March 28, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola Head Volleyball Coach Kristina Hernandez has accepted a similar position at Hofstra University, Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan announced on Friday.
Hernandez, who directed one of the top turnarounds in NCAA Division I volleyball last year, led the Greyhounds to a 22-12 record during the 2007 season.
"Kristina has done a wonderful job in rebuilding our volleyball program," Boylan said. "She is an excellent coach and Loyola appreciates all the energy, passion and hard work she brought each day to enable our program to win over 20 games for the first time since 1992. We thank her for her efforts and wish her success and happiness in the future."
Loyola earned its first top-three finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals since the 1997 season. The Greyhounds' record was its best, and first above-.500 record, since the 2002 season when the team was 16-15.
Hernandez completed four seasons at Loyola and amassed a 49-81 record. She coached the Greyhounds to a 10-18 record during her first season, a five-game improvement from the 2003 team's mark.
"Leaving Loyola was a very difficult decision because of the success we had here last year and the quality of players that we have returning," Hernandez said. "I will always be grateful to Mr. Boylan for believing in me and giving me my first opportunity as a head coach. Loyola provided me with a great opportunity to succeed and grow as a coach."
The 2007 season was Loyola's first with 20 wins since 1992 and its first-ever 10-win season in the conference.
A national search for Hernandez's successor will begin immediately.