Hudson Valley Names Volleyball Coach

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Drew Marrochello, Hudson Valley Community College's athletics director, recently named Sarah Strain of Schenectady as head coach of Hudson Valley's women's volleyball team.

Strain, who teaches physical education at Catskill Middle School, is a 1994 graduate of Houghton College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. She currently is pursuing a master's degree at United States Sports Academy.

Strain, who spent six years as head volleyball coach at Schenectady Christian School, also served as a volleyball coach at the 1997 World Scholar Athlete Games, held in Rhode Island.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.