April 15, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty has announced the completion of her staff with the hiring of Tony Suñga as an assistant coach and Lee Yerty as Director of Volleyball Operations.
"I feel fortunate to be able to complete my staff with such an experienced group of coaches," said Yerty. "In addition to Jill Stucky, Tony and Lee each bring such different strengths to the program, which will allow me to immediately feel confident delegating any program responsibilities to either position. It was my goal when hiring a staff to surround myself not only with people that I will enjoy building this program with, but with individuals that can help me capitalize on my strengths and diminish my weaknesses. This is one of the most enthusiastic groups of people I have ever had the chance to work with and I truly feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with each of them."
Tony Suñga comes to Wyoming from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. His duties included recruitment of student athletes, practice and match preparation along with the day to day operations of the program. This was his second stint with the Bulldogs as he also served as a graduate assistant with the program in 1991 and 1992. During the last two years, he was also the head coach of the USA Volleyball-Iowa High Performance team. He trained some of the top players in Iowa to compete in an international style of competition. Suñga also served as an educator in the Des Moines Public Schools, which he has done since 1992.
From 2002-2006, he was the head coach and setter's coach for the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance and also served as the head coach at Des Moines Lincoln High School (2001-04), which is the largest high school in the Des Moines Public School District. Prior to that, he spent seven years to the highly successful volleyball and basketball programs at Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) as an assistant coach.
Suñga is a 1988 graduate of Drake, earning his bachelor's degree in international relations and political science and his master's in teaching in 1992. As an undergraduate, he served as a manager for Drake men's basketball team under coach Gary Garner. He also helped restart the Drake men's volleyball club and was a setter/middle blocker on the team.
He has been a member of the USA-Iowa Region Volleyball Association since 1984 and was honored in 2006 by the Iowa Region of the United States Volleyball Association for Meritorious Service. Suñga has also been involved in several camps including Drake, Iowa HP and Simpson College among others.
Suñga and his wife Melissa Boyer-Suñga, also a Drake graduate, have three sons Michael (9), Phillip (7) and Daniel (5).
Lee Yerty joins the Cowgirl staff after spending the last 11 years at the University of Memphis as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He oversaw several sports including the Tiger volleyball program, and for the past two years he was the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports. He also served as an assistant for women's athletics where he was responsible for game management of the Tiger volleyball and Lady Tiger basketball squads.
Prior to Memphis, he served as the marketing director at Eastern Washington University for two years before being elevated to an assistant athletics director. He was in charge of marketing, fundraising, event management along with daily administrative planning and other functions. In 1995, he was an assistant volleyball coach for Pamela Parks at EWU.
From 1985-90, Yerty was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He was the primary coach for Olympic Sports development including baseball, men's and women's golf, volleyball, men's and women's track and men's and women's tennis, while assisting with other sports as well.
Yerty earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1986 and his master's degree in education administration in 1988 both from Washington State University.
A native of Naches, Wash., Yerty and his wife, Carrie, have two sons WesLee and Jace, and are expecting their third child in June.