OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced on Tuesday that former men's volleyball standout Steve Grossnickle '09 has been hired as the new head men's volleyball coach, replacing Joe Tagye '07 who resigned last month after two seasons.
"I would like to thank Joe Tagye for his hard work and commitment over the last decade," said Adams. "I am very proud to announce Steve as our next head coach. He help build the program's winning tradition as a player for four years and has helped mold it as an assistant coach for the last four."
Tagye played two seasons at Stevenson in 2006 and 2007 before serving as an assistant coach under Jeff Blake for four from 2009-12. He then when 48-21 as the head coach in 2013 and 2014.
Grossnickle, who will be the eighth head coach in program history, has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach, including both under Tagye and two under Blake in 2011 and 2012. During that time, he has helped lead the Mustangs to 94 wins, a .696 winning percentage, four-straight 20-win seasons and the program's first-ever national ranking. Stevenson also won the ECAC Division III South championship in 2011 and 2013.
"Being named head coach at the University I attended is a really big deal," said Grossnickle. "For Brett and Dr. Manning to have enough faith in me is a tremendous honor. I am really excited to get the opportunity to take this program to the next level. A special thanks goes to both Jeff Blake and Joe Tagye who saw enough in me to bring me along and set me up for success."
A 2009 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business communication, Grossnickle was a four-year starter and two-year team captain. He is ranked third in school history in digs (799), fifth in games played (382) and 10th in service aces (45). He also received the Fighting Heart Award honoring a student-athlete who has overcome the odds and showed perseverance in their life, on or off the field.
As a senior, Grossnickle helped the Mustangs to the title game of the 2009 ECAC Division III South Championship and the first 20-win season in school history as the team went 20-13. He led the team with 285 digs, a mark that ranks third all-time in school history. Also that year, Stevenson led the nation in digs per game.
Off the court, Grossnickle has worked for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore since 2010. He currently lives in Perry Hall.