Don Metil Head Coach
Head coach Don Metil has made the Tigers into a consistent threat at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings.
The 2017 season proved to be a record setting and memory making one for Metil and the Tigers. Towson started the campaign with 16 straight wins, setting the school record for the best start to a season in program history. Towson ended the year with 27 wins, marking the fourth straight year the Tigers won at least 20 matches under Metil. The Tigers also made their fourth straight appearance in the CAA Tournament under the Tiger head coach. Towson's strong season saw the team awarded a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NVIC). The Tigers traveled to Colgate, where they rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Raiders, giving the program its first postseason victory.
Under Metil's watch the Tigers had three players earn All-CAA honors. In addition Jocelyn Kuilan recorded her 1,000th career kill and Anna Holehouse moved into second place on the career digs list at Towson.
During the 2016 season, Metil led the Tigers to their third straight season with 20 or more wins and the program's third straight appearance in the CAA Tournament. Metil helped the Tigers lead the league in hitting percentage, kills, assists and service aces per set.
Holehouse became the 15th player in program history to record her 1,000th career dig and just the second sophomore to reach the mark during the 2016 season. Metil guided Jessica Lewis to first team All-CAA accolades for the second straight season while Kuilan was also a first team honoree.
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. He 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, Kuilan was named the CAA Rookie of the Year while 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. Lewis was a first team All-CAA honoree while Haley Pa'akaula earned second team honors on his 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. He 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.
Under Metil's guidance, libero Paige Sekerak broke the school record for career digs as she finished her career with 1,869.
In his first season at Towson, Metil guided Iosia to third team All-CAA honors. He also tutored Sekerak, a CAA All-Academic squad member. Sekerak recorded the 1,000th dig of her career and became just the third player in school history with over 500 digs in a single season.
Metil was named the 11th head coach in program history in March 2013 after spending six years as the highly successful coach at Maryland Eastern Shore.
At UMES, he compiled a 145-44 (.767) record during his tenure. Metil led the Hawks to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship in 2011 and 2012 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each of those years.
He guided UMES to the best season in school history in 2012. In addition to posting a 28-6 record and an 11-1 MEAC mark, UMES won three in season tournaments and the MEAC Tournament before falling to Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament.
A three-time MEAC Coach of the Year, he led UMES to six straight MEAC Northern Divisional titles and four undefeated conference seasons.
Metil's squads won at least 20 matches in each of his six seasons at UMES and finished among the top five in the nation for service aces per set during each of those seasons. He had 18 players earn all-conference honors during his six years with the Hawks. That group included the MEAC Rookie of the Year four times and two MEAC Players of the Year.
Prior to his tenure at UMES, Metil served as the head coach at Coppin State for two years. He helped the Eagles qualify for the MEAC Tournament twice and coached the 2005 MEAC Rookie of the Year. Metil was also the head coach at Lees-McRae and Notre Dame of Maryland.
Before starting his collegiate coaching career, Metil led a high school team and junior Olympic club team coach in the Baltimore Metro Area while teaching at Dumbarton Middle School.
Metil earned a dual bachelor's degree in secondary education and sports medicine from California University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He played collegiate volleyball for the Vulcans, serving primarily as a setter.
He earned a master's degree from Loyola University (Maryland) in secondary education in 2002.
6th Season at Towson
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Terry Hutchinson Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Terry Hutchinson made an immediate impact in his first season as a member of the Black and Gold coaching staff.
The 2017 season proved to be a record setting one for Hutchinson and the Tigers. Towson opened the season with 16 straight wins, setting the school record for best start to a season. Hutchinson and the Tigers went on to post a 27-6 record and advance to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament for the third straight year. Towson's solid start helped them advance to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) where the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win at Colgate. It was the program's first ever postseason victory. Under Hutchinson's watch the Tigers had three players earn all-conference accolades and led the league in kills, digs and assists per set.
Hutchinson, who spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia Southern, joined the Towson staff as an assistant coach in June 2017.
At Georgia Southern, Hutchinson was responsible for recruiting while training the middle blockers and teaching the blocking schemes for the team. He was also in charge of the team’s defense as well. The Eagles averaged 1.83 blocks per set last fall while Lauren Reichard ranked fifth in the Sun Belt Conference while putting up 1.09 blocks per set. Alex Beecher led the Sun Belt in total digs (632) under Hutchinson, was second in digs per set (5.10) while breaking her own school record for digs in a single season while earning Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Hutchinson is no stranger to volleyball in the area as he served as an assistant coach for two years at Elizabethtown College and spent a year at Franklin & Marshall College.
Hutchinson began his coaching career in 2003 with the Norlanco Girls’ Volleyball Club and spent time coaching the Yorktowne and Spooky Nook Volleyball Clubs in central Pennsylvania. He also served as the varsity head coach at Manheim Township High School for four years.
Hutchinson started his collegiate career at Juniata College before transferring to East Stroudsburg University. He helped the Warriors make a pair of appearances in the EIVA Division I national semifinals. Hutchinson was nationally ranked for blocking in 1995 and 1996 and earned All-EIVA Division I honors in 1996.
He received his degree in corporate communications from Elizabethtown College while on the Dean’s List.
In the summer of 1995, Hutchinson was selected to take part in the U.S. Olympic Festival, which was part of the U.S. National Team training program. During the Festival, he helped the East team win the gold medal.
Hutchinson also has extensive experience as a certified strength and speed/agility coach.
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MEGAN SHIFFLETT Assistant Coach
After a storied playing career and a deep coaching ledger, Megan Shifflett has joined the Towson University women's volleyball staff as an assistant coach for the 2018 season.
As an assistant with the Tigers, Shifflett's primary focus will be working with the Tigers' defensive specialists and liberos.
"I'm incredibly excited to join the Towson volleyball team," said Shifflett. "After spending a short time with the coaching staff, the quality of this program's core values is absolutely clear. Their dedication not only to team success but to the personal development of their student-athletes is something I knew I wanted to be a part of right away. I want to thank Coach Metil, Coach Hutchinson, Tricia Brandenburg, and the Leadership Council for believing in my ability to make an impact here at Towson."
Shifflett (pronounced: MEE-gan SHIF-let) helped led Penn State to three-straight NCAA Division I National Championships (2008, 2009, 2010). She played in 88 matches during her career as a defensive specialist, seeing time in 140 games. Shifflett was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2009, 2012) as well.
Last season, Shifflett served as an assistant volleyball coach at the United States Naval Academy and helped the Mids reach the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in over a decade. Working with the team's defensive corps, Shifflett helped the libero set a school record for digs in a match (46) while helping Navy beat league power American University for the first time since 1989.
In addition to her coaching duties at the Naval Academy, Shifflett served as the de facto director of operations, handling travel operations, working with the equipment staff, coordinating video recording and sharing. Additionally, Shifflett worked closely with the coaching staff on recruiting talent to the Academy, with a particular focus on the DMV and the west coast.
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