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UConn volleyball coach resigns

By Erica Brancato
On March 12, 2014

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UConn volleyball coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien, who has coached the Huskies for nine years, resigned from her position on Wednesday.
UConn will begin a national search for a new coach immediately.
Strauss-O'Brien came to UConn in 2003 as a graduate assistant and worked her way up to the head coaching position by 2005. In nine seasons Strauss-O'Brien had 12 players honored with All-Conference awards. In 2006, she brought UConn back to the Big East Tournament, where it had not been since 2002. Strauss-O'Brien and the Huskies made four appearances in the Big East Tournament after that.
Strauss-O'Brien was named the 2012 Big East Co-Coach of the Year after the Huskies, who were projected to finish 10th in the conference and began the season 3-4, won seven of their last eight games to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference championship.
Strauss-O'Brien compiled a 141-128 record in Storrs. Although she brought the volleyball team out of a rut in her early years, the past few seasons have not shown much improvement. Since 2010 the Huskies have had one winning season. In 2012, their record was 19-12, but two years before that in 2010, UConn won a mere six games and went on a 15-game losing streak. In 2013, the Huskies went 14-19 and posted a 5-13 record in American Athletic Conference play.

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