Erin Appleman
Erin Appleman
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 203-432-1408

The 2018 Ivy League Volleyball Coach of the Year, Erin Appleman has taken the Yale Volleyball program to unprecedented heights and established herself as one of the most accomplished volleyball coaches in the country, let alone the Ivy League.

Over the past 16 years, Appleman has guided the Bulldogs to: nine Ivy League championships, including a record-setting five straight titles (2010-2014); 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 Tournament match -- a feat she has accomplished twice (2004 and 2008).

Appleman has built a winning tradition at Yale.  The 2004 AVCA East Regional Coach of the Year, she has led the volleyball program to a .726 winning percentage with an overall record of 289-109 entering the 2019 season.  

In the Ivy League, Appleman’s program has the best record of any program over the last 15 seasons.  She has a conference record of 167-43 and a winning percentage of .795.  From 2011-2014, the Bulldogs completed the winningest four-year run of any Ivy League team with a conference record of 51-5, surpassing their previous best mark set in 2013.  


Ivy League Regular Season Records During Appleman’s Tenure at Yale (2003-2018)

Yale - 180-44

Princeton - 163-61

Harvard - 108-116


The Bulldogs have finished in first or second place in each of the last 15 Ivy League seasons, and have won at least 10 matches in all but one of those years.  Appleman’s teams have also established a formidable home court advantage within the conference, winning 36 straight Ivy League home matches from 2009 to 2014.

During the 2013 season, Yale won its 23rd straight league match – the longest streak in Ivy League women's volleyball history, which stretched from Nov. 12, 2011 to Nov. 2, 2013.  It was also the year that saw Appleman snag her 200th career win at Yale, a 3-1 win at Princeton on November 13. 

In 2012, while winning their third straight Ivy League Championship, the Bulldogs became the second team in conference history to complete a 14-0 conference season.    

The Bulldogs have also topped the national statistical rankings.  In 2010, the Bulldogs led the nation and at that time amassed the second-highest digs per set average (19.34) in NCAA history since it switched to the 25-point scoring format.  Yale surpassed that mark in 2012 with a 19.72 average.

Outside of the Ivy League, Appleman has challenged her teams by scheduling perennial national powers and nationally ranked teams.  Over the past 15 years the Bulldogs have competed against – and hosted – powerhouses such as Penn State, USC, Stanford, Minnesota, UCLA, California, and Florida.

The Bulldogs hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2004.  A sold-out John J. Lee Amphitheater watched the Bulldogs defeat Albany, 3-1, for the Ivy League’s first NCAA Tournament victory, before being eliminated by 2004 NCAA Finalist Minnesota in the second round.

With Appleman at the helm, Yale has also excelled individually.  Since 2003, the Yale program has produced six Ivy League Player of the Year selections, seven Ivy League Rookies of the Year, two Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year awards, 30 All-Ivy First Team awards and 62 total All-Ivy honorees.

In 2013, Yale’s Kendall Polan became the first player in Ivy League volleyball history to win the conference’s player of the year award three times. The previous season, Polan became the first Yale player to win back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Year awards, and only the sixth player in conference history to win the award twice.  That same season, Kelly Johnson became the third straight Bulldog to win Ivy League Rookie of the Year, following Mollie Rogers (2011) and Polan (2010). 


Yale’s Individual Honors Under Appleman (2003-2018)

Six Ivy League Players of the Year

  • Cat Dailey, 2008
  • Kendall Polan, 2011, 2012, 2013 
  • Mollie Rogers, 2014
  • Frances Arnautou, 2018

Seven Ivy League Rookies of the Year

  • Alexis Crusey, 2006
  • Kendall Polan, 2010
  • Mollie Rogers, 2011
  • Kelly Johnson, 2012
  • Kelsey Crawford, 2014
  • Kathryn Attar, 2017
  • Ellis DeJardin, 2018

Two Ivy League Defensive Players of the Year

  • Kate Swanson, 2017, 2018

First Team All-Ivy Selections

  • Jacqueline Becker 2004 and 2005
  • Shannon Farrell 2004, 2005 and 2006
  • Renee Lopes, 2005
  • Alexis Crusey 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Cat Dailey 2008 and 2009
  • Ally Mendenhall, 2008
  • Bridget Hearst, 2010
  • Kendall Polan 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Mollie Rogers 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Maddie Rudnick, 2014
  • Kelly Johnson 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Brittani Steinberg, 2016 
  • Kathryn Attar, 2017
  • Kate Swanson 2017 and 2018
  • Ellis DeJardin, 2018
  • Frances Arnautou 2018
  • Kelley Wirth, 2018

Second Team All-Ivy

  • Jacqueline Becker, 2003
  • Jana Freeman, 2003
  • Ally Mendenhall, 2006 and 2007
  • Kelly Ozurovich, 2007 and 2010
  • Bridget Hearst, 2009
  • Haley Wessels, 2010
  • Allie Frappier, 2011
  • Erica Reetz, 2011
  • Haley Wessels, 2012
  • Brittani Steinberg, 2013
  • Maddie Rudnick, 2012 and 2013
  • Maya Midzik, 2014
  • Kelsey Crawford, 2014
  • Kelley Wirth, 2015
  • Tristin Kott, 2016 and 2017
  • Kate Swanson, 2016
  • Franny Arnautou, 2017
  • Samantha Bray, 2018

Honorable Mention All-Ivy

  • Renee Lopes, 2004
  • Kristen Wilk, 2005
  • Kali Nelson, 2007
  • Kelly Ozurovich, 2008 and 2009
  • Kerry Clavadetschaer, 2009
  • Erica Reetz, 2010
  • Taylor Cramm, 2011
  • Maya Midzik, 2015
  • Kelley Wirth, 2016 and 2017


Prior to Yale, Appleman spent eight years as an assistant coach at Penn State. During her tenure, the Nittany Lions reached the NCAA Final Four five times (1993-94, 1997-99) and won five Big Ten championships. In addition, she served as an assistant coach for the USA Junior and Youth National Team from 1994-94. Prior to Penn State, Appleman served as an assistant coach at Cal State-Northridge and the University of San Diego.

Appleman is a 1990 graduate of San Diego State, where she served as volleyball captain and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1989. Despite playing just two seasons for the Aztecs, she currently sits fourth on the university’s all-time list with 3,144 career assists. Before transferring to San Diego State, she competed for two years at United States International University. In addition, she was a member of the Asics Tiger volleyball club for six years and was selected as MVP at USAV Junior Nationals in 1985, when her team won the title.

Her husband, Christian Appleman, is the assistant coach for the Yale men’s tennis team and the director of tennis operations at the university’s Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. They have two children: Justin, 18, and Emma, 16.


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