Houlihan Promoted to Co-Head Volleyball Coach

BOSTON, Mass. – After just one season serving as the associate head volleyball coach, Mike Houlihan has once again been promoted this time taking over the role as Co-Head Coach alongside two-time AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year Terry Condon, who enters her ninth season with the Beacons.

The Co-Head Coach role, marks the first-ever in the history of the UMass Boston volleyball program.  Houlihan played an integral part just one season ago in leading the Beacons to their fourth straight Little East Conference regular season and tournament title and second NCAA Regional crown in the last three years.

"Mike has helped to make UMass Boston volleyball one of the top programs in the country.  His dedication to the sport is unmatched and his desire to grow as a coach has made him a key factor in the team's success," said coach Condon.

For his leadership both on and off the court, Houlihan was recognized by the AVCA by being named a "Thirty Under 30" recipient which recognizes the top 30 coaches in the country at all levels under the age of 30.

During Houlihan's tenure the Beacons have established themselves as one of the premiere Division III programs in the country.  Ranked as high as 17th in the nation, the Beacons returned to the NCAA "Elite 8" last season after upsetting top-seeded Connecticut College and regionally ranked Bowdoin College.

Houlihan initially joined the Beacons coaching staff in 2009 as an assistant coach.  Last season he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. 

The Beacons will officially being their 2013 season on August 30 when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado to play in the Colorado College Invitational.