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Leserman served as Illinois' volunteer assistant in 2010
Scott Leserman was hired as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini in July 2014. Leserman returns to Champaign after serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2010.
Leserman comes to the Illini from Northwestern, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While in Evanston, Leserman worked extensively on scouting the opposition and the defensive side of the game. In his first season with Northwestern, the Wildcats jumped out to their best start in program history, winning the first 11 matches of the season to register their longest winning streak since 1983. The `Cats also posted 11 road wins, marking their most victories away from home in over 20 years.
Prior to his return to the Big Ten, Leserman spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Loyola. Under Leserman's guidance, Rambler Laura Purcell was named to the All-Horizon League Newcomer team.
Following a successful playing career, Leserman came to Champaign in 2009 to earn his master's degree in sport management at Illinois. As a graduate student, Leserman served as a team manager for the Fighting Illini. Upon receiving his degree, Leserman spent the 2010 campaign as Illinois' volunteer assistant coach under Kevin Hambly, where he helped the Illini to their third-straight Sweet 16 appearance as the No. 8 national seed.
Leserman began his coaching career on the heels of a prolific playing career at Vassar College, where he was a four-year starter and three-year captain. He helped Vassar to a runner-up finish in the 2008 Molten Invitational Tournament, the championship tournament for Division III, and earned AVCA Second-Team All-America honors his senior year after leading Division III in digs per set. Leserman's name is scattered throughout Vassar's record book, where he is ranked in the top 10 in 15 season or career statistical categories, and he received the college's Frances D. Fergusson Coaches Award, presented to the athlete who exemplifies commitment to his/her sport.
The Manhattan Beach, California, native played two seasons at Mira Costa High School, helping his team to a CIF-SS runner-up finish in 2005. He also won two Junior Olympic Gold Medals with Riptides Volleyball Club in 2004 and 2005.
Leserman earned a bachelor's of arts degree in economics from Vassar College in 2009 and received a master's in sport management from Illinois in 2010. He and his wife, Emily, reside in Champaign.