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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation
Sharon Dingman
Sharon Dingman
Title: Head Volleyball Coach
Phone: 773-702-5145

Sharon Dingman continues her seventh year as Head Volleyball Coach at UChicago in 2020.

The historic 2019 season featured numerous program firsts for the Maroons. UChicago was ranked No. 1 in the national coaches poll during the regular season, set a new school record for winning percentage (.875), won 23 matches in-a-row and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. Three Maroons were named All-Americans - setter Emma Griffith (1st Team), middle hitter Madison Pearson (Third Team) and outside hitter Anne Marie Stifter (H.M.). UChicago ranked highly in the nation in kills per set (9th), digs per set (12th) and assists per set (13th). Dingman's success was rewarded with AVCA Regional Coach of the Year honors as well as UAA Coaching Staff of the Year status.

Dingman earned her 100th victory at UChicago and her 500th career win overall during the 2018 campaign. UChicago set a new school record for winning percentage, going 29-5 on the year (.853) and reaching the second round of the NCAA postseason. Emma Griffith, Sarah Muisenga and Madison Pearson were all selected as AVCA Honorable Menton All-Americans. Four Maroons were honored on the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) teams. At season's end, UChicago ranked 11th in hitting percentage (.244), while Griffith's 1,367 assists were second most in the nation.

The 2017 Maroons reached the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time. Four players were named All-UAA and two were selected All-Region.

In 2016, the Maroons went 7-0 to start conference play for the first time in program history. Dingman and her assistants were named UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2015, UChicago reached the NCAA postseason for the sixth-straight year. Outside hitter Maren Loe established a new school record with 1,960 career kills and earned AVCA First Team All-American status.

In her debut season at UChicago, Dingman led the Maroons to their fifth-straight NCAA Division III Championship appearance with an overall record of 26-13. Dingman and her assistant coaches were named UAA Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, and outside hitter Maren Loe was named UAA Most Valuable Player. Loe set the school record for kills in a season (617) and the team set a school record for season digs (2,575).

Dingman previously served as head coach at the University of Iowa for six seasons (2008-13). Her coaching experience includes tenures at Illinois State University (2000-07), Butler University (1992-99) and Auburn University (1991-92).

In her 29 years as a head coach, Dingman owns a career record of 546-391.

During her time at Iowa, Dingman had 38 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and coached the school's all-time leader in career digs (Bethany Yeager). She made an immediate impact with the Hawkeyes in 2008 by winning 14 matches with six conference victories, which were the most by the team since 2000. The following year, Iowa matched its best start to the season in program history at 6-0.

Dingman guided Illinois State to seven winning seasons in her eight years as head coach. The Redbirds received an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 for the first time in 10 years. She also coached for eight years at Butler, guiding the Bulldogs to four 20-win seasons and three postseason tournaments, including the NCAA Tournament in 1997. Three of Dingman's student-athletes at Butler were named conference Player of the Year.

The veteran coach began her career with a one-year stint at Auburn in 1991. The Tigers went 22-13 and became the first Auburn volleyball team to receive votes in the national poll.

As a collegiate volleyball player, Dingman competed at Purdue University and Northern Michigan University. She received her bachelor's degree in health education from Northern Michigan and completed her master's degree coursework at the University of Kentucky.

Year Overall
Pct. UAA
2019 28-4 .875 9-1 .900 NCAA Tournament (3rd Round)
2018 29-5 .853 8-2 .800 NCAA Tournament (2nd Round)
2017 23-9 .719 6-4 .600 NCAA Tournament (1st Round)
2016 18-11 .621 8-2 .800  
2015 20-13 .606 4-6 .400 NCAA Tournament (1st Round)
2014 26-13 .667 6-4 .600 NCAA Tournament (1st Round)
144-55 .724 41-19 .683 6 years
546-391 .583     29 years