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 18 years at the UMD helm, spending the past 16 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 where she played for the Mavericks and won a Division II Volleyball National Championship in 1996. After her playing career ended, she began her coaching career 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 MN North club volleyball team from 2004-2019.
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 coaching intern/assistant coach, learning under the tutelage of Jim Boos for a fifth year.
Before landing back on the Bulldog bench, Sterns made a brief appearance in the professional volleyball circuit playing overseas for one season with the Terville Florange Olympic Club, which is a member of France's top pro league.
Sterns started 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.