Volleyball Coach, 1984-95
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. Under Hirschinger, the Bulldogs produced 10 All-Americans, 22 All-Region players and three conference Player of the Year honorees. She also had 24 FSU players named Academic All-Conference as well as two Academic All-Americans. 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. She was a member of the NCAA National Volleyball Committee and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Committee along with chairing the regional ranking and all-region selection committees. Prior to her position at Ferris, Hirschinger served as head coach at Drake University for five years. She graduated from Utah State where she was a member of the volleyball and track and field teams and helped the Aggies claim the 1978 AIAW Volleyball National Championship. Hirschinger left Ferris to become the head coach at New Hampshire 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 ranks 18th on the all-time active NCAA wins list.