Former Hofstra and Loyola (Md.) head coach Kristina Hernandez has been named Head Volleyball Coach at Stetson University, Director of Athletics Jeff Altier announced on Monday.
Hernandez will serve as head coach of both the indoor and sand volleyball programs.
“Kristina is an outstanding addition to the Stetson University athletics staff,” Altier said. “She is a veteran head coach that brings the experience and passion needed to take Stetson's teams to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference. I am looking forward to working with her to advance Stetson volleyball.”
“I'd like to thank Athletic Director Jeff Altier, Associate Athletic Director Alicia Queally, and the search committee for giving me such an amazing opportunity to be the next head women's indoor and sand volleyball coach at Stetson,” Hernandez said. “This is such an incredible opportunity for me. The challenge of competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference in both indoor and sand is a dream come true.”
Hernandez comes to Stetson from Hofstra, where she won 93 matches in six seasons with the Pride, leading them to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. That season her team posted 21 wins, its most since 2006, and captured the Colonial Athletic Association title. Hernandez also led Hofstra to the CAA semifinals in 2008 and 2013.
While in West Hempstead, Hernandez guided a dozen of her players to all-conference honors and saw more than 30 earn academic awards from the conference. In 2012, outside hitter Kelsie Wills earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors. In 2009, Hernandez was selected to the AVCA's Thirty Under 30 list that recognizes up-and-coming coaches under the age of 30.
Before her arrival at Hofstra, Hernandez led the Loyola University Maryland volleyball program for four seasons. As head coach of the Greyhounds, she compiled 49 victories, doubling her team’s win total her very first season and giving them their first 20-win season in 25 years.
While at Loyola, Hernandez had one of her student-athletes named MAAC Setter of the Year, one named MAAC Rookie of the Year, and three earn post-season all-conference honors.
Hernandez also brings a wealth of USA Volleyball coaching experience with her to DeLand, as she has served in a number of different capacities with the organization during the past seven years. She has served as lead coach with the high performance tryout camp as well as head of the Youth National A2 Team in 2007. In 2010 she served as the head coach for the Women's Junior Continental Team, and in 2013 she served as the associate head coach of the Select A2 program.
“There is a tremendous amount of vibrant energy on campus and within the athletics department,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to getting to work right away with the sand season and am also excited to get to work with the indoor student-athletes during the spring.”