Ryan Booher '13
Ryan Booher '13
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6333
Email: rdbooher@king.edu
Year: 11th Year
Previous College: King '13

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Booher became the interim men's volleyball head coach in 2010, the second season of men's volleyball at King. Following that season he was named the head coach and has won three Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year awards, along with back-to-back-to-back regular season championship from 2017-19. Booher guided the Tornado to their first conference tournament championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018.

In February of 2019, Booher was selected to lead the King women's volleyball program.

Athlete Honors - Men

  • 1 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year
  • 2 AVAC All-America honorable mention honorees
  • 2 Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year selections
  • 2 players signed professional contracts
  • 17 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees
  • 24 All-Conference Carolinas selections

King Highlights

  • 1 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship title
  • 1 NCAA Tournament appearance
  • 3 Conference Carolinas regular season championships
  • 3 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year awards
  • 2 Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards
  • Earned his 100th win in the 2017 regular season finale
  • 2017-18 King University Coach of the Year

Year-By-Year Season Recaps

2019: The Tornado won a share of their third straight Conference Carolinas title, finishing the regular season wtih a league mark of 14-2 following a win over co-champion Barton on the final weekend of the regular season. King advanced to the conference championship match for the second straight year, but fell to Barton in a five-set match, 17-15 in the final set in Wilson, N.C. For the third straight year, the Tornado won 20 matches, the only three times King has won 20 matches in a season in program history. Jon Wheaton and Sean Kohlhase garnered first team All-Conference Carolinas honors while Dalton Johnson earned second team accolades. Noah Melendez and Joshua Kim were selected third team all-conference.

2018: The Tornado captured their second straight Conference Carolinas regular season title and hosted the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time. King won the conference tournament with a sweep of Barton, securing their first NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship appearance. Ultimately, the Tornado fell to two-time defending national champion Ohio State, ending their season with a 23-6 record. Booher was selected Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the second straight season while Jeff Sprayberry and Nick Drooker garnered first team all-conference recognition. Kiel Bell and Jon Wheaton both were selected second team all-conference. Sprayberry earned AVCA All-America honorable mention recognition for the second straight year.

2017: Booher earned his second Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year award after leading the Tornado to their first Conference Carolinas title. King posted program records for wins in a season, 28, and Conference Carolinas wins in a season, 16. The Tornado posted an overall record of 28-4 while going 16-2 in league play. They won their first-ever Conference Carolinas Tournament match and fell to Mount Olive in the conference tournament semifinals. Jeff Sprayberry was selected honorable mention AVCA All-America as well as Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference. Including Sprayberry, King had five individuals garner all-conference honors.

2016: The Tornado started with a stiff test as they traveled to Hawai'i to take on the seventh-ranked Rainbow Warriors and eighth-ranked Lewis as well as Harvard. King finished the season with an overall record of 8-24 while going 5-13 in Conference Carolinas play. The season saw school records fall as Jeff Sprayberry set a new mark with 420 kills on the season. Nick Drooker also set a program-best with 1,018 assists and Jon Wheaton posted 113 blocks to set a new school record. Sprayberry garnered second team all-conference honors and was voted by the fans as Off the Block/Springbak Player of the Month on April 1.

2015: The Tornado returned to postseason play for the first time since 2011 as King earned the fifth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament with a league mark of 10-8. However, King fell in five sets at Limestone in the quarterfinals to end their season with an overall record of 15-13, their first winning record since 2011. The 15 wins also set a program record as did the 10 Conference Carolinas victories. Setter Nick Drooker garnered Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year honors after setting a school record for assists in a season while Eddie Moushikhian earned second team all-conference recognition.

2014: King struggled with injuries during a season that ended with a 9-18 overall record and 4-10 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The Tornado narrowly missed out on a Conference Carolinas Tournament berth for the second straight season. Senior libero Jeremy Funk and freshman outside hitter Nick Serowski were a couple of the bright spots for King in 2014. Serowski earned third team all-conference recognition while Funk ranked fourth in the league in digs and fifth in digs per set.

2013: The season didn't go as planned for the men's volleyball team, ending the season with a 10-18 overall record and 5-11 mark in Conference Carolinas play, narrowly missing a tournament berth. Under Booher's guidance, the Tornado led the league in block assists and finished second in total blocks. Both Jeremy Funk and Michael Koebel were named to the Academic All-Conference Carolinas team.

2012: The 2012 season was the first for men's volleyball as a full Conference Carolinas sport. The Tornado finished fourth in the league standings with a league mark of 2-8 while going 10-20 overall. James Friddle was selected second team all-conference and Eric Glenn garnered third team honors.

2011: In his first full season as head coach in 2011, Booher was selected as the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year after guiding the Tornado to a second place conference finish going 5-3 and 11-9 overall. He coached the Conference Carolinas Player and Setter of the Year (Joel Salva) and Libero of the Year (Morris Cephas).

The Tornado won their last three games of the 2011 season to advance to the Conference Carolinas Championship match against Mount Olive College. Their first conference championship match ended in a 3-0 loss in a tight contest but showed that the Tornado is a team ready to compete for conference championships so early in the program’s existence.

2010: After a position change early in the season, Booher guided former Tornado Brandon Rorer transition into the libero position and in the same year ranked in the top five in digs per set, once hitting No. 1 in the country in the category. Eric Glenn also finished the same year fifth in the country in kill percentage (.348).

Booher was named head coach in May 2010 after serving as interim coach for the Tornado’s final 13 matches that season. In that time, Booher led King to an 11-2 overall record to close out the season. He started his run as head coach of the Tornado with 11 straight wins including a 4-0 conference record with the only two setbacks coming at the end of the season at NCAA Division I opponents Ball State and IPFW.

Prior to King

Booher is no stranger to the King volleyball program having traveled with the women's team on mission trips. Booher also serves as the president of the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club, a traveling squad for girls between the ages of 8 to 18, which he founded in 1998. The organization, which is 14 years old, has 15 traveling teams and has seen some of its alumni move on to attend King and play for the Tornado.

In addition to his experience with King and the NETVC, Booher has been playing volleyball for more than 20 years. At one time, he played with the King men’s club volleyball team prior to his involvement coaching the team.


Along with his mission work that has taken him to Germany and Costa Rica, among others, Booher and his teams volunteer at the YWCA and Niswonger Children’s Hospital (Johnson City, Tenn.).

Booher graduated from King with a degree in Business with a minor in Education in 2013. He is a life-long resident of Bristol, Tenn., where he currently resides.