff Barber. "He will bring great leadership to our team as a Godly man and also through mid-major and Power 5 experience. His style of play will be enjoyed by our players and appreciated by our fans. David is deeply entrenched in the college volleyball culture and I'm very excited to have him on board!"
In his tenure with the Sugar Bears, McFatrich led Central Arkansas to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013 then led Mississippi State to their first winning season in 2015 in almost a full decade.
"I am so blessed to be named Head Volleyball Coach at Charleston Southern University," McFatrich said. "I want to thank Jeff Barber for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead this program. In our meetings, it became very clear that he has a vision for all Buccaneer sports and the entire athletic department. CSU is gaining so much momentum under the leadership of President Dr. Dondi Costin and Jeff Barber, and with God's help I look forward to bringing that same energy to the volleyball program."
McFatrich added, "I also want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the chance to share my passion and excitement for volleyball with CSU student-athletes. I firmly believe He directed my path to Charleston Southern, and I look forward to sharing His love with our players."
McFatrich broke into the Division I coaching ranks as an assistant at Central Arkansas in 2007 before being elevated to head coach before the 2011 season. In his four seasons at the helm, the Sugar Bears were 96-36 and racked-up plenty of Southland awards highlighted by four regular season championships, five Players of the Year, five Setters of the Year, three Freshmen of the Year and two Liberos of the Year. In total, 22 athletes were named All-Southland performers under his tutelage with 19 first teamers and seven athletes collecting 20 Player of the Week honors.
McFatrich then was named the Mississippi State head coach before the 2015 season and led them to 17 wins his first year on campus – the first winning campaign in Starkville since the 2006 season and the best mark for a first-year head coach in program history. Alex Warren took home an SEC Player of the Week during his first season with the Bulldogs and five student-athletes were named Academic All-SEC performers across his three seasons. Payton Harris went on to set the Mississippi State record for career digs during his tenure with 1,864 to her credit during the 2017 season.
McFatrich has also coached an AVCA All-American, ESPN Academic All-American and three CoSIDA Academic All-District performers in his career.
"Finally, I want to thank my wife Sonya and our children Luke, Elle, and Sami as well as my parents Don and Barbara McFatrich for their love and support," McFatrich said. "We're 'all in' and excited to become part of the Charleston Southern family and the surrounding community."
A native of Woodbridge, Va., McFatrich graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's of science in 1986 and Master's in exercise science in 1988. He and his wife Sonya have three children, Luke, Elle and Sami.
David McFatrich Collegiate Coaching Career
Central Arkansas Head Coach
2011: 17-15 – Southland Conference Tournament semifinals
2012: 30-5 – Southland Regular Season & Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round
2013: 29-4 – Southland Regular Season & Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round
2014: 20-12 – Southland Conference Tournament runner-up
Mississippi State Head Coach
2015: 17-15 – Winningest first-year head coach; first winning season since 2006
2016: 14-18 – Set Mississippi State record for home wins in a season
2017: 10-23 – Coached Payton Harris to MSU record 1,864 career digs
Six Seasons: 137-92
Two NCAA appearances
Two Southland Conference tournament championships
Four Southland regular season championships
22 All-Southland Honors (19 First Team members)
20 Southland Player of the Week accolades (7 athletes)
What They're Saying About David
"Charleston Southern and coach David McFatrich will make a great team. I am excited for David to be at an institution where he can lead by his faith and help grow student-athletes on and off the court. His fast-pace style of play will be exciting for Buccaneer players and fans for years to come." – Eastern Michigan University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee.
"I think Charleston Southern made a terrific hire as David brings great knowledge, passion and experience in building and maintaining a program at a high level. I expect great things are to come at Charleston Southern under David's leadership." – Penn State University Head Volleyball Coach Russ Rose.
"Coach David McFatrich continued the great volleyball tradition over his four years at Central Arkansas. He is a great recruiter and I am confident that he will do well at Charleston Southern." – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Dr. Brad Teague.