Yamile Nolan served as an assistant for the Monks in 2009 and was named as the program's head coach prior to the start of the 2010 campaign.
2011 was another solid season for the Monks, as Coach Nolan continued to raise the bar for the SJC volleyball team, which went 18-12 overall and 7-6 in GNAC play during her second season at the helm. Saint Joseph’s advanced to the GNAC Tournament for the second consecutive season after notching the most victories recorded by the team since the 1997 campaign.
Nolan's first season at the helm was a memorable one, as the Monks went 17-14 overall 5-7 in conference play en route to gaining the program's first GNAC Tournament berth in 2010. Sophomore Sarah Hawkes became the first SJC volleyball player to earn a postseason GNAC accolade when she garnered Third Team All-GNAC honors following the completion of the regular season.
Nolan brings a wealth of playing experience to the table as the
team's leader. Her passion for the sport began while attending
Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California. She played
two years for El Camino College under the guidance of Head Coach
Sharkie Zartman where she went on to collect California Junior
College Player of the Year and State Championship Tournament Most
Valuable Player honors. Nolan eventually transferred to the
University of California at Santa Barbara, where she received a
full athletic scholarship and played under renowned Head Coach
Kathy Gregory. While there, Nolan was named PCAA Player of the Week
and established many team records, specifically in the areas of
passing, digging and serving. UCSB advanced to the first round of
the NCAA playoffs in each of Nolan's two years.
Nolan also played beach volleyball and earned her AAA beach rating in 1987. She continues to enjoy playing both indoor and beach volleyball.
Coach Nolan moved to Maine in the summer of 1999. She has four children and is an elementary second grade teacher. Her husband is a native of Maine and teaches music.
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