NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Mitchell has named Tim Gaiser as head coach, as announced by director of athletics Maureen White on Friday.

Gaiser has coached at both the collegiate and high school level during the past 20 years. He most recently served as head coach of the Lyman Hall High School girl's volleyball team in 2012.

“We’re excited to add Tim to our staff,” White said. “He’s coached at both the Division II and III levels and has a wealth of experience, and I look forward to him taking the Mitchell volleyball program to new heights.”

Gaiser, a resident of Madison, Conn., was responsible for turning around a struggling program at Lyman Hall last season. He took a program that had won a total of nine games during the previous three seasons to 11 victories and a winning record in 2012. Lyman Hall also qualified for both the SCC tournament and CIAC Class L tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

Throughout his career Gaiser has coached at four collegiate institutions. He most recently served as the head coach of the Purchase men’s squad from 2004-05 and was named Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2005. Prior to that position he was the assistant coach at Western Connecticut State from 2002-04, helping the Colonials to back-to-back conference championships and an undefeated record in league play. Gaiser also coached at the Division II level at Wisconsin-Parkside (1996-97) and at Quinnipiac (1994-96).

Gaiser inherits a team that went 3-5 in the New England Collegiate Conference last season and qualified for the NECC championship for the first time in three years. The Mariners return their top two hitters for the 2013 campaign, including NECC Rookie of the Year Amanda Garcia.