Men's Volleyball Staff
In three seasons at the helm of the Loyola program, Hulse has guided the Ramblers to 56 wins, including 24 victories over nationally ranked opponents.
Produced seven All-Americans
Including First Team All-American Jeff Jendryk as the first player in Rambler history to be a first or second team selection four times in his career.
HEad Coach : Mark Hulse
Mark Hulse, a native of Evanston, Ill., enters his fourth season as the head men’s volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago after serving as an assistant coach for the previous four years.
The 2018 campaign was a bounceback season for the Ramblers as they improved seven games in the win column, going 23-7 overall, en route to a No. 7 final ranking in the AVCA Division I-II Poll. Hulse steered Loyola to a share of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title, the program’s first since 2014.
Hulse piloted the Ramblers to a 20-8 overall record in his first season as head coach in 2016, giving Loyola its fourth straight 20-win campaign. The 2017 outfit produced 16 wins and finished the season ranked No. 14 in the AVCA Division I-II Poll, marking the 18thtime in program history that Loyola was ranked in the season-ending poll.
In April 2014, Hulse was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coach of the Year after guiding the Ramblers to their second straight NCAA Final Four appearance. One month earlier, he was a recipient of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award, an honor bestowed upon 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old at all levels of the game.
During his time as a student-athlete, Hulse competed for two seasons at Rutgers-Newark University before transferring to Pepperdine University for his final two years of collegiate eligibility. As a member of the Waves' men's volleyball squad, Hulse helped the program to 39 wins in two years, including a 22-5 overall mark in 2009.
A force at the net, he was a starting middle blocker and a key contributor on Pepperdine's 2008 squad that finished as NCAA Runner-Up, losing to Penn State in the national championship match. He graduated from Pepperdine in 2009 with a degree in political science.
Hulse and his wife, Amanda, reside in Evanston, with their daughter, Leighton, and son, Max.
Named associate head coach at Loyola University Chicago on June 4, 2018
Spent the previous nine seasons on the men’s volleyball staff at Lewis
In those nine years at Lewis, the Wheaton native helped the Flyers to 196 victories, six 20-win seasons and three trips to the NCAA tournament.
Associate Head COach: Matt McCarthy
“Matt has proven to be one of the best coaches in our game and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on our staff,” Loyola head coach Mark Hulse said. “He’s found success both as a coach and as a player and he has a true passion to learn, innovate and develop young men and volleyball players in a mission-driven environment.”
One of the top young coaches in the sport, McCarthy, who in 2015 was hailed as the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year, has helped develop 22 AVCA All-America selections and 41 All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association student-athletes. In 2015, he played a key role in piloting Lewis to the NCAA championship match before falling to Loyola in an epic five-set thriller. With McCarthy on staff, Lewis never won fewer than 19 contests in a season and claimed at least a share of the MIVA regular season crown on three occasions.
McCarthy graduated from Ball State, where he starred on the Cardinals squad, in 2009. The middle attacker was a two-time All-MIVA selection, twice ranking in the top ten in the nation in hitting percentage.
In three seasons at Loyola, Wexter has helped the Ramblers to 59 victories, three winning seasons, and in 2018, played a key role as Loyola claimed a share of the MIVA regular season title.
In 2018, Loyola finished ranked No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.
The Ramblers 23 wins were its most since capturing 28 victories en route to the second of back-to-back NCAA championships in 2015.
Assistant Coach: Connor Wexter
Connor Wexter will begin his fourth season as an assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago in 2019. Prior to his current post on Mark Hulse’s staff at Loyola, the New Lenox, Ill., native spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Carthage, where he also had a standout career as a player.
Wexter has also served as a coach for USA Volleyball, working for Future Select A1 at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and for A3 in suburban Vernon Hills, Ill. During the summer of 2018, he will coach Youth A1 at High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Okla., and again work with Select A3 in Vernon Hills.
Wexter was a four-year starter at Carthage, racking up AVCA All-America honors each season, including three first-team selections. In 2011, he became the program's second-ever AVCA NCAA Division III Newcomer of the Year, and in 2013 was named the Continental Volleyball Conference Player of the Year. Wexter graduated as the program's all-time leader in assists.
A 2014 graduate of Carthage College, Wexter also earned a Master's of Education degree from Carthage in 2016.