April 23, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College in Maryland named Kristina Hernandez head volleyball coach today. Hernandez, a North Carolina A&T graduate and Texas native, replaces Jennifer Briggs, who resigned after a three-year stint with the Greyhounds.
"Kristina's passion for volleyball and specifically this job won out," says Assistant Athletic Director Marty Kelly, who chaired the search committee. "She may be the youngest Division I coach in the nation, but she comes to Loyola with a wealth of experience - as a student athlete, as president of SAAC (student-athlete advisory council) and as a coach."
Hernandez earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she competed as setter on the women's volleyball team. Upon graduation, Hernandez served as co-head volleyball coach of the Golden Bear Junior Olympic Club in Berkeley, Calif. She also worked as a physical education instructor at Herbert Hoover Middle School in San Francisco and was a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at St. Mary's College of California, one of five teams from the eight-team West Coast Conference to make the NCAA Tournament..
A member of the Northern California Volleyball Association and American Volleyball Coaches Association, Hernandez also received an increased mastery and professional application of coaching theory certificate through USA Volleyball for coaching the Golden Bear Junior Olympic Club team.
"Kristina Hernandez is driven," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "She has followed her dreams from playing collegiate volleyball at North Carolina A& T to coaching the Junior Olympic Club team. Kristina has tremendous potential as a head coach and we're glad that she is coming to Loyola."