NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Former Yale volleyball standout and Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey Minyard '10 who helped lead the program to a conference title and went on to play professionally is back with the Bulldogs as a volunteer assistant coach.
"We're so lucky to have someone of Cat's caliber who not only excelled here at Yale, but also as a professional and in addition brings the unique perspective of a Yale student," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.
Minyard transferred to Yale in 2008 after two seasons at Cal-Berkley and went on to earn All-Ivy First Team honors her two years with the Bulldogs. In 2008, she was named an AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention in addition to being named unanimous league player of the year to begin a stretch of six conference titles in a seven-year stretch for the Bulldogs.
"It feels like everything is coming full circle with this opportunity to coach the next generation of Yale Volleyball alongside my former coaches and mentors," Minyard said. "The team is extremely talented, competitive, and coachable, and I'm excited to see what we can do this season. "Erin, Kevin, and Brendan continue to raise the bar for Yale Volleyball year, as well as the whole region, which is our goal on the youth side with Northeast Volleyball Club. We're learning from the best."
In 2008, Minyard led the team with a 3.73 kills per set average and led the Ivy League with a 4.24 kills per set average in conference matches. She also recorded a team-high 20 kills and 15 digs in Yale's first-round NCAA tournament win over Ohio.
In 2009, Yale went 21-4 overall and Minyard led the team in kills (299), service aces (28) and kills per set (4.04), which still ranks among the top-10 single-season averages in program history. Off the court, she also received Academic All-Ivy and ESPN Academic All-District First Team honors.
Minyard had a successful career in marketing before deciding to go overseas to get her Masters and also play professionally in Italy and the U.K. Both of her professional teams went on to win national championships.
In March 2018, Minyard founded Northeast Volleyball Club in Fairfield County, Conn., with her husband, Garrett Minyard. The club offers youth programs and clinics focused on training young athletes to develop high-level volleyball skills in a positive, professional and growth-oriented environment. She also worked for numerous volleyball clubs and camps around the U.S.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity