August 27, 2008

Kevin Laseau Named Associate Head Coach

Aug. 27, 2008

Head Coach Erin Appleman of the Yale volleyball team has announced that Kevin Laseau has been named Associate Head Coach for the 2008 season. Laseau enters his fifth season on Appleman's staff, having spent four years as an assistant in the Elm City. He helped the Bulldogs to four of their most successful seasons ever during his first four years on the job; Yale has won at least 10 Ivy League matches in each of the last four seasons, and Laseau was on the sidelines when the Bulldogs became the first Ivy League team to host, and to win, an NCAA Tournament match in 2004. The tournament was the culmination of a n 18-8 season that included wins in the final seven matches of the regular season and two wins in a playoff to determine the winner of the conference's NCAA berth.

"Kevin's knowledge, experience and personality are so important to Yale Volleyball. His ability to train our players has enabled our program to contend for an Ivy League championship every season. Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the program since his arrival on campus four years ago, and I look forward to working with him for many years to come," said Coach Appleman of her new associate head coach.

Laseau came to New Haven with over 20 years of national club coaching experience, which includes a National Junior Championship and three bronze medals in the 16-open division with the prestigious Munciana (Ind.) Volleyball club.

As an assistant coach, Laseau helped guide the Munciana 16-open squad to a national title in 1997, a bronze medal in 1999, and a second-place finish at the AAU Nationals in 1989. Laseau became head coach in 2000 and led the team to back-to-back bronze medals in 2000 and 2001. In addition, he coached in all but one Junior Olympics tournament from 1987-2003.

Laseau, who has worked at volleyball camps at Ball State, Purdue and Nebraska, spent one season as an assistant varsity coach at Muncie Burris High School (Ind.), which was ranked first in the state most of that season.

In 2003, Laseau wrote for PrepVolleyball.com, the Internet's only junior volleyball website, and served as a radio color commentator for Purdue volleyball matches.

A 1992 graduate of Ball State, Laseau played four seasons in the backcourt for Don Shondell and the Volleycards, who won back-to-back MIVA Championships during that time.

The Bulldogs open the 2008 season on Sept. 12, when they host Boston College in the Yale Invitational. Hofstra and Colgate will also be on hand for the weekend event. Yale will also play in tournaments at Albany and defending national champion Penn State before beginning the Ivy League schedule.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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