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Mark Pryor
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Baylor
Phone: 701-777-2351
Mark Pryor begins year three at the helm at the University of North Dakota after back-to-back 20-win seasons. Despite numerous injuries at key positions last year, UND went 21-13 and advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the fourth straight year.

McKenzie Hart led all of NCAA Division I in digs per set in 2015, the second time in his coaching career that he’s mentored a player that has led the nation in that category. He is the only coach in the NCAA to have a player lead the NCAA in digs per set for an entire season at both the NCAA Division II and Division I level.  Hart would be named the Libero of the Year for a second straight season by the Big Sky Conference and was an AVCA All-Region performer as a senior.

Pryor’s 2015 squad etched the program’s highest-ranked victory in its Division I history with a win over Dayton, who finished the season ranked No. 22 in the RPI.

His program has led the Big Sky in digs per set the last two seasons (2014 and 2015) and has  a perfect record of 9-0 in November regular season matches over the last two seasons. His teams have a knack for out-lasting opponents, notching a 10-2 record in five-set matches in his UND tenure (.833 win percentage).

The incoming class of 2015 freshmen earned praise nationally with high honorable mention status by 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.

Overall at UND, Pryor has a 47-22 record in his two seasons at UND. His 2014 squad tied the school record for wins (26) and claimed the Big Sky Conference North Division. That team also earned the school’s first win at the league’s postseason tournament.

Accolades were plentiful for that 2014 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.

Pryor was introduced as the 12th head volleyball coach in program history on Jan. 28, 2014. The 15-year collegiate coaching veteran arrived in Grand Forks following a four-year stint as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Baylor.

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