Orangeburg, N.Y. (11/20/17)  Dominican College Director of Athletics, Joseph S. Clinton, has announced the hiring of Maria Hedbeck as the new head women's volleyball coach effective January 1st, 2018.

"We are very excited to have Maria join our staff as our new women's volleyball coach," said Clinton.  "Her Division I playing experience, passion for the sport of volleyball and enthusiasm to recruit will be a welcomed addition to the program."

Hedbeck has spent the past few years giving private volleyball lessons.  Prior to that, she has coached several club teams and served as a defensive coordinator for the Allegro volleyball club.

"I am honored and excited to accept the position as head coach of women's volleyball here at Dominican College. I would like to thank Joe Clinton, Sister Mary Eileen O'Brien, Kelly-Ann Di Giulio Light and the entire Dominican College community for believing in me and welcoming me into your family," Hedbeck said.  "I look forward to being a part of the supportive and caring Charger athletic department while challenging current and future student-athletes to succeed and reach their true potential both on and off the court."

Hedbeck spent her collegiate career at the University of Nebraska where the Cornhuskers made two appearances in NCAA Division I Final Four Tournament and won the National Championship in 1995.  She currently holds the school record for digs (34) in a single match, ranks ninth in service aces (117), 10th in career post-season service aces (14) and 11th all-time in digs (1,018).  Hedbeck also ranks second in season aces (36) and third in season digs (359) among Nebraska's freshman records.  She was named the Big 8 Backcourt Specialist of the Year in 1995 and served as a team co-captain in 1996.  Hedbeck also earned Academic All-Conference honors in 1994-1996.

A native of Sweden, Hedbeck played on the Swedish Junior National Team where she served as a team captain from 1990-1992.  She also was a member of the Swedish National Team from 1992-1993.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Hedbeck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.