Toni Elyea will begin her fifth season as the head volleyball coach for the Belles in the fall of 2013.
Elyea's first season saw one of her players receive First Team All-MIAA honors along with two Player of the Week awards. After bringing in a very strong first-year class in 2011, Elyea's team improved in nearly every statistical category.
The 2012 season was laden with success. The team stormed out to a 4-0 record for the first time under Coach Elyea to earn the tournament title at the North Park Classic. A few short weeks later, the Belles earned four consecutive MIAA wins to post a 4-1 league record through the first five matches. That 4-1 mark was the best five-match record for a Saint Mary’s volleyball team since joining the conference in 1997. The season ended with sophomore Kati Schneider garnering First Team All-MIAA honors making her the firth player in program history to be named to the All-MIAA First Team for the Belles.
During Elyea's tenure, the Belles have had three All-MIAA honorees. She has seen players achieve Player of the Week honors 6 times and coached three athletes to All-Tournament team awards. Moreover, Elyea has consistently had success academically including multiple AVCA Team GPA Awards.
Originally from Pine River, Minnesota, Elyea is a graduate of Pine River-Backus High School. After a successful prep career in volleyball and softball, she went on to play collegiate volleyball and softball at Central Lakes College. During her time at Central Lakes, she was a defensive specialist for two state, regional, and national championship volleyball teams. She also was the starting catcher at Central Lakes where her team finished both seasons as state and regional champions as well as, finishing seventh at the national championship in 2001. From Central Lakes, she went on to earn her bachelor's degree in recreation and sport management from Saint Cloud State University in 2005.
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