Breaking: Tim Horsmon out as Maryland head volleyball coach

Unable to match his prior success, a source told Testudo Times Tim Horsmon has stepped down as Maryland's head volleyball coach leaving the Terps to look for a new leader as they move in the nation's best volleyball conference.

In a sudden but not overly surprising move, Tim Horsmon is no longer Maryland's head volleyball coach, a source told Testudo Times. Horsmon took over the program in February 2008 after Janice Kruger retired. Kruger had coached the Terps for twenty years and compiled an overall record of 380-249. Maryland appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments under Kruger with three regular season ACC titles to go along with four ACC Tournament Championships. The ACC discontinued its post season tournament following the 2004 season.

A Maryland native and 1991 graduate from Frostburg State, Horsmon began his coaching career in 1999 at Robert Morris University reaching four NCAA Tournaments and had five exceptionally successful years at the University of Dayton before taking the reins at Maryland. In his five years at Dayton, his teams made four NCAA Tournament appearances after winning four Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships. Before coming to Maryland, Horsmon compiled an overall 225-93 record.

He has been unable to duplicate that success at Maryland. In his six seasons heading the Terps program he compiled an overall record of 79 wins and 114 losses. The Terrapins' best ACC finish under Horsmon came in 2010 when Maryland finished 10-10 in conference play which tied them for seventh place. In the season just ended, the Terps finished with an overall record of 13-19 - their fourth losing recod in Horsmon's six seasons - and they were 5-15 in ACC play dropping them to fourteenth - their lowest finish ever in the league.

Maryland will have to quickly seek a top level replacement as they prepare for their inaugural Big 10 season where they will face consistently better competition than in the ACC. For some perspective, in the current season, the ACC sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament with Duke the only seeded team at number sixteen. Eight B1G squads reached the tournament, six of those were seeded, and two are in the final four.

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