Yancer '21 Takes the Reigns of Gwynedd Mercy Women's Volleyball

Gwynedd Mercy University Director of Athletics Keith Mondillo is pleased to announce that Lauren Yancer ’21 has accepted the appointment as the Griffins’ head women’s volleyball coach. “Lauren has articulated a clear vision for the program moving forward and there is no doubt that she will lead us into new levels of success. Coach Yancer has years of playing and coaching experience that will serve us well into this new era of Gwynedd Mercy University Volleyball!” Yancer was a member of the Gwynedd Mercy University women’s volleyball program from 2018-2021 and graduated among the Top-20 all-time in in digs (11th, 600) and digs per set (18th, 2.38). She previously held coaching positions with BUXCO VBC (January 2022 – present), Jems Volleyball Club (January 2023 – May 2023), Great American Volleyball (June 2021 – present), and Delta Volleyball Club (October 2018 – May 2019).

“I am thrilled to be continuing my journey here at Gwynedd Mercy University. GMercyU has been my home away from home for over five years and I’m excited to lead the team that helped develop me during my time as a student-athlete.” Coach Yancer continued, “I’d like to thank Director of Athletics Keith Mondillo and Assistant Director of Athletics Dana Lindstrom for the opportunity to lead the Women’s Volleyball Program. I look forward to growing and developing the program in the coming years.” Yancer served as a team captain for her senior season (2021) and helped lead the Gwynedd Mercy University women’s volleyball team to their second Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament appearance in four seasons. She finished her collegiate career with 64 points (16 kills, 48 aces), 37 assists, and 600 digs. She was an accomplished student-athlete, serving as a member of the Griffins’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC, 2018-2021) and the Business Student Advisory Board (2019-2021) while earning recognition on the Fall 2021 Gwynedd Mercy University Athletics Academic Elite and the AEC All-Academic Team (2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022). Yancer is a member of both Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration) and Chi Alpha Sigma; the National College Athlete Honor Society (2022).

Following her outstanding collegiate career, Yancer took on coaching. She received her first professional appointment in 2018 as an assistant coach at Delta Volleyball Club. In 2021, she became an assistant coach (June 2021 – August 2021) at Great American Volleyball (GAV), where she worked her way up the ranks to instruct youth participants as a head coach (June 2022 – present) and site director (June 2023 – present). During successive summers, Coach Yancer also held assistant coaching positions with Jems Volleyball Club and BUXCO VBC.

A native of Southampton, Pennsylvania, Yancer graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University in December of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She joined the University as a fulltime employee in January 2022 as a marketing and public relations manager.