Former teammates Hillary Haen and Johannah Bangert embrace new roles on volleyball staff
Haen earned Third-Team All-America honors as Illinois' setter in 2010
The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0
No. 9 ILL 3, No. 2 PSU 2
Hillary Haen was hired as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini in January 2014. She will serve as the recruiting coordinator, will work directly with the setters and run the offense. Haen returns to her alma mater, where she led the Orange and Blue to three straight NCAA Regional appearances as the Illini's setter from 2007-10.
Haen played 115 matches for the Fighting Illini from 2007-10, taking over as the starting setter her sophomore year. The Crystal Lake, Illinois, native finished her career ranked fourth all-time at Illinois with 3,956 assists, including 1,471 as a senior. As the quarterback of the Illini offense in 2009, Haen ranked second in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation in assists (11.42 per set), garnering AVCA All-America and All-Region honorable mentions, while earning All-Big Ten honors.
She topped that performance in her final season, earning third-team All-America honors from both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine, capturing an All-Mideast Region First Team selection and her second-straight All-Big Ten award. Additionally, she was a star in the classroom, notching three straight Academic All-Big Ten awards and earning Academic All-District honors in 2009.
Following her Illinois career, Haen coached three different programs at the high school and club level. In 2011, she coached at Eastside Volleyball Club, and she took over as the owner of the Peoria Elite Volleyball Club in 2012. Her responsibilities in Peoria included recruiting new members, managing the club's finances and helping her players with the college recruiting process. She then served as the head varsity volleyball coach at Illinois Valley Central High School for the 2012-13 season, where she managed a staff of two assistant coaches and a volunteer.
Haen also has work experience in the business world, having served as a staff accountant and a human resources representative for Caterpillar, Inc. While there, Haen focused on team-building and leadership development.