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Christyn May
Assistant Coach
 
The 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year, Christyn May has worked under Bulldog head coach Jim Boos in each of his 15 years at the UMD helm, spending the past 13 seasons as a full-time assistant after serving in a volunteer coaching role in 2002 and 2003.
 
May came to the Bulldogs following a four-year stint at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She began on the Mavericks’ sidelines as a student assistant before continuing as a graduate assistant, and ultimately serving as a volunteer assistant coach. May has also served as the head coach for the Duluth Area Junior Olympic volleyball team since 2004.
 
A native of Palisade, Neb., May graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1994 before beginning a four-year career (1994-97) at Nebraska—Omaha. During that stretch, she was the Mavericks’ starting outside hitter on a pair of NCC-Champion clubs. The Mavericks twice advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight during May’s tenure as a player, and claimed the NCAA II National Title when she was a junior. A member of the Elite Eight All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1997, May played one year of basketball (1998-99) following the conclusion of her volleyball playing career and captained the Mavericks in her one year of duty.
 
May is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education (with a specialization in exercise science) from Nebraska—Omaha in 1999. She also owns a  Master’s degree in education from UMD (2008). May and her husband Justin make their home in Hermantown, Minn with their son, Henry. 

Kate Lange
Assistant Coach

One of the most decorated athletes in UMD history and feared players at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II level, Kate Sterns (Lange) returns to the Bulldog ranks, this time as an graduate assistant learning under the tutelage of Jim Boos for a third year.
 
Before landing back on the Bulldog bench, Sterns made a brief appearance in the pro circuit playing overseas for one season with the Terville Florange Olympic Club, which is a member of France's top pro league. She racked up 166 kills on 471 attacks with 225 digs in 66 sets (2.83 points per set) in 22 matches in her lone season making her the lone Bulldog to ever sign a pro contract and play professionally.
 
Sterns attended Hibbing High School before starting all four years as an outside attacker for UMD, which made an appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament every season. Her outstanding career concluded with American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Daktronics National Player of the Year honors in her senior campaign. A three-time All-American selection and four-year All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member, she rewrote the record books at UMD placing herself atop the charts in kills (2,078) and attacks (4,058) and positioned herself in a club of her own for her all-around versatility attaining the plateau of 2,000 kills, 1,000 digs, 100 solo blocks and 100 service aces.
 
In addition to coaching duties at the college stage, Sterns spends time on the sidelines developing youth players for the Minnesota North Volleyball Club. A native of Hibbing, Minn., Sterns earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 and resides in Duluth, Minn. with her husband Michael.