In 15 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 eight total conference titles (2004, 2008, 2010-2014, 2017), six NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2008, 2011-2014), 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.
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.
Appleman has built a winning tradition at Yale. At the helm of the Bulldogs, Appleman has produced the best winning percentage -- .722 -- in program history with an overall record of 270-104 entering the 2018 season.
Kevin Laseau Associate Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Kevin Laseau has completed 14 seasons on Erin Appleman's staff and the Bulldogs have won eight Ivy League titles, including a record-setting five straight conference championships from 2010 to 2014.
Yale is 244-95 (.720) during Laseau’s tenure, and has won at least 10 Ivy League matches in 13 of his 14 seasons in New Haven. In addition, Yale has six NCAA Tournament appearances in his 14 years with the program.
During the 2017 season, Yale won its sixth Ivy League title in the last eight years, and earned five All-Ivy selections, including the league's defensive player of the year (Kate Swanson) and rookie of the year (Kathryn Attar).