EDISON, NJ – Manhattan College announced that Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Marianne Reilly has named Lora Sarich as the Jaspers’ new head volleyball coach. Sarich joins Manhattan after a four-year stint as the head coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio. While at Northwestern Ohio, Sarich was the winningest coach in program history.
“Lora brings a wide array of volleyball coaching and playing experience to our program,” Reilly said. “Having been a Division I student-athlete, she understands the challenges of balancing academics and athletics. She will serve as a fine role model to our student-athletes.”
Sarich led the Racers to a (27-11, 18-4 WHAC) mark in 2014. Northwestern Ohio finished third in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) after earning 18 wins in league play and would advance to the 2014 WHAC Tournament semifinals.
Prior to Northwestern Ohio, Sarich served as the head coach at Point University (2012). Sarich assembled the Volleyball program at Point and was responsible for recruiting 16 players in her first year at the helm.
Sarich previously served as an assistant coach at Austin Peay State University (2011), volunteer coach at the University of Mississippi (2010), head coach at South Panola High School (2009), director of volleyball operations at the University of Georgia (2008), and was the co-head coach at the University of West Georgia (2007).
“I am excited to come into a program that has had success in the past and is hungry to get back on top,” Sarich said. “I look forward to creating a competitive culture and getting the Jaspers back among the top teams in the MAAC.”
The Bellevue, NE native graduated from the University of Toledo in 2007 and was a four-year letterwinner. The libero set a program record with 1,736 career digs and also holds the all-time records for digs per set in a season (4.79) in 2005 and digs per set in a career (3.94).