Kristina Hernandez leads the Loyola volleyball team into the 2007 season, her fourth as the head coach at the College.
Hernandez, a 2003 graduate of and former standout at North Carolina A&T, remains one of the youngest head coaches in NCAA Division I women's volleyball and brings a wealth of experience and energy to the court. Since her arrival on campus, Hernandez has guided the Greyhounds improvement and looks to continue their growth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Last year, the Greyhounds finished sixth in the MAAC with a 7-11 conference record and posted a 10-26 overall mark. The 10 wins were the most for the program since the 2004 campaign.
In her first season at the helm, 2004, Hernandez helped the Greyhounds double their win total from the previous year, as Lo
yola finished 10-18, a large improvement from the 5-24 record of 2003. The Greyhounds hit their stride late in the season, winning five of their final seven matches during Hernandez's rookie campaign.
In 2005, Hernandez and the Greyhounds battled through adversity to finish the season with a 7-25 mark.
Since her arrival at Loyola, Hernandez has remained active in the sport of volleyball at the local and national level. During the past three summers, Hernandez has been involved with the USA Volleyball Summer Program, assists as a court coach for USA Volleyball High performance tryouts the past three years and was the assistant coach for the first-ever Chesapeake Regional Youth National Team.
This past summer she was named the coach for the USA Youth National A2 team that competed at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in July 2007. She is also the founder and club director of the Baltimore Juniors Volleyball Club.
She has also served as the MAAC representative on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Head Coaches Committee for the last two years.
Hernandez earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from North Carolina A&T after a stellar volleyball career where she served as the team's setter and was named as the team's Rookie of the Year.
Following graduation, Hernandez served as co-head volleyball coach of the Golden Bear Junior Olympic Club in Berkeley, California. She also worked as a physical education instructor at Herbert Hoover Middle School in San Francisco and was a volunteer assistant coach under Jon Stevenson at Saint Mary's College in California. The Gaels were one of five teams from the West Coast Conference to qualify for the NCAA Tournament during Hernandez's lone season with a 20-13 record.
A member of the Northern California Volleyball Association and American Volleyball Coaches Association, Hernandez received an increased mastery and professional application of coaching theory certificate through USA Volleyball for coaching the Golden Bear Junior Olympic Club team. In the summer of 2003, Hernandez completed an internship with USA Volleyball in the Beach, Education and Grassroots program under John Kessel, who is the Director of Beach and Grassroots programs.
"Kristina Hernandez is driven," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "She has followed her dreams from playing collegiate volleyball at North Carolina A&T to coaching the Junior Olympic team. Kristina has tremendous potential as a head coach and we're glad she is at Loyola."
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