DeGroot Joins Yale Volleyball Staff

2008 West Coast Conference Player Of Year At San Diego

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Amy Mahinalani DeGroot, a former All-American at University of San Diego, has been named to the Yale volleyball coaching staff.

DeGroot, the 2008 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, helped lead the Toreros to four league titles before graduating in 2010.  As an outside hitter, DeGroot earned All-West Coast Conference First-Team honors three times.

"I'm very excited to have Amy work with our players here at Yale," Yale Head Coach Erin Appleman said. "Being an All–American and playing at a top-25 program, she has the experience to push our players to the next level. Her youthful energy, combined with her top notch experience will be a huge asset to the program."

During her senior year in 2010, DeGroot finished second on San Diego in blocks, digs and kills.  She posted a match-high 17 kills in an NCAA Tournament win over Long Beach State.

In her junior year, DeGroot led the team with 392 kills, earned MVP honors at both the Aztec Invitational and USD tournaments and was named WCC Player of the Week four times.

In addition to being named an Honorable Mention All-America in 2008, DeGroot won San Diego Hall of Champions Amateur Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010.

After college, DeGroot continued to play competitive volleyball at the professional level in Puerto Rico in 2011.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, DeGroot attended high school in Montana where she won state player of the year honors in volleyball and basketball.

In addition to her on-the-court accolades, DeGroot is also active in the community.  DeGroot has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego in each of the last four years.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity