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Mark Pryor
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Baylor
Phone: 701-777-2351
Email: mark.pryor@athletics.und.edu
Mark Pryor begins year two at the helm at the University of North Dakota, fresh off a season that saw UND tie the school record for wins (26) and claim the Big Sky Conference North Division in his first campaign. His 2014 team earned the school's first-ever win at the Big Sky Tournament and his 26-9 overall mark is tops all-time in program history (.743).

Accolades were plentiful for the team as four players were lauded by the league. Seniors Nikki Husfeldt and Lexi Robinson were each honored on the All-Big Sky First Team while Faith Dooley was dubbed the Freshman of the Year and a second teamer with junior McKenzie Hart grabbing the Libero of the Year.

The incoming class of 2015 freshmen earned praise nationally with high honorable mention status by prepvolleyball.com. His 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes at Baylor, where he spent the previous four years as the associate head coach, were both ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Pryor was named UND's 12th head volleyball coach on Jan. 28, 2014. The veteran collegiate coach arrived in Grand Forks following his four years at his alma mater, Baylor.

In his first three seasons with the Big 12 program, Pryor helped the Bears increase their win total from 16 in 2010, to 18 in 2011 and 20 in 2012.

Pryor returned to coaching following a brief stint away from the profession in 2008 to lead the NCAA Division II program at Texas A&M-Commerce. As the head coach in Commerce, he led the Lions to back-to-back winning seasons, including a 25-10 mark in his last season. Pryor was named the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts during the 2009 season and tutored the conference’s offensive player of the year.

Pryor’s previous Division I head coaching stint was as the head coach at Louisiana-Monroe in 2005 when he guided the Warhawks to a 15-15 record. Prior to his arrival, the program had averaged just four overall wins and one Southland Conference win for the past 10 seasons. For his efforts, he was named the 2005 Southland Coach of the Year.

Pryor’s first collegiate coaching job was also with the Warhawks as an assistant coach during the 1997 season. He obtained his master’s degree in public relations/communication from ULM while serving on staff there.

In the seven seasons between his stops in Monroe, Pryor served in a variety of roles that included head coaching jobs at North Central Texas College (1998; NJCAA) and Southwest Baptist University (2001-02, NCAA DII) and assistant coaching positions at New Mexico State (1999), USA Volleyball (2001) and Boise State (2003-04).

Pryor has bachelor’s degrees in speech communication and journalism from Baylor. The couple’s two sons are Miles and Mason.