When the 2017 volleyball season begins, Katie Hoekman will start her second season as the top assistant coach for the TexAnn Volleyball program. A former standout for the University of San Diego, Hoekman came to Tarleton prior to the 2016 season after serving as a graduate assistant coach for TCU.
I want to thank (head coach) Mary Schindler and (athletic director) Lonn Reisman for this opportunity,” said Hoekman. “Coach Schindler has over a decade of experience at Tarleton, where she has built a very successful program. I am pleased to be able to work for her and continue Tarleton's tradition of being one of the top teams in the Lone Star Conference."
"Katie has been a fantastic addition to TexAnn volleyball," said head coach Mary Schindler. "She's knowledgeable, she's energetic, and she is going to be a great recruiter for us. I'm so excited to have her here."
Hoekman’s debut season with the TexAnns saw Tarleton reach new heights as the program cracked the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll for the first time in school history after tying a school record with 27 wins and reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history.
Hoekman joined the then-reigning Lone Star Conference champions with an impressive resume that includes time with a pair of NCAA Division I programs – the University of San Diego and TCU.
A native of Folsom, California, she starred on the court for San Diego for four seasons, where she led the Toreros to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Division I playoffs, including the Sweet 16 as a senior. In her junior season, which was statistically the best of her four-year standout career, Hoekman led the team with 294 kills and a .389 hitting percentage en route to earning AVCA All-Pacific Region.
For her career, Hoekman recorded 941 career kills and 365 blocks as a middle hitter. She was also a three-time All-West Coast Conference selection and a two-time San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month during her tenure with the Toreros.
Following her playing career, Hoekman made her way to Fort Worth, Texas as the graduate assistant coach for the TCU Volleyball program beginning in 2014. In her two seasons with the Horned Frogs, her team won 36 games and posted back-to-back winning seasons, which included going 19-10 last year for their best winning percentage since 2011. She also assisted with the program's inaugural season of beach volleyball last spring.
Hoekman received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Diego and her master’s degree in liberal arts from TCU. She currently resides in Stephenville.
Graduate Assistant Coach
When the 2017 season begins, Rebecca Schlorff will officially start her coaching career as a first-year graduate assistant coach for the TexAnn volleyball team.
Schlorff is coming off a collegiate playing career that saw her spend the final two years with Tarleton, helping the TexAnns to back-to-back seasons boasting a school-record 27 wins.
In her first season with the TexAnns, Schlorff and Tarleton brought the school its first-ever Lone Star Conference regular season championship and hosted the league’s postseason championship tournament while earning its second straight trip to the NCAA playoffs. She followed up with another 27-win season in 2016 as a senior to help Tarleton reach the second round of the national playoffs.
Schlorff played in 47 matches in her Tarleton career, including 140 sets over that span. As a defensive specialist, she had 75 digs and boasted 22 service aces, including 19 during her senior season.
Prior to her arrival at Tarleton, Schlorff played two seasons as a defensive specialist at Navarro Junior College. She was a standout athlete at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston where she lettered two years in volleyball and three in softball. She was an honorable mention all-district volleyball selection and a two-time academic all-state honoree.
She graduated in August with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in English and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources. She resides in Stephenville.