Andrea Hoover-Erbig begins her 13th season with the volleyball program in 2018 as the most successful coach in program history.
Hoover-Erbig led the Marlins to their most successful season in school history in 2015, winning a program-best 25 matches while reaching the ODAC Championship for the first time. The team’s 10 wins in league play also set a school record.
In 2018 her squad finished the year 19-10 and went 8-3 in ODAC play, reaching the conference semifinal.
Her 237 career victories account for more than 80% of all of the wins in program history since the team formed for the 2003 season. She has mentored all five of the Marlins’ 20-win seasons and has led the team to the ODAC semifinals seven times. She won her 200th career match in a three-set defeat of Randolph College in the ODAC Quarterfinals on November 4, 2015.
She has coached the Marlins’ only three All-Americans as Kala Guy was recognized in 2012, Tiffany Barrett earned honors in 2015 and Amber Matalus was recognized after our 2018 season. In addition, she has coached one ODAC Rookie of the Year and two ODAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Hoover-Erbig was named ODAC Coach of the Year for heading her squad to a 23-11 record in 2008, the first 20-win season in Virginia Wesleyan history.
Prior to her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Hoover-Erbig served as an assistant coach at Marietta College. She was also head coach of Northern High School in Owings, Maryland for two seasons, leading the squad to the Maryland Regionals both seasons. She served as an assistant at Northern prior to taking the role of head coach, helping the squad to state championships in 2000 and 2001.
She has extensive experience as a volleyball camp coordinator and/or instructor at Marietta College, Slippery Rock University, the Beckley, West Virginia YMCA camps, and Calvert County Parks and Recreation camps.
Hoover-Erbig is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
She was a four-year letter winner at Slippery Rock University and is listed among the all-time school leaders in career aces (104) and digs (1,194). She graduated from Slippery Rock in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in health and physical education with a minor in adapted physical activity and rehabilitation. Hoover received her Masters of Arts in education from Marietta College in 2006.
The 2017-18 campaign marks Kala Herman’s fifth season as an assistant coach for the Marlin volleyball team.
The first All-American in program history, Herman has made an impact in her time for the Marlins, setting multiple records as an outside hitter.
Cumberbatch joined the Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball staff in Spring of 2019.
The Greeley, Colo. native came to Virginia Wesleyan with a plethora of volleyball knowledge having played at both the Division I and II levels, and having coached at both the high school and club levels. Since 2010, Cumberbatch has been the head volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator for Coastal Hampton Roads Volleyball Club where she is the primary practice plan developer. Cumberbatch believes in training with a purpose—implementing lessons, techniques, and strategies that build both volleyball and life skills. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Cumberbatch works intently on recruitment, acting as a liaison to help facilitate collegiate play after high school.
Additionally, prior to joining the Marlins Volleyball coaching staff, Cumberbatch was the Grafton High School Head Girls Volleyball Coach since 2013. Much like her duties as a club coach, she prepared practice plans and game plans, while helping players hone in on their volleyball and life skills. Her guidance helped lead the squad to the Final Four in five straight years and the state finals in 2017 and 2018. Over that span, Cumberbatch was also crowned Regional Champions/Coach of the Year twice and was a member of the VHSL Coaches Advisory Committee.
Cumberbatch also works as a Fitness Specialist/Group Fitness Trainer for the City of Norfolk. There, she administers multiple personal training sessions as well as group sessions.
Previous to those work environments, Cumberbatch played collegiate volleyball at the University of South Florida before transferring to Western Colorado University where she earned her degree in Sports and Fitness Management.