Lily Hallock Resigns As UW-La Crosse Head Coach

  0 volleymob | March 26th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, NCAA D3, News

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse head volleyball coach Lily Hallock has announced her resignation to pursue other opportunities.  Hired as UW-La Crosse’s 10th head volleyball coach in February 2012, Hallock finished 80-67 overall (.544) and 19-19 (.500) in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in five seasons at the helm of the Eagles.

“I want to thank Kim Blum and Josh Whitman for giving me my first head college coaching job and supporting me during my time here,” said Hallock.  “The UWL athletics department is a special place and I’m lucky to have been a part of it.

“I would also like to thank the athletes that have competed for me.  I have appreciated their feedback, which has helped make me become a better coach.  And finally, a big thank you to Christa Weber, my assistant coach since I started at UWL.  The list is too long to name all the ways she has contributed to this program.”

Hallock led UWL to the conference title in 2015 and 2016, earning the WIAC Coach of the Year Award both seasons.  She was the first coach in school history to earn the league’s coach of the year award in consecutive seasons.  The Eagles advanced to the WIAC Championship Tournament Semifinals in three of Hallock’s five seasons (2013, 2015, 2016).  UW-La Crosse finished 23-6 overall in 2016 and advanced to the WIAC Championship match for the first time since 2004.

“It has been a hard decision to leave UWL as I love coaching here,” added Hallock.  “I look forward to spending more time with family over the next few years and then hopefully getting back to coaching college volleyball.”

UW-La Crosse earned at-large bids to the 2015 and 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships under Hallock, advancing to the regional semifinals in 2016 with a 3-0 win over the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) November 10.  It marked the team’s first NCAA III Tournament victory since 2008.  The Eagles advanced to the national tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008.  Hallock led UW-La Crosse to its first NCAA III appearance since 2008 with a 20-10 overall record in 2015.

“I would like to thank Lily for her tenure at UW-La Crosse,” said UW-La Crosse Director of Athletics Kim Blum. “Although I am saddened that Lily is leaving us, we congratulate her on the new opportunity for her family.  I want to thank Lily for all of the success she has lead the volleyball team to and the impact she has had in our department.

“We will launch the search for our next head volleyball coach as soon as possible,” said Blum.

A total of 16 All-WIAC selections were earned under Hallock at UW-La Crosse, including six first team choices.  Senior Jill Entinger of Chanhassen, Minn. (H.S.) and juniors Madison Entingerof Chanhassen, Minn. (H.S.) and Stephanie Henk of West Bend (Kewaskum) were named to the 2016 All-WIAC First Team with Henk being voted the WIAC Offensive Player of the Year.  It marked the first time UW-La Crosse had three players named to the All-WIAC First Team since Angela Muenkel, Kris Kozlovsky and Shana Brevig in 1997.  Jill Entinger was named the 2015 WIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Henk and Madison Entinger were selected to the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team with Henk earning second team honors and Entinger honorable mention recognition. It was the first time since 2008 UW-La Crosse had two players named to the AVCA All-America Team when Brianne Stankus was selected to the first team and Amber Schoonover earned honorable mention accolades.  Jill Entinger was named to the 2015 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Team.

Hallock served as a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Smith College (Mass.) prior to coming to UW-La Crosse.  She was the Pioneers’ interim head volleyball coach from January to June 2011.  Hallock earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2006 in human physiology and her master’s degree from Smith (Mass.) in 2013 in exercise and sports studies.  Prior to arriving at Smith (Mass.), Hallock was the assistant volleyball coach and assistant director of the fitness center at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2007 to 2010.  She served as the assistant volleyball varsity coach at South Eugene (Oregon) High School from 2004 to 2006.

Hallock at UW-La Crosse
Year     Overall Record             WIAC Record/Finish

2012     13-18                             2-6/Tied 7th
2013     15-15                             5-3/Tied 3rd
2014     9-18                               1-7/Tied 8th
2015     20-10                             6-1/Tied 1st
2016     23-6                               5-2/Tied 1st
Totals  80-67 (.544)                    19-19 (.500)

News courtesy of UW-La Crosse Athletics.

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