In just his third season, Bruce Atkinson has brought change and a winning mentality back to the Towson volleyball program.
In 2012, he led the Tigers to a 25-4 overall record. Atkinson guided the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 record in conference play as the Tigers earned the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title for the first time since 2004. Atkinson led the Tigers to a 18-match win streak and the team's 25 wins were the fourth most in single-season history at Towson.
Selected as the CAA Coach of the Year for the second straight season, Atkinson coached four All-CAA selections, including CAA Setter of the Year, Aubrey Kirven. Under Atkinson's leadership, Kirven ranked among the top five in the nation for assists per set all season long. Atkinson also led the continued development of first team selection, Katy Buck, second team pick I'ishah Keliikoa and third team honoree Marta Machos.
Last year, Atkinson led the Tigers to 23 wins in 2011 and a spot in the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Atkinson, who was named the CAA Coach of the Year for the first time in 2011, continued to guide the development of Katy Buck, who became the second player in program history to earn CAA Player of the Year honors. Atkinson's leadership also helped Aubrey Kirven earn second team All-CAA honors and Paige Sekerak was named to the CAA All-Rookie squad.
Atkinson became the 10th coach in the program's 32-year history starting his duties in February of 2010.
In his first season in the Towson Center, Atkinson led the Tigers to a 10-0 mark to start the season. It was the best start to a season by any team in program history.
Atkinson played a large role in the development of Buck, who earned CAA All-Rookie team honors. Buck led the team with 294 kills while adding 38 service aces and 296 digs. Susan Gansor flourished under Atkinson's tutelage as she posted a career-high 226 kills and 99 blocks.
Atkinson joined the Tigers from the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he served as the head coach for three seasons. He joined the Vulcan staff in April of 2007, leading the Vulcans to a 23-5 record. He was named the PacWest Coach of the Year.
Hawaii-Hilo posted a 21-7 record in its second season under Atkinson and finished second in the league. In 2009, Atkinson and the Vulcans carried a top 20 ranking for most of the season and finished with a 25-2 record.
The team made its first postseason appearance in over a decade and Atkinson earned PacWest Coach of the Year honors for the second time. He also coached two PacWest Players of the Year and several All-Region and All-Americans.
Prior to his work at Hawaii-Hilo, Atkinson served as the head coach at the University of Texas Brownsville for a year. He got his first head coaching job in 2004 at Dana College where he was also an assistant professor of physical education.
After earning his degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young-Hawaii in 1993, he received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 1996.