Coming off earning an NCAA championship, Erin Lindsey is in her first year as head volleyball coach at Santa Clara.
Lindsey spent the last two seasons as an assistant with Stanford which won its eighth NCAA title in December.
She is the 10th head coach for a program that dates back to 1963 and enters her second stint as a head coach after leading Dartmouth from 2011 to 2015.
A former standout player at the University of North Carolina, Lindsey worked with setters and the offense during her time at Stanford, which in 2017 and 2018 produced five first- and second-team All-Americans, including two-time TeamSnap/AVCA Division I National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer. During her first year, Lindsey helped guide the team to a Pac-12 title and an appearance in the national semifinals.
The Honolulu, Hawaii, native began her coaching career at her alma mater where in five years she helped develop three AVCA All-Americans and seven All-ACC players, including the 2005 ACC Player of the Year. She helped UNC to a share of the league regular-season title twice while also serving as recruiting coordinator. Lindsey recruited three AVCA All-Region and All-ACC players, including Kaylie Gibson, the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Lindsey, who was hired at Santa Clara in December 2018, led Dartmouth its most Ivy League wins in program history in 2015 and the Big Green earned their highest league finish since 1998 that season. Lindsey was named the 2015 league co-coach of the year, a first for the school. She coached 10 all-conference players, four Academic all-league student-athletes, and two CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. Along with the individual accolades, the team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award four times.
In 2016, Lindsey served as an assistant at the University of Illinois.
A four-year starter and two-time captain at North Carolina from 1995 to 2000, the star setter earned All-ACC honors and AVCA All-Region accolades twice, as well as being named the 1998 ACC Player of the Year. During 1998, she led UNC to the conference regular-season title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
A 2000 graduate with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science, Lindsey is the school’s all-time leader in career assists and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.
Lindsey graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science in 2000, before going on to get her master's degree in the same field in 2011.
Lindsey also served as the director of operations for the Carolina Volleyball Camps, Inc., as well as the head coach and director of setting academy at the Triangle Volleyball Club in North Carolina.