Assistant Coach, University of Cincinnati
NCAA Division I
Erin Virtue has been an assistant coach on the University of Cincinnati sidelines for three seasons. The Bearcats enjoyed a successful campaign in 2009, recording a 25-11 record, finishing second in the BIG EAST Conference standings, and earning a spot in the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Virtue's coaching career was sparked by an injury she sustained as a player in her senior season at Illinois. "I was blessed with the opportunity to observe and learn from my coaches," she said. "It was then that I appreciated all that my coaches provided for me as an athlete, and it was during this time that I first thought that I would like to someday be a coach. After graduation, I had the opportunity to train win the U.S. National Team under Jenny Lang Ping. It was during this time that I knew that I wanted to eventually make the transition to coaching. I was lucky to have had such great coaching role models during my career at Illinois, as well as with the National Team."
Virtue, who also served as a graduate assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago, aspires to one day become a head coach. Other goals include scoring a top-ten recruiting class, coaching a setter/libero to All-America status and winning a national championship.