Devin Joslyn, Thomas Kovanic, Garrett Zolg to join Ramblers
Mark Hulse tabbed Assistant Coach of the Year
Assistant coach honored alongside 29 of the nation's top coaches
Ramblers finish 2-0 after opening conference play at home
Photos from banner raising and MVB's match vs. Charleston
Photos from Loyola's national championship victory over Lewis
vs. Penn State
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Mark Hulse, a native of Evanston, Ill., begins his first season as the head coach of the Loyola men's volleyball program after serving as an assistant coach for the last four years.
During his time in Rogers Park, Hulse has helped guide Loyola to two NCAA titles, three Final Four appearances and three MIVA Championships. He has coached six AVCA All-Americans (Joseph Smalzer, Thomas Jaeschke, Cody Caldwell, Nicholas Olson, Peter Hutz and Jeff Jendryk) and mentored both the 2015 AVCA National Player of the Year (Jaeschke) and 2015 AVCA Newcomer of the Year (Jendryk).
In April of 2014, Hulse was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coach of the Year after guiding the Ramblers to their second straight NCAA Final Four appearance. One month earlier, he was a recipient of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award, an honor bestowed upon 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old at all levels of the game.
In addition to his coaching duties at Loyola, Hulse has most recently served as an assistant coach for the USA Youth A1 National Training Program in 2014. He was also an assistant coach/statistician for the 2012 USAV Youth National Team that 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.