LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan promotes assistant coach Chris Padilla the head men's volleyball coach.
"We posted the job and had a lot of resumes. After an intensive search, Chris emerged as the best fit to be our new coach," Pavan said. "We didn't have to search far. He has been the assistant coach for the past three seasons and will do a great job for us here.
Padilla has worked with the team since the program's second season in 2020. Padilla helped coach the 2022 club to the best record in school-history posting their first 20+ win season. He helped coach 10 All-Mid-South Conference members including last season's Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
He has over 20 years of coaching experience working collegiately, at the high school level and club level in both men's and women's volleyball. Padilla, who grew up in Nashville and graduated from Overton High School, has worked with several high schools in the area including Hillsboro, USN, Webb School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, and Providence Christian.
He also has experience working at the club level with SPIKE, the TN Lightning, Williams County Select, RCJRS, MidTNVBC, and Alliance Volleyball Club.
"I do believe that everything happens for a reason. This is a dream of mine to be a men's head coach. It is all working out, things work out the way they are supposed to and in my life, it is the perfect time," Padilla said. "I'm ready to get going, ready to start working on the court, ready to see the boys, and get to work. The future looks good here."
Padilla coaching the men in a match this past season. (Photo Credit: Steve Wampler)
Padilla earned his degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Exercise Science in 2007.
Padilla is the second head coach in the men's volleyball's program history.