Iowa Volleyball Coach Bond Shymansky Suspended for NCAA Violation

By Patrick Vint on May 21, 2019 at 11:05 am
Shymansky, in less shy-man times

Win? Sorta. Graduate? Yeah. Do it right? Not so much.

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta announced Monday that he has placed volleyball coach Bond Shymansky on a 30-day administrative leave for "significant" and "serious" NCAA violations.  Barta would not elaborate on the violations, except to say that they are the subject of an ongoing investigation:

Barta said the allegations of a violation were brought to light by a former student-athlete on May 1. Iowa then informed the NCAA.  

“Our associate AD for compliance Lyla Clerry was involved, and she began a process,” Barta said. “Part of that process was informing Bond’s direct supervisor — deputy athletics director Barbara Burke — and then, of course, I was informed.

“I then went across the river, figuratively, and informed the general counsel, the president’s office to just let them know that we had learned of these allegations. On May 3, the vice president and general counsel — Carroll Reasoner — began a conversation with an outside law firm to do an external investigation.”

Assistant coach Vicki Brown will take over for now, pending the outcome of the investigation, but Barta's language didn't convey much doubt that Shymansky did whatever the former player alleged.

Barta stated that the violations are expected to be Level 1 or Level 2 under the NCAA guidelines, which virtually guarantees it was some sort of significant recruiting violation or impermissable benefit provided to a player.  

The law firm of Bond Shoeneck & King is conducting the investigation.  BSK is a well-known NCAA compliance firm headed by Mike Glazier, a former NCAA investigator.  In other words, Iowa ain't kidding around.  That investigation started on May 6 and is ongoing.

If this is the end for Shymansky, his tenure was about as impressive as it gets at Iowa Volleyball, a moribund program trapped in the rolling ball of knives that is Big Ten women's volleyball.  Shymansky posted two winning seasons in his five at the helm, including a 19-13 record in 2016 that was the best Iowa mark in well over a decade.  In the three seasons before he arrived, Iowa was 5-55 in Big Ten matches; he won six in his first season.  He is 78-82 overall, and as the Register noted, he has the best recruiting class in program history coming into Iowa City this fall.

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