Chris Duarte-McDermott hired as new Volleyball Coach
WHITTIER, Calif. – This morning, Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced that Chris Duarte-McDermott will be taking over the Head Coaching reigns in the Fall of 2013 for the Whittier College Volleyball program.
"Chris has been very successful at the high school and collegiate level and I believe he will thrive as our new Head Coach," Coleman explained.
Duarte-McDermott who is no stranger to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference graduated from the University of La Verne in 2009 with a B.S. in Athletic Training before moving on to become the Head Volleyball Coach at Claremont High School where he saw numerous players earn All-Conference and All-C.I.F. accolades.
After coaching at the high school level he moved on to become the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Pasadena City College from 2010-12 and helped coach the program to a 42-10 overall record, two west-regional berths, and two South Coast Conference Runner-Up finishes.
Duarte-McDermott then took his coaching to Texas where he was the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Texas A & M International University situated in Laredo, TX. There he helped guide the program to its first winning season since 2006, while seeing three players earn All-Conference recognition along with his setter be named the Conference Setter of the Year.
He currently is the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club, located in Southern California where he has coached the 15, 17, and 18 year old Elite Divisions since 2009.
He is currently pursuing his M.S. Degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona and is a Part-Time Physical Therapy Aid.
Coleman stated that "Chris understands how to build a program with quality student-athletes and his spirit, passion and the will to win were evident to me from our very first conversation. I have no doubt he will come in and build a successful and winning program at Whittier."