St. Laurence High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Ellen Yopchick as the new head varsity girls volleyball coach, the first in school history.
Yopchick, an Evergreen Park native and Most Holy Redeemer parishioner, brings a wealth of volleyball experience and knowledge to the program. Yopchick joins St. Laurence after 9 seasons with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she most recently held the position of Assistant Volleyball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. While at UIC, Yopchick received the “Thirty Under 30” Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, given to rising young coaches across all levels of collegiate volleyball. She also serves as the assistant club director and coaching coordinator for City Lions, a satellite club of 1st Alliance Volleyball Club.
“My family and I are overwhelmed with excitement to join the St. Laurence community and begin a new era of girls volleyball,” said Yopchick. “From the moment I stepped on campus I knew that St. Laurence High School is a truly special place with a rich tradition of achievement in the classroom, in the community and in competition. I’m incredibly grateful to President Joe Martinez, Principal Jim Muting, Athletic Director Tim Chandler, and the members of the search committee for the faith they have placed in me to lead girls volleyball from the beginning. Together, we will build a strong foundation for a competitive program at St. Laurence.”
In addition to her coaching career at UIC, Yopchick served as the graduate assistant volleyball coach at Marshall University, where she helped the team to the 2007 Conference USA Championship. As a player at DePaul University, she was a three-time team captain and was the team’s Most Outstanding Player her senior season. Yopchick also played at Mother McAuley High School, where she was a key part of the 2000 IHSA State Championship team.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Ellen to the St. Laurence family as our first ever girls volleyball coach,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “She adds instant credibility to our program with her playing and coaching background. The entire committee was impressed with her vision for the program throughout the interview process. Ellen’s core values align with those of our athletic department, and the fact that she grew up on the southside and is a product of Catholic schools will allow her to seamlessly transition into the St. Laurence community.”
Current 5th through 7th grade girls can meet Coach Yopchick for the first time at a free volleyball clinic on Friday, May 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. Sign up for the clinic by filling out the form here. For any questions about the clinic, please contact Director of Admissions Joe Spano at firstname.lastname@example.org.