Chris Rushing enters his fourth season at the helm of the East Carolina volleyball program. He enjoyed a very successful first season, guiding the Pirates to a 20-11 record, the third 20-win season in school history. His second campaign with ECU proved nearly as successful as Rushing led the Pirates to a 19-12 mark, the first time ECU volleyball has enjoyed consecutive winning seasons since 1977-78. In his third season, the win total slipped to 16, but the team featured just one senior and one junior. The 2008 team looks to rebound and regain a winning record.
Rushing has quickly made his mark in the Pirate record books, as his .645 winning percentage in 2005 and the 2006 percentage of .613 put him third and fourth all-time in single season winning percentage. After three seasons, his 55-40 record gives him the highest winning percentage of any coach in Pirate history.
In 2005, Rushing led his squad to East Carolina's best season since joining Conference USA, finishing in fifth place with a record of 9-6 in league play. The team's 3-0 win over Southern Miss in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament marked the Pirates' first ever C-USA Tournament win. The 2007 squad notched another C-USA Tournament victory, sweeping away SMU.
Rushing became East Carolina's 10th head volleyball coach in the school's all-time history after a seven-year stint as the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
In seven seasons at UT Martin, Rushing guided the Skyhawks to two Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships, one OVC tournament championship and the school's first NCAA tournament appearance. He left UT Martin with a 110-99 won-loss record.
He earned OVC Coach of the Year honors twice and coached 13 All-OVC players and one Academic All-American at UT Martin. His teams earned above a 3.5 grade point average his last three years and his 2003 team sported a 3.57 GPA and was ranked fourth among NCAA Division I volleyball teams by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Prior to Tennessee at Martin, Rushing was an assistant women's volleyball coach at Arkansas State from 1996-97. Arkansas State held a record of 45-21 in two seasons under head coach Craig Cummings in the school's first two seasons at the Division I level.
From 1994-95, he served as the head coach of the women's volleyball team at Dixie College in St. George, Utah. In his two seasons as a head coach at Dixie College, Rushing led the team to a 47-27 record and to the school's first winning season in over six years.
His lone stint coaching men's volleyball was when Rushing was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Brigham Young University, from 1992-94. The Cougars were ranked No. 8, No. 6 and No. 2 nationally in Rushing's three seasons on the staff.
His first collegiate coaching experience came at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. He served as an assistant on the women's volleyball team in 1991.
Rushing played volleyball four seasons at BYU in 1986 and 1989-91. He played outside hitter on a team that won the national championship. He earned a B.S. degree from BYU in Exercise Science-Education Certification in 1993. Rushing and his wife, Jeannine, have three children (Josh - 18, Aubrey - 16, Brooke - 12).