CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Coach Sharon Dingman announced the hiring of Mitchell McPartland as full-time assistant coach for the Maroon volleyball team on Monday.
"The first time I talked to Mitchell, it was very clear teaching is his passion," Dingman said. "In our program, we want passionate people. We are looking forward to Mitchell's knowledge, playing and coaching experience impacting our gym. Mitchell will bring enthusiasm to every aspect of our program – training, scouting and recruiting. The team and I are looking forward to welcoming Mitchell to UChicago and our volleyball program."
McPartland worked this past 2018 season as a volunteer assistant women's volleyball coach at University of South Florida. USF finished with 20 wins and earned its first postseason appearance in 17 years. His primary position groups were the defensive specialists and outside hitters.
McPartland's other NCAA Division I experience came at Drake University in the 2016 season as an assistant coach. He worked heavily with serve receive and defense, helping the team rank 10th nationally with 17.67 digs per set.
He also spent over five years as a club volleyball head coach at St. Pete Volleyball Club (Florida), Iowa Power Volleyball and All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club.
As an undergraduate, McPartland was a four-year starter on the men's volleyball team at Grand View University. He was picked as the NAIA North Division Libero of the Year in 2014, and also excelled in the classroom with three Academic All-Conference honors. During that time, the Vikings finished in third place twice and runner-up once at the NAIA National Invitational Tournament.
McPartland graduated from Grand View with a bachelor's degree in health promotion. He also spent one season as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at his alma mater.
"I first want to thank Sharon and the entire athletic department for allowing me this incredible opportunity to work at this world-class university," McPartland said. "I am thrilled to be joining the University of Chicago women's volleyball program. The first time I spoke with Sharon, I felt like we shared the same vision for where the program was headed. After meeting the team, I can't put into words how impressed I was with the caliber of these student athletes; getting to work with them is going to be an absolute privilege and they are more than ready to bring championships back to Hyde Park. Go Maroons!"