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St. Thomas Aquinas announces new girls’ volleyball coach

St. Thomas Aquinas is pleased to announce that Diana Hoagland has been selected as the new Aquinas Girls’ Volleyball Coach. Hoagland has an extensive history with athletics as both a player and as a coach.

Hoagland is a Minerva High School graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree from Walsh University, majoring in Biology, Pre-Med. While in college, Hoagland played for Walsh’s volleyball program and also worked for the university’s football program. In the fall, she will return to Walsh for a second bachelor’s degree in the fast-track nursing program.

Her coaching career began at Canton Central Catholic High School, where as an assistant, the team advanced to regionals. Coaching at Central Catholic led Hoagland to start coaching JO and in-house leagues at Elite Sports. She also coached volleyball for Green Local Schools. Currently, Hoagland spends her free time coaching Little League softball and JO volleyball. Her future plans include becoming a school nurse and continuing her coaching career.

She says she is very excited to be part of the St. Thomas Aquinas family and is already impressed with the dedication her new players demonstrate.

President Dan Gravo shared that, “Diana Hoagland is a great fit for our volleyball program. Her coaching experience in a variety of settings, including Catholic schools, will foster the Aquinas athletics philosophy of promoting scholar-athletes, excelling on the court and in the classroom. We are confident that under her leadership our players will see great success this season.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, located in Louisville, Ohio, enrolls students from grades 6-12. The school
maintains 100% graduation rates, 99% college attendance rates after high school, academic test scores well above the state and national average, and fields a vibrant athletic and arts program. 99% of their students participate in at least one extracurricular activity, 82% of their students participate in athletics, and 57% of their students play more than one sport. St. Thomas Aquinas believes that their athletic program plays an important role in fulfilling their mission of truth, scholarship, and excellence.

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