Former U-N-I volleyball standout Erin Hirsch has joined coach Dave Jackson’s staff at Upper Iowa. The Waterloo native played on Panther teams that played in three consecutive NCAA tournaments between 200 and 2002. She says her experience with players in the area should help make the program stronger.

Hirsch has been a U-S-A Club volleyball coach and joins a program that has made the transition to the division two ranks. She says everyone has high energy about the sports programs and she says there’s a really positive attitude throughout the athletic program. Upper Iowa will join the Northern Sun Conference next season.