Chris Leonard, a volleyball and the Vulcans logo

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo volleyball assistant coach Chris Leonard was named interim head coach for 2019.

Leonard becomes the seventh volleyball coach in the Vulcan program. The Oʻahu native, who will serve in the position on an interim basis in 2019, replaces Gene Krieger who left UH Hilo in the spring.

“I am excited to work with a really strong returning group of players, along with a great recruiting class,” Leonard said. “I am looking forward to building the foundation for what is already a very strong volleyball program. I firmly believe that we have the talent it takes to be in the hunt again for a conference championship and regional playoff berth.”

Leonard has served as the lead Vulcan assistant coach for the past five seasons. He has more than 20 years of experience at the high school and club level.

“Chris is a great fit because of his established connection with our players and the program,” said Athletics Director Patrick Guillen. “We are very fortunate to have someone so passionate and committed to UH Hilo, local volleyball and to our community overall. He is widely respected and I have no doubt that he will do a very good job for us this season.”

Read more at UH Hilo athletics.