Third-year head coach Matt Troy will look to continue to build the University of Mary Washington into a regional power in 2015. Troy enters his third season in Fredericksburg after leading Johns Hopkins University to a 77-21 record with two NCAA Tournament apperances in three years at the helm.
In his first season at UMW, the Eagles won 17 games and the highest winning percentage at the school in four years. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the CAC Tournament before falling by two points in the fifth set in an attempt to reach the conference title match. Last fall, the Eagles finished 22-12, their best winning percentage since 1997.
"Matt brings an outstanding track record of success from Johns Hopkins, one of the nation’s top academic and athletic institutions", said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. "His 54-9 record with NCAA appearances over his last two years (at JHU) was very appealing, and we look forward to our volleyball team reaching new heights under Matt’s leadership. Most importantly, Matt is a person of character and integrity who will motivate and inspire his student-athletes to achieve in the classroom and on the court."
Troy led Hopkins to its best season in program history in 2012, as the team notched a program-best win-loss record of 29-4. The Blue Jays won their first 16 matches of the season and won the Centennial Conference title for the second-straight season.
Hopkins dropped just four sets en route to capturing the Centennial Conference crown in 2011, as Troy was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year. The Blue Jays finished the 2011 season with a record of 25-5.
Prior to coaching at JHU, Troy served as the head coach at Howard Community College for one season. In his one season with the Dragons, he led the team to an 18-16 record and a third place finish in the conference with a 10-2 mark, as well as the top seed in the regional tournament. Troy also coached three of his players to All-Region honors.
Troy spent six years with the Caroll Vipers Volleyball Club in Maryland, most recently as assistant director and head coach. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Gettysburg College. He most recently taught physical education and health at Crestwood Middle School in Frederick, MD. Troy is a 2002 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. In 2009, he completed his master’s from West Virginia in athletic coaching education.
Troy and his wife, Melissa, and their four daughters, Alexis, Kamryn, Emily and Brooke, reside in Fredericksburg.