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 12 years at the UMD helm, spending the past 10 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.
One of the most-decorated athletes in UMD history returns to the Bulldog coaching staff in 2015, as the all-time career kills leader in UMD volleyball, Kate Lange, joins head coach Jim Boos' staff as a graduate assistant.
The 2013 AVCA and Daktronics National Player of the Year spent last year playing professionally overseas with the Terville Florange Olympic Club, which is a member of France's top pro league. She was the first UMD volleyball player to ever sign a pro contract. The three-time All-American selection is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota.