Chatham News

New head volleyball coach ready to take on mother/sister duo this week

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
September 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH (September 13, 2010) … The Chatham University women’s volleyball team prepares to open up the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) portion of their schedule this week as they travel to St. Vincent College on Thursday, September 16th. For Cougars’ head coach Kristin Consuegra, however, this match is more than just another PAC match; it’s also a family affair.

As PAC rivals St. Vincent and Chatham prepare to face off this week, Consuegra sets up for a family reunion of sorts with a few twists. Her mother, Sue Hozak, has been the head volleyball coach at St. Vincent for 26 years. Consuegra is a graduate of St. Vincent and was also a four-year member of the team – playing four years under her mom and her senior year with her younger sister, Natalie Hozak.

Consuegra talks of the many similarities she and her mom share, including their game and practice mentality as well as, now, coaching style. As a new head coach, Consuegra is shaping her own philosophies after her mother, though having been an assistant coach at another school for the last two years has allowed her to make her own path too. Consuegra spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) before joining the Cougars’ staff, where she helped the Crimson Hawks post an overall record of 32-37 in two years.

Thus far under Consuegra, the Cougars have posted a 2-5 overall record, with victories over LaRoche College and Penn State University-Beaver. The team has already surpassed their total wins from last year’s season with these two victories (they finished with one victory during the 2009-10 season) and are well on their way towards a successful, record-breaking 2010-11 season.

“It will be fun to be on the same court with my mom and my sister again – only on the other side of the net this time,” Consuegra says.
Chatham’s (2-5, 0-0) PAC match-up against St. Vincent on Thursday is scheduled to start at 7 pm from Bearcat territory in Latrobe, PA. In addition to the September 16th match, the trio gets another shot at each other in a tri-match at Waynesburg University, scheduled for October 22nd.

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