Renee Arnold is in her eighth season as head coach of the Hornets. Delaware State gave the Hyattsville, Md. native her first head coaching job prior to the 2004 campaign. She has led the Hornets back to winning ways, posting school-best conference records and MEAC Championship Finals appearances.
For the second consecutive season, DSU posted a school-best 8-2 record in the MEAC Northern Division in 2010. The eight MEAC wins and .800 league winning percentage are Hornet volleyball records.
DSU tallied the third-most amount of wins in school history with a 2010 record of 18-12. They also marked a winning streak of seven matches, second in school history, and five matches, tied for fourth.
Additionally, Arnold and the Hornets registered their first trip to the MEAC Championship game since 1991 and their first win over Florida A&M since the 1992 season.
DSU handed the University of Maryland Eastern Shore their first MEAC loss since the 2006 season in a 3-2 victory on Oct. 29, 2010. The streak was the nation's longest conference winning streak at 36 matches.
Off the court, Arnold's squad hit the books and posted the best GPA (3.44) of any Hornet team for the 2011 spring semester in addition to being recognized for the first time in school history as one of 92 NCAA Division I volleyball teams for academic excellence by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Record-wise, 2009 proved to be Arnold's best season as she led DSU to its most successful volleyball season in 18 years. The Hornets were 20-10 overall and posted an 8-2 mark in the MEAC Northern Division.
Junior Ashley Herman was recognized by the NCAA as a national statistical leader in 2009. Herman topped all Division I players at 0.63 service aces per set during the year, the first DSU volleyball player to lead the nation in any statistical category.
As a team, the Hornets were tops in the MEAC and fourth among all Division I schools at 1.98 service aces per set.
Arnold also led DSU to a successful campaign in the 2008 season as the Hornets posted a 16-11 overall record and were 7-3 in MEAC regular season matches. The 16 wins were the most by DSU since 1991 and the seven MEAC victories matched the team record.
Hornet senior Cassandra Joyner was selected to the All-MEAC First Team for the second straight year. Joyner, a four-year letterwinner, completed her college career as DSU's all-time leader in kills. She is the only player in team history with more than 1,000 kills and 300 blocks.
The 2008 Hornets also posted a six-match win streak, the team's longest since 1986.
In 2007, DSU was 11-20 overall and 7-3 in the MEAC. Arnold led the Hornets to a MEAC Tournament win over North Carolina A&T before falling to UMES (2-3) in the semifinals. Arnold's 2007 overall recorded included contests against #2 Stanford and #3 Penn State, along with major conference foes Boston College and Michigan State.
While posting just a 11-23 overall record and 5-5 in the MEAC, the 2006 Hornets recorded a school-record 1,454 kills and 1,298 assists.
Another of Arnold's proteges, Ayanna Dyette, posted school-records across the boards in her career spanning the 2006 and 2007 seasons. She holds the school record and is third in single-season attacks (1,058 in 2007 and 1,052 in 2006) and is third in kills (386 in 2007). Dyette is currently playing professionally in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the summer of 2006, Arnold conducted the first youth volleyball camp on the Delaware State campus. Currently, Arnold and members of the volleyball team work with the DSU All-Sports camp where youth learn about and participate in each of the Hornets' 16 NCAA Division I sports.
During the 2005 season, the Hornets were 12-18 overall in one of the toughest schedules in school history which included matches against Syracuse, New Mexico, George Washington and Oral Roberts.
The Hornets were 6-4 in conference play and posted a 5-2 record at home. Additionally, DSU was tops in the MEAC in digs (14.2 pg) and fourth in kills (12.65 pg).
As a rookie head coach in 2004, Arnold guided the Hornets to 15 wins (15-23), the most by the team since the 1991 season.
Among the 2004 highlights were first-time wins against Hampton, a road victory against Wagner and solid wins over Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State at the MEAC Round-up.
Additionally, the 2004 Hornets defeated highly regarded North Carolina A&T in the MEAC Tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1991. Delaware State was eliminated from the tournament by nationally-ranked, Florida A&M, the eventual conference champion.
After inheriting a team that was 4-24 (1-9 MEAC) the year before she arrived, Arnold has led the Hornets to double figure wins in her seven seasons at DSU. She has also compiled an overall record of 48-23 in MEAC regular season contests. The team was a combined 7-32 in the MEAC the previous three years.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Delaware State, Arnold was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during the 2003 season. That year, she helped the Hawks to a school-record 26 wins (26-12) and an appearance in the MEAC Tournament Championship game. UMES was 9-1 in the MEAC regular season while ranking second in the league in hitting percentage, assists, kills and service aces.
Before her stint at UMES, Arnold was the head volleyball coach at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, Md. (her alma mater) for one season.
Arnold was a collegiate standout at George Washington University and earned four volleyball letters as an outside hitter. As a senior, she helped lead the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Arnold was named to numerous All-Tournament teams during her career and was team captain during her junior and senior seasons.
She earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from GWU in 2001, a master's in sports management from Delaware State and is currently pursuing a MBA at DSU.
Arnold has also furthered her education by attending the Women's Coaches Academy and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Committee.
In her free time, Arnold volunteers her time with Special Olympics, Whitney's Lights, Aids Walk, Habitat for Humanity and the Calvary High School boy's volleyball club while also mentoring high school and middle school girls. She also participates every October in Dig Pink, which raises money for breast cancer awareness and research.
Additionally, Arnold is the chair for the Delaware Diamond Extravaganza, an event that recognizes coaches, administrators, donors and athletes for helping develop and further women's athletics in the state of Delaware.
Arnold and her husband, Kris McGlothlin, live in Frederica with their one-year-old son, Logan.