Erin Virtue, a former University of Illinois standout with ties to the USA National program, enters her fourth season with the Cincinnati volleyball program. Virtue serves as the recruiting coordinator, camps coordinator, and works with the setters and liberos for 11th-year head coach Reed Sunahara.
In recognition of her accomplishments on the UC sidelines, Virtue was one of 19 assistant coaches and just one of eight Division I women's coaches chosen for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Award, honoring coaches under 30 years old at all levels of volleyball for their accomplishments.
Since joining the Bearcats volleyball program in 2007, Virtue has been instrumental in putting together Top 30 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009 according to Prepvolleyball.com, while helping the Bearcats earn "Highest Honorable Mention" plaudits from the website for its 2010 signees, which hail from Hawai'i, Florida, and Minnesota.
The past three seasons, Virtue has worked with setter Annie Fesl, who has finished each of her three seasons ranked in the Top 30 nationally in assists per set. In 2007, Fesl ranked 22nd averaging 13.12 aps, before finishing 26th in 2008 with 10.97 aps. Last season, the progression continued as Fesl ranked 17th nationally averaging 11.35 aps. In three seasons, Fesl ranks third on UC's all-time assists list with 4,249.
Virtue broke into the coaching ranks on the collegiate level in 2006, spending a season as an assistant at Loyola University Chicago. While with the Ramblers, Virtue worked with the team's setters, while handling recruiting and training organization.
Virtue's connection with the USA National team comes as both a player and a coach. During the summer of 2004, she participated with the USA National A2 program and was a coach for the junior team two years later. During 2005-06, Virtue trained with the USA National Team. Since 2008, Virtue has continued her coaching with the National program as an assistant for the A1 Select Program.
On the collegiate level, Virtue helped lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to a spot in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2003 and a Top 10 national ranking in 2004. For her play, she was named to the Big Ten All-Conference First Team and was an honorable mention all-American. Throughout her career, she was awarded numerous awards for spirit, academic excellence and sportsmanship.
Virtue also competed in international tours, serving as a team captain with Bring It Promotions teams from 2002-05.
The Erin Virtue File
College: Illinois (BS in Kiniesology, 2005)
Year at Cincinnati: 4th
Coaching experience: Five seasons: Cincinnati (2007-pr.), assistant coach; Loyola (Ill.) (2006), assistant coach; A1 Select Program (2008-09), assistant coach; USA A2 Camp (2006), assistant coach.
Playing experience: Illinois (2001-05), USA National A2 Program (Summer 2004); Trained with USA National Team (2005-06)