In 19 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 11 Ivy Championships in her 19 years as head coach. 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 190 - 46 .
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, 34 All-Ivy First Team awards and 72 total All-Ivy honorees.
Kevin Laseau Associate Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Kevin Laseau has completed 19 seasons at Yale, during which the Bulldogs have won 11 Ivy League titles, including a record-setting five straight conference championships from 2010 to 2014, and three straight from 2017 to 2019.
Kevin serves as the recruiting coordinator for Yale Volleyball, while also working closely with the passers and defense. Yale’s serve receive passing during that time has consistently been among the best in the Ivy League. Yale is also one of the best defensive units in holding opponents to low hitting percentages.
Kevin also creates most of the content for Yale Volleyball’s social media.
A native of volleyball-rich Muncie, Ind., Kevin got his first coaching experience with Munciana Volleyball while in college at Ball State. A three-year letter winner for the BSU men’s volleyball team, Kevin continued to coach Munciana after graduation. In 1997 his team captured the 16-Open USAV National Championship, and captured three bronze medals as well.
John Post Assistant coach
John Post, who spent the three seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Nichols College, joined Erin Appleman’s staff in August of 2021 In his tenure at Nichols, Post mentored three all-conference selections, a conference Rookie of the Year, a conference Defensive Player of the Year and numerous Academic all-conference honorees. He guided the women’s program to a school-record 12 victories in 2019, a seven-win improvement over his first season. Post was at the helm of the inaugural season for the men’s program in 2019 and led Nichols to 17 overall wins and a berth in the NECC semifinals.