In February, former Union Women’s Volleyball Coach Melissa DeRan was named the head women’s volleyball coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
DeRan served as head coach at Union for four years. Over that time, she compiled an overall record of 83-56. Her teams in 2013 and 2014 performed especially well, earning records of 22-11 and 24-12, respectively. In 2013, she led her team to the Liberty League Championship Match.
Her departure sparked a frenzy in the Union Athletics Department to find a new coach for the team.
Eventually, they found what they were looking for in Andrew Brown. Brown’s appointment was announced on April 28, 2015.
Before coming to Union, he coached part-time at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. St. Peter’s is a Division-I program. Brown also previously worked as an assistant men’s coach at his alma mater, Division III Ramapo College in Ramapo, N.J.
Additionally, Brown has coached boys and girls high school and club teams in New Jersey.
“It’s a great opportunity for me. Union has a great program that has been very successful. It will be great to have one place where I can dedicate all my time. I can tell all the student athletes are working hard and I appreciate it a lot,” said Brown.
Although he has not been around for long, Brown held the Dutchwomen’s defensive skills in high praise. “They are terrific defensively. They’re really able to extend rallies,” he said.
However, Brown hopes to work on improving the team’s offensive skills.
“I want to make them be a little more offensive. They need to convert their digs to kills.”
As the Dutchwomen’s new coach, Brown stated, “I hope to continue to build off their strong bond. I want to establish hardworking players who want to learn and be engaged. I think this will improve the program. I know the girls are hardworking and will understand this goal.”