Aug. 5, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland has selected Scott Pennewill as the head coach of its volleyball program, Greyhounds Director of Athletic Joe Boylan announced today.
Pennewill, who has been a successful head coach in the NCAA Division I, II and III ranks, will assume his duties immediately. In 16 seasons of collegiate coaching, Pennewill has a 266-239 (.527) overall record.
"We're pleased to have found someone with the passion, experience and commitment to the game of volleyball that Scott possesses," Boylan said. "He has sacrificed a lot to stay in the game. Everyone we talked to about Scott during the hiring process talked about his integrity, his work ethic and his commitment to the student-athletes and the game of volleyball."
Pennewill completed his fifth year as head coach at nearby Johns Hopkins University in 2007, guiding the Blue Jays to a 25-6 overall record and a 9-1 mark and second place finish in the Centennial Conference.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be at Loyola," Pennewill said. "I believe that it is a great fit, and I am looking forward to working with a team that is well established. Loyola is a part of the strength of (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) MAAC volleyball, and it is going to be a fun season. I would like to thank Joe Boylan for this opportunity."
In five seasons on the Homewood campus, Pennewill helped the Blue Jays win 105 matches against just 44 losses. His 105 victories are the most in school history, while his .704 winning percentage makes him the program's winningest coach.
His teams won 41 of 50 Centennial Conference matches during his tenure.
Johns Hopkins' 25 wins during the 2007 season were the third most in school history, and the Blue Jays finished second to Carnegie Mellon in the postseason ECAC South Tournament.
Three of Pennewill's players earned All-Centennial Conference First Team honors following the campaign, and two others were named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II teams. Junior opposite Kim Jackanich earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention, as well.
Pennewill inherited a team in 2003 that lost 21 matches a season earlier. Under his tutelage, he helped Johns Hopkins to a 23-9 record in his first year. In 2005, Pennewill's team finished with a 24-7 mark, 9-1 in the league, and won the Centennial Conference regular-season title.
One of his student-athletes, Lizzie Kay, set a Centennial Conference career record with 2,488 digs and concluded her career in the Top 10 all-time among Division III players.
Prior to working at Johns Hopkins, Pennewill was the head coach at Drexel University, Clarion University and Millersville University.
He took his first collegiate head coaching position at Millersville in 1990. Pennewill was the Marauders' first head coach of a new program and quickly helped the team develop into a contender in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Just three seasons after starting the program from scratch, Pennewill led Millersville to an 18-14 record, the PSAC East Division crown and a berth in the PSAC Semifinals in 1992.
Following the 1993 season, Pennewill made the move to Drexel where he guided the Division I Dragons for five seasons, posting an 88-96 overall record.
His teams compiled a 20-17 mark in the America East Conference over five seasons and advanced to the conference semifinals in each of those seasons. The 1996 Drexel squad finished second in the America East with a 5-2 record.
After moving on from Drexel, Pennewill took the head coaching position at Clarion University where he spent two seasons and recorded a 34-48, helping the Golden Eagles rebuild their program in the PSAC.
Pennewill spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons at Clarion before returning to Millersville for the 2001 campaign. He helped the Marauders reach the PSAC Semifinals again that season.
In addition to his collegiate coaching, Pennewill has been extremely active in the region's club volleyball scene. Early in his career, Pennewill was a coach and athletic director of the South Central Pennsylvania Girl's Volleyball Association. He coached the area's Junior Olympic club team from 1986 to 1992, guiding the 1992 team to a Top-25 national ranking.
While he was not on the court coaching, Pennewill helped found East Coast Volleyball, Inc., in 1990. The company, whose primary objective was to promote volleyball to youth, hosted three of the most prominent Junior Olympic tournaments in the country, the Early Bird Extravaganza, Northeast Qualifier and East Coast Championships.
Pennewill has also served as a court coach at the USA Men's Volleyball Olympic Festival Tryouts, from 1993-1995, and was an administrator, court coach and evaluator for the Boy's and Girl's Youth National Team Tryouts, from 1990-1997.
Pennewill graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1983 with a degree in health and physical education and a minor in sports management.
Pennewill lives in Dallastown, Pa. His wife, Darla Mae, and he have two children, Lauren and Katie.