The Hollins University volleyball team is welcoming veteran local high school and club coach Dave McGee as the program’s interim head coach.
McGee joined James River High School in Buchanan, Virginia, as head volleyball coach in 2012, and has served as head volleyball coach for the Roanoke United Volleyball Club’s 16 Open team since 2010.
“Hollins is fortunate to find a coach like Dave in our own backyard,” said Director of Athletics Myra Sims. “He has a strong reputation in the region for his work and his teams have consistently advanced to district, region, and state tournament play. Clearly, he is able to execute effective coaching strategies.”
At James River, McGee has guided the Knights to five district and two regional championships, and took the team to the Virginia High School League (VHSL) state quarterfinals in 2012. Prior to coming to James River, he was head coach at Bath County High School from 2004 – 2012. Bath County won a state championship in 2011 under his leadership, and he was named VHSL Coach of the Year that same year. In nine years at Bath County, he was voted District Coach of the Year five times and Region Coach of the Year three times.
McGee graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and went on to earn his Master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus in sports psychology from A.T. Still University in Arizona.
“Dave’s educational background and his experience as a USA Volleyball Level 1 and 2 certified coach also give him a strong sense for player development and recruiting,” Sims noted. “His approach to coaching centers on creating a positive environment and developing respectful relationships with the athletes. I think his philosophy of developing players on and off the court will work really well at Hollins.”
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to coach here,” McGee said. “I’ve met the team and they seem like a wonderful group of athletes to work with. I look forward to the season and hope to continue the growing success of Hollins volleyball.”