Feb. 23, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head volleyball coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien announced the hiring of Ellen Herman as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2011 season this afternoon. Herman joins the Huskies after playing professionally in Germany and after a standout career at Ohio University.
"I am very excited to welcome Ellen as a part of the UConn Volleyball family," Strauss-O'Brien said. "Her energy, successful playing experience and passion for the game will be valuable assets to the program and to the development of our student-athletes."
The Toledo, Ohio native most recently played professionally with VT Aurubis Hamburg, a member of Germany's 14-team premier league, the Bundesliga. During her brief stint in Germany, she received MVP honors during two matches.
Prior to her professional career, Herman trained with the U.S. National Team during the summer of 2009 and competed with the U.S. National Team on their Tour of China during February of 2010. She also competed with the U.S. A2 Team, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Adult Open Championship in 2008.
Herman, a two-time All-American, led the Bobcats to four successful seasons during her collegiate career, including three Mid American Conference regular season championships, three MAC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament berths. She was named the MAC Player of the Year as a junior and senior and also earned MAC Freshman of the Year accolades during her rookie campaign.
The four-time first team All-MAC selection left Ohio University as the OU and MAC all-time leader in kills, as well as OU's all-time leader in points and attacks.
"I am honored and thrilled to be joining the UConn Volleyball staff and to be able to work with a great group of student-athletes," Herman said. "I am excited to learn from Holly while also helping the program reach new heights of success."
Herman, who earned Academic All-MAC honors three times during her collegiate career, graduated with a Bachelor of Health Administration from Ohio University in June 2010.