Katie (Weininger) Kuhn was named head coach of the Ohio Northern volleyball program on Jan. 1, 2020.
She is only the third head coach in the 61-year history of the program, replacing 29-year head coach Kate Witte, who retired at the end of the 2019 season.
Kuhn served nine seasons as an assistant coach for the Polar Bear volleyball team. She was also currently an adjunct professor in the Communication Arts department during that time.
As an assistant coach, Kuhn focused on the setters, where she coached All-American Ashley Borchers.
Kuhn is no stranger to the ONU volleyball program, as she was a four-year letterwinner and three-year team captain as a student-athlete from 2005 to 2008.
For her efforts on the sidelines, Kuhn was named one of the nation's top 30 volleyball coaches under 30 years of age in 2016 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
The AVCA's Thirty Under 30 award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.
The two-time All-American finished her career third all-time in assists at 4,680. She was also the 2008 OAC Co-Player of the Year, the same season the Polar Bears reached the NCAA Final Four.
In spring 2011, Kuhn completed a graduate assistantship at Ashland University where she earned her master’s degree in education. As a volleyball assistant for the Eagles, she focused primarily in the areas of setting, while also tending to game management and operations.
She graduated from Ohio Northern in 2009 with a dual degree in public relations and sport management.
Kuhn married fellow ONU alum and All-OAC swimmer Brett Kuhn in May 2011 and the couple resides in Upper Sandusky with their two children: Soucie (4) and Gier (2).
Dr. Brian Hofman is in his 28th season as an assistant volleyball coach at Ohio Northern.
He serves as the middle hitter position coach and is a key reason ONU has had an All-Region middle hitter in 13 out the last 19 years and an All-OAC middle hitter in 17 of the last 20 years.
In 2009, Hofman’s efforts on the sidelines were recognized as he was named the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
He also serves as an associate professor in the department of Human Performance and Sport Science.
Hofman has also served as assistant athletics director and as coach of the men’s volleyball club at ONU for 17 seasons. He led the Polar Bears to the 2007 National Small College Club Volleyball National Championship and a runner-up finish in 2004.
Additionally, Hofman has also received the United States Volleyball Association’s honorable mention leader in volleyball award for his service to the USVBA.
He graduated from Iowa State in 1993 where he was a standout volleyball player for the Iowa State men’s volleyball club team.
Hofman led the Cyclones to two Top 10 finishes in the men’s collegiate club national tournament and was a Midwest Intercollegiate All-Conference selection his junior year.
He earned his Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in Recreational Management in 1995 and received his Doctoral Degree in higher education at the University of Toledo in 2004.