Athletics News

Women's Volleyball

Hollidge brings wealth of experience to Skipjacks
Former Salisbury University assistant hired to lead volleyball program

WYE MILLS – Craig Hollidge has coached volleyball at a wide variety of levels over the last 14 years. He’ll added JuCo volleyball to the list this fall, hoping to build on the work of Jay Covey as Chesapeake College’s new women’s volleyball coach.

Hollidge, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach in Salisbury University’s highly successful program, has been selected to succeed Covey as the Skipjacks’ head coach. Covey resurrected the program in 2007, with a Region XX Final Four appearance in 2008 as the highlight of his three-year tour.

"Jay Covey got it rolling for us and we believe Craig will build on that beginning," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski.

The Skipjacks took a step backward after their strong 2008 season, going 2-18 last year with a young roster that featured six freshmen among the eight players. Hollidge is both realistic and optimistic heading into his first season.

I think this first year is going to be a little bit of a struggle," said Hollidge, who has 14 years of experience as a Junior Olympics head coach and tenure as head coach of the University of Maryland’s club volleyball team. "I’d say with what we have coming in, we should at least be .500 and then next year should do even better. It’s going to depend mostly on how hard the girls want to work."

Szymanski said Hollidge came with excellent recommendations.

"Margie Knight (Salisbury University’s head women’s volleyball coach) gave him an excellent recommendation and Jay Covey was also very supportive," said Szymanski. "He’s got a lot of good people in his corner."

Hollidge began playing volleyball in a church league and got hooked on the sport, taking a college course about volleyball and then starting his coaching career as an assistant high school coach at both Howard High and River Hill High. His 14-year Junior Olympic coaching career includes 12 years as a head coach, the last four with the Delmarva Juniors out of Salisbury.

Hollidge is an experienced recruiter – "I went to a lot of tournaments and did a lot of recruiting for Salisbury," he said – and is already working hard to field a 2010 team.

"I’m trying to sell myself and past accomplishments (to recruits)," said Hollidge. "Most of the players will be from the local area, but I’m recruiting from everywhere – I’ve even talked to some contacts I have in Puerto Rico."

Hollidge and his wife – a former Division I women’s volleyball player at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and silver medalist in volleyball at the Deaf Olympics – live in Salisbury with their 6-year-old twin sons.

back to listing of Athletics News

If there is inaccurate information on this page,
please send correction or comments to: Becky Fauver