Walker Resigns as Men’s Volleyball Coach at Hilbert

Would like to spend more time with family
Release Date:
June 22, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Andrew Walker, the head coach of the men’s volleyball team at Hilbert College since 2007, has announced his resignation. Coach Walker’s squad showed consistent improvement on and off the court each of the last three seasons with this 2010 squad receiving conference and NCAA recognition. “I’ve struggled with this decision the last few months,” explained Walker. “I wasn’t sure whether I could commit to the program fully and still have time to be at home and participate in the lives of my young children. Family is a priority right now, and I am going to miss the athletes at Hilbert.” 

The Eden, NY native continued “First of all, I loved what I did as a college coach. I had the opportunity to teach and mold athletes into competitive volleyball players. Our team made some great strides over the last year and I am very proud of their accomplishments. I would like to thank Richard Walsh for hiring me and giving me the opportunity to live out the dream of coaching at the college level.”
At the conclusion of the 2010 volleyball season, three Hawks were ranked in the top thirty in NCAA Division III volleyball statistics (Dan Wolfe, digs per game - # 9; RJ Sykora, digs per game - #17; and Vince Amico, assists per game #28). And as a team, Hilbert finished the season ranked #3 in digs per game.
The North East Collegiate Volleyball Association rewarded coach Walker’s squad with a 2010 NECVA Academic Team Award for attaining an team cumulative grade point average of 3.0. More importantly, three athletes were named to its 2010 NECVA All Academic Award for earning cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Beginning in the 2010-11 academic year Hilbert begins charter membership in the newly formed United Volleyball Conference. As a single sport conference, UVC will continue to grow in strength and prepare to organize for the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball championship tournament which will be offered for the first time ever during the 2011-2012 academic year. Susan Viscomi, Hilbert College’s new athletic director, will begin the search for a men’s volleyball coach immediately. 

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.