March 17, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named Marritt Cafarchia as its head volleyball coach, as announced by Athletic Director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Cafarchia is the eighth head coach in the history of the program. "We are very happy to have Marritt join the Holy Cross coaching staff," said Regan. "She is very enthusiastic and has a great volleyball pedigree. Having spent the last two years at Tufts, she understands the role of competitive athletics in a high academic environment. I believe that she will fit in very well at Holy Cross."
Cafarchia comes to Holy Cross from Tufts, where she served as the acting head coach for the 2007 season, while also earning a masters degree in education. The team recorded a 19-3 record as it won 12 of its last 14 games and advanced to the second round of the NESCAC Tournament. She was an assistant coach at Tufts in 2006 as the Jumbos went 23-8 and finished fourth in the NESCAC. Cafarchia was also the co-head coach of the Tufts men's volleyball team in the 2007-08 season. At Tufts she was the Leader of Jumbos in New Orleans in which she created, organized and planned a trip to help twenty Tufts student-athletes go to New Orleans and help with the hurricane rebuilding. Cafarchia has also coached at numerous volleyball camps including the Bentley and UC Davis camps.
A native of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Cafarchia earned her bachelor's degree in communications from UC Davis in 2005 where she was a four-year member of the Division I volleyball team. She started as a setter her freshman year and then served as the team captain for the next three years. She holds the school record for aces per game and is third all-time in total aces. Cafarchia also received the "Most Inspirational Award" three times.