Saturday, March 30, 2013

Metil Leaves UMES Volleyball Program for Towson U.

TOWSON, Maryland  --  Donald Metil, the highly-successful coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the last six years, has been named as the new head volleyball coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell.

"Towson University is excited to announce the addition of Don Metil as our new volleyball head coach," said Waddell. "When we began our search we were looking for a coach with good experience and one that had been a champion. Don was a perfect fit. He has recruited the best talent both here from Maryland and elsewhere around the country. He will continue expand on the foundation of winning we have here at Towson."

The 11th coach in Towson University volleyball history, Metil spent six years as the head coach at UMES and compiled a 145-44 (.767) record during that time. He led the Hawks to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship in 2011 and 2012 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each of those years.
Metil led UMES to the best season in school history in 2012. In addition to posting a 28-6 record and an 11-1 MEAC mark, UMES won three in-season tournaments and the MEAC Tournament before falling to Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament.

A three-time MEAC Coach of the Year, he guided UMES to six straight MEAC Northern Divisional titles and four undefeated conference seasons.

Metil's squads won at least 20 matches in each of his six seasons at UMES and finished among the Top 5 in the nation for service aces per set during each of those years. He had 18 players earn all-conference honors during his six years with the Hawks. That group included the MEAC Rookie of the Year four times and two winners of the MEAC Player of the Year award.

"I would like to thank Towson University for this exciting opportunity and a chance to move back to the area," said Metil. "After speaking with Mike Waddell, I was impressed and motivated by his overall vision for the athletics department and look forward to working under his leadership. Our focus will be to develop a program that wins championships, graduates it student-athletes and is respected in the Towson community."

Prior to his tenure at UMES, Metil served as the head coach at Coppin State for two years. He helped the Eagles qualify for the MEAC Tournament twice and coached the 2005 MEAC Rookie of the Year. Metil has also served as the head coach at Lees-McRae and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Before starting his collegiate coaching career, Metil served as a high school coach and junior Olympic club team coach in the Baltimore Metro area while teaching at Dumbarton Middle School.

Metil earned a dual bachelor's degree in secondary education and sports medicine from California University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He played collegiate volleyball for the Vulcans, serving primarily as a setter.

He earned a master's degree from Loyola University in secondary education in 2002.


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