Don Metil Head Coach
In just three seasons at the helm of the Towson volleyball program, head coach Don Metil has made the Tigers into a consistent threat at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings. Entering year four, Metil will be looking to help the Tigers take the next step.
In 2015, Metil and the Tigers posted their second straight season of 25 or more wins. Towson beat James Madison in the final match of the regular season to clinch a share of the CAA Regular Season Title. Metil helped the Tigers lead the conference in hitting percentage, assists per set, kills per set and digs per set. The Tigers ranked among the top 10 nationally for assists per set, kills per set, team assists and team kills.
Under Metil’s guidance, freshman Jocelyn Kuilan was named the CAA Rookie of the Year while redshirt freshman Anna Holehouse became the program’s first CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Metil took home CAA Coach of the Year accolades for the second straight season. Jessica Lewis was a first team All-CAA honoree while Haley Pa’akaula took home second team honors on Metil’s watch. Kuilan was also named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region Honorable Mention, just the fourth player in program history to do so.
In his second season at Towson, Metil got the Tigers back to the CAA Tournament. Towson posted a 27-5 overall record and a 13-3 conference mark. Metil helped the Tigers engineer one of the largest single-season turnarounds in program history (10 wins in 2013 and 27 in 2014). Metil saw six Tigers earn all-conference honors including seniors Saitaua Iosia and Victoria Williams who were first team selections. In addition Metil was named the CAA Coach of the Year.
3rd Season at Towson
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Eric Hammond Assistant Coach
Eric Hammond enters his fourth season at Towson, 10th season working with Don Metil, and his 12th season coaching college volleyball as the 2016 campaign begins.
A key contributor on Metil’s staff, Hammond serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Last fall, Hammond helped guide the Tigers to a 26-6 overall record and a 12-4 mark in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Hammond helped lead the Tigers to a share of the CAA Regular Season Title with a sweep of JMU on the final day of conference play. Under Hammond’s guidance, the Tigers ranked among the national leaders in kills and assists per set and total team kills and assists. Hammond worked with the Tigers’ pin hitters (opposites and outsides) along with guiding the serving game and some passing. He played a key role in the development of Jocelyn Kuilan, the CAA Rookie of the Year. Hammond worked with Haley Pa’akaula, who set the school record for kills in a single-match with 30 against Utah Valley.
He helped guide the Tigers to a 27-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in CAA play in 2014. That season he specialized in training the outside and opposite hitters in attacking. He also coached team blocking and serving. Hammond helped the Tigers lead the league in hitting percentage and service aces. Three of the Tigers’ All-CAA players were pin hitters, outside hitter Saitaua Iosia, opposite Victoria Williams and outside/middle Haley Pa’akaula.
Hammond, who spent eight years at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), moved to Towson in the spring of 2013 to continue his work with former UMES and current Towson head coach Don Metil.
3rd Season at Towson
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Kayani Turner Assistant Coach
In just her first season on the bench with the Black and Gold, Turner helped guide the Tigers to a share of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Regular Season Title. She helped the Tigers post 26 wins as the team had the CAA Rookie of the Year and CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Under Turner’s guidance the Tigers ranked among the Top 10 in the nation for kills per set and team kills. Turner was responsible for working with the Tigers’ middle blockers and blocking game.
During the off-season, Turner attended and graduated from the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.
Turner came to the Tigers from Southeast Missouri where she spent four years on the staff, working for Head Coach Julie Yankus. At Southeast Missouri, Turner was the primary coach for the outside hitters and recruiting coordinator. She also assisted in the scouting of opponents, film breakdown and practice planning.
The Redhawks won 63 matches in the four years Turner was in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Southeast Missouri made their first appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament since 2008 and won its first OVC Tournament contest since 2006. The Redhawks showed significant improvement in their hitting percentage and kills per set during Turner’s time on the sidelines.
3rd Season at Towson
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