COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following an extensive search, Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Steve Bruning has announced that Amanda Hubbard has been selected to be the head volleyball coach at Capital University. Hubbard becomes the seventh head coach in the volleyball program's history after coming to Columbus from her post at Alfred University (N.Y.).
Hubbard, a native of Horseheads, N.Y., brings to Capital a wealth of coaching and playing experience from the NCAA Division I and III levels. She has spent the last three years rebuilding the Alfred University volleyball program to a point where they recently posted the most wins in a season (12) and helped the Saxons post their most successful Empire 8 record, both mark the best in 16 years.
"We are very excited about what Amanda will be able to do for our volleyball program,
said Dr. Bruning. "She is a proven winner, knowledgeable about the game of volleyball and will create an environment where our student-athletes will be able to excel academically, socially and athletically."
"I would like to thank the committee for seeing my vision and trusting me to the be the next head coach to take care of the Capital volleyball program," said Hubbard. "This move is huge for me. I give many thanks to my immediate family and better half for the continued support. The Midwest is volleyball and I am excited to be in the Mecca of volleyball."
Hubbard inherited a program that had not won a conference match each of the two years prior and broke that drought in her first year. The 2014 campaign also saw her add two more win to its season total from the year prior. By the end of her third season as the Saxons' head coach, the team posted an eight-game improvement between 2015 and 2016 and a 3-5 Empire 8 record.
In 2016, Hubbard helped groom outside hitter Amber Smith to become the program's first Co-Rookie of the Year, All-Empire 8 First Team selection as well as ECAC Division III North Women's Volleyball First Team All-Star.
"I bring a fire and a passion with me," said Hubbard. "I feel so privileged every day to not just be a volleyball coach, but to have the opportunity to impact and empower our young female student-athletes. My experience and philosophy as a player and coach will make the off-season training successful and prepare the team for a new mentality heading into the 2017 season."
In addition to the success the Saxons volleyball program had on the court, Hubbard helped raise the team grade-point average from 2.75 to 3.50 in four semesters. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awarded Alfred Volleyball with the Team Academic Award for their efforts over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, which led to the program's best academic standing in its history.
Hubbard is a 2008 graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.) where she played for three years after spending a season playing at SUNY-Binghamton. At Ithaca, Hubbard put together a stellar career in which she compiled a resume that included three First Team all-conference and three First Team all-region selections as an outside hitter. Her numbers were so impressive that she was named a three-time AVCA All-American as an honorable mention selection. In 2015, Hubbard helped lead Ithaca to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the second round of the national tournament. The 2006 season was one of Hubbard's best. En route to being named the Empire 8 Player of the Year, she put down 539 kills and 53 service aces, while receiving at an 89.1 percent success rate. On the defensive end, she posted 20 solo blocks and 54 block assists. As a senior in 2007, she exceeded those numbers after tallied 642 kills, 76 service aces, 452 digs, and 67 total blocks, all while Ithaca posted a 30-win season.
She currently in the top-10 of multiple categories in the Ithaca Volleyball record books. She is 10th in single-season digs (535), sits third (642) and ninth (539) in single-season kills, tied for seventh in career digs (1,505), and fourth in career kills (1,677).
Hubbard's coaching career also took her to Division I Colgate University (2010) and to the University of Rochester (2011-13) where she served in an assistant role at both institutions.
Hubbard graduate from Ithaca with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, and returned to extend her education and serve as a graduate assistant coach for the volleyball program. She earned her Master of Science in Health Education in 2010, the same year Ithaca returned to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Empire 8 championship.