UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University and Holly Motheral announced on Friday that she will resign as the head volleyball coach at TU to accept the same position at NCAA Division III Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Motheral will remain on staff with Taylor until March 25.
Motheral has served as the head coach at Taylor for the past three seasons, leading the Trojans to a 60-40 overall record, a 37-17 clip within the Crossroads League and a 29-12 mark inside Odle Arena.
"It has been a pleasure to work with Holly over the past three years and to observe her maturity as a head coach," stated interim Athletics Director Amy Stucky. "This is an excellent opportunity for her to continue her growth professionally, however she will be greatly missed by those in the Taylor community. The legacy of success in the TU volleyball program has continued under her leadership, as she has embraced the mission of providing development and discipleship to the student-athletes on her team."
"I am very thankful for the opportunity and experience that I have had working at Taylor these past three seasons," said Motheral. "It has been such an amazing experience coaching a team who loves volleyball and each other, but most importantly, loves the Lord and lives to please Him every day."
Over the past three seasons, Motheral has seen Taylor pick up 15 All-Crossroads League honors, four AVCA All-Region awards and one Crossroads League Libero-of-the-Year selection. Motheral's teams have also excelled in the classroom, posting a team grade-point average over 3.0 in each of her three years with the program. The academic honors also included 11 NAIA Scholar-Athlete nods, 11 Academic All-Crossroads League awards and one Academic All-America honor.
"The past three years have been a huge and positive experience for me and I want to thank my players and their families, assistant coaches, fellow coaches and administration for all they have done," continued Motheral. "I know that TUVB will continue to thrive and succeed in the future."
Taylor University will conduct a national search for the 11th head coach in the 45-year history of the Taylor volleyball program.
The successful candidate will inherit a team that boasts the second-highest all-time win total in the NAIA with a mark of 1,191 wins to just 489 defeats. Taylor has won at least 20 matches in 22 of the last 27 seasons, has not suffered a losing season since 1987 and has finished among the top-three teams in the Crossroads League in each of the past 10 seasons.
Taylor is set to return 10 letterwinners for the 2016 campaign, including four All-Crossroads League standouts.