Following an extensive search, Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Steve Bruning has announced that Amanda Hubbard has been selected to be the head volleyball coach at Capital University. Hubbard becomes the seventh head coach in the volleyball program's history after coming to Columbus from her post at Alfred University (N.Y.).
Hubbard, a native of Horseheads, N.Y., brings to Capital a wealth of coaching and playing experience from the NCAA Division I and III levels. She has spent the last three years rebuilding the Alfred University volleyball program to a point where they recently posted the most wins in a season (12) and helped the Saxons post their most successful Empire 8 record, both mark the best in 16 years.
"We are very excited about what Amanda will be able to do for our volleyball program,
said Dr. Bruning. "She is a proven winner, knowledgeable about the game of volleyball and will create an environment where our student-athletes will be able to excel academically, socially and athletically."
"I would like to thank the committee for seeing my vision and trusting me to the be the next head coach to take care of the Capital volleyball program," said Hubbard. "This move is huge for me. I give many thanks to my immediate family and better half for the continued support. The Midwest is volleyball and I am excited to be in the Mecca of volleyball."
Hubbard inherited a program that had not won a conference match each of the two years prior and broke that drought in her first year. The 2014 campaign also saw her add two more win to its season total from the year prior. By the end of her third season as the Saxons' head coach, the team posted an eight-game improvement between 2015 and 2016 and a 3-5 Empire 8 record.
In 2016, Hubbard helped groom outside hitter Amber Smith to become the program's first Co-Rookie of the Year, All-Empire 8 First Team selection as well as ECAC Division III North Women's Volleyball First Team All-Star.
"I bring a fire and a passion with me," said Hubbard. "I feel so privileged every day to not just be a volleyball coach, but to have the opportunity to impact and empower our young female student-athletes. My experience and philosophy as a player and coach will make the off-season training successful and prepare the team for a new mentality heading into the 2017 season."
In addition to the success the Saxons volleyball program had on the court, Hubbard helped raise the team grade-point average from 2.75 to 3.50 in four semesters. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awarded Alfred Volleyball with the Team Academic Award for their efforts over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, which led to the program's best academic standing in its history.
Hubbard is a 2008 graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.) where she played for three years after spending a season playing at SUNY-Binghamton. At Ithaca, Hubbard put together a stellar career in which she compiled a resume that included three First Team all-conference and three First Team all-region selections as an outside hitter. Her numbers were so impressive that she was named a three-time AVCA All-American as an honorable mention selection. In 2015, Hubbard helped lead Ithaca to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the second round of the national tournament. The 2006 season was one of Hubbard's best. En route to being named the Empire 8 Player of the Year, she put down 539 kills and 53 service aces, while receiving at an 89.1 percent success rate. On the defensive end, she posted 20 solo blocks and 54 block assists. As a senior in 2007, she exceeded those numbers after tallied 642 kills, 76 service aces, 452 digs, and 67 total blocks, all while Ithaca posted a 30-win season.
She currently in the top-10 of multiple categories in the Ithaca Volleyball record books. She is 10th in single-season digs (535), sits third (642) and ninth (539) in single-season kills, tied for seventh in career digs (1,505), and fourth in career kills (1,677).
Hubbard's coaching career also took her to Division I Colgate University (2010) and to the University of Rochester (2011-13) where she served in an assistant role at both institutions.
Hubbard graduate from Ithaca with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, and returned to extend her education and serve as a graduate assistant coach for the volleyball program. She earned her Master of Science in Health Education in 2010, the same year Ithaca returned to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Empire 8 championship.
Jenay is majoring in psychology and pre- physician’s assistantship. This will be her first year coaching with TVC.
Jenay attended Fairbanks High School where she was conference player of the year, first team all-conference and first team all-district in 2017. She also played basketball and ran track in high school along with being a member of the National Honors.
Delanie is majoring in criminology and psychology. She attended Allegan High School where she played volleyball, basketball and soccer and ran track. She was the member of National Honors Society. This is her first season coaching with TVC.
Mackenzie is majoring in business finance and marketing. She attended Wapakoneta High School where she was a two-year captain and was named third team all-league in 2017. This will be her first year coaching with TVC.
