BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team is being enshrined into the Ferris State University Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2008, which will be inducted this fall. The six-member group was announced July 10 by Ferris State. Hirschinger is being honored for her impressive 12-year coaching tenure with the Bulldogs from 1984-95. Earlier this year, Hirschinger was inducted into the Utah State Hall of Fame along with the rest of the 1978 National Championship volleyball team.
In her 12 seasons as the head coach at Ferris State, Hirschinger posted a remarkable 330-151 (.686) overall record. During the 1995 season, she reached a milestone by winning her 400th career match. In 1987, Hirschinger led the Bulldogs to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four, placing fourth in the country. The Bulldogs participated in the NCAA National Tournament seven times in her 12-year tenure as the program's head coach. Hirschinger, who ranks as the program's all-time winningest coach, was named GLIAC Coach of the Year four times and Regional Coach of the Year on three occasions. Hirschinger's clubs captured six GLIAC Championships and her 1984 squad tallied a school best 48-3 overall record. Eight of her teams won 20 or more matches and six compiled 30 or more victories in a season. While at Ferris, Hirschinger served as Assistant Athletics Director, NCAA Compliance Coordinator and the Senior Women's Administrator for the department.

Hirschinger left Ferris to become the head coach at UNH where she enters her 13th season at the program's helm and 30th overall campaign as a head coach this fall. In 28 years as a head coach at both the NCAA Division I and II levels, she has accumulated an impressive 619-408-10 (.602) overall record. Her 619 career coaching victories rank 18th on the all-time active NCAA wins list.

A 15-member Selection Committee of faculty, staff, alumni and community members chose the inductees from among 36 nominees. The class spans four decades and includes representation from four different sports.

The six new inductees will join 82 honorees already enshrined during the ninth annual Induction Banquet on Sept. 26 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids. The Ballroom opens at 6 p.m. (EDT) with a reception in honor of this year's inductees. The dinner runs from 7-8 p.m. (EDT) and the induction program follows until approximately 10 p.m. (EDT).

This year's honorees will also be recognized the following day (Sept. 27) during halftime activities as the Bulldog football team takes on Northern Michigan in the ninth annual Hall of Fame Game with kickoff set for 2 p.m. (EDT) at Top Taggart Field.

The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame, which inducted its Charter Class in 2000, was established to honor those student-athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in their sport or honorary members who made truly exceptional contributions to athletics.

Hirschinger and the UNH volleyball team open their 2008 campaign Friday, August 29 at the James Madison Tournament with the host Dukes at 7 p.m. UNH will also play Virginia and Murray State on the second day of competition at JMU.

** Some material and text courtesy of Ferris State University Athletic Communications.

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