Craig Letourneau embarks on his fifth season at the helm of the women's volleyball program in 2015. Since his arrival at Wheaton in 2011, Letourneau has steadily increased the squad's overall win total by at least four victories or more each year 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).
Lok-Tin Yao begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in 2014.
Yao began his collegiate coaching career under first-year Wheaton head coach Craig Letourneau at Emerson College in 2010. He assisted with the overall coaching, supervision, recruiting process, and organization of the Emerson program. During his tenure, he saw three student-athletes garner conference player of the week honors and another receiver rookie of the week accolades.
While still a student at Mount Ida, Yao became an assistant coach at Boys Latin Academy in 1997, where he helped both the girls and boys teams qualify for the MIAA State Playoff Tournament in each of his five seasons as an assistant. In 2011, Yao became a coach for both the MBSC Nike Volleyball Camp and Smash Volleyball.
A 2008 graduate of Mount Ida with a bachelor of science in sports management, Yao was a Dean’s List student and also received the President’s Merit Scholarship. He was a two-year student-athlete for the Mustangs, where he was an outside hitter, middle hitter, and defensive specialist/libero.
Yao holds a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Education Certification. He currently plays for both the Knights Outdoor 9-Man club volleyball team and also in the BSSC Amateur Volleyball League.
Karlie J. Haack begins her second season as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in 2014.
Before arriving at Wheaton, Haack served as the head coach of the Blast Volleyball Club -16U Local Team, which is based out of Providence, R.I., for one season and also as an assistant coach of the squad at 16U Regionals helping the club team earn five tournament placements.
Haack, who was a four-year coach at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School volleyball camp, is a 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor of science in sports entertainment and event management in sports management. Haack was a four-year member of the volleyball team serving as captain of the squad in her junior and senior years. Haack was also named to the All-Conference third team in her final season.
In 2010, the Wildcats won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference championship earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Johnson & Wales women's volleyball team also collected three GNAC Sportsmanship awards (2009-2010, 2013) during Haack's time with the program.