Jeff Blake Resigns After Seven Seasons, Joe Tagye Named Head Coach

Jeff Blake Resigns After Seven Seasons, Joe Tagye Named Head Coach

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced on Monday that Jeff Blake has resigned as head men's volleyball coach and that assistant coach Joe Tagye, a 2007 Stevenson graduate, has been named as his replacement.

Blake leaves as the winningest head coach in program history, totaling a 118-97 record in eight seasons. He led the Mustangs to a school record for wins four times, including 26 in 2011 when he was named NECVA Metro Division Coach of the Year as the team won the ECAC Division III South Championship.

Blake posted three 20-win seasons and guided Stevenson to postseason appearances in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He earned his 100th career game with a 3-1 victory over Fontbonne on Feb. 4, 2012.

As for Tagye, he played two seasons for Blake as a junior and senior in 2006 and 2007 before spending the last four as his lead assistant working with the middles and setters. During that time, the Mustangs posted a 77-48 record while boasting eight all-conference selections and a NECVA Rookie of the Year. The team also received votes in the AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll for the first time in program history on March 27, 2012.

Tagye graduated from Stevenson in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was a two-time member of the Dean's List and graduated with a 3.42 grade point average.

Tagye was a starting middle on the first Stevenson team to qualify for the NECVA championship in 2006 before serving as the team's starting setter in 2007. That year, he led the team with 929 assists and 182 digs while earning All-NEAC Second Team honors. He was also named NEAC Player of the Week on Feb. 27, 2007.

Prior to coming to Stevenson, Tagye spent two years at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia where he played two seasons on the men's volleyball club team and was chosen as the club's president.

In addition to his coaching duties at Stevenson, Tagye also works as a benefits operations manager at Aon Hewitt in Hunt Valley. From January 2008 to March 2012, he worked as a retirement plan coordinator with T. Rowe Price where he was a two-time Associate of the Quarter recipient.

Tagye and his wife Samantha, a 2008 graduate of Stevenson with a degree in paralegal studies, reside in Owings Mills. Sam was a former captain and head coach of the Stevenson dance team.