Messiah Falcons Appoint Holly Motheral to Volleyball Sidelines

Messiah Falcons Appoint Holly Motheral to Volleyball Sidelines

Grantham, PA – Messiah College Director of Athletics Jack Cole announced this week that Holly Motheral has been named to the position of head women's volleyball coach. Motheral arrives to Messiah from Taylor University where she coached the Trojans for each of the past three seasons.
 
"We're very excited to welcome Holly to Messiah College," said Cole. "Holly is truly a great fit for the Falcons, and we trust that her expertise, competitive drive, and passion for working with student-athletes will set her up for success in our program."
 
Motheral is set to join the Falcons later this month, and will be with the team for at least part of the non-traditional spring season.
 
"I'm very excited to continue my coaching career at Messiah College," said Motheral after her acceptance. "I believe that God has opened this door for a new journey, and I'm thrilled to continue doing what I love—working with student-athletes—at Messiah.
 
"For this next step, I wouldn't go just anywhere," continued Motheral, speaking about her motivation to join the Falcons. "I wanted to go to another highly-respected Christian institution where I could integrate my faith into mentorship. The location is great, and I was impressed with how close and connected the coaches are across all sports. I'm excited to be going to a place where people support one another and want to see one another succeed."
 
Motheral is a 2010 graduate of Houghton College (N.Y.) where she was a four-year competitor who excelled both on and off the court. A middle blocker, Motheral was a two-time All-American Mideast Conference player and three-time member of the Dean's List. In her final season she was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-American.
 
After earning a Master's Degree in Education Leadership from the University of Rio Grande in 2012, Motheral was worked as an assistant coach at Montreat College in North Carolina. She was there for just one season before being hired as the head coach at Taylor in the summer of 2013.
 
The appointment at Taylor was significant for Motheral considering the Trojans are one of the all-time winningest programs in NAIA history. She did well to carry the torch, as she led the team to a 19-12 record in 2013 with an appearance in the Crossroads League Semifinals.
 
In 2014 Motheral led the Trojans to an impressive 26-13 record, including a 13-5 mark in the conference. An upset of No. 3-ranked Wayland Baptist highlighted the season even as the team eventually dropped a thrilling five-set match in the Tournament Championship.
 
In 2015, Motheral's final season with Taylor, the Trojans went 15-15 with an 11-7 mark in the conference.
 
Now with the Falcons, and similar to her experience at Taylor, Motheral is tasked with continuing a tradition of success on the court; Messiah is coming off a 29-3 campaign that included a fifth-straight appearance in the MAC Commonwealth Championship. The Falcons have also gone 124-37 (.770) over that stretch but, despite the consistent winning, they're yet to reach the NCAA Tournament.
 
Motheral is looking forward to chasing down that accomplishment.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the players better, building relationships, and setting goals," Motheral said. "Overall, one of biggest goals is to get the program to a nationally-ranked level, and to get to the national tournament."
 
Motheral went to say that she has "big shoes to fill" referring to the 20-year career of Judi Tobias that ended in 2015.
 
"Coach Tobias was very accomplished and is a bit of a legend in that program, so I know I have my work cut out for me. But I look forward to challenges, and I'm ready and excited for the opportunity."

The Falcons' 2016 season will open at the Gettysburg College Tournament on Sept. 2. Among the returners next year are three players who were named AVCA All-American: outside hitters Jane Underman and Kristen Douglas, and setter Brooke Gallagher.