April 17, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan volleyball head coach Mark Rosen announced the hiring of former Illinois standout and Cincinnati assistant coach Erin Virtue as an assistant coach on Sunday (April 17) to complete his 2011 staff. Virtue replaces Amanda Ault, who left to become the head coach at George Washington University.
"We are really excited with the addition of Erin to our staff," Rosen said. "She brings a lot of high-level experience, both as a player at Illinois and with the national team and as coach at Cincinnati. She fits what our needs are as a staff, with her setting knowledge and recruiting connections. She is one of the most respected and connected recruiters in the college game right now. We have known Erin for a long time, having recruited her back when she was a player. I am personally excited for the opportunity to work with her."
Virtue comes to Michigan after spending the past four seasons at the University of Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats to a 101-36 record over that span. She is a two-time recipient of the "30 Under 30" award, presented by the American Volleyball Coaches Association to honor up-and-coming coaching talents at all levels. She is one of six to earn the honor more than once.
"I want to thank the volleyball staff, as well as the administration at the University of Michigan for giving me this great opportunity," Virtue said. "I am honored and excited to be back in the Big Ten, one of the best volleyball conferences in the country. I am looking forward to working with the staff and the team in preparation for the 2011 season."
Virtue was responsible for coaching the setters and liberos at Cincinnati, mentoring setter Annie Fesl, who ended her career with the second-most assists in program history (5,746), to three All-Big East selections. She helped put together top-30 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009, according to PrepVolleyball.com, while helping the Bearcats earn "Highest Honorable Mention" honors from the website for their 2010 class.
Virtue spent the 2006 season at Loyola (Chicago), working the setters while handling recruiting and training organization before joining the Cincinnati sidelines in 2007.
Prior to her coaching career, Virtue was a standout volleyball player at the University of Illinois (2001-05). She helped lead the Fighting Illini to a spot in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2003, earning All-Big Ten and All-America honorable mention. During her time at Illinois, she also participated with the USA National A2 program during the summer of 2004 and was a coach at the USA A2 camp in 2006.
After graduating from Illinois in 2005 with a degree in kinesiology, Virtue trained with the national team for a year (2005-06) before joining the coaching ranks.
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