New Volleyball Coach Named
Alex Temkin, former head coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has accepted the head volleyball coaching position at the University of Hartford.
"Alex brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and a diverse background to Hartford,” says Director of Athletics Pat Meiser. "He has coached on many levels and his experience both locally and internationally will be of great value at Hartford."
"I look forward to expanding upon the success from last season and building a winning program at Hartford," Temkin says. "My mission will be to graduate student-athletes while making the Hawks a contender in America East every year."
Temkin has served as a head coach at all levels, most recently serving two seasons at the helm of Division III Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He lead the Engineers to back-to-back 22 win seasons. In his first season at WPI, the Engineers posted the best start in school history, winning their first 10 matches. Overall at WPI, Temkin led the Engineers to a 44-17 overall record.
Previous to WPI, Temkin led Maryland Eastern Shore for three seasons, including finishing as the runner-up to nationally ranked Florida A&M in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2004. While at UMES, Temkin compiled a 43-59 record and a 17-13 mark in conference play.
Temkin's first collegiate head coaching opportunity was at Division II American International College. Over two seasons, he led the Yellow Jackets to a 35-26 overall record, including a 22-9 record his final year.
Temkin also has served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts and has coached extensively at the club and high school levels in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.
As a player, Temkin played in eight USAV Open National Championships, two USA A Level National Championships, and made four trips to the NCAA Collegiate Club National Championships with the University of Massachusetts. A starter every year at UMass, Temkin was previously a two-year Junior Olympic volleyball player and a silver medalist at the 1985 Junior National Championships.