Head Coach, Hofstra University
NCAA Division I
Kristina Hernandez just completed her first season at Hofstra University, leading the Pride to an 18-14 record, and into the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament.
She came to Hofstra after four highly-successful seasons at Loyola College (Md.), where she led a remarkable turnaround of the Greyhound volleyball program. In just her first season, she doubled the team's win total from the previous year, and by the end of her fourth season had led the squad to 22 victories, the most for the school since 1992.
In addition to her coaching duties at Loyola at the time, she was also the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference representative on the AVCA Division I Head Coaches Committee between 2005-2007.
While Hernandez always knew she wanted to coach, volleyball wasn't her first choice growing up.
"The day my dad put a basketball in my hands and I started playing sports at the age of five, I knew there wasn't anything else I wanted to do but coach," she said. "I actually didn't even want to play volleyball when I got to high school. I had played in junior high, but I wasn't very good at it. The first day of high school, it just fell into my hands. I ended up loving it from then on, and I knew I wanted to be a volleyball coach in college and nothing else. That first day of school really changed my life forever."