BUFFALO, NY – First- year head coach Reed Sunahara has announced the hiring of Stephanie Albano and Donald Gleason as assistant coaches, completing his coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Albano joins UB from Medaille College where she served as the Associate Head Coach for the Maverick's volleyball team. During the 2012 season, she helped lead the team to an NCAA appearance after posting an impressive conference record of 8-1. Prior to Medaille, Albano served as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Canisius College where she also earned her Master's degree in Sports Administration. She also has over 5 years of combined coaching experience with Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club & Triangle Volleyball Club in North Carolina.
The Lancaster, NY native was a three year starting setter and two-time captain at the University of North Carolina where she helped the Tar Heels earn two ACC Championships. Albano played at Lancaster High School where she earned the honors of New York State Gatorade Player of the Year, Prep Volleyball All-American & State Champions in 2004.
"Steph comes to UB with high recommendations," said Sunahara. "After I met her, I knew she was the right fit for our program. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from her illustrious career as a setter at North Carolina. She has a lot of local ties and knows the area, being from Lancaster. I'm excited to have Steph on board and have her join our Bulls family."
Gleason joins UB from Yale University where he served as the Assistant Coach for the Bulldogs helping lead them to an overall record of 20-5 including an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Prior to his time at Yale, Gleason served as an assistant coach at Medaille College for both the men's and women's volleyball teams.
Gleason earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He graduated with his master's degree in 2011, and was the coach and captain of the school's men's club volleyball team.
"Don comes to UB with stellar recommendations by some high profile coaches," said Sunahara. "He will make an immediate impact with his work ethic, experience in technology and training. He has the passion for the game and will do well here at UB."