The Hiram College Athletic Department, along with Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey, have recently announced that Terrier men's volleyball coach, Kyle Mars, has been named the Director of Volleyball Operations.
Mars, who recently finished his second year as the head coach of the men's team will take on more responsibilities during the 2018-19 season, which includes spearheading the women's program as well. The move comes along with the departure of Mark Hardaway.
"With Coach Mars' excellent playing and coaching reputation, along with his attention to detail and positive relationship with both our men's and women's programs, it is the feeling of this administration that Coach Mars is the best candidate to be the Director of Volleyball Operations and serve as head coach and mentor to both teams," commented Dempsey on the decision.
A four-year player at Penn State University, Mars will be entering his fifth year as a coaching having been a graduate assistant at Elmira before being tasked with beginning the men's volleyball program at Hiram.
In his first full recruiting season, Mars showed his ability, bringing in 17 players to compete in the first year of collegiate competition for the men's team.
Under Mars, Hiram saw two players earn All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference honors, including freshman Alex Andrzejewski who was not only a first-team selection, but was named the AMCC's Newcomer of the Year.
Mars will now lead a women's program that see 10 returning players, including all-conference selections, sophomores Kiara Franks and Lindsey Walker.
Along with the restructuring, a nation-wide search for a full-time assistant is underway. The staff will also include a pair of graduate assistants who will work closely with the teams.
"Despite the transition in leadership, we believe that Coach Mars' track record speaks for itself in his ability to coach both programs," remarked Dempsey. "We feel strongly that Coach Mars is prepared, and best suited, to lead both teams into the future."