Kyle Mars enters his second season at the helm of the Terrier men's volleyball team. Named the program's inaugural head coach in 2016, Mars was tasked with building the team from the ground up while recruiting and serving as the club team's coach during the 16-17 season.
Throughout the year, Mars worked diligently on the recruiting trail, bringing in a total of 16 players from around the Nation to compete for the Terriers during the team's first varsity season in 2017.
In Mars first competition season he led the Terriers to six victories including three sweeps, opening and closing the inaugural season with straight-set victories.
Mars joined the Terriers after most recently serving as graduate assistant men’s volleyball coach at Elmira (N.Y.) for two seasons.
During his time with the Soaring Eagles, Mars helped Elmira to an overall record of 41-25, with the team seeing a high ranking of ninth in the AVCA Top-25 Poll in 2015-16.
In his two years, Mars helped his athletes earn five All-UVC honors, including 2015 Libero of the Year Rob Shade. In '15, Mars also helped Erik Griffin to two AVCA All-American honors.
Mars helped the Soaring Eagles break 18 total team and individual records during his two campaigns as a member of the coaching staff. In 2015, the team averaged 12.36 kills/set. They then broke the hitting percentage mark in 2016 (.266).
Prior to his time coaching, Mars spent his undergraduate years as a player at Penn State University. A versatile player, he served primarily as an outside hitter. He helped the Nittany Lions to four-straight Final Four appearances, including a trip to the National Championship finals against Stanford in 2010.
He graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Telecommunications and earned his Master's degree in Management from Elmira in 2016.
Mars currently resides in Kent, Ohio with fiancé, Kerrie.