Updated Sat, Feb 15, 2014 2:55 pm
Ohio volleyball head coach Ryan Theis accepted a head coaching position at Marquette, Ohio Athletics announced Friday.
Theis took over the head coaching job in Athens in 2008 and over six seasons posted an overall record of 144-54. He led the 'Cats to four Mid-American Conference tournament championships, including one this past season. In 2005, Theis took the Green and White the the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA tournament. In four NCAA tournament appeareances with the Bobcats, Theis went 2-4.
"I am excited to return to my home state and Marquette has always been a place where I knew I wanted to be," Theis said in a Marquette Athletics press release. "I am so thrilled that 15 years after I started my coaching career I am able to make that dream a reality. I have always had a great deal of respect for the University and love the city of Milwaukee. I am excited to compete for Big East championships and push deep into the NCAA Tournament."
Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus released a statement through the Ohio Athletics Twitter account.
"Ryan has done a tremendous job during his six seasons. He will be missed. I'm happy for him to be able to go back to his hometown. Over the past decade, we have built a national level program and are committed to its future success. I am confident that we will attract and hire a high caliber coach who will continue to lead us to excellence." - Jim Schaus, Ohio Director of Athletics
Former players under Theis also commented on the head coach's move to Marquette.
"Coach Theis was an incredible coach and I wish him and his family the best of luck!" - Faith Robins, former Ohio volleyball player
"Marquette isn't just getting a great coaching staff but great people. I'll forever be grateful for Ryan for a great season and for providing me an amazing opportunity. If I could transfer and play a sixth year, I would definitely head to Marquette." - Alexis Pinson, Ohio volleyball graduate student
The Marquette Golden Eagles went 26-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big East in the 2013-14 season. They were eliminated from the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship in the second round by Illinois.
Marquette's head coach position opened up on Feb. 3 when former coach Bond Shymansky departed for a head coaching position at the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“We welcome Ryan as the new head coach of the Marquette volleyball program. Ryan has experienced success at every level of college volleyball with a proven track record as a head coach. He has worked his way up the coaching ladder and has seen success at every level. We were most impressed with how he has grown at every stage of his career and at the same time helped make the programs he worked for better. We are very confident in the future of Marquette volleyball under Ryan Theis.” – Bill Cords, Marquette interim vice president and director of athletics
Update: 12:12 p.m.: Per Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger, Ryan Theis is leaving Ohio to take the head coaching job at Marquette.
Ohio VB: Ryan Theis has left Ohio to take the head coaching at Marquette, Ohio Athletics just confirmed. Theis is a Milwaukee native.
— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) February 14, 2014
Ohio University has listed a job opening for head volleyball coach, which means Ryan Theis could be moving on from the program.
The university has yet to confirm Theis has left the program or where he will be going. WOUB is working to confirm the reports.