November 30, 2023

Husband-wife coaching tandem brings unique perspective to volleyball program |

After four years of marriage, Shannon and Ron Pummill are, safe to say, not getting tired of each other.

To the contrary. The 2009 Garden City High School graduates arguably spend more time together than most married couples. The Pummills coach Schoolcraft College’s women’s volleyball team.

“No, never, never see too much of him,” said Shannon Pummill, the third-year head coach of the Lady Ocelots whose last name was Pietruszka when she met her future husband in eighth grade. “I’m in charge, but I do run things by him. He’s really good giving input on lineups and letting me know who he thinks is doing well, who’s excelling in their position and when we need to make a change.”

Ron Pummill, her first-year assistant coach, smiled when asked whether it ever is too much of a good thing to also work right next to his spouse.

“You know what? Never enough time with this woman,” he said. “I fell in love. And got an opportunity to coach. We just get stronger and better. Each season, we get better as coaches and I think we get better as a married couple.”

Taking the family angle farther, Shannon’s cousin Courtney (who played at Livonia Churchill) is also an assistant coach, primarily working with the hitters.

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