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The Shore wins three of four matches to place 2nd at The Henson's Hawk Invite. (photos by Joey Gardner)
The Shore swept the William & Mary Tribe for their sixth straight win in Winston-Salem. (photos by Carlos Morales)
The Hawks dropped a heartbreaking five set match to Navy (photos by Alex Edelman)
The Hawks battled St. Francis, Akron and Navy in Annapolis on August 25th and 26th (photos by Alex Edelman)
The Hawks marooned the Pirates in straight sets at the Hytche Center.
Toby Rens returned to the Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball program in 2014 after a decade away from Princess Anne. In 17 seasons, he has accumulated a 351-257 overall record, averaging 20 wins a season in that span. The architect of the success experienced by Eastern Shore Volleyball over the past decade can really be credited to Rens, who inherited a program who had not won in over two years.
In his first year at UMES in 2001, he won three matches, improvement for a team that hadn't won a match since 1998. He continued to quickly turn the program around with a 20-15 the following season, and a school-record 26-12 mark in 2003, which was recently surpassed in 2012 (28). The 2001 to 2002 season marked the best single-season turnaround in the NCAA. In 2002, he won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
After three seasons with the Hawks, Rens guided the Long Island University-Brooklyn volleyball program for four seasons (2004-07). He won the Northeast Conference (NEC) and took them to the NCAA tournament each season. He went 106-46 during that time, a near 70-percent winning percentage, while averaging over 26 wins-per-season.In 2005, Rens was NEC Coach of the Year. Heregularly boasted one of the highest team GPAs at LIU, twice taking top honors. Two of his student-athletes were named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.
He then went on to coach five seasons at the University of Pittsburgh (2008-12). He won 54 percent of his matches in the competitive Big East Conference and took them to a school-record five consecutive conference berths. During his tenure, he coached three AVCA All-Americans, five All-Region selections, 11 All-Conference nods, and a Big East Player of the Yearand Libero of the Year. His team had the highest grade-point-average (GPA) in the department two of his five years at Pitt.
Between LIU and Pitt, he led the AVCA Academic Award three times ('07-'08, '06-'07, '05-'06).
Rens began his head coaching career at Northern Michigan where he went 58-17 over two seasons (1998-99). He earned two conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths in both seasons while producing five Wildcats with AVCA All-Region honors and a pair of All-Americans.Prior to his first head coaching gig, he was an assistant at Texas Tech for one season before coming to UMES (2000). He has also been an assistant at George Washington (1994-97), Tennessee Tech (1993) and his alma mater, Morningside College (1992).
At Chicago State (2013), he inherited a program that had won just five matches in the previous five seasons, garnering a pair of wins with just seven primary players.
Rens has been highly active in national volleyball circles, serving as a member of the NCAA Division I Head Coaches Committee and as a voter in the USA Today and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll.
A native of Orange City, Iowa, Rens graduated from Morningside in 1993 with a bachelor's in physical education.
Collegiate Head Coaching Record: Toby Rens
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