Grand Canyon’s Historic NCAA Volleyball Season Makes Waves as HC Tim Nollan Receives a Call From Big10 Powerhouses

Published 02/07/2024, 5:30 AM EST

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After posting “Volleyball Head Coach Shane Davis and Northwestern Athletics Mutually Agree To Part Ways” on its social media account, Northwestern Volleyball officially directed way to the conversations surrounding the removal of Shane Davis, the former coach of the team. However, the team again delved deeper into the controversies as they did not make an announcement about the recruitment of a new head coach.

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Even though spectators were quite unsure about the next move by Northwestern Volleyball, the team made a quite obvious move, but that too unexpectedly. Recently, Northwestern Volleyball stunned everyone in the world of collegiate volleyball with the revelation of its head coach vacancy being filled. 

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Recently, Northwestern took to their Twitter (X) account and posted a couple of pictures of their new head coach, Tim Nollan. Along with the pictures, the team also congratulated Tim Nollan by penning, “Welcome to Northwestern, @tim_nollan! Tim Nollan named Head Volleyball Coach.

In an exclusive interview with Inside NU, Northwestern athletic director Derrick Gragg appreciated the recent recruitment by saying, “He’s a winner and is the right fit to deliver a first-class experience to our student-athletes while leading our volleyball program in one of the nation’s premier conferences. I couldn’t be happier to officially welcome Tim, [his wife] Kristen, [and children] Avery, Emma, and Deacon to the Wildcat family.”

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Nollan is joining Northwestern Univeristy after dedicating eight years of coaching excellence as a head coach at the Grand Canyon University. In addition to this, he flipped the slopes by leading the Grand Canyon Volleyball team to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and five consecutive winning seasons.

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Will Northwestern University make its first appearance at the NCAA this season?

For the past 14 years, Wild Cats, aka Northwestern Volleyball, has not been able to clinch a spot at the NCAA Tournament. Although the team has made a 35-year streak of making .500 conference records, it is still yet to overcome the 14-year curse. As Nollan led Grand Canyon Volleyball to their first appearance, there are higher chances that he will be guiding Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament showdown in 2024. 

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Since Nollan’s recruitment at Northwestern was declared officially, the question head is now turned towards Grand Canyon. However, the team has made it clear that Nollan will be guiding the Wildcats, but it has not declared who will be taking his position in the upcoming volleyball season. 

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Yashika Dutta

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