Former Valparaiso standout Sara Hughes enters her second season on the coaching staff for the UIC volleyball team.
Hughes' primary on-court responsibilities include setter training and scouting opponents. In addition to equipment duties, Hughes will also serve as the alumni relations and special events coordinator.
A 2008 graduate of Valparaiso, Hughes helped guide the Crusaders to NCAA Division I Championship appearances in 2004 and 2005. Hughes was a 2008 Academic All-Horizon League recipient.
She was also a four-time AVCA Academic Team Award selection and a 2008 Valparaiso University Athletic Department Rebecca D. Carter Sportsmanship Award winner. Hughes was named Horizon League Scholar Athlete of the Week on Sept. 25, 2008. She concluded her career at Valpo with 2,582 career assists, ranking sixth school history.
Hughes, a Perrysburg, Ohio native, spent two years as the Chesterton Volleyball Club coach in Indiana. She also helped coach and run Midwest Volleyball Camps throughout her collegiate career.