Regina Cetnarowski is a Biology Pre-Med major. She attended St.Vincent-St.Mary High School where she played volleyball and lacrosse for four years, was in the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador and Kairos leader as well as involved in many clubs. Additionally, Regina worked the summer skills camps at St. Vincent-St. Mary for four years. Regina was a two-year varsity letter winner, four-year presidents list, and named scholar-athlete. This will be her first season coaching with TVC.
Emily Cooper is a Nursing major at Capital University and apart of Capital's ROTC program where she will become a nurse in the Army after graduation. She attended Western Brown High School where she played volleyball all four years and basketball for three years. Emily played club volleyball for NKYVC for 6 years. She was a part of several camps at Western Brown High School and also helped coach Capital's Elite Camp during the summer of 2019. Emily is a setter for Capital University. This is Emily's first year coaching for Tempo Volleyball Club.
Molly is a 2013 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional/Creative Writing. She has 3 years of experience coaching club volleyball, with this being her first year coaching with TVC. She was an outside/middle hitter in high school and was the Team Manager for Capital University Volleyball from 2009-2013. She has also been an assistant coach for different high school volleyball programs.
Tori is majoring in nursing and minoring in psychology. She attended Arcadia High School and was a four-year varsity letter winner, participated in track and choir. Throughout high school, she was also a member of the National Honor Society. This will be her first-year coaching at TVC.
Jenay Kocsis, is a sophomore at Capital University. She is a psychology major and a setter on the Capital Women’s Volleyball Team. She has played volleyball for 13 years, 2 thus far in college and 4 in high school, 2 at the varsity level. During her senior year, she earned 1st Team All-Conference, First Team All-District, and OHC Player of the Year. Since coming to college, she has worked Capital Youth Skills Camps including the Elite Camp, and also coached the 13s Yellow TVC team last spring. “I love coaching because it lets me influence not only young athletes but young girls as they grow into strong women.” Some fun facts about Jenay are: my favorite animals are cats (I have two at home!), I’m definitely a morning person, and my favorite food is ice cream!
MacKenzie Lange is a Financial Economics major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She attended Wapakoneta High School where she played volleyball for four years, ran track, was in show choir, and various musical activities as well as many clubs. She has helped with many camps and clinics both in Wapakoneta and at Capital University since graduating from Wapak. These camps include Little Skins Volleyball Camp, the high school tryout camp, and various camps at Capital. MacKenzie is a setter for Capital University where she is involved in the theatre program, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and volunteers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This will be her second year coaching for the Tempo Volleyball Club.
Sydney LaPointe is an Early Childhood and Special Education Major. She attended Lutheran West High School where she played volleyball for four years, played softball, and was a training assistant. While attending Lutheran West she was very active in helping with camps and service opportunities, such as volleyball camps, vacation bible school, and nursing home visits. Sydney is an outside hitter for Capital University. This will be her first year coaching for the Tempo Volleyball Club.
Delanie Nahikian (Dee) is a sophomore at Capital University from Allegan, MI. At Allegan Sr High School she ran track & played basketball and volleyball. She was a four-year starter on the varsity team & served as captain her junior and senior years. While playing club for Dead Frog Volleyball, her team won 3 National qualifiers. She is a triple major in criminology, sociology, and psychology with the intent to go to law school. She is an outside/right-side hitter on the Capital Women’s Volleyball Team. At Capital, she has been chosen as an All-Tournament Team player at the Rochester Volleyball Invitational and was Crusader of the Week here at Capital following a tight match against nationally recognized Mount Union. “Although I am only a second-year coach, I’ve served alongside Coach Hubbard coaching clinics and camps around Columbus with players as young as seven and as old as 18. I am so excited that I get to share and teach my passion to young girls as I watch them develop into confident go-getters. Some fun facts about me are that I am a coffee addict, I love to cuddle up to my pit-terrier Kyra, and I am an avid Michigan Basketball fan!”
Reagan Willoughby is an Athletic Training major at Capital, and plans on attending graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant. She originally is from the Hoosier State, and attended South Dearborn High School. At SD she played volleyball for four years, and also played on the softball team for three. She was a part of the school’s student government chapter, in National Honor Society, and a STAR Mentor for incoming freshmen. She has helped coach at clinics in high school that were held by her volleyball team. Reagan also helped coach fifth and sixth grade teams after her high school volleyball practices. This is her first year as a coach for Tempo.