WASHINGTON - Toby Rens has been named as the head coach of the Georgetown University volleyball team, as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed on Wednesday. Rens will begin his duties on Monday, January 15.
“We are very excited to bring someone with Toby’s experience and leadership to the Hilltop,” Reed said. “He is a proven winner and we look forward to the direction he will lead our program.”
Rens comes to the Hilltop with 19 seasons of head coaching experience, including six NCAA Tournament appearances. Averaging nearly 20 wins a season with 378 career victories, he has served as the head coach at Northern Michigan, Maryland Eastern Shore, LIU-Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Chicago State. Rens was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2017 while at UMES as well as the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 with the Blackbirds.
“I am extremely grateful and feel very honored to be selected as the next head volleyball coach at Georgetown University,” said Rens. “I would like to thank President DeGioia, Erik Smulson, Lee Reed and Sharon Brummell for this opportunity. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the Hoya family, fulfill a long-time wish of returning to my favorite city and coaching on the Hilltop. I am truly blessed to be back in the BIG EAST while representing the Hoyas because Georgetown offers one of the very best educations in the country.”
Most recently, Rens spent the past four seasons at Maryland Eastern Shore, his second-career stint with the Hawks. He led the Shore to a 27-9 overall record, including an undefeated 12-0 mark in MEAC play, and an appearance in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The Hawks led the NCAA in aces per set in 2017 and ranked in the top 25 for opponent hitting percentage and team hitting percentage, as well as 38th in winning percentage.
No stranger to the BIG EAST, Rens was the head coach at former league member Pittsburgh from 2008-12. While at Pitt, he turned around a losing program to five appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament and winning seasons in four of his five campaigns with the Panthers.
Rens also spent time as an assistant at his alma mater Morningside College, Tennessee Tech and Texas Tech as well as at nearby George Washington from 1994-98.
“My predecessor was extremely professional and she built a good foundation while bringing in some very talented student-athletes,” Rens continued. “I’m extremely excited to start working with the talent that we already have in the gym while recruiting future Hoyas. The Washington, D.C., Metro area also has some of the very best high school and club volleyball talent in the country. I am going to recruit the most talented student-athletes in the nation while trying to keep more local talent at home playing in front of family and friends.”