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Loyola Names New Deputy Athletics Director

Holly Strauss O'Brien spent last year as Deputy AD at Hartford University.

Loyola Athletics Director (AD) Steve Watson named Holly Strauss-O’Brien as his new Deputy AD Wednesday afternoon.

Strauss-O’Brien comes to Loyola after serving as the Deputy AD at University of Hartford last year. She replaces Jermaine Truax, who’s set to take over as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bucknell University this coming school year.

“I would like to thank Steve Watson for giving me the opportunity to work at a special place like Loyola University Chicago,” Strauss-O’Brien said in a statement. “It truly is an honor to join Steve’s leadership team and to help achieve his inspiring vision for Loyola Athletics.”

Strauss O’Brien played collegiate volleyball at University of North Carolina from 2005-14 before becoming the associate athletics director at Hartford in 2015. She was promoted to Hartford’s Deputy AD in 2017 after being named the university’s senior associate athletics director for development and internal operations the previous year. Her husband, Tim, was Loyola’s men’s and women’s volleyball coach in 2004.

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