PISCATAWAY, NJ – Ann Leonard-House has announced her resignation, ending her 11-year career as Rutgers’ head volleyball coach.
During her tenure “On the Banks,” Leonard-House amassed a 170-149 record, which places her second on the school’s all-time wins list. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Leonard-House coached for seven seasons (1986-1993) at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where she compiled a 181-88 record. Overall in 18 seasons she amassed a 351-237 record, earning her 350th career victory Nov. 7, 2005, a 3-0 win against West Virginia at RU’s College Avenue Gym.
Leonard-House will relocate to Charlottesville, VA, where her husband, Jeff House, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Virginia women’s basketball team.
“I would like to sincerely thank Ann for her dedication and service to Rutgers University and the volleyball program these last 11 years,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy III. “We wish her and her family all the best as they begin this new chapter in their lives.”
Leonard-House became head coach at Rutgers in 1994, a season after the squad went just 10-21 overall and 2-12 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. In 1995, the Scarlet Knights joined the BIG EAST Conference, and in 1996, Leonard-House led the team to a 20-win season (20-14), the team's first 20-win total since 1988.
Rutgers compiled its first winning record in BIG EAST play (6-5) in 1998, four seasons after joining the league. Since then, Leonard-House has led the team to a 44-26 (.629) record in conference play. The amazing turnaround culminated in RU's 10-2 BIG EAST mark in 2001, this after going 0-11 in its first league season just six years earlier.
Throughout the Scarlet Knights’ membership in the BIG EAST, Leonard-House has had at least one individual receive post-season recognition from the conference. Last season, she kept that streak alive as Lora Yankauskas was named an honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection.
Leonard-House was a standout athlete in swimming, track and field and volleyball at Methuen High School in Methuen, MA, and competed on the Boston University swim team, track and field team and club volleyball team. She later transferred to UMass-Lowell, where she was a two-time all-region performer for the volleyball team.