Craig Letourneau embarks on his sixth season at the helm of the women's volleyball program in 2016. Since his arrival at Wheaton in 2011, Letourneau has steadily increased the squad's overall win total by at least four victories or more and also improved the Lyons' performance in conference play.
In 2014, Wheaton qualified for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament for the first time since 2008 with an 18-14 record overall and 6-4 mark in league play. The Lyons hosted their first playoff contest inside Emerson Gymnasium since 1997 and their fourth place finish in the conference standings marked their highest finish since 2003 in the league. Additionally, Wheaton's six conference wins in 2014 are the most the Lyons have produced since 1998 (6-3).
Letourneau also coached the program's first All-American in 2014 as Deirdre Wilson collected American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honor Mention accolades. Wilson also became the first All-Region selection for the Lyons since 2000 and the first All-Conference pick since 2004. Academically, Wheaton bolstered three NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honorees, its second-highest total in program history.
Letourneau, who is a veteran head coach at the Division III level, spent four years at Emerson College prior to his appointment at Wheaton. Letourneau guided the Lions to an 89-38 record and a trip to their first NCAA Tournament in 2009. Leading Emerson to a school record in wins that fall at 30-7, he steered the Lions to their initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular season and tournament titles. The 2009 GNAC Coach of the Year also led Emerson's men's volleyball program.
Prior to his Emerson appointment, Letourneau was a part-time head coach at Rhode Island College, his alma mater, from 2002-06. Improving the team's win total during each of his first four seasons, Letourneau led the Anchorwomen to a share of the Little East Conference (LEC) regular season crown in 2004 and to the league tournament title match in 2006, both program firsts. He also served as an assistant women's basketball coach.
Letourneau began his coaching career at the high school level, working as the head boys' and girls' volleyball coach at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I., for four years. He led the boys to a state title in 2001 and the girls to a state runner-up finish that same year. Letourneau was named coach of the year five times, including on four occasions for the girls. He also was a successful girls' basketball coach for seven years at Lincoln High School, winning a state title in 2005.
Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rhode Island College, Letourneau is a 2000 graduate. A personal trainer since May 2005, Letourneau has certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).