Andy Riesenberg Named Head Volleyball Coach at Lake Erie

Andy Riesenberg has been named Lake Erie College's new head volleyball coach. (Photo courtesy Wright State University Athletics)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College has named Andy Riesenberg as its head volleyball coach, as announced Monday (Dec. 10) by Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann.  Riesenberg, who becomes the 18th head coach in Storm volleyball history, brings to Lake Erie five years of experience as a college assistant and an extensive background at the club level.

"First, I want to thank Director of Athletics Griz Zimmerman and President Victor for giving me this opportunity and for the warm welcome immediately received by the staff and the Lake Erie community, in both athletics and academics," said Riesenberg. "I am extremely excited to be back in my home state of Ohio to start my head coaching career.  I am a firm believer that we can, and will, make great things happen here.  It starts with hard work and dedication, not only to the sport, but dedication to ourselves as coaches and as student-athletes.  I am also excited to be coaching and competing in one of the top conferences in Division II women's volleyball.  RAGE ON!" 

Riesenberg most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach and video coordinator at Auburn University where he worked primarily in the areas of scouting and film coordination while also assisting with practice planning and day-to-day operations. 

"Andy brings a broad range of collegiate, high school and club coaching experience as well as a tremendous passion for coaching volleyball," Zimmermann said. "He is a great fit for our team, our staff and our campus community. I was impressed with his philosophy and commitment to the student-athlete experience and look forward to the development of our volleyball team as a respectable and competitive program under his leadership."

Before going to Auburn, Riesenberg was the top assistant at Wright State University for two seasons. There he helped develop two all-conference performances and one all-region honoree in the middle.  During his tenure the Raiders were ranked among the conference leaders in hitting percentage, blocking and kills.

Riesenberg went to Wright State following one season as an assistant at Southern Indiana University. During that 2008 season, the Screaming Eagles were eighth in the nation in blocks at 2.43/set and finished 18-15 overall and 9-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.  USI also advance to the GLVC championship match for the first time since 2004.

Prior to Southern Indiana, Riesenberg served as the Director of Volleyball Operations at the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville. His duties included directing adult leagues, high school and club tournaments, camps, a youth program, and advertising.

A Cincinnati native, Riesenberg has spent over 15 years coaching and directing at the club level, where he has coached in Louisville, Chicago and his hometown. He most recently coached for the Mid-America Volleyball Association (MAVA) leading his teams to top national tournament finishes and Top-15 regional rankings.

He also coached at the high school level, including stops at Presentation Academy in Louisville, Ky., Regina Dominican High School in Chicago, Ill. and Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati.

During his coaching career, Riesenberg coached and promoted club and high school players to schools at the NCAA Division III, II and I levels.

Riesenberg earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and advertising from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2003. 

What Others are Saying About Coach Riesenberg…

"Andy's energy and passion for the game will be contagious with his athletes.  His teams will compete on the court and in the classroom to become the best student-athletes they can be. Andy and his team will represent Lake Erie very well."

Jon Bennett
Women's Head Volleyball Coach
Mount St. Joseph

"Andy is an enthusiastic coach with a great technical knowledge of the game. His enthusiasm and drive will be a valuable asset on the recruiting trail and will attract high-caliber athletes to the program. The future of Lake Erie volleyball is in good hands!"

Katie Charles
Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Kenyon College

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