Ivans Bugajenkovs got acquainted with volleyball while studying in Latvian Academy of Sports Education. Bugajenkovs played his entire career from 1959 to 1970 in one club - Radiotehniķis Riga. Bugajenkovs never won a Soviet title with them, but won four silvers (1960, 1962, 1965, 1966) and two bronzes (1968, 1969) with them from the Soviet Championships. Bugajenkovs played with the Soviet national team from 1960-1968. He won two Olympic golds (1964, 1968), two World Championships titles (1960, 1962), one World Cup title (1965) and one European Championships title (1967). He also won bronzes at the 1966 World Championships and 1963 European Championships. After finishing his sporting career Bugajenkovs worked and a volleyball coach in Riga and then in the physical culture department of the Riga Aviation University from 1976-1991.From 1992 to 2005 Bugajenkovs worked in Iran, being the coach of Iran national junior and youth teams. In 2009 Bugajenkovs was inducted to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts.