Alumnus Horrigan takes RMC men's volleyball coaching reins
December 17, 2018 | Ashland, Va.
Jared Horrigan ('11), who played libero for Liberty University's men's volleyball team from 2009-11 and served as an assistant coach for Randolph-Macon College's NCAA Division III women's volleyball team for the past six seasons, is entering his first season as head coach of RMC's NCAA DIII men's team, based in Ashland, Va. The Yellow Jackets will make their debut in the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) this spring with their season-opening tournament set for Jan. 26 at Arcadia (Pa.) University.
"We're really excited about it," Horrigan said. "We are working on making a stamp here, putting together a competitive team. We have high expectations for this team and program. It's a challenge for sure, but it's exciting and I'm loving every moment of it."
Horrigan earned a degree in Biblical Studies at Liberty while playing for former Flames men's Head Coach Jonathan Willis and also serving as an assistant coach with Willis on the Randolph College women's volleyball team in Lynchburg. He has also coached Richmond Volleyball Club teams for the past several seasons.
"Jonathan was a big mentor to me when I was playing with him," Horrigan said. "I actually try to model my coaching style after his. One thing I learned from him is volleyball's a game, but it's not life. I want to do more than just coach volleyball. I want to give them (players) life lessons — to relate to them on a one-on-one level and impart the values that you get from scripture — to make each of them a better person when they go off and get a real job after college."
Eleven of the 13 players on the RMC roster are in-state recruits and 10 are freshmen, mostly from the Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia areas. He received three transfers, two from VCU.
"We have a lot of potential for our team this first year," Horrigan said. "We are getting the whole team to gel and relate to one another and complement one another on the court. Overall, we are right where we need to be as a first-year program."
As a defensive specialist his first two seasons at Liberty and a libero the last two, when he led Liberty to back-to-back National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) tournaments and earned second-team All-America honors as a senior, Horrigan believes defense is key to any team's success.
"To me, defense wins championships," he said. "That's my mindset. You have to have a good offense to go with it, but defense is what's going to help the offense generate points."