When Ian Blanchard took over the helm of the UMBC womenís volleyball program to begin the 2005 season, he not only became the fifth head coach in the programís 33-year history, but the occasion also marked his first collegiate head coaching position. One year later, Blanchard enters his second season with UMBC after providing the UMBC community with a glimpse of the Retrieversí future in his first year.
In Blanchardís inaugural season his only two freshman recruits earned spots on the America East All-Rookie team, making UMBC one of two conference schools to have more than one member on the All-Rookie team. In addition, Blanchardís top recruit set a conference record with seven Rookie of the Week honors, was the unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year and earned honorable mention All-Conference accolades.
Blanchardís rookies showed his ability to evaluate athletes and if his first year was an indication of the type of talent coming to UMBC, than his second year could showcase a dramatic improvement on is initial seasonís 11-18 record with six freshman newcomers joining the squad.
Blanchard began coaching at the collegiate level as an assistant coach at
In addition to his collegiate experience, Blanchard has made a name for himself at the USAV Club level, directing the Orange Crush of the Time Out Volleyball Club for the past nine seasons. Blanchardís team went undefeated in the USAV Chesapeake Region from 2000-2004 and placed fifth in 2003 and third in 2004 at the USAV National Championships.
Blanchard is a former social studies teacher at
Blanchard owns a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Westfield State College (1988) where he was a four-year member of
Blanchard is married with two kids and resides in