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UMBC NAMES IAN BLANCHARD HEAD WOMENíS VOLLEYBALL COACH
Ian Blanchard becomes UMBC's fifth head volleyball coach in the program's 32-year history.
ďIan Blanchard is a perfect fit to bring the UMBC Volleyball Program back into prominence,Ē said Dr. Brown. ďIn all of Ianís experiences he has helped bring those programs he has been affiliated with to championship levels and as a coach on his way up we feel he can bring the UMBC Volleyball program back to the championship level.Ē
Blanchard during his tenure at
Prior to Towson University Blanchard spent a year (2002) at Catonsville Community College as the head womenís volleyball coach, leading the program to a 24-5 overall record, 12-0 in the conference and ranked 11th in the nation at the NJCAA Division II level. Blanchard was honored with NJCAA Region F and Maryland JuCo Coach of the Year accolades.
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 becomes the Retrieversí fifth volleyball coach in the programís 32-year history. Acting head coach Shelbylynn McBride will resume her roll as Assistant Coach with the Retrievers as part of Blanchardís staff.