Former collegiate standout and Richmond-native Patrick Maloney joined the VCU Volleyball program as assistant coach in the spring of 2016.
"Patrick is an awesome hire for us because he's a great fit with our philosophy at VCU," said Rogers. "He's high energy, and he works hard. His experience coming from the Big Ten and being around a high level of volleyball will assist his transition to VCU and will serve as a tremendous asset. As a former Division I player, he understands what it takes to be a student-athlete and will be able to relate well to the players. He's going to be very valuable in our gym, and I'm confident he's going to elevate our chances of contending for championships."
Maloney has been integral to VCU's recent success. In 2017, he helped lead the Rams to a 30-3 mark and the program's first Atlantic 10 Conference championship, as well as an NCAA berth. Four Rams Maloney helped develop were selected to All-Atlantic 10 Teams and two were chosen AVCA All-East Region. For his efforts, Maloney was named to the AVCA's "30 Under 30" list.
Maloney returned to his hometown following a stint in 2015 as a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State women's volleyball program, where he primarily focused on pin hitter attacking, blocking and defense. With his assistance, the Buckeyes finished 25-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. OSU was ranked as high as No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll during the season.
At Ohio State, he contributed to the development of a pair of AVCA All-Americans, Taylor Sanbothe (First Team) Elizabeth Campbell (Third Team). In his first season at VCU, the Rams earned three All-Atlantic 10 citations.
In addition to recruiting, scouting and game planning, Maloney, an outside hitter as a collegian, will lend his expertise in blocking and attacking techniques to the Rams.
"After growing up in Richmond, I am thrilled to take this opportunity at VCU where I will have the opportunity to push the team and program to the next level. Coach Rogers and Coach Doyle both have an excellent knowledge of the game, and they have developed a solid core of young, skilled players. I am eager to begin contributing to the program and I am proud to call myself a Ram," Maloney said.
Maloney was a standout on the George Mason men's volleyball squad from 2010-13. In more than 60 matches, he accumulated 241 digs, 154 kills and 58 blocks. He was named EIVA All-Academic for his efforts both on the floor and in the classroom and received a bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2013. Maloney recorded a 3.90 grade-point-average during his undergraduate career and was recognized a Scholar Athlete by both George Mason and the Colonial Athletic Association.
In addition to launching his coaching career, Maloney has worked in the medical field and competed in a number of beach and indoor volleyball tournaments since graduation.
A Richmond native, Maloney starred at Deep Run High School.