Hunter Drews enters her third season as head coach for the Geneseo women's volleyball program in 2019. Drews has been a driving force behind the Knights’ recent resurgence since joining the program as an assistant coach in 2016 before taking the head coaching reins a year later.
In her first head coaching stint, Drews led the squad to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 12 years as well as its third-consecutive postseason berth. Her 2018 team finished with a 22-10 record, including the first 9-0 SUNYAC finish in program history to clinch the top seed for the conference tournament. The Knights swept third-seeded Fredonia, 3-0, in the semfinals before succumbing to New Paltz, 3-0, in their first championship match showing since 2006.
Drews mentored outside hitter Grace Cergol '20 to back-to-back SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as Honorable Mention All-America status in 2017. Only the second All-American in program history, Cergol has led the SUNYAC in kills for two straight seasons, including 4.18 a season ago. She joined setter Emily Ast '19, and libero Sam Mendelsohn '20 on the SUNYAC First-Team, while Bridget Lougen '21 landed on the third team and outside hitter Maddie McLaughlin '22 was voted SUNYAC Rookie of the Year.
In Drews' first season as head coach, Geneseo finished with a 23-11 record for its highest win total since 2004. Seeded third for the SUNYAC Tournament, the Knights advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of Cortland in their first home playoff match since 1996.
As an assistant coach, Drews helped the 2016 squad finish with a 17-15 record while clinching the fifth seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. The Knights upset fourth-seeded Fredonia, 3-0, in a quarterfinal road match before falling at top-seeded and eventual champion Brockport, 3-1, in the semifinals.
Drews was a four-year member of the women’s volleyball team at Trinity (Conn.), starting every match for the Bantams during her tenure with the program. A two-year captain, she capped her playing career by finishing second on the team in kills (169), kills per set (2.22) and service aces (36) while also ending up third in digs (172) and fourth in digs per set (2.26). A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team honoree, she graduated magna cum laude with honors in 2016 with a double major in American studies and psychology.
A native of Clifton Park, N.Y., Drews landed All-New York State honors after captaining Shenendehowa High School to a New York State Section II title.
She currently resides in Brockport, N.Y.