April Yantis Zech enters her fifth year as Director of Operations with the Auburn volleyball team and sixth year overall with the program. The Hanover, Pa. native has 16 years of volleyball experience on the Division I level, including four years of playing experience.
She came to Auburn following a season at the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs went 6-25 in 2006, 2-18 in the SEC.
Prior to her stint at UGA, Zech spent two seasons at Virginia Tech as an assistant coach. Her primary duties with the team while in Blacksburg were recruiting and working with the outside hitters.
Before joining the Hokies, Zech spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Miami. In 2002, Zech helped guide the Hurricanes to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
She was primarily responsible for coaching the outside hitters, and two of her athletes were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Northeast Region team. A player was also selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Year.
Before her tenure at Miami, Zech was an assistant at Duke University during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. At Duke, she coached the outside hitters and helped the Blue Devils to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
She planned practices, scouted opponents and assisted with recruiting. She was also a team liaison for the marketing and promotions, sports information and equipment departments.
She also worked youth summer volleyball camps during her time at both Duke and Miami.
Zech's coaching career began at the University of Pennsylvania where she was an assistant coach from 1998-1999. She was given the Excellence In Service Award for her dedication to the program. While coaching the Quakers, Yantis was the head coach of the Golden Eagles Volleyball Club.
A standout player at Drexel, Yantis recorded 30 kills in a match four times in her career. A member of the team from 1994-1997, she was the first player in conference history to be named all-conference three consecutive years. Yantis earned the Mary Semanki award, which is given to Drexel's most outstanding female athlete. Yantis holds the record for all-time kills and digs, and was named the Dragons' most valuable player for three-straight years.
She married Dr. Wesley Zech in June of 2011; Dr. Zech is an associate professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University.
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