Kathleen Colpoys is entering her third season as head volleyball coach at Stonehill, returning to the College after serving as an assistant coach in 2012 following two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire.
She led the 2016-17 squad to a ninth-place finish in the NE10, wrapping up the year with a 7-7 mark in the conference and a 12-13 record overall. The 13-member team was awarded the AVCA All-Academic Award for maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.
Colpoys concluded her first year with the Skyhawks with an 11-15 overall mark and a 5-9 record in the NE10, where the squad was voted fourth in the NE10 preseason poll and finished 11th.
Colpoys returned to Stonehill after completing two years as graduate assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire under the long-time successful head coach Jill Hirschinger, helping lead New Hampshire to back to back America East Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014, with two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. The Wildcats posted a record of 40-25 (.615), including an 23-3 (.885) mark in America East play, over her two seasons as an assistant in which the staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors from the Conference both years.
Colpoys was responsible for coaching New Hampshire’s blockers, assisted with practice planning, implementation and individual skill training, while also aiding in all phases of recruiting. She planned and managed all team travel, monitored first year student-athletes academic progress and transition to college and was also coordinator for UNH’s volleyball camps, while earning her Masters of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in sport studies at the University. Colpoys was also selected to participate at the NCAA’s Emerging Leaders Seminar this past January.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to return to Stonehill as head coach of the volleyball program,” said Colpoys. “This athletic department does an excellent job of focusing on high athletic achievement while maintaining an emphasis on overall student-athlete development, including academic success. Coach Amundson succeeded in building this program up to where it is today as a contender within the Northeast-10 and East Region, and I look forward to continuing to improve upon this strong foundation.”
Colpoys served as assistant coach for former head coach Lauren Amundson during the 2012 season during which Stonehill reached the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the third straight year before dropping a five set thriller to top-seeded University of New Haven. Colpoys gained valuable experience at the College with practice planning and individual skill training, scouting opponents, developing game plans, assisting with game instruction and decisions, as well as recruiting. She overhauled the team’s blocking scheme, coaching two of the top ten blockers in the NE-10, Mary-Cate Catton ’15 (1.02 blocks/set) and Kirsten Arvidson ’14 (0.80). Colpoys was also co-director of the volleyball program’s popular Ace’s Girls Youth Development Program, which recently completed its fourth year, and was assistant director for Stonehill’s Volleyball Sports Camps.
Colpoys was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, College of the Holy Cross, following her four year playing career for the Crusaders. She served as head coach of the Mass Patriots volleyball club’s U-17 team one year in 2013 and has worked several camps and clinics throughout the northeast.
Colpoys, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross in economics, was a four-year starter for the Crusaders and is the first student-athlete in program history to record over 700 kills and 200 blocks, collecting a pair of All-Tournament team accolades over the course of her career. She is a native of nearby Scituate, Massachusetts.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Kathleen back to Stonehill as our next volleyball head coach,” said Cindy MacDonald, Interim Director of Athletics upon her hiring. “Since serving as an assistant coach here three years ago, Kathleen became an integral part of a coaching staff at the University of New Hampshire which had success at both the academic and athletic level; both of these accolades will undoubtedly make her a great fit to now lead our program here at Stonehill. Kathleen’s energy and passion for the sport will be a driving force to the continued success of our Skyhawks on and off the court.”