Elizabethtown College - Men's and Women's Volleyball

Coaching Staff

Alex Hinsey
Head Coach

Alex Hinsey enters his second season as head coach of the Elizabethtown College women's volleyball program in 2018. Hinsey will also lead the Blue Jay men's volleyball program into its inaugural season this coming January.

The Blue Jay women produced a 19-10 record in Hinsey's first season for their highest win total in five seasons. Mackenzie Garner repeated as an All-Landmark Conference First Team pick and E-town was competitive against the league's top teams, winning a set against nationally-ranked No. 13 Juniata.

Hinsey who spent five years building contending programs at the scholastic level in Pittsburgh prior to his arrival at Elizabethtown, was named head men’s and women’s volleyball coach at the College on June 15, 2017.

A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Hinsey took over a fledgling Upper St. Clair High School girls’ program in 2014. Following a run of five straight Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Section 2 titles from 2007-11, the Panthers were runners-up in each of the next two years.

Upper St. Clair turned to Hinsey in 2014, and he rewarded the school’s decision by winning the section in each of his three seasons as head coach. Hinsey guided the Panthers to a three-year record of 46-12, including 34 victories in 36 league matches.

In 2015, the Panthers collected a third-place finish in the WPIAL and District 7 to qualify for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAA state tournament for the first time since 2007. The Panthers swept District 8 champion Allderdice, 3-0, to reach the quarterfinals before being ousted by District 7 champion Baldwin. The most successful season in program history ended with Upper St. Clair ranked sixth in the final Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s (PVCA) state poll.

Hinsey developed 16 all-section players, seven All-WPIAL selections and four PVCA All-State picks in Samantha Amos (2014 and 2015), Alex Amos (2015) and Isabelle Walsh (2016). Samantha Amos was a 2015 Under Armour Second Team All-American and went on to play collegiately at NCAA Division I Duke University, where she made the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) All-Freshman Team as an outside hitter in 2016.

Prior to guiding the Panthers from 2014-16, Hinsey was the head coach at Burgettstown High School in 2013. He served as interim head coach at Moon Area High School in 2012.

As the varsity boys’ head coach at Steel Valley High School from 2013-17, Hinsey posted 35 wins. He helped the Ironmen to the WPIAL Class AA Section 3 title in 2014 –the program’s first section crown since 1985— and 2015. In both seasons, Hinsey’s teams reached the WPIAL quarterfinals. Along the way, he mentored 14 all-section and two All-WPIAL players.

Hinsey, a Reading, Pennsylvania native, played scholastically at Exeter Township High School, winning a District 3 Class AA championship and PIAA Class AA state championship with the Eagles in 2007. He was an All-Berks Division I selection in 2006 and 2007, as Exeter won back-to-back county championships.

Hinsey served as a player/coach for the University of Pittsburgh’s club team. The Panthers were perennially ranked in the top 25 of Division I club programs by the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF). In 2013, Hinsey was named a NCVF Division I-AA All-American. Hinsey graduated from Pitt in 2011 with a degree in business administration and received his MBA from the school in 2014, focusing on marketing and finance.

Aside from his coaching duties at the scholastic level, Hinsey worked in the athletic department at Robert Morris University as the marketing and ticket sales manager for the last three years. Before his appointment at RMU, Hinsey held the role of customer service specialist in the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic department.

Hinsey, who also has coaching experience at the club level with Pittsburgh Three Rivers Volleyball Club, is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), PVCA and USA Volleyball.

 

Matt Hamilton
Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach

 

 

 

Bryan Buckius
Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach

Bryan Buckius is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Elizabethtown College men's and women's volleyball teams.

Buckius is a native of nearby Lancaster and played scholastically at Penn Manor. He attended Bloomsburg University and was a member of the club volleyball team before moving back to the area and getting into coaching.

Buckius served as a student assistant coach at Penn State York and spent a season as the boys' junior varsity coach at Conestoga Valley High School before being hired as the head boys' coach at Elizabethtown Area High School in 2015.

As one of the youngest coaches in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, Buckius, 21 at the time of his appointment, methodically turned a Bears team that was just 1-13 in 2014 into a respected outfit. Elizabethtown improved to 6-9 by his third season (2017) and narrowly missed out on L-L League and District 3 playoff berths in 2018, finishing 7-8.

Following the 2018 season, Buckius stepped down to accept a position on Blue Jays' head coach Alex Hinsey's staff. Elizabethtown College's men's program is preparing for its inaugural season in 2019.

In addition to his coaching role at the College, Buckius is coaching club volleyball at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim.

 

 

David Lyon
Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach