Maryland volleyball coach Tim Horsmon leaving for Dayton

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Former Maryland volleyball coach Tim Horsmon has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Dayton effective immediately, the school announced Wednesday evening.

“We thank Tim for his six seasons at Maryland and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a statement, promising a “national search to find an outstanding candidate as we transition into the Big Ten Conference.”

Horsmon struggled over six seasons in College Park, finishing his tenure with a 79-114 record (.409 winning percentage), and will return to his former school before Maryland moves to the Big Ten, a conference that currently contains eight of the top 33 programs nationally, according to the latest rankings.

At Dayton, from 2003 to 2007, Horsmon went 128-43 (.748). In a statement, he thanked Anderson and senior associate AD/senior women’s administrator Lori Ebihara. “I enjoyed working with so many dedicated and committed people who contributed to the program,” Horsmon said.

Maryland finished the 2013 fall season at just 13-19 overall and 5-15 in the ACC. The Terrapins were 1-11 in road games and, under Horsmon, had never finished above .500 in conference play. Their ACC record since Horsmon assumed control of the program was 35-85 (.292).

At Dayton, Horsmon replaces Matt Affolder, who was fired after one season. The Flyers were 16-13 this fall. During Horsmon’s previous tenure there, he won four Atlantic 10 conference titles and reached the NCAA tournament four times.

“I am returning to a family,” Horsmon said, according to the Dayton Daily News. There were so many great people that helped build our Dayton volleyball tradition. I will be coming back to something I cherish very much. The university and Dayton community will be a great place for our family.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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