WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head volleyball coach Marritt Cafarchia has announced her resignation after three seasons with the program. She is stepping down to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Virginia.

"I want to thank Holy Cross for taking a chance on a young coach when they gave me my first head coaching position," said Cafarchia. "I also want to thank the Holy Cross community for their enthusiasm and support in building the volleyball program. I will always be my players' biggest fan and I am looking for them to take the Patriot League by storm next season."

"Marritt will be greatly missed as she brought an enormous amount of energy and passion to the volleyball program," said athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. "The continued improvement each year is evident of her determination to create a winning atmosphere. She has left the program in great standing and established a foundation for success in the future. We all wish her the best."

Cafarchia's teams recorded an overall record of 18-70 and a 7-35 Patriot League record in three seasons. The 2010 season saw Cafarchia lead the Crusaders to 12 wins which were their most since going 12-16 in 2000. Also their four Patriot League victories were their most since they went 6-8 in 2004. Over her three seasons the Crusaders had 16 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Before Holy Cross, Cafarchia was at Tufts where she served as the acting head coach for the 2007 season.

A native of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Cafarchia earned her bachelor's degree in communications from UC Davis in 2005.