McPherson College Athletics Director Andrew Ehling is pleased to announce that Cory Cahill will be the next head coach of the Bulldog volleyball team.
Cahill, a native of O’Fallon, Missouri, played volleyball collegiately at Hannibal-LaGrange University where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation he moved to southern California where he planned to get into law enforcement. While working to get into the police academy, Cahill began coaching a local high school team and a club program.
He was bit by the coaching bug, and after two years in California, he decided to give coaching a try on a full-time basis. He was hired by Lourdes University in Toledo, Ohio in 2015 as an assistant for both programs. He has been with the Gray Wolves men’s team the past five seasons and with the women’s program for four. During his tenure at Lourdes, the two programs had a combined record of 218-69, and are 89-12 in conference play.
In his first season with the Gray Wolves, he was named WHAC Assistant Coach of the Year and Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, and this year in his final campaign he was recognized by AVCA as the National Assistant Coach of the Year on the men’s side. He has worked closely with many talented players including:
4 CoSida Academic All-Americans
5 Player of the Year award winners
3 Newcomer of the Year award winners
5 Setter of the Year award winners
4 Libero of the Year award winners
28 All-Conference nominees
18 Academic All-Conference Nominees
This past season, the Lourdes women finished 17-9 overall and third in the WHAC conference standings. The men were 24-5 overall, 8-0 in conference play, and reached the NAIA final site.
In addition to his on court coaching responsibilities, Coach Cahill was also responsible for recruitment and retention of future and current student athletes and was in charge of academic oversight for both Gray Wolves programs. He also handled or helped with many of the logistical operation of the programs including budgetary oversight, travel plans and itineraries, and practice planning.
Of the opportunity to lead the Bulldog volleyball program, Coach Cahill commented, “I am excited, humbled, and honored to be named the next women’s volleyball coach at McPherson College. I would like to thank Athletic Director Andrew Ehling, President Michael Schneider and everyone else who was a part of the decision to make me a Bulldog. I would also like to extend a thanks to Greg Reitz for his mentorship and friendship over these past several years. McPherson College is an incredible place, and I could not be any more excited to get started leading the next group of exceptional student athletes on and off the court for the women’s volleyball program at McPherson."
Ehling commented on the hire saying, “I’m thrilled to have Cory join the McPherson College family. He is a proven recruiter with strong connections nationally as we strive to continue our success in our volleyball program. He is also an outstanding communicator and role-model, which allows him to make the ultimate impact of preparing our student-athletes for success after graduation.”
Cahill will inherit a Bulldog program that won 34 matches last season, the most in school history, and went to NAIA National Tournament final site, which was also a first. They return 20 players from the 2018 roster, including the KCAC Libero of the Year and two All-Conference players, Jamie Seiss.
Cahill has already begun recruiting for the Bulldogs and has a couple of commitments already for the fall. He and his wife, Erika, and young son, Jaxon, are planning to relocate to the McPherson area sometime in the near future.