W. Maryland hires alumna Molloy

February 19, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland College graduate Carole Molloy was named the school's volleyball coach yesterday, said associate athletic director Dr. Carol Fritz.

Molloy, formerly Carole Templon, earned a bachelor of arts degree as a physical education major in 1985 and a master of education degree in physical education administration in 1987 at Western Maryland. As an undergraduate, she was a four-year member of the Western Maryland volleyball and basketball teams and competed three years in track.

The Hagerstown native returns to her alma mater after five years as volleyball and softball coach at Susquehanna University. She also will be an assistant softball coach for the Green Terrors.

"It's kind of like going back home since I played there and was a grad assistant," Molloy said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge with the strong tradition at Western Maryland."

Molloy replaces Jolene Hoover at the volleyball post. Hoover was named volleyball coach at Clemson in December after compiling a 93-31 record in three years at Western Maryland.

Molloy's volleyball teams at Susquehanna were 93-60 in five years. The 1989 and 1990 squads tied the school record for wins with 23 and qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs. Her four-year softball record was 42-40.

"The college is delighted to have Carole back," Fritz said. "It is tremendous to have a former player and coach return to direct a successful volleyball program and assist with an outstanding softball team."

Molloy participated in the NCAA Division III volleyball national tournament as a player in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and as the assistant coach in 1986. She said one of the goals for herself and the team is to return to the Division III playoffs, in which Western Maryland last appeared in 1989.

"I know they know how to win with the fine tradition. We're going to try to push it a little farther and try to peak at the right time," Molloy said.

"I got a chance to meet some of the players, and they were very enthusiastic and dedicated. I expect my players to work hard, whether it be practice, against a weaker team or stronger one. To say I'm excited is really an understatement."

Western Maryland finished 34-7 in 1992 to run its string of winning seasons to 21. The Green Terrors, who have appeared in all 17 MAC postseason tournaments, placed second in the conference's Southwest Section and advanced to the semifinals the MAC playoffs.

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