|Title:||Co-Head Volleyball Coach/Scheduling Coordinator|
|Alma Mater:||Nazareth College, 2009|
Michael Houlihan is entering his first season as the co-head coach and fifth with the UMass Boston volleyball program. Houlihan was promoted to the role of co-head coach in August of 2013 after serving as the associate head coach in 2012 and the assistant coach from 2009-2011.
During his four seasons with the Beacons, Houlihan played an integral part in transforming the program into one of the most successful squads in the history of UMass Boston. While on the bench, the New York native has helped the Beacons to four straight Little East Conference championships, a NCAA New England Regional crown in 2010 and 2012, and two appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.
On top of the team's success, Houlihan has also worked with some of the top players in the country including the program's all-time leader in assists in setter Cassy Hanneman '12 and the all-time leader in kills and the program's first and only three-time All-American in Shannon Thompson '13. Due to his tremendous dedication to the sport of volleyball, Houlihan was named the program's first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) "Thirty Under 30" recipient which recognizes the top up-and-coming coaches at all levels of the sport, and was featured in the May 2013 edition of the AVCA Coaching Volleyball 2.0.
Prior to coming to Boston, Houlihan coached the Midlakes High School Varsity Boys Volleyball team in New York. Houlihan also spent time as the head coach for the 14's All Long Island Boys Club Team. Throughout his career, Houlihan has worked at a variety of collegiate camps and has also created and implemented individual training programs for players of all ages. Amongst the many camps he has worked at are the University of New Hampshire, the University of Delaware, and the University of Rochester.
Before stepping into the coaching world, Houlihan enjoyed a four-year career for the Nazareth College Men's Volleyball squad. He later graduated from Nazareth with a business administration degree in sports management.
Houlihan currently resides in Boston with his new wife and received his MBA in December from UMass Boston.