UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University and Interim Athletics Director, Amy Stucky, announced on Tuesday that Erin Luthy has been named the 10th head coach in the 45-year history of the TU volleyball program.
Luthy returns with strong ties to Taylor as a former Trojan student-athlete and will transition from her previous role as head volleyball coach at Eastbrook High School.
"As a TU graduate and former student-athlete, Erin brings a great deal of passion for Taylor Volleyball, as well as a strong desire and work ethic that will continue the long history of success of the program," stated Stucky. "I know that God has prepared Erin for this next step in her career and I am excited to see how He continues to bless her ministry here at Taylor."
"I am beyond excited to be a part of the coaching staff at Taylor University and am passionate with every fiber of my being for the ministry of Taylor Volleyball," said Luthy. "I devoted four incredible years of my life to this outstanding intercollegiate program and I believe in its mission to compete on a national level, while sharing the love of Christ with the lost. It is an absolute blessing to enter into this new journey."
Luthy is no stranger to the TU volleyball program or the Upland community, having played volleyball at Taylor for Dr. Angie Fincannon from 2001 through 2004. Luthy helped Taylor to a 143-42 record over those four seasons, serving as a three-year starter and helping TU to the NAIA National Tournament in 2001. Other accomplishments included serving as a team captain and earning all-league honors as a senior in 2004 and garnering a pair of NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award honors.
After completing her playing career for the Trojans, Luthy graduated from Taylor in 2005 with a degree in psychology and a minor in youth ministry, before later obtaining a master's degree in counseling in 2010.
Luthy began her coaching career as an assistant club coach in 2003 and 2005, before taking over for one season as the head volleyball coach at Blackford High School for the 2011 campaign.
For the past three years, Luthy has held the same position at Eastbrook High School, while also serving as a guidance counselor for the school during that time. In addition to her roles at EHS, Luthy has been the Eastbrook Volleyball Club Director since 2014.
"The Lord has used my experiences at Eastbrook to strengthen me as a coach, counselor and servant leader," added Luthy. I am so excited to bring the experience I have gained back to Taylor University, where a piece of my heart has always been."
Luthy is just the fourth head coach for the Taylor volleyball program since the start of the 1992 season and follows Holly Motheral to the bench, after Motheral ended a three-year stint to accept the head coaching position at Messiah College.
Luthy will begin her time at TU on June 14 and will inherit a program set to include four All-Crossroads League performers among 10 returners from the 2015 unit that went 15-15 overall while finishing third in the Crossroads League with an 11-7 clip.
The Taylor University volleyball program ranks first in the NAIA with 1,191 all-time wins to just 489 losses on the court. The Trojans have not suffered a losing season since 1987, have finished top-three in the Crossroads League in 10-straight seasons and have won at least 20 matches in 22 of the last 27 campaigns.