Quincy hires former player, assistant Mueller to be new head coach

A former player and graduate assistant coach for Quincy will now be the head of the program.

The Quincy athletics department announced earlier this week that it hired Gavin Mueller to be the school’s new men’s volleyball head coach.

Mueller spent last season as a graduate assistant coach while pursuing his a master’s degree in business administration. He also remained on the coaching staff following former head coach Hadley Foster and the school parting ways in the middle of the season.

Quincy with the school’s then-women’s volleyball coach Bob Crank serving as the team’s interim head coach completed the 2017 season earning the final berth to the MIVA Tournament.

“I am pleased to name Gavin the head coach of our men’s volleyball program,” Quincy athletics director Marty Bell said in a statement. “He has earned the trust of the student-athletes and I have full confidence in his ability to lead the program.”

Mueller, an outside attacker from Orange Florida, played for the Hawks from 2010-14 and appeared in more than 40 matches during his college career. As a senior coming off the bench primarily as a serving specialist, he ended the year with three aces.

After graduating from Quincy, Muller returned to Florida and spent a year coaching club volleyball.

“I want to thank coach Bell showing the faith in me to lead the program,” Mueller said in a statement. “This university has given me so much, and I am happy to be continuing in this role. We have many quality players returning next year ,and I look forward to getting back into the gym with them.”

Quincy returns multiple starters from last season’s team that finished 7-22, including three-year starting setter Thane Fanfulik. In addition, the Hawks have finished among the bottom-two teams in the MIVA standings all but one year during this decade.