WORCESTER, Mass.­ - The College of the Holy Cross has named Erin Walker as its head volleyball coach, as announced by Athletic Director Richard M. Regan, Jr.


Walker, who served as an assistant coach at Holy Cross last season, is the ninth head coach in the history of the program. She replaces Marritt Cafarchia. "We are very happy to have Erin as our volleyball coach," said Regan. "She was a key factor in the success of last season's team and we feel that she is the perfect person to continue the positive momentum of the program."

"I am excited to be the new head coach of Holy Cross volleyball, and the decision to accept this position was the easiest decision of my life," said Walker. "I have been blessed with the opportunity to continue the success of the program and coach a talented group of student-athletes. After spending last season at Holy Cross, I am extremely impressed with the incredible experience the college has to offer the students and its dedication to athletics. I look forward to the future of this program as we build on the solid foundation that the Holy Cross volleyball program has created."

Walker played an important role in the 2010 season which saw the Crusaders earn 12 wins, their most since going 12-16 in 2000. Also their four Patriot League victories were their most since they went 6-8 in 2004. The 51 sets won by the Crusaders were the most for Holy Cross since winning 55 in 1989.

Before Holy Cross, Walker spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as a graduate assistant volleyball coach at New Hampshire. She also earned coaching experience as the head coach of the Junior Olympic New Hampshire Seacoast 18 Elite team. Walker had an outstanding playing career at UNH as she was a three-time All-America East All-Conference selection. She also became only the fourth player in UNH history to record 1,000 career kills. Walker won the 2005 Holly Young Most Valuable Player Award which is given to the MVP of the UNH volleyball team. Walker was also strong in the classroom as she was an Academic Scholar Athlete and a member of the Dean's List in every season, while she won the 2004 Bill Knight Scholarship. Following graduation, Walker played professional volleyball for the SWE-Volley Team in Erfurt, Germany.

Walker has a master's of kinesiology, sports studies degree from UNH, while she earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and justice studies from UNH in 2006.