LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech volleyball program has named Michael Hobson its new Director of Volleyball Operations, head coach Tony Graystone announced Thursday.
Hobson, a graduate of Penn State and Northwest Missouri State, most recently served as an assistant coach at Bucknell University. In two seasons with the Bison, he coached offensive schemes and was directly involved with scouting reports, video, statistical data and recruiting. Additionally, he handled the team’s travel, fundraisers and other logistics. With Hobson’s help, the Bison improved their win total by nine matches in 2017.
“I am happy to announce Michael Hobson as our new Director of Volleyball Operations and welcome him to Texas Tech,” Graystone said. “Michael has a very impressive background and is going to be an important part of Red Raider Volleyball. His experience and expertise, particularly on the analytical side, is going to let us utilize this role much differently than we have in the past. As a coaching staff, we are really looking forward to taking advantage of Michael and incorporating him with game planning and stat analysis. Michael is definitely going to make our program better, and we’re excited for him to get started.”
A native of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, Hobson has also gained international experience with the USA Men’s National Sitting Volleyball team. Specializing in blocking and serve reception, he helped in preparation for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio and later traveled to Montreal and Hangzhou, China, where they earned a silver medal and eight-place finish, respectively.
Statistics have been a specialty for Hobson, who began his coaching career as a technical director for the Penn State men's team in 2013. He spent two seasons with the Nittany Lions, who earned two straight trips to the NCAA Final Four. In addition to his statistical and video expertise using Data Volley and Data Video software, Hobson helped with the coordination and running of practices, as well as scouting reports for upcoming opponents. Hobson also prepared scouting reports and video analysis before each game.
After graduating from Penn State in 2015, he spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State from 2015-16, where he earned a Master of Science in Applied Health/Sports Sciences. Coaching middle and pin hitters both offensively and defensively, the Bearcats posted a winning record and had four players named to the All-MIAA Team, the program’s most since 1985. In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Hobson specialized in video and statistical analysis for the team.