This year’s varsity volleyball program has a new head coach but a familiar face, renowned former head coach David Bolmer ’73.
Bolmer returns to the Hotchkiss athletic program after retiring from Hotchkiss in 2020. While at Hotchkiss, he led the volleyball program for 27 years (1986-2013), compiling an overall record of 347-84.
During his tenure, the Bearcats captured eight New England titles (1993, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008) and 15 Founders League titles.
Bolmer touched nearly every part of the athletic program during his 34 years at Hotchkiss. He has coached for 96 seasons in myriad different sports, including boys and girls squash, boys and girls tennis, field hockey, soccer, and golf.
He has received numerous awards for coaching, including the Archibald A. Smith Award in 2020, given by the Founder’s League “for lifetime achievement and commitment to the Founders League ideals of educational excellence, sportsmanship, and outstanding competition.”
Bolmer has also been recognized for his work in the classroom, including being the inaugural winner of the Lufkin Prize in 2006.
After growing up on campus and attending Hotchkiss, Bolmer earned a degree in mathematics education from Springfield College and taught at three other schools before returning to Hotchkiss in 1986.
Bolmer will be assisted this year by veteran volleyball coach Liz Dittmer, who also coached the varsity last season.