MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan head coach Erik Olson has announced the hiring of Mitch Kallick as the new assistant coach of the Chippewas' volleyball program.
Kallick comes to the Maroon and Gold with 10 years of coaching experience, including six at the Division I level, with stops at Maryland, Cal-State Fullerton, Tennessee and his alma mater, New York University.
"I think we found a fantastic assistant coach to join our volleyball family," Olson said. "Mitch is a tireless, hard worker, a core value that I think is integral to our program's success. His experience in years and diversity will really help our program grow in all areas. Mitch's willingness to learn what is special about our program and its uniqueness makes him a perfect addition to our staff. We are eager to learn from Mitch as well, as we all continue to grow in our journey to be our best. I think our program won big today with this hire."
While an assistant at Maryland and Cal-State Fullerton, Kallick also served as the recruiting coordinator, responsible for on-campus visits, general correspondence, evaluation and execution of the overall recruiting strategy.
He successfully recruited two top-50 and six top-150 recruits and his 2011 class of Terrapins was named one of the top 40 in the country by PrepVolleyball.
Kallick's tutelage helped Cal-State Fullerton to a conference championship in 2011 and his recruiting efforts in 2008 were recognized by PrepVolleyball with an honorable mention nod in its "Top Recruiting Class Rankings."
During his one-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, Kallick helped the 2006 Lady Vols to a 19-12 overall record and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Before going to Tennessee, Kallick spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Violets to one D-III Elite Eight finish (2005), a pair of Final Fours (2003 and 2004) and one national championship match (2003). The University Athletic Association (UCAA) named the NYU coaching staff the Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2003 and 2004.
As a player, Kallick was an All-American for the Violets and holds career records for kills (1,925), blocks (543), block assists (399), points (2354.5), and sets played (417). In his four-year playing career, Kallick led NYU to two Final Four finishes (2000 and 2002) and one national championship match (2000) and was a four-time Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association first-teamer.