DAYTON, Ohio - University of Dayton Vice President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler has announced the return of Tim Horsmon as the head coach of the Flyer volleyball program. Horsmon spent the past six seasons at University of Maryland and also had a very successful tenure at the helm of Dayton's program 2003-07.
I am very excited to once again be University of Dayton's volleyball coach and I want to thank Tim Wabler and Mike Kelly for the opportunity to return," said Horsmon. "Dayton is a very special place. From a volleyball perspective, it was a great situation when I was there before, and following from afar as I have, I know it's even better now with the Cronin Center and the new performance center that is coming.
"I am returning to a family. There were so many great people that helped build our Dayton volleyball tradition. I will be coming back to something I cherish very much. The university and Dayton community will be a great place for our family."
From 2003 through 2007, Horsmon led the University of Dayton to unprecedented success. In five seasons, his teams won four Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) and earned four NCAA Tournament berths (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) -- the first conference tournament championships and NCAA berths in program history. Horsmon finished his first stint at Dayton with a 128-43 overall record and a 59-8 mark in league action.
We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to our volleyball program," commented Wabler on Horsmon's return to Dayton. "He is a proven winner, a great recruiter, and he doesn't just know our winning culture, he helped establish it."
At Dayton, Horsmon coached four consecutive A-10 Players of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), back-to-back Atlantic 10 Setters of the Year (2005, 2006), two A-10 Rookies of the Year (2003, 2007), four A-10 Most Outstanding Players of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) and eight AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans. His 2007 team finished with a 33-2 overall record, a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance and a ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, reaching as high as 12th during the season. Horsmon was named the 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and the 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Horsmon's Maryland squad finished the season with a 13-19 overall mark, placing two players on ACC All-Conference rosters. In 2012, he mentored his sixth AVCA All-American Honorable Mention selection in Ashleigh Crutcher, who was also All-ACC. Seven of his players were named to the ACC All-Academic Team during his time at Maryland. Over his six seasons with the Terrapins, Horsmon compiled a 79-114 record and was 35-85 in ACC play.
From 1999 through 2002, Horsmon served as head coach of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Almost immediately, he turned around a program coming off five consecutive losing campaigns. In four seasons, Horsmon guided the Colonials to three Northeast Conference regular-season championships (1999, 2001, 2002), four Northeast Conference Tournament championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. His record in conference play was a dominant 42-2. Horsmon earned Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and 2002.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Horsmon served as head coach of the adidas Penn Juniors 18-year-old Elite team and the Southern Maryland Juniors - both club Junior Olympic teams. The Adidas Penn Juniors were regionally ranked on the east coast. The Southern Maryland Juniors were ranked No. 1 in the Chesapeake Region in 1999.
Horsmon, a Maryland native, began his coaching career in 1996 as head coach at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Md. In three seasons, he amassed a 60-5 record and won the Class 3A Maryland State Championship and a regional title in 1998. That year, Horsmon was named Washington Post Coach of the Year.
Horsmon holds a bachelor of science from Frostburg State University (1991) and a teaching certificate from Salisbury State University (1993). He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and serves as a voter for the AVCA Top 25 poll.