The Lackawanna Athletic Department has announced the hiring of James Hummer as the head coach of its volleyball team. Hummer will replace Kellyn Nolan, who stepped down from that position to purse her doctorate.
Asked to comment on his hiring, Hummer said "I feel like I will be a great fit at Lackawanna College. I'm excited to take over the program and hope to continue its success into the future; I look forward to the challenge". When questioned about what he brings to the position, he replied, "Excitement! Wherever I have coached we have always generated excitement about our program, I anticipate that we will do the same at Lackawanna."
Hummer is a resident of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, and 2007 graduate of Hanover Area High School. At Hanover, he was a member of the school's inaugural boys' volleyball team; and in his senior year was selected as the squad's captain and named the team's Most Valuable Player.
Upon graduation from high school, he attended Kings College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (2011); and is presently seeking a Master's in American History through American Public University. In 2011, Hummer also earned his Pennsylvania Social Studies Teaching Certificate.
In 2008, James started his coaching career at Hanover Area where he served as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls volleyball teams. He held the boys' position for eight years and the girls' position for seven years. During that time period, the girls' team made 3 post season appearances. In 2015 he served as an assistant coach for the Wyoming Area girls volleyball team, which not only made an appearance in post season but also was the runner-up in the District II's championship tournament. This previous season he led the Lake-Lehman volleyball team as its head coach where he led the Knights to their first victory in three years.
Hummer is taking over a program, which is coming off the most successful run in school history. During the last four years, the Kellyn Nolan led team compiled a four year total of 65 wins, 62 losses and 1 tie; and, set a Lackawanna's single season record in 2014 with 23 wins and 14 losses. Nolan also had 7 of her players selected to the All-Region Volleyball Team, with one, Kendra Harris, being named the 2012 Region XIX Volleyball Player of the Year. In two years of competition in the Eastern Conference Athletic Conference, She had 4 young ladies picked to the All EPAC team and recorded an overall conference win/loss record of 24-9.