Release courtesy of Bryn Mawr Athletic Communications
BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr College Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney has announced the hiring of Mary Rotimi as the next head volleyball coach for the Owls. Rotimi becomes the 11th head coach in the recorded history of the program.
"I am very excited to be a part of Bryn Mawr Athletics," Rotimi stated. "I am happy to take this journey. I want to thank everyone in Bryn Mawr Athleteics for seeing something in me to take this position."
Rotimi comes to the Owls after serving as the head volleyball coach at Claflin University, an NCAA Division II institution, for the past two seasons. Prior to her time at Claflin, Rotimi was the program director for the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia Raymond Rosen Community Center site. While there, she oversaw all program areas of the club, including developing programming and youth development opportunities, supervising staff and personnel, coaching teams, and enriching student achievement via quality curriculum and instruction.
Rotimi brings with her experience working in athletics at a women's college, as she served as Assistant Athletic Director of Recreation and Head Volleyball Coach at Cedar Crest College from 2013-14. During her time with the Falcons, Rotimi not only directed all aspects of the volleyball program, but she oversaw the development of a comprehensive and diverse recreation program, providing students traditional events and opportunities as well as new programming. Her time at Cedar Crest also overlapped with a coaching stint at Wilmington University, where she served as an assistant women's basketball coach for two years.
Her career in athletics got its start at Delaware County Community College, where she first served as Head Women's Basketball and Head Volleyball coach for two seasons before later taking an athletic director intern role.
Rotimi played both volleyball and basketball during her undergraduate career at Lincoln University. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Wilson College volleyball tournament, and she made numerous appearances on all-tournament and all-region teams during her basketball career, leading to Rotimi being named Female Athlete of the Year her senior year. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Lincoln, and then went on to attain a masters degree in Public Administration from West Chester University.
Rotimi takes the helm of a volleyball program that is primed to continue their climb, as the team won five more matches in 2018 than they did the year before. The Owls lost just one senior to graduation from last year's squad, so with a strong core of returners and several new additions to the team, there should be plenty of excitement in 2019! Rotimi and the squad will get their season underway on Friday, August 30th as they travel to Virginia for the season-opening Route 42 Classic.