Steven Wright – Sports Editor
Former University of Dayton volleyball head coach Tim Horsmon will return as the program’s head man, as announced by the university Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Horsmon led UD from 2003 to 2007, making four NCAA tournament appearances from four Atlantic 10 Conference championships, including the first for each in school history, and was the 2005 A-10 Coach of the Year. He was 128-43 overall and 59-8 in conference play in his first stint as Dayton’s head coach.
“I am very excited to once again be University of Dayton’s volleyball coach and I want to thank [UD Vice President and Director of Athletics] Tim Wabler and [Assistant Vice President for Athletics] Mike Kelly for the opportunity to return,” Horsmon said in a press release. “Dayton is a very special place. From a volleyball perspective, it was a great situation when I was there before, and following from afar as I have, I know it’s even better now with the Cronin Center and the new performance center that is coming.”
“I am returning to a family. There were so many great people that helped build our Dayton volleyball tradition. I will be coming back to something I cherish very much. The university and Dayton community will be a great place for our family,” he said.
Horsmon spent the previous six seasons as head coach at the University of Maryland, where he compiled a 79-114 record, finishing 13-19 in 2013 and 14th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He also previously was head coach at Robert Morris University prior to his first time at Dayton from 1999 to 2002.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to our volleyball program,” Wabler said in a university press release. “He is a proven winner, a great recruiter, and he doesn’t just know our winning culture, he helped establish it.”
Horsmon will replace the outgoing coach Matt Affolder, who in one season at the helm led UD to a 16-13 record and a fifth-place finish in the A-10. The university announced Affolder would not return Monday, Dec. 16.