DOVER, Del. - Wesley College Executive Director of Sport & Recreation Mike Drass has named Gerry Szabo as the new head coach of the college's volleyball program.
Szabo comes to Wesley from Division II Salem International (W.Va.) where he served as the head coach for both volleyball and softball since 2005. He had arrived at SIC after a stint at Glenville State, also of the WVIAC, from 2002-2005.
"Coach Szabo brings a wealth of experience to our volleyball program," Drass said. "We're looking for him to develop our program to the same level of success he has had throughout his career."
A Delaware native, Szabo has an extensive coaching history in the First State as well. From 1976-82, he posted a 259-31 mark as the head coach at Wilmington College. Szabo was also the first head coach at Goldey-Beacom, going 43-26 during the program's first two seasons.
In between, Szabo had a very successful run at Cabrini in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He coached there from 1982-91 with his women going 268-41 and winning seven conference titles.
Szabo has also served as the head volleyball coach at Delaware Tech, Padua Academy and John Dickinson High School.
In addition to his success on the volleyball court, Szabo has coached softball as well. At Goldey-Beacom, he took his teams won seven NAIA District or Northeast Regional Championships in 10 years.
Coach Szabo has been named coach of the year 24 times in five different sports at the college and high school Level. Most recently: 1995, 1997, and 2000 NAIA Northeast Independent College Softball Coach of the Year and 1997 Delaware State High School Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Szabo replaces Betsy Haden, who left Wesley after coaching the Wolverines to an 11-12 record in her only year in Dover.
He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Education and owns a master's degree from LaSalle University.