Toby Rens
Toby  Rens

Head Coach

Alma Mater (YR):
Morningside College ('93)



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Volleyball vs. George Mason and Morgan State

The Hawks drop a pair of matches to the Patriots and Bears at home this past weekend.


Volleyball vs. La Salle (10.20.15)

The Hawks keep rolling with a 3-0 decision against La Salle for six straight wins.


Volleyball at the UMES Fall Fling

UMES improved to 10-0 with a 3-0 win over NCCU Fri., then by a 3-2 win over Loyola and a 3-1 over Manhattan Saturday.


2015 "The Harry's"

2015 "The Harry's" (Photo by Lloydlee Heite)


UMES Volleyball vs. ECU - Senior Night (11-11-14)

UMES Volleyball versus Morgan State in the Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game (Photos by Megan Raymond)

Toby Rens returned to the UMES volleyball program in 2014 after a decade away from Princess Anne. In 16 seasons, he has accumulated a 311-237 overall record. The architect of the success experienced by UMES Volleyball over the past decade can really be credited to Rens, who inherited a program who had not won in over two years.

In his first year at UMES in 2001, he won three matches, improvement for a team that hadn't won a match since 1998. He continued to quickly turn the program around with a 20-15 the following season, and a school-record 26-12 mark in 2003, which was recently surpassed in 2012 (28). The 2001 to 2002 season marked the best single-season turnaround in the NCAA. In 2002, he won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

After three seasons with the Hawks, Rens guided the Long Island University-Brooklyn volleyball program for four seasons (2004-07). He won the Northeast Conference (NEC) and took them to the NCAA tournament each season. He went 106-46 during that time, a near 70-percent winning percentage, while averaging over 26 wins-per-season.In 2005, Rens was NEC Coach of the Year. Heregularly boasted one of the highest team GPAs at LIU, twice taking top honors. Two of his student-athletes were named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

He then went on to coach five seasons at the University of Pittsburgh (2008-12). He won 54-percent of his matches in the competitive Big East Conference and took them to a school-record five consecutive conference berths. During his tenure, he coached three AVCA All-Americans, five All-Region selections, 11 All-Conference nods, and a Big East Player of the Yearand Libero of the Year. His team had the highest grade-point-average (GPA) in the department two of his five years at Pitt.

Between LIU and Pitt, he led the AVCA Academic Award three times ('07-'08, '06-'07, '05-'06).

Rens began his head coaching career at Northern Michigan where he went 58-17 over two seasons (1998-99). He earned two conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths in both seasons while producing five Wildcats with AVCA All-Region honors and a pair of All-Americans.Prior to his first head coaching gig, he was an assistant at Texas Tech for one season before coming to UMES (2000). He has also been an assistant at George Washington (1994-97), Tennessee Tech (1993) and his alma mater, Morningside College (1992).

At Chicago State (2013), he inherited a program that had won just five matches in the previous five seasons, garnering a pair of wins with just seven primary players.

Last season in his return to the Eastern Shore, Rens immediately improved the team with an 11-18 record, eight more wins than the previous year. 

Rens has been highly active in national volleyball circles, serving as a member of the NCAA Division I Head Coaches Committee and as a voter in the USA Today and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll.

A native of Orange City, Iowa, Rens graduated from Morningside in 1993 with a bachelor's in physical education.

Collegiate Head Coaching Record: Toby Rens

Year School Record Conf. Postseason
1998 Northern Michigan 30-6 19-0 NCAA Tournament (DII)
1999 Northern Michigan 28-11 17-2 NCAA Tournament (DII)
2001 UMES 3-28 2-13
2002 UMES 20-15 7-3 MEAC Tournament, MEAC Coach of the Year
2003 UMES 26-12 9-1 MEAC Northern Division Champion
2004 LIU-Brooklyn 32-7 7-1 NCAA Tournament
2005 LIU-Brooklyn 26-14 8-0 NCAA Tournament
2006 LIU-Brooklyn 25-11 8-0 NCAA Tournament
2007 LIU-Brooklyn 23-14 8-0 NCAA Tournament
2008 Pittsburgh 17-14 8-6 Big East Tournament
2009 Pittsburgh 20-11 12-2 Big East Tournament
2010 Pittsburgh 13-18 7-7 Big East Tournament
2011 Pittsburgh 18-15 7-7 Big East Tournament
2012 Pittsburgh 17-14 7-8 Big East Tournament
2013 Chicago State 2-29 0-16
2014 UMES 11-18 4-8
Overall 311-237 130-74