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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

Vanessa Walby resigning as UChicago head volleyball coach

Vanessa Walby
Vanessa Walby

CHICAGO, Ill. – Head volleyball coach Vanessa Walby has announced she is leaving the University of Chicago to accept the same position at Washington University in St. Louis.

During Walby's six years as head coach, the Maroons compiled 163-71 record. Her .697 winning percentage ranks first in program history. UChicago was selected to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in program history in 2010 and has now reached the postseason four years in a row.

In 2013, the Maroons won the University Athletic Association (UAA) volleyball title for the first time ever with a 9-1 cumulative mark against conference opponents. UChicago advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship and finished the year with a 27-11 record.

"I was very fortunate to begin my head coaching career at such an outstanding university," Walby said. "My decision to leave UChicago was not an easy one but I have been extremely lucky to be able to work and learn from so many talented coaches, student-athletes and departmental staff. I will definitely miss the relationships that I have had with my colleagues, athletes, their families and the alumnae. I would like to give a special thanks to Erin McDermott, Rosalie Resch, Brian Baldea and Tom Weingartner for all of their help and support throughout the years and for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach. I need to thank all of the UChicago players that I have coached. It's been incredibly rewarding and they have played a huge role in changing the reputation of Maroon volleyball. I will always be extremely grateful for my time here and UChicago will remain a special place to me."

"Wash U has made a wise choice in Vanessa; a talented, young star that is still rising," said Athletic Director Erin McDermott. "She is to be commended for our team's achievements during her tenure. We thank Vanessa for her leadership in advancing our volleyball program and look forward to her successor continuing our competitive rise."

UChicago will conduct a national search for Walby's replacement immediately.