Information courtesy of MLC Athletics
NEW ULM – Martin Luther College’s volleyball team will be under new management next fall, with Emma Holzhueter taking over as head coach. Holzhueter will take over the program after Rebecca Cox served as head coach for the past 13 seasons.
Holzhueter has worked as an assistant under Cox for the past five seasons, helping the Knights finish fourth in 2021 with a 9-5 UMAC record and a UMAC postseason tournament return.
Holzhueter joined the program as an assistant coach before the 2017 season after working as an assistant at Bethany Lutheran College during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Building on her experience over the past five seasons, Holzhueter is looking forward to her new opportunity.
“I am very excited about this upcoming opportunity to serve the MLC volleyball program in a new way,” she says. “It’s encouraging to take on the role of head coach in a program that I already know so well, and it will be wonderful to start with so many returns next fall.”
Holzhueter is also grateful for the past five seasons with the program working as an assistant under Cox.
“I am grateful that Becky welcomed me so warmly into the program five seasons ago as an assistant and provided me with so many opportunities to grow as a coach,” Holzhueter said. “She has been so invested in the program over the past 13 years and I am grateful for everything she has shown me during our years together.”
In 13 seasons as the program’s head coach, Cox finished with a 153-218 record and led the Knights to nine trips to the UMAC postseason tournament. She is a two-time UMAC Coach of the Year (2011 and 2021) and has coached 18 All-UMAC First Team performers.
Cox’s program also excelled in the classroom, where the Knights finished with UMAC’s highest grade point average in 10 consecutive years from 2011-2020, and also received academic accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association ( AVCA) for each of its first 12 seasons.
“We would like to thank Rebecca Cox for all she has given to the volleyball program over the past 13 years. She put everything she could into the program on and off the pitch. said MLC athletic director Jim Unke.
“We are also delighted for Emma for this opportunity,” Unke added, “and we look forward to seeing what she can do for our volleyball program in the future.”
In addition to her role as a volleyball coach, Holzhueter is also an assistant coach for the athletics program and manager of the on-campus fitness center at MLC.