UVA Athletic Director Jon Oliver announced on Thursday that Head Coach Dennis Hohenshelt has resigned. Their search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Most teams whose coaches have left after last season, including ACC rivals Louisville and Virginia Tech, have already named their replacements, so the Cavaliers are a little behind in the game at this point. In the meantime, Associate Head Coach Aaron Smith will be serving as their interim head coach.
Hohenshelt offered the following statement after his resignation was announced:
“I’ve appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the University of Virginia athletics department and to run the volleyball program over the last five years. I would like to thank all of the student-athletes who have been part of Virginia Volleyball during my time at UVA and the alumni of the program whose support has been tremendous. The commitment by the administration to raise the level of the program has been significant. I believe we’ve made strides over the last five years and the future is very bright.”
Hohenshelt recently completed his 5th season of coaching the Cavaliers. During his tenure, he put together a 69-88 mark, and they had 3 consecutive winning seasons in 2013, 2014, and 2015.