Samantha “Sam” Erger was promoted to full-time assistant coach in January of 2015. Erger spent one season as director of operations in 2014 for the Bears, largely handling the team’s Data Volley program. Prior to coming to Baylor, she made her head coaching debut at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas.
Upon taking the position in 2013, she recruited 10 new players to complement only five returnees and led the young team to a 29-9 overall record, an NTJCAC Conference title and ended a 12-year Hill College drought by reaching the NJCAA Division I national tournament. She was subsequently honored as the 2013 NJCAA District F Coach of the Year. That same season, Erger coached Hill College’s first All-American since 1996.
Erger had a two-year graduate assistant stint at the NCAA Division II, University of Findlay (OHIO) to begin her coaching career. At Findlay, she was responsible for training setters and assisted in recruiting efforts.
After completing her collegiate playing career, Erger was a member of the inaugural class of the 2011 FCA Volleyball college internship program in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition, she was a 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches for Coaches scholarship recipient.
Erger played NCAA Division I volleyball at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) as a setter, and she left the school ranked fifth all-time in career assists, second all-time in single-season assists, and top 10 in career aces. As a freshman in 2007, Erger earned MAC All-Freshman team recognition.
Erger’s husband, James, played basketball at BGSU. She has three sisters