The hiring of FIT's new Head Women's Volleyball Coach, Deborah Hong, has just been announced by FIT athletic director Keith Heron. Coach Hong brings a wealth of experience to FIT both as a coach and as a highly successful player on the NCAA Division I level.
Most recently, Coach Hong served as the assistant men's & women's volleyball coach at Pratt Institute. Coach Hong helped lead women's team at an overall record of 12-8, and an appearance in the conference championship game where they fell just short. On the men's side, Coach Hong helped lead the team to an impressive 11-4 overall record, helping the team end on a high note, with a 5-game win streak. Coach Hong has coached several national volleyball club teams, including the Phoenix VB Club, Do It Garden state VB Club, & the Lady Bucs VB Club, Velocity all of which are based out of her home state, New Jersey.
As a college player, Coach Hong player Libero for NCAA Division I Farleigh Dickinson University where she ranks 5th all-time in single season digs and 6th all-time in career digs. She was able to accomplish these feats while also finding time to volunteer as a member of the FDU SAAC Committee. Coach Hong was awarded the 2015 Women's Volleyball Knight Award for being the most outstanding student-athlete on her team and in the same year, Coach Hong was names Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Educationally, Coach Hong earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from FDU, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Christian counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary located in Hatfield, PA.
"I am excited to have Coach Hong as our new head women's volleyball coach. Coach Hong has the full package of experience as a coach, and as an award-winning student athlete recognized for her accomplishments on and off the court. Coach Hong has the ability to not only keep up the high level of success our team has seen over the past few years, but to take our program to the next level and put us back on the map nationally. Also, she will do a great job in developing our student-athletes into successful young women in other areas of their lives as well." – Keith Heron