Scott Pennewill enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Blue Jay volleyball team. He boasts an 80-38 record at Hopkins, including an impressive 32-8 mark in Centennial play.
Pennewill has found nothing but success since arriving at Homewood as he guided three of his first four teams to the Centennial Conference Tournament, with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his first two years.
The success of 2003 and 2004 paved the way for the 2005 season, when Hopkins posted a 24-7 record, won the school's first-ever Centennial regular season title and produced the first two All-Americans in school history.
Pennewill enters the 2007 season with a career record of 241-223 and counts a nucleus of solid returning players in his quest to guide JHU to its first-ever Centennial Conference title.
Pennewill is the sixth head coach in the 23-year history of the women's volleyball team. Pennewill began his coaching career in 1990 at Division II Millersville University, where he started the program and compiled a 39-51 record with the Marauders.
In 1993, Pennewill moved up to Division I as the head coach at Drexel University. During his five-season tenure (1993-1997) with the Dragons, Pennewill posted an 88-96 overall record and a 20-17 mark in the America East Conference. He also guided the Dragons to five appearances in the conference semifinals. Pennewill's best season with Drexel was in 1996, when the Dragons finished second in the America East with a 5-2 conference record.
His next stop returned him to Division II with a two-year stint at Clarion University, where he compiled a 34-48 record with the Golden Eagles as a part of a rebuilding project, using extensive recruiting to improve the status of the program.
Pennewill credits his climb in the coaching ranks to his time with the South Central Pennsylvania Girl's Volleyball Association (South PA's). Pennewill also coached the Junior Olympic club from 1986 to1992, and in his last year, guided the 1992 team to a top-25 national ranking.
Pennewill graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1983 with a degree in health and physical education and a minor in sports management.
Outside of coaching, Pennewill has worked extensively to develop volleyball in the region. In 1990, he helped create East Coast Volleyball Incorporated, whose main objective is to promote volleyball to youth by holding three of the biggest Junior Olympic tournaments in the country: the Early Bird Extravaganza, the Northeast Qualifier and the East Coast Championships. He also has experience with USA Volleyball Olympic Festival tryouts.
Pennewill and his wife, Darla Mae, have two children: Lauren (17) and Katie (13).