Rens Named Assistant Volleyball Coach
July 14, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University and volleyball head coach Jeff Nelson announced the hiring of Toby Rens as an assistant volleyball coach for the 2000 season this week.
"Toby brings experience to our staff," Nelson said. "He has several years of coaching experience as an assistant coach and head coach. He is known as an outstanding recruiter, which is his top priority. Also, his experience in fundraising is an added bonus for our program."
Rens comes to Tech with 11 years of coaching experience on his resume, including the past two seasons as the head coach at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. NMU captured regular season conference championships in both of his seasons at the helm of the Wildcats program, as well as winning the 1998 conference tournament title and appearing in NCAA Regional play in both 1998 and 1999.
During his brief stint at Northern Michigan, Rens coached one All-American, one conference player of the year, one conference tournament MVP, seven all-conference players, three all-tournament nominees and four Great Lakes all-Region recipients.
"Texas Tech and the volleyball program have a lot of great selling points," Rens said. "Not only has Jeff Nelson done a good job a since his arrival, the program is now in the position to take the next step.
"The opportunity to work with Jeff and Nancy (Todd) and competing in the Big 12 Conference was very appealing."
Rens served as an assistant at George Washington University from 1994-97, where he coached an All-American, and also as interim head coach and an assistant at Tennessee Tech for one season.
Rens graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a minor in psychology. He played volleyball while at Morningside, with his teams capturing the Division II Collegiate Club national championship in 1991 and finishing as the runner-up in 1992. He began his collegiate playing career at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. Rens' first full-time coaching position came as an assistant at his alma mater in 1992.