Suberu to retire after 15 years
Michael Bauer | Sports Editor
After 15 years of coaching and rebuilding the program to conference prominence, head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu has announced his retirement.
The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 21, just two days after the Gorilla’s season came to an end with a 16-16 overall record.
Suberu said in a Pittsburg State Athletics press release that his decision to retire was a part of his desire to spend more time with his family in his native country, Nigeria.
Suberu took over the program in 1999, and began the process of reversing volleyball’s consistently disappointing history. Prior to his arrival, the Gorillas had an all-time win percentage of only 35 percent.
His inaugural season saw only two victories, but the team improved to a record of 17-11 in 2001. In 2003, the Gorillas won 26 matches. It was the first 20-win season in 11 years.
The banner year also featured a spot in the NCAA Division II Tournament. It would be the first of six trips Pitt State would make to the national tournament in the decade.
“Making this decision was very hard on a lot of levels,” Suberu said. “I am sure it will come as a surprise to the many wonderful people who are significant in many ways to our program.”
Suberu leaves with an overall record of 264-237 as head coach. The Gorillas set the school record in volleyball victories during his tenure.
Assistant coach Jenny Mueller has been named the Gorillas’ interim head coach, effective immediately.
Mueller is in her third season as an assistant. She has previously served as head coach at William Woods University from 2008-10, and was also a head coach at Coffeyville Community College for three years.