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D- · 62/100 · 10 ratings

Former Coach for Women's Volleyball at Winthrop University - [add camp link]

Knowledge of SportD+
Technical TrainingD+
Game StrategyF
Communication SkillsF
Cares for Athlete's Well-BeingF
Organizational SkillsB
Dedication and Loyalty to ProgramD
Fairness of Playing TimeD
Openness to Student AthletesF
Quality of StaffC+
Quality of PracticesD-
Overall GradeF

Would you play for this coach? (again)
Yes: 11.1%
No: 88.9%

General Comments, Funny Stories, etc.

"This man ruined my first year of collegiate volleyball. When recruiting me, he seemed so kind and genuine and I was excited to have him as my coach. He promised me scholarship money but it was all a lie. He does not care about his players and refuses to give any semblance of guidance or coaching at all, no matter how many times you ask for it. Threatens people with their scholarship money, shows zero empathy, likes to play mind games with people, and loves to LIE. He is known for his horrible team retention. Everyone on his team is miserable playing under him, he has made people lose the passion for the sport because of mentally draining and destructive he is. Decline his offer or transfer as soon as you can. Save yourself the time and effort and DO NOT play for him!! Wish I had known what i was getting into before committing." - 3/13/2020

"I had the unfortunate experience of crossing paths with Bruce during my collegiate volleyball career. I have to say he is hands down the worst coach I ever played for. From what I have seen on this site he has not changed one bit. He talks a big game but cannot back it up because everything that comes out of his mouth other than his name is a LIE. Period. He will lie to you, your parents, the compliance officers, the athletic director and the NCAA. He does NOT care about his players. His "coach of the year" awards comes from building good teams on a solid foundation of lies. The team I played on was very strong group but he LIED to EVERYONE and the whole team HATED him. When I ended up quitting he tried to kick me out of the dorms before I could get a flight home. Does that sound like someone who cares about people? He tried to make me HOMELESS. Also, seriously is it professional to play with your toes while having a conversation with someone? No. If this review helps even one person make the decision not to play for Bruce then my job is done. If I can save one woman from playing for him then all of the sh** he put me through was worth it. In agreement with other reviews this man is a sociopath. I think I ended up with 5-6 NCAA violations in my short time with Bruce. All of which he knew about and tried to put back on me. If you do decide to play for Bruce be sure you are well versed in all the NCAA rules and regulations so you don't get screwed." - 4/10/2019

"I loved playing for Coach Atkinson. At a time in my life when I had very little confidence in myself, Bruce helped me to believe in myself in the classroom as well as on the volleyball court. I am now a grad student and I do not believe that I would have finished my Bachelor's, let alone a Master's degree, if it were not for the confidence that Bruce helped instill in me. Any player would be lucky to have Bruce as her coach." - 1/15/2019

"Coach Atkinson is different from any coach I ever have played for, he's very negative and has little to nothing good to say about the way his players play or about his players in general. His initial niceness is a facade (what he does during the recruiting process) do NOT trust him!" - 2/18/2017

"Coach Bruce Atkinson is a tough coach who loves the game. His numerous Coach of the Year awards show that his strategies to build failing teams into winners work." - 2/13/2015

"This coach does not care about his players at all. He is greedy and only cares about himself. He puts his players through physical pain that does not help with progressing in the sport. Not only is he inconsiderate, he also is a sociopath that can manipulate his way through anything. He breaks NCAA rules such as watching recruits on the eagle eye camera that is set up at Winthrop University in South Carolina. He threatens to take scholarships away to the point where girls develop mental disorders. Do not trust or play for this man. He will make you hate the sport." - 7/17/2014

"He is the definition of a sociopath." - 7/17/2014

"UPDATE: 02/22/2015 (His 2nd Yr at Winthrop)
7 Asst. Coaches have resigned. 7 Players have walked away from scholorships/Winthrop with numerous others planning their escape. This program is so disfunctional. NCAA investigating Coach Atkinson and the AD has his head ??? So mentally abusive that 2 of my present teammates are in therapy and 2 others are taking anziety meds.
Atkinson is now the head coach at Winthrop. His coaching methods are extremely flawed. NEVER any positive feedback. Constantly threatens to take away scholarships. In 1 Yr at Winthrop 5 asst. coaches and 4 players have resigned." - 5/28/2014

total graders » grader group
6 »  Players (played for less than 2 years)
3 »  Players (played 2+ years for)
1 »  Fans

Favorite Quote by Bruce Atkinson

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“I mean my GOSH? It's so EASY?!!”
Coach Bruce Atkinson


Winthrop University Women's Volleyball Win Loss Records

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id cid spid Year Head Coach Winning % Wins Losses Ties Championships / Awards  
184067 29306 52 2014 Bruce Atkinson ? ? ? ? -
157310 21412 52 2013 Julie Torbett ? ? ? ? -
104553 21412 52 2012 Julie Torbett ? ? ? ? -
77807 21412 52 2011 Julie Torbett ? ? ? ? -
25665 24728 52 2010 Sally Polhamus ? ? ? ? -

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