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Penn State Women’s Volleyball Rounds Out New Coaching Staff

Weeks after head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley took the reins in Rec Hall, Penn State women’s volleyball has officially rounded out its new-look coaching staff.

On Tuesday, the team announced it’s hired Daniel Gwitt and Brian Toron as its newest assistant coaches. They’ll replace Dennis Hohenshelt and Schumacher-Cawley, who earned Penn State’s head-coaching gig after longtime coach Russ Rose retired.

“I am thrilled to have both Dan and Brian on staff,” Schumacher-Cawley said in a statement. “Dan is a high-energy coach who has had spent time in the conference. He is a proud Penn Stater who will be a major asset in all areas of the program…Brian has had several roles in the college game. He is knowledgeable, energetic, and has a strong work ethic.”

Gwitt is a 2007 Penn State graduate who previously spent the past four years as an assistant coach at Indiana. In just his first year, Gwitt placed an emphasis on hard-nosed defense and helped bring the Hoosiers’ total blocks rank up from 277th in the nation to 15th overall.

Gwitt also has deep recruiting ties in the midwest. In 2020, he helped Indiana assemble the nation’s No. 15-ranked recruiting class — the highest in program history.

As a student-athlete at Penn State, Gwitt helped the Nittany Lions win an Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) title and even reach the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four. He graduated with a degree in communications arts and sciences.

Toron, meanwhile, is stepping into an assistant coaching role after spending the last two years as Penn State’s director of operations. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with Delaware before becoming the Blue Hens’ director of operations, too.

Later on, Toron jumped into the Big Ten and became Northwestern’s technical director in 2018. Next, he ventured out to Hofstra to become an assistant coach in 2018 and 2019. There, he helped guide the Pride to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2018 after winning their first conference title since 2014.

Penn State will officially introduce Schumacher-Cawley through an introductory press conference at Rec Hall Tuesday afternoon. Check Onward State soon for more updates on Penn State women’s volleyball’s newest coaching staff.

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