Yaeger named volleyball head coach

VESTAL, NY — Seventeen-year-old Division I coach Allie Yaeger has been selected as the new head volleyball coach of Binghamton, interim director of athletics Dennis Kalina announced on Wednesday. Yaeger comes straight out of Seton Hall, where she ran the Pirates program for the past ten years.

“We are delighted to bring in someone with Allie’s strong credentials,” said Kalina. “Her experience leading a BIG EAST program, along with her familiarity with our own program and the Americas East, will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes.”

Yaeger’s first stop in her professional career was with Binghamton, where she served as an assistant coach in 2005 and 2006, helping the Bearcats win an America East title and playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in the program’s history. .

From Binghamton, Yaeger went to South Orange, NJ, where she was the head assistant for five years before becoming head coach in 2012. Under her leadership, Seton Hall posted the three highest BIG EAST win totals in program history in 2014, 2016 and 2017. She was named BIG EAST and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2014 after her team earned a major NCAA berth .

I am so excited that my journey as a coach has brought me back to Binghamton,” said Yaeger. “I enjoyed my time here in 2005-2006 and made wonderful friends during my short stay. This area has always had a special place in my heart. The university has given me the keys to a successful program and I want nothing more than to compete for championships and ensure that the student athletes have a great experience. I want to thank the athletics department and Dennis for trusting me to take over this program.”

Yaeger has racked up 144 wins during her tenure at Seton Hall. She has produced 17 all-conference and four all-region players, including one All-American roster. Her teams have also achieved lofty status in the classroom, with 73 BIG EAST All-Academic selections and nine AVCA Team Academic Award honors during her tenure.

Born in Waukesha, Wisc., Yaeger received her bachelor’s degree in health from Wright State in 2005. She was an elite libero and outside hitter for the Raiders, achieving an all-time number three in career digs with 1,318. In 2003, Yaeger was among the nation’s leaders in digs and aces and was an AVCA All-American and Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a Dean’s List student and received the school’s 2004 Academic Excellence Award.

She has been active in AVCA membership and was a Top 25 voting member and a committee representative. Yaeger has led youth camps at every stop in her career.

Yaeger succeeds Glenn Kiriyama, who stepped down in November after 23 years at the helm. Yaeger and Kiriyama coached together in 2005 and 2006, playing 19-6 together in America East.

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