In 16 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 a record-setting five straight Ivy League championships and nine total conference titles (2004, 2008, 2010-2014, 2017-18), 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 eight 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 167-43 and a winning percentage of .795.
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, an Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, 30 All-Ivy First Team awards and 62 total All-Ivy honorees.
Kevin Laseau Associate Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Kevin Laseau has completed 15 seasons on Erin Appleman's staff and the Bulldogs have won nine Ivy League titles, including a record-setting five straight conference championships from 2010 to 2014.
Yale is 263-100 (.725) during Laseau’s tenure, and has won at least 10 Ivy League matches in 14 of his 15 seasons in New Haven. In addition, Yale has seven NCAA Tournament appearances in his 15 years with the program. In the last two seasons, the Bulldogs have won an Ivy League title and swept the major Ivy League awards. In 2018, Frances Arnautou earned Ivy League Player of the Year, while teammates Kate Swanson (defensive player of the year) and Ellis DeJardin (rookie of the year) earned major awards in addition to five All-Ivy selections.
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 five years with the program, the Bulldogs have won three Ivy League titles and are 97-35 overall and 55-15 in Ivy League play with two NCAA Tournament appearances. In McGourn's first season with the program, the Bulldogs won the 2014 Ivy League title and traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to play Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. 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.