Erin Luthy was named the 10th head coach in the 45-year history of the TU volleyball program on June 7, 2016. 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.
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.
Luthy and her husband Chad, reside in Upland and are the parents of Jadyn, Malakai and Zander.
The 2016 season is the fourth for Larry Hinshaw as the assistant volleyball coach for the Taylor University volleyball program. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, camp and club levels, Hinshaw brings a wealth of knowledge to the TU coaching staff.
A familiar face in the Crossroads League, Hinshaw served as an assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan from 2009 through 2012. While with the Wildcats, Hinshaw helped facilitate a remarkable turn-around that saw Indiana Wesleyan improve from an 11-31 mark in 2009 to a 36-6 record in his final season in 2011.
From 2001 through 2004, Hinshaw served as the Southern Wesleyan University head coach. During his tenure, the Warriors achieved a regular season conference title, which allowed the program to achieve its first appearance in school history in the NAIA Region XIII finals, where they placed second. In his four years, Hinshaw coached eight academic All American's and several all-conference and all-region selections, including one Regional Player of the Year. Hinshaw was also named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in 2002.
From 1999 through 2000, Hinshaw spent two years as assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. During his coaching stint, Hinshaw was instrumental in taking a team that was 7-31 the previous year to a runner-up finish in the 1999 TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament with a first-time appearance in the Region XI Tournament.
A 1997 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Hinshaw received a bachelor's degree in physical education. He served as a student assistant to the women's volleyball program for three years as well as an assistant coach for one year. Hinshaw also served in an assistant role to the Tournament Director in the 1997 NAIA Volleyball National Championship.
Hinshaw's resume includes coaching at collegiate-level volleyball camps, including Michigan State, University of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Purdue. He has also served as a head coach for Clemson-Foothills Volleyball Club (2002-03), Alabama Juniors (1999-01), Divers Volleyball Club (1996-99), and as Club Director and coach for Cornerstone Volleyball Club (2007).