Sarah Gustin enters her third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at IU; and sixth campaign on Coach Dunbar's staff.
Gustin was instrumental in making the College of Charleston a perennial NCAA Tournament team while working primarily with the middle blockers and outside hitters along with being the program's recruiting coordinator for three seasons.
Since her arrival to IU, Gustin has played a large role in the development of `08 All-Big Ten selections Ashley Benson and Erica Short. Last year, Benson set the single-season school record for most blocks while Short ended just one kill shy of setting her own record-breaking single-season mark.
Gustin, a four-year letterwinning middle blocker and outside hitter for Michigan State, has also helped Taylor Wittmer make an immediate impact in Bloomington where she has started 47 matches in her first two seasons as a Hoosier.
Gustin has coaching experience on the international level as well. In the summer of 2007, she traveled to Pula, Croatia to coach the BIP team in the Global Challenge. The previous summer she served as the assistant coach for the USA Junior National A2 team. In 2005, under the tutelage of both Gustin and Dunbar, the CofC Cougars led the Southern Conference in hitting percentage with a mark of .265. In addition, a trio of Cougars finished in the SoCon top-10 for both hitting percentage and kills.
In 2003, Gustin helped guide the Cougars to a 28-6 overall record with a 17-1 mark in the SoCon. That season middle blocker Alisa Long and outside hitter Stephanie Ballard earned All-SoCon First Team honors to go along with two SoCon All-Tournament honors for their performances during the regular season and postseason.
Gustin spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach at California Polytechnic State University (Cal-Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Gustin currently serves as the Big Ten's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coaches Committee representative after acting in the same role in 2006 for the SoCon. She is also a 2008 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
Gustin, who earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State in 2001, was voted team MVP in 1999. She earned All-Big Ten Honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and received All-Region Academic Honors in 2000. She was a recipient of the team's Highest GPA Award from 1998-2000.
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