STORRS, Conn. (April 18, 2007) - University of Connecticut volleyball head coach Holly Strauss has announced the hiring of former University of Notre Dame standout middle/outside hitter Emily Loomis as an assistant coach. Loomis will join the coaching staff after spending the last year as a Service Director with City Year Washington, DC.
“We are excited to welcome Emily into the UConn family,” Strauss said. “Her winning tradition, familiarity with the Big East Conference, and passion for the game of volleyball will be a great addition to our program.”
Loomis spent 2001-04 playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish volleyball team. She was named honorable mention AVCA All-America in 2003, finishing her career with 1,321 kills to rank fifth on the Irish all-time kills list. Loomis earned AVCA all-Northeast Region (first team in '02 and '03; honorable mention in '04) and all-BIG EAST honors (first team in `02, second team in `03, honorable mention in '04) accolades in each of her last three seasons.
Loomis set school records in 2003 for consecutive matches with 10+ kills (21) and most kills in a match without an attack error (24). Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 BIG EAST Championship, she is also in the Irish career record book in solo blocks (5th, 94), attack attempts (4th, 3453), kill average (9th, 3.15), matches with 20+ kills (T-7th, 7), matches with team-high kills (7th, 37), and total blocks (9th, 409).
She stands as the only Notre Dame student-athlete ever to earn all-BIG EAST honors in two distinctly different sports (excluding track and field and cross country), as she is a four-time all-BIG EAST performer in the high jump for the Irish track and field team, winning the 2003 outdoor BIG EAST title in that event.
Originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., Loomis graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a B.A. in Industrial Design and Sociology. She will work towards her master’s degree in Sports Management while at UConn.