Toby Rens, a native of Iowa, spent three seasons as the head women's volleyball coach for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Hawks. Rens made a tremendous improvement in one year at UMES. He won three matches, and the first in over three seasons of Hawks volleyball. Rens used several walk-ons and a few recruited players to provide competition to MEAC opponents. This coming season he was able to do his own recruiting and promises a marked improvement.
Rens began his coaching career at his Alma Mater, Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, where served as an assistant coach. After one season he left to become the assistant coach at Tennessee Tech and was named interim head coach during the season. After relocating to George Washington University, he was named assistant coach for women's volleyball. There he led the Colonial's to two Atlantic 10 titles and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament twice. While at GW, he also served as the head coach for the men's club volleybal team for two years.
Rens moved on to take the head coach position at Northern Michigan University in Marquette,MI. There he led the Wildcats to conference championships in both seasons and coached them into regional play. At NMU he coached one All-American, one conference player-of-the-year, one conference tournament MVP, seven all-conference players, three all-tournament nominees, and four Great Lakes all-region recipients. He then took over as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Texas Tech before coming to UMES.
Coach Rens is also an active volunteer in the community. Rens has served as Program Director for Mid-America West Girls Club Volleyball Team in Orange City, IA. He is also the founder of the Tennessee Junior Volleyball Association, where he coached two teams, leading the 16 and under girls to a 5th place finish out of 230 teams. He was also a developer of the D.C Juniors Club Volleyball Program, serving as coach and head technical director, coaching two members of the USAV Junior National Team. Rens recieved his Bachelor's in Physical Education from Morningside College in 1993. Rens spent three seasons with the Hawks, takin them to a second place finish twice and to the MEAC Championship game his final year. He now serves as the Head Coach at Long Island University.