In 17 seasons as the leader of the Yale volleyball program, Erin Appleman has taken the Bulldogs to new heights and established herself as one of the most accomplished volleyball coaches in Ivy League history.
Appleman has guided the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy Championships in her 17 years as head coach. They are currently a 3-time defending champion (2017, 2018 and 2019). She had a record-setting five straight Ivy League championships from 2010-2014, and seven NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2008, 2011-2014, 2018), four 20-plus win seasons (2005, 2008, 2009, 2013) and became the first coach in conference history to win an NCAA match -- a feat she has accomplished twice (2004 and 2008). Appleman earned AVCA Regional Coach of the Year following the 2004 season and won Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2018.
A national champion prior to arriving at Yale, Appleman spent nine years as an assistant at Penn State. Appleman assisted legendary head coach Russ Rose and helped lead the Nittany Lions to the 1999 National Championship and five Final Fours. Under Appleman, the Bulldogs have the best record in the Ivy League over the last 15 seasons. She has a conference record of 177-45 .
With Appleman at the helm, Yale has also excelled individually. Since 2003, the Yale program has produced five Ivy League Player of the Year selections, six Ivy League Rookies of the Year, and two Ivy League Defensive Player of the Years, 32 All-Ivy First Team awards and 67 total All-Ivy honorees.
Kevin Laseau Associate Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Kevin Laseau has completed 16 seasons at Yale, during which the Bulldogs have won 10 Ivy League titles, including a record-setting five straight conference championships from 2010 to 2014. In the last three seasons, the Bulldogs have won the Ivy League title and had numerous All-Ivy selections, including two Defensive Player of the Year awards and the 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year.,
Brendan McGourn Assistant coach
Brendan McGourn, a three-time Division III national title winner, joined the Yale women’s volleyball program as an assistant coach in 2014. In his six years with the program, the Bulldogs have won four Ivy League titles. McGourn joined the Bulldogs as an assistant coach after winning three straight national championships at Springfield College. As an outside hitter, McGourn was on national title teams in 2012 and 2013, then won a third in a row as an assistant coach earlier this year.