BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Bryn Mawr College Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney has announced on Wednesday the selection of Hayley Kirby to be the next leader of the Bryn Mawr volleyball program. Kirby will take the helm as the Owls newest head coach after spending the past two seasons as the head coach at Waynesburg University.
"I want to thank Kathy Tierney, Katie Tarr, Mary Ann Schiller and the rest of the search committee for their time, trust and for making the interview process seamless in this odd time," said Kirby. "I am excited to be a part of the Bryn Mawr family and to begin working on fostering a competitive environment both on the court and in the classroom. Go Owls!"
Kirby arrives at Bryn Mawr after a tremendous two-year turnaround at Waynesburg, inheriting a one-win program and helping build them to a nine-win team in just two seasons. While at Waynesburg, Kirby was responsible for all aspects of running the D-III women's program, while also serving as a coordinator of student-athlete academics and supervisor of the men's club volleyball team.
Prior to her time at Waynesburg, Kirby served as associate head coach at Earlham College for three years. Once again, her time there showcased the dramatic impact she has on her teams; after inheriting a four-win team, Kirby and head coach Lauren Horton ultimately built Earlham into a 15-win program and helped the Quakers collect conference victories for the first time in eight years.
Kirby also brings experience as a club coach, having served as club director or head coach at clubs such as Next Level Volleyball Academy, Plex Performance, and Kanawha Valley. She also worked summer camps at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Texas.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Kirby competed as a student-athlete at West Virginia State University. She put together a very impressive playing career for the Yellow Jackets, becoming a four-year starter and two-year captain and earning Honorable Mention All-Mountain East during her senior year.
"I am excited to welcome Hayley Kirby to Bryn Mawr College as the Head Volleyball Coach and Physical Education Instructor," Tierney stated. "Hayley brings a passion and enthusiasm for collegiate volleyball and a vision of building a positive team culture consistent with Bryn Mawr's values and goals."
Kirby becomes the 12th head coach in Owls volleyball's recorded history.