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., heads into his third season as the head men’s volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago after serving as an assistant coach for the previous four years.
In two seasons at the helm of the Loyola program, Hulse has guided the Ramblers to 36 wins, including 11 victories over nationally ranked opponents. He has produced four All-Americans, including 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-America selection Jeff Jendryk, who is the first player in Rambler history to be a first or second team selection three of more times in his career.
Hulse piloted the Ramblers to a 20-8 overall record in his first season as head coach in 2016, giving Loyola its fourth straight 20-win campaign. The 2017 outfit produced 16 wins and finished the season ranked No. 14 in the AVCA Division I-II Poll, marking the 18th time in program history that Loyola was ranked in the season-ending poll.
Thomas Jaeschke, a former pupil of Hulse’s and a two-time All-American, became the first Loyola student-athlete ever to earn an Olympic medal when he helped the U.S. National Team win bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
During his time as an assistant coach in Rogers Park, Hulse helped guide Loyola to two NCAA titles, three Final Four appearances and three MIVA Championships. He 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 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 served as a coach for the USA Youth A1 National Training Program in 2016, 2014 and 2012. 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.
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 finished as NCAA Runner-Up, losing to Penn State in the national championship match.
He graduated from Pepperdine in 2009 with a degree in political science.
Hulse and his wife, Amanda, reside in Evanston, with their daughter, Leighton.