ATLANTA – Georgia State volleyball head coach Sally Polhamus announced the hiring of Taylor McColskey as an assistant coach on Wednesday. McColskey knows Atlanta well after spending the last three years at Georgia Tech.

While at Tech, McColskey was the recruiting coordinator for his first two seasons. In his third year, he primarily focused on scouting and individual training.

As a part of his duties, McColskey guided Yellow Jacket outside hitter Teegan Van Gunst to All-ACC First Team honors twice and All-America honorable mention recognition twice. She also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was awarded an NCAA Post-Grad Scholarship.

He joined Georgia Tech from Jacksonville. In 2013, he helped the Dolphins improve to a 30-4 record from a 10-24 record a year prior, and win the 2013 Atlantic Sun tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament. He assisted middle blocker Kylie Jacob to earn second team all-conference honors and earn all-tournament team accolades.

“We could not be more excited about Taylor joining the Panther Family,” Polhamus said. “Taylor brings both great passion and knowledge to the volleyball court. He has a solid training and coaching philosophy that aligns seamlessly with our vision as a program for our players both on and off the volleyball court. His enthusiasm as a coach and a leader will definitely have an immediate impact on our team and program.”   

Prior to joining the Jacksonville staff, McColskey worked for a variety of volleyball clubs over a six-year stretch throughout the Florida region, including Ocean Breeze, Jupiter and most recently the Instinct Volleyball Club.

McColskey served as an assistant coach for the boys’ USA Select A1 team at the 2013 USA High Performance Championships.

"I am excited to join the Georgia State Athletics family,” McColskey said. “Everyone has been unbelievably welcoming and gracious in my transition making it very easy. I would like to thank Sally Polhamus for trusting me enough to have me join her in this journey. These are very exciting times for GSU Athletics and GSU Volleyball. I am excited to help our student athletes become the best they can be and helping them fight for Sun Belt Championships.”

McColskey played two years (2007-2009) as a defensive specialist and outside hitter at King College in Bristol, Tenn. He graduated from Palm Beach State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in supervision and management.

 

Georgia State is currently in the middle of spring practice and has two sprint competitions left. The Panthers will travel to face Auburn on April 9 at noon and then host Georgia Tech on April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Following a summer break, the 2017 season is expected to get underway in late August.