Hertel Rejoins Aggie Volleyball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced on Friday the addition of Chris Hertel as the Aggies’ new assistant coach. Hertel comes to NM State following an eight-year stint at Radford.

“We’re excited to have Chris back,” Jordan said. “He does such a good job at so many things and he’s got a tremendous work ethic.”

While at Radford, Hertel served as the Highlander's assistant coach from 2011-2018. His team posted a 167-82 record during that time and went 83-35 during Big South conference play. The Highlanders reached six championship matches during the Big South tournament under his guidance and came away with a pair of titles and NCAA tournament appearances. In 2018 alone, Hertel's assistance helped Radford reach the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) for the first time in program history, where the squad came away with an opening-round victory.

Hertel guided over 30 athletes to all-conference status in the Big South while at Radford. He helped Maddie Palmer reach new heights as the two-time Big South Player of the Year, just the third player to win the conference's top award during back-to-back season. Palmer was also named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southeast Region Honorable Mention.

Not only have Hertel's teams shown success on the court, his squads were named AVCA Team Academic Award winners from 2012-2017. In 2016, his team's grade-point average ranked in the top-25 nationally across all division one volleyball programs.

No stranger to the Aggie program, Hertel worked as a volunteer assistant at NM State and assisted in practice and scouting opponents for six seasons, beginning in 2005. A 2011 graduate of New Mexico State, also played an essential role in the Aggies success from 2006-08 when the team made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Hertel was a part of the NM State coaching staff in 2007, when the program reached 13th nationally, the highest ranking ever for New Mexico State in the AVCA poll. He also assisted in the team's NCAA run in 2008, when the Aggies reached the second round of the postseason tournament.

"I'd like to thank Coach Jordan for the opportunity, and the staff at NM State who worked so hard to bring me back. I'd also like to thank Highlanders' head coach Marci Byers and the people at Radford for eight fantastic seasons and for teaching me so much during my time there." Hertel said. "I can't express how thrilled I am to be back at New Mexico State. I'm excited for the chance to contribute to such a successful program."

Hertel rejoins the NM State program following a banner season for the Aggies that included a 24-8 record. New Mexico State took home the Western Athletic Conference tournament title in 2018, and by doing so, claimed the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.