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Strauss-O'Brien Adds Yates as New Volleyball Assistant

Stephen Yates spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.

Feb. 13, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut volleyball coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien has announced the hiring of Stephen Yates as assistant coach for UConn volleyball.

Yates joins the Connecticut coaching staff after spending the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University.  Prior to arriving in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Yates spent three years as a coach and the assistant director of operations at Complete Athlete Inc.; TCA Volleyball Club in Fountain Valley, Calif.  In 2011, he was the head coach for the 13-1s and 16-2s.  As an assistant coach, Yates worked with the 18-1s in 2009 and the 17-1s and 16-1s in 2010.

"We are excited to welcome Steve into the UConn volleyball family," stated Strauss-O'Brien.  "He brings great energy, knowledge and aspirations to help make a difference.  With the combinations of Steve's strong character and work ethic, I believe he will have an immediate impact on our student-athlete's development and overall team success."

In 2009, Yates spent the fall season as a graduate assistant at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.  After spending the spring season as the head boy's volleyball coach at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford, Mass.

"First I would like to thank Holly Straus-O'Brien for this amazing opportunity to work with her at the University of Connecticut," responded Yates.  "I am excited to be a part of the UConn family and to be making my way back to the northeast.  I am looking forward to working with the team and continuing to recruit quality student-athletes to Connecticut."



Yates earned a bachelor of arts in American studies from Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass. In 2007 and later earned a master's of arts in administration and coaching from Concordia in 2010.