IU Northwest Names Emilio Torres as New Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball

Emilio-TorresIndiana University Northwest has announced that Emilio Torres, of Munster, IN., will be the new head coach for the Lady RedHawks Volleyball Team for the 2016 season.

Coach Torres has played at several levels of volleyball throughout his career including HS Varsity (Piedras, PR), AA Club Volleyball Diamond Black (Radnor, PA), and Cabrini College Men’s Volleyball (Radnor, PA).

“I am delighted and look forward to the great opportunity given to me to be IU Northwest’s Women’s Volleyball Head Coach. I look forward to creating a competitive program that represents the values and virtues of the IU Northwest RedHawk community. We presently have a very strong and young core of players that will be complimented by a great recruiting class for the coming season. I truly look forward to the opportunity and feel optimistic about where we can take the program in the coming years” said Torres.

Coach Torres comes to the IU Northwest Volleyball Team who is returning seven players; Cassie Bryant (Freshman Libero from Cannelton, IN), Abbey Bryant (Freshman Right Side Hitter from Hobart, IN), Lauren Carlson (Sophomore Right Side Hitter from Hebron, IN), Amanda Colvin (Freshman Outside Hitter from Hammond, IN), Alondra Avalos (Freshman Middle Hitter from Hobart, IN), Natasha VanGilder, (Junior Middle Hitter from Crown Point, IN and Jade Mulvaney (Freshman Outside Hitter from Frankfort, IN) and has signed five local recruits; Jocie Lepak (Defensive Specialist from Crown Point, IN), Robyn Griffin (Middle Hitter from Lisle, IL), Tori Gardenhire (Outside Hitter from Schererville, IN), Caitlyn Machura (Right Side Hitter/Defensive Specialist from Saint John, IN), and Cara Nebel (Setter from Portage, IN).

Director of Operations and Assistant Volleyball Coach Anna Villanueva voiced “The team and I are very excited to have Coach Torres here. His knowledge of the game and the local area teams is going to be very beneficial to the university as well as the team. He is coming to the right place at the right time to take this young team to the next level. I look forward to working with him.”

Coach Torres also has extensive coaching experience:

Assistant Coach Women’s Volleyball Cabrini College, Radnor PA

Helped developed the game of volleyball as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinee Bissau, West Africa

Worked with the Provincial Ministry of Youth and Sports implementing, developing the game of volleyball in the Province of Sofala, Mozambique.

2006 -
Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, TF South HS, Lansing, IL

2006 –
U17 Volleyball Coach with Top Spin VB Club

Head Coach Women’s Volleyball Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN

2010 to Present
Head Coach U18 Diamond Elite Volleyball Academy
Head Coach U17 Epic United Volleyball Club
Coach for Volley Kidz for Altitude Volleyball Club
Positional Coach for Epic United Volleyball Club
In House Head Coach at Diggz Volleyball
Private Lessons Master Instructor
13 Epic United Assistant Volleyball Coach

Executive Director of Athletics, Kristofer Schnatz, added “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to hire a coach with so many ties to the Region. Coach Torres will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our volleyball team and we look forward to continued growth within our program.”