MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – David Heller, the head coach of the University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team, announced today that he will be stepping down from his coaching position.
Heller began coaching the Trojans in August 2012. During his tenure as head coach, he has amassed a 98-64 career coaching record while going 72-28 against conference opponents. He has led his teams to two conference championship matches, three semifinal appearances, and one quarterfinal showing.
Under Heller's guidance 26 student-athletes have been named to the All-Conference Teams, 19 have made the Academic All-Conference team and four were named to the All-Tournament team. Heller was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year during his first season as head coach in 2013. He has coached a Player of the Year (2014) and Defensive Player of the Year (2017), two Conference Carolinas men's volleyball scholar-athletes of the year, a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a Murphy Osborne Award Winner.
"I want to thank my team for the amazing support they have shown me while making this decision," said Coach Heller. "They are truly an amazing group of young men and I will miss getting to work with them daily. Becoming a dad is something that I have wanted for a long time and working with these students only further cemented the desire to be a parent."
Heller continued saying, "I appreciate all that Mr. Eisen and Mrs. Lindsay have done to help me grow personally and professionally during my time at UMO. All of the other coaches and staff have been great to work with over the years and I know they will continue to uphold the mission of the university and provide great experiences for the students."
"David has been an outstanding member of our department for the past six years," said Jeff Eisen, the Vice President for Athletics. "Under his leadership, the men's volleyball team excelled on and off the court, competing for the conference championship and achieving academically each year. He also was invaluable helping out with the women's volleyball team and running our leadership program the last couple of years. We wish him well and continued success in his future endeavors."
A nationwide search is underway to fill the position.