Cathy Hummel enters her 13th season at the helm of the Canisius College volleyball team and is the program’s winningest coach with 159 career victories. Hummel, the longest-tenured coach in the conference, has led Canisius to the semifinals of the MAAC Championship in five of the last seven seasons, including each of the last three seasons. The program has also earned an NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition award for the five times since 2006, the most of any volleyball program in the MAAC.
The Golden Griffins have recorded 78 victories against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents in the last seven seasons, the third-highest total in the conference. That timespan includes:
- An 8-1 start to the MAAC schedule during the 2012 season, the best start to conference play in program history
- Winning the final six matches of the 2011 season, sweeping each match in three sets to make the MAAC Championship
- Receiving the MAAC Coach of the Year award in 2008 as Canisius qualified for a four-team MAAC Championship for the first time since the 1993 season
- Winning a program-record 22 matches during the 2006 season, which also included a program-best 14 wins in MAAC play. The team played in the semifinal round of the MAAC Championship for the first time in more than 10 years
- In 2003, becoming the second coach in program history to win a MAAC Coach of the Year award after leading Canisius to its first winning record in 10 seasons
- A record of 108-101, the best seven-year stretch in program history
The Canisius volleyball program has claimed a number of individual accolades during Hummel’s tenure:
- Canisius has had 17 All-MAAC selections during the past 10 seasons with at least one Golden Griffin being named to an All-MAAC team in each of those seasons – the second-longest stretch in the conference
- The program has earned five MAAC Defensive Player/Libero of the Year awards in the last 11 years, tied for the most in the conference
- Canisius won its first MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award following the 2010 season
- In 2012, Samantha Good became the first player in program history to be named to the All-MAAC First Team two times also is the only player in program history to claim All-MAAC honors four times
- Canisius has also had 11 preseason All-MAAC selections and five MAAC All-Tournament Team honorees
The Golden Griffins have also found success in the classroom during Hummel’s time as head coach at Canisius:
- Canisius has received an NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition award five times in the last eight seasons, the most of any volleyball program in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The public recognition awards are presented to the best academically performing teams that rank in the top 10 percent within their sport in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).
- Canisius has received the award in 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2006
- Canisius has had 48 MAAC All-Academic selections
Hummel was named the 10th head coach in program history March 29, 2001, after serving as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo. Her coaching career began in 1995 as assistant coach at Division II Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. After consecutive NCAA appearances in 1995 and 1996 with the Golden Lions, she joined the Buffalo staff in 1997 and aided in the Bulls’ progression into the Mid-American Conference.
A 1991 graduate of Hofstra University, Hummel was named Most Valuable Player at the ECAC Championships in 1988 and 1990. Prior to playing at Hofstra, Hummel attended James Madison University for two seasons and was named the Colonial Athletic Conference MVP in 1987. She was selected to the Wall of Fame at James Madison University in 2000.
Hummel served as a head coach for the Cheetah Volleyball program from 1995-2003. She won two gold medals at the 2003 Empire State Games in Buffalo, one as a coach and one as a participant. Hummel coached the Western scholastic team to a top finish, then went on to help the Western open squad bring home the tournament’s title as a player. She also accomplished this feat at the 2001 Empire State Games as well.
Cathy is married to Todd Hummel, the head coach of the Canisius College golf team. They reside in North Tonawanda with their son Jaxon and daughter Jordan.