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. Concluding year seven in 2019, Metil continues to grow the Tigers into a contender in the CAA.
The 2019 CAA, ECAC and AVCA East Region Coach of the Year guided Towson to one of the best seasons in league history as the Tiger went a perfect 16-0 in CAA matches during the regular season before winning the 2019 CAA Championship. The 2019 Tigers are the only program to go 16-0 in CAA history, but the first team in the rally scoring era to run the table unblemished.
Under Metil, Marrisa Wonders was selected as both the 2019 CAA Player and Setter of the Year while freshman Lydia Wiers was selected as the 2019 CAA Rookie of the Year. Wonders went on to become the program's first-ever AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selection.
In 2018, Metil put together a challenging nonconference schedule to prepare the team for the rigors of the CAA slate. The Tigers went 7-9 against the nonconfernce before winning 10 of their 16 CAA matches. Highlights from 2018 include a sweep of ACC foe Miami during the Puerto Rico Clásico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, stealing a win on the road against eventual CAA regular season and tournament champion Hofstra, as well as a berth in the CAA Tournament Semifinals, pushing the Pride to five sets.
During the 2018 season, redshirt senior libero Anna Holehouse became the program’s all-time career digs leader, capping her Black & Gold career with 2,268, becoming the only player in program history to surpass the 2,000 dig mark.
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.
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.
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
After three seasons at Towson, Terry Hutchinson has helped the Tigers become a force in the CAA with an efficient net presence.
Charged with developing the middle blockers while handling recruiting coordination, Hutchinson joined the Towson staff as an assistant coach in June 2017.
Hutchinson has coached the Tigers to one of the best blocking teams in the country as Tigers are ranked in the top 20 nationally in blocks per set (2.68) and fourth in the country in opponent hitting percentage (0.139). Within his recruiting duties, Hutchinson helped bring 2019 CAA Rookie of the Year Lydia Wiers, a middle blocker, to Towson.
Over the last two seasons, Towson’s blocking has rewritten the program record books as the Tigers have logged 276 total attacks in 2019 and posted 284.5 last season, the top two marks in the program’s 25-point rally scoring era.
Last season, Hutchinson helped revamp the Tigers’ efforts at the net as the 2018 edition of the program finished with the third-most blocks in a single season in Towson history, stuffing away 284.5 opponent attacks. Hutchinson mentored three student-athletes, Olamide Sonuga (121), Silvia Grassini (116) and Olivia Finckel (108) over the 100-block mark.
Additionally, Hutchinson guided two Tigers to a top-five finish in the CAA in attack percentage as Sonuga ranked second at .368 and Grassini at .319, ranking fifth.
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.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
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MEGAN SHIFFLETT Assistant Coach
After a storied playing career and a deep coaching ledger, Megan Shifflett Bachmann joined the Towson University women’s volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2018. During her second season with the program in 2019, Shifflett Bachmann helped the Tigers' backrow become a force in the CAA en route to a league title.As an assistant with the Tigers, Shifflett Bachmann’s primary focus is working with the Tigers’ defensive specialists and liberos.
After seeing the program’s all-time digs leader Anna Holehouse graduate last season, Shifflett Bachmann helped mentor Camryn Allen into the starting libero roll while developing a deep corps of defensive specialists.
Last season, Shifflett Bachmann helped guide Holehouse to a career second-best 595 digs, ranking first in the CAA in total digs. Shifflett Bachmann helped the Tigers rack up 1,945 digs, ranking third in the CAA.
Shifflett Bachmann (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 sets. Shifflett Bachmann was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2009, 2012) as well.
Prior to Towson, Shifflett Bachmann 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 Bachmann 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 Bachmann served as the de facto director of operations, handling travel operations, working with the equipment staff, coordinating video recording and sharing.
In the fall of 2015, Shifflett Bachmann was hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Western Oregon University. She was part of a coaching staff that helped the Division II program improve both in and out of conference records year over year. She helped coach 10 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) all-academic honorees. Additionally, she oversaw three GNAC honorable mention selections and mentored the team’s libero to the second-most digs per set in Division II that season.
During the winter of 2015 and spring of 2016, Shifflett Bachmann served as the interim head volleyball coach with the Wolves.
Shifflett Bachmann cut her teeth in coaching while working at Volleyball Express Camps during her summers in Central Pennsylvania. After graduation from Penn State, Shifflett Bachmann returned home to the Northern Virginia area and began coaching at camps and her alma mater, Langley High School.
Hailing from Falls Church, Virginia, Shifflett Bachmann gained her first collegiate coaching experience working with the men’s side at Durham University, guiding the team to its most successful season to date as the University finished as one of the top eight universities in the United Kingdom.
After returning stateside, Shifflett Bachmann gained more experience as the head coach of the Capital City Elite Volleyball Club U18 team from 2015-16.
After graduating from Penn State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies, Shifflett Bachmann continued her education at Durham University (England). She completed her master’s degree in 2014 in education after successfully defending her thesis on The Effects of Physical Education on Special Education Needs Students with a Focus on ADHD.
During her time in England, Shifflett was a member of the University’s volleyball team, leading the school to a British Universities and College Sports National Championship (2014) and the Student Cup Championship (2014). In that same year, Shifflett was a Team Durham Half Palatinate Award winner, a member of the Team Durham Women’s Team of the Year and was a Team Durham Sportswoman of the Year nominee.
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