Leah Pongratz has been named head volleyball coach for the 2019-20 academic year at Hagerstown Community College.
"We are very excited for Leah Pongratz to take over the head coach responsibilities of our volleyball program," said HCC Athletic Director Robert Rohan. "Coach Pongratz has years of successful experience at a variety of levels, as well as recruiting quality student-athletes to play at the college level. Her level of organization and her knowledge of skill and strategy will be great assets as she continues to grow our program."
Pongratz graduated from HCC in 2005 and transferred to Salisbury University, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. She went on to earn a master's degree in teaching from Frostburg State University.
Most recently, Pongratz served as the head women's volleyball coach at Penn State Mont Alto, where she accumulated a record of 19-4. She advanced her team to the PSUAC Championship and was nominated for the PSUAC Conference Coach of the Year. She also served as head coach of several high school programs, including Mercersburg Academy, Saint Maria Goretti High School, and Boonsboro High School.
"I am looking forward to working with this core group of returning players, and new recruits, to continue building on HCC's established program," said Pongratz. "We have a very talented group and I am excited to see how they all get together to make this a successful season."