COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin Burch, named Ohio State head men’s volleyball coach on May 21, has begun to assemble his staff and will enter Year One with two familiar faces alongside him. Luke Wood Maloney has been promoted to assistant coach after serving as the volunteer coach in 2019 and Mitch Lush returns for his third season as director of operations and fourth as a member of the program.
Maloney brings a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. He played four seasons (2007-10) at George Mason University, starting as both an outside hitter and libero during his time as a Patriot.
Maloney owns over nine years of collegiate coaching experience, spending stints with the Stephen F. Austin University and Oregon State University women’s teams. He then came to Columbus in the summer of 2015 as the Ohio State women’s volleyball director of operations for the NCAA ‘Sweet 16’ season. Most recently, he was the Buckeye men’s team volunteer coach in 2019 and has been working at the Elite Volleyball Training Center in Plain City, Ohio, since May ’16.
Lush remains on staff as the director of operations, a position he started in the summer of 2017. He is no stranger to Ohio State, graduating from the university in 2016 and acting as a team manager during the Buckeyes’ NCAA Championship campaign in ’16. When competing for the OSU club team, Lush earned NCVF/NIRSA All-American recognition in 2015 before joining the varsity program as team manager.