Ramblers finish 2-0 after opening conference play at home
Mark Hulse, a native of Evanston, Ill., begins his second season as an assistant men's volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago.
"In the office, Mark is a diligent and capable worker. He strives to exceed expectations rather than just meet them," Loyola Head Men's Volleyball Coach Shane Davis said. "All of this, combined with his energy and enthusiasm for Loyola, his passion for and understanding of the game, and his familiarity with the city of Chicago from having grown up here, makes me confident that he is a fantastic fit for our program."
In addition to his coaching duties at Loyola, Hulse has most recently served as an assistant coach/statistician for the 2012 USAV Youth National Team, which took third at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Qualifier in Long Beach, Calif. He also participated in the High Performance Championships in Iowa as an assistant coach for the USA Boys' Youth Continental White team.
During his time as a student-athlete, Hulse competed for two seasons at Rutgers-Newark University before transferring to Pepperdine University for his final two years of collegiate eligibility. As a member of the Waves' men's volleyball squad, Hulse helped the program to 39 wins in two years, including a 22-5 overall mark in 2009.
A force at the net, he was a starting middle blocker and a key contributor on Pepperdine's 2008 squad that went 17-11 and finished as NCAA Runner-Up, losing to Penn State in the national championship game. That season, Hulse racked up a .305 hitting percentage, 65 kills and 146 total blocks.
He graduated from Pepperdine in 2009 with a degree in political science.