Monday, December 19, 2011

Tomic named new volleyball coach

Danijela Tomic has been named the fourth coach in BGSU volleyball history, the University announced Monday.

Tomic, formerly of Florida International, was the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009, leading the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009. In seven seasons at FIU, she posted a 158-61 record.

“We are thrilled to welcome Danijela to the BGSU Athletics team,” Director of Athletics Greg Christopher said in a statement released by the University. “Throughout the research process, Danijela’s name was brought up by everyone in volleyball circles. Those positive reviews played out in the interviews as well. Danijela’s passion, vision and commitment to excellence are evident to anyone who spends time with her. Not only will Danijela help elevate Bowling Green volleyball, but she will help make our entire department better.”

A native of Bosnia, Tomic took over the FIU program in 2005 and made an immediate impact, helping the team achieve a 12-win improvement from the previous season.

She replaces Denise Van De Walle, who retired following 29 seasons at the helm of BGSU volleyball.

“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to lead the Falcon volleyball program,” Tomic said in the statement. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of the BGSU family. I want to thank Greg Christopher and Lesley Irvine for giving me this opportunity and for supporting my vision for the future of the program.”

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