Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena
The Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena was originally opened in 1973 as the UMBC Fieldhouse, and has since been renamed. The arena has a 4,024 spectator seating capacity and serves as the main competition venue for the men's and women's varsity basketball teams and the women's varsity volleyball team. read more
Head coach Ian Blanchard enters his 12th season in charge of the Retrievers having racked up the hardware and building the Retriever volleyball program into a perennial contender for the America East Championship since arriving on campus for the 2005 season. During his tenure, UMBC has posted a 150-142 overall record with a 65-55 mark in America East play. In addition, the Retrievers have advanced to the America East Championships in seven of Blanchards ten years including a six-year string from 2008-13.
In his first season in 2005, Blanchards star freshman, Sarah Ball, was honored with the America East Conference Rookie of the Year award, becoming the Retrievers first-ever recipient since joining the league in 2003. During that inaugural season, Blanchard also coached Ball to seven conference Rookie of the Week awards, the most honors by a freshman in America East history at the time.
One year later, Blanchards new blood achieved the same feat. This time it was Ashley Oscars who received the Rookie of the Year award and earned seven Rookie of the Week honors, tying Balls record.
Katelyn Panzau returns for her fourth season with the Retrievers after joining the UMBC Volleyball staff as the top assistant coach in May 2013. She came to UMBC from her alma mater, Missouri State, where she served as an assistant for the Bears in 2012.
“Katelyn came very highly recommended from Coach Stokes, and after reviewing her resume she had skills that made her stand out,” said Blanchard. “She is a mature and focused individual with a fantastic personality, and Im confident she will help our program reach the next level.
“She is highly intelligent and is incredibly thorough. Her attention to detail will make her a big asset to our team.”