From SUU ATHLETICS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
PHOTO COUTESY OF JEFF HUEHN
CEDAR CITY–Southern Utah Athletics and Athletic Director Debbie Corum have announced the hiring of Peter Hoyer as the new head coach of the Thunderbird women’s volleyball program.
“After an extensive national search, we are thrilled that Pete will be joining our staff as head volleyball coach,” Corum said. “Pete was highly recommended to us by coaches who have competed against him and during the interview process we became convinced that he was the right fit to elevate this program to the next level. I appreciate Frank Pucher for his diligence in leading this search and we look forward to welcoming Pete and his wife to Cedar City.”
Hoyer was most recently at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was the associate head coach for the Roadrunners. While at UTSA, Hoyer was responsible for recruiting and training, while also working with the setters. Last season the Roadrunners earned a bid to the Conference USA Tournament, finishing fourth in the league out of 13 teams in the regular season.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead Southern Utah volleyball into the future,” Hoyer said. “I would like to thank Debbie Corum, Frank Pucher and the entire Thunderbird family for the warm welcome we received on our visit to Cedar City. I strongly believe in the direction the athletics department is headed under Debbie’s leadership and look forward to a bright future ahead for Thunderbird volleyball. I can’t wait to get started and make Cedar City our home”.
Hoyer served as the assistant volleyball coach for North Carolina State from 2010-2015, and helped lead the Wolfpack to five consecutive seasons with 16-plus victories, and three consecutive seasons with 20-plus wins. While at NC State, the team also made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Hoyer joined the Wolfpack coaching staff after some time away from volleyball, previously holding the title of head coach for the Dayton Flyers.
While at the helm in Dayton, Hoyer had an overall record of 178-96. He led the Flyers to two Atlantic 10 Championships in 1998 and 2001, and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2001. He also coached two Atlantic 10 Players of the Year, and three Atlantic 10 Rookies of the Year. His last season at Dayton, the Flyers finished 22-7 overall including an 11-3 Atlantic 10 Conference record.
Between his jobs with Dayton and NC State, Hoyer stepped away from volleyball for family reasons and became a high school teacher in the state of Texas.
Hoyer became the head coach at Dayton after a successful career as an assistant for Ohio University from 1990-1994.
His first job in collegiate volleyball was at Southwest Texas State University, where he was a graduate assistant from 1987-1990.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Hoyer received a Master’s of Education degree from Southwest Texas State University.