BOSTON, Mass. – After helping to build the UMass Boston volleyball program into one of the top teams in the country, Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus has announced the appointment of Michael Houlihan as UMass Boston's new head coach, effective immediately.
"Mike Houlihan came to UMass Boston as a graduate assistant to Hall of Fame coach Terry Condon in 2009. He has been our co-head coach for the last three years, and has been an integral part the growth of our volleyball program, and has contributed greatly to the team's successes. Mike is very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work and develop as a coach under the mentorship of coach Condon. We are fortunate to have a young coach with the knowledge and commitment that Mike brings to our program. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with Michael Houlihan," said Titus.
As one of the architects behind the Beacons dominance in Division III volleyball, Houlihan will look to begin a new chapter next season on the harbor campus. During his previous eight seasons at UMass Boston, Houlihan helped the Beacons to seven Little East Conference Tournament title, eight LEC Regular Season Crowns, and three NCAA Regional Tournament titles.
"I would like to congratulate Terry Condon on a terrific career and thank her for being a mentor, role model, and friend throughout my time here at UMass Boston. I have learned a tremendous amount from her, and we will work hard every day to continue the build on the tradition she has established throughout the years. I also would like to thank Vice Chancellor Charlie Titus and Chancellor Motley for the opportunity to be the head coach at UMass Boston," added Houlihan.
I am excited to continue to build and develop the tradition of excellence in the volleyball program. Since the 2009 season, Houlihan has mentored over 20 All-Little East Conference honorees, with at-least one player a major conference award each of those eight seasons. During his tenure he has seen eight players earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors, with six of those players earning AVCA All-America accolades. Most recently the Beacons had a program record four players named All-Region, while a program best three players were named All-Americans.
The only coach in the history of the Little East Conference to be named the prestigious AVCA Thirty Under-30 list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming coaches in the sport of volleyball at all levels, Houlihan was promoted to co-head coach alongside AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Condon prior to the start of the 2013 season.
Currently Houlihan serves as the chair of the AVCA Northeast All-Region committee, and also serves on the AVCA All-American and Head Coaches committee. He also sits as the chair of the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Top-15 Poll.
Prior to coming to Boston, Houlihan coached the Midlakes High School Varsity Boys Volleyball team in New York. Houlihan also spent time as the head coach for the 14's All Long Island Boys Club Team. Throughout his career, Houlihan has worked at a variety of collegiate camps and has also created and implemented individual training programs for players of all ages. Amongst the many camps he has worked at are the University of New Hampshire, the University of Delaware, and the University of Rochester.
Before stepping into the coaching world, Houlihan enjoyed a four-year career for the Nazareth College Men's Volleyball squad. He later graduated from Nazareth with a business administration degree in sports management. While working at UMass Boston, Houlihan earned his MBA.