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Dave Zelenock
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Central Michigan
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: (989) 774-7452
Email: zelen1dr@cmich.edu
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Dave Zelenock
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/16/2013

Associate head coach Dave Zelenock has helped reshape the landscape of Central Michigan volleyball in his six seasons as a part of the coaching staff.

Zelenock’s responsibilities include acting as the program’s recruiting coordinator and future opponent scouting.  In the gym, he is in charge of outside hitter development/training. His scouting abilities helped CMU to its first 20-win season since 1985 and first postseason victory since 1982 in 2007. 

His tutelage helped freshman outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre earn All-MAC Freshmen team honors in a 2011 season that saw the Chippewas win their first ever Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship. 

In 2012, Zelenock's teachings helped a pair of players earn All-MAC honors in McIntyre (First Team) and freshman Angelique White (All-Freshman). The Chippewas ranked second in the league in kills as McIntyre finished fifth individuall. 

The Chippewas secured their fifth-straight nationally ranked recruiting class in 2012 and their sixth in eight seasons. With Zelenock as the recruiting coordinator the program has garnered top-105 rankings each of his five years. Zelenock was named associate head coach in the spring of 2009 after spending the previous two seasons as the program's top assistant.

He is also in charge of the blocking and defensive schemes Central utilizes during match play.  The Chippewas’ defense improved from 11th in the Mid-American Conference in 2007 to fifth in 2008 and 2010 and fourth in 2009.

The Chippewas tied for second in the MAC West Division for a third straight season in 2009 and finished with a winning record for the fourth straight campaign. Lauren Krupsky earned first-team All-MAC honors and Kaitlyn Schultz earned second-team accolades, and the Chippewa defense climbed in the conference's dig rankings for the third straight season. The Chippewas ranked seventh in 2007, fifth in 2008 and third in 2009.

In 2008, the Chippewas missed their second straight 20-win season by the slimmest of margins (19-11). Whitney Evers and Kaitlyn Schultz earned first team All-MAC accolades and setter Stephanie Budde earned second team All-MAC honors under his tutelage.

During the 2007 season, the Chippewas held opponents under 20 points on 20 occasions and won 20 straight sets over the course of eight matches midway through the season.

Before coming back to his alma mater, Zelenock spent the previous three seasons coaching at both the Division I and Division II levels.

In 2006 he was an assistant at Delaware State, helping the Hornets to an 11-22 finish and a 6-5 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

At Northwood, Zelenock was a part of two highly successful seasons in 2004 and 2005.  The Timberwolves went 21-10 in 2004, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament and a final national ranking of 18th.  In 2005, Northwood went 23-11, finishing second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference behind eventual national champion Grand Valley State.

During his time at CMU, Zelenock was a four-year starter for the men’s club volleyball team. He served as captain for three seasons, club president for two years and was a coach for two years.

Zelenock earned his bachelor’s degree from CMU in 2005 while majoring in physical education and minoring secondary physical science. He is married to Jamie and resides in Mount Pleasant.

The Zelenock File
2004-2005 Northwood University Assistant Coach
2006 Delaware State Assistant Coach
2007-2008 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2009-Present Central Michigan University Associate Head Coach