Scott Leserman Returns to Illinois as Assistant Coach
July 9, 2014
Champaign, Ill. – Volleyball Head Coach Kevin Hambly is pleased to welcome back former Illini volunteer assistant Scott Leserman as the newest member of his coaching staff. Leserman will take over as an assistant coach after spending the past two seasons at Northwestern.
"It's great to welcome Scott and (his wife) Emily back to the program,” said Hambly. “Scott is an extremely hard-working, very bright, up-and-coming young coach. The fact that he understands what it means to be a part of the Illini program made him a no-brainer hire. I am very excited to work with him this upcoming season and into the future.”
Leserman returns 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 across town 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 Hambly, where he helped to navigate the Illini to their third-straight Sweet Sixteen 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 books, where he is ranked in the top 10 in 15 season or career statistical categories, and he received the college's Francis D. Furgeson Coaches Award, presented to the athlete who exemplifies commitment to his/her sport.
The Manhattan Beach, Calif., 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 of Arts degree in Economics from Vassar in 2009 and received a Master's in Sport Management from Illinois in 2010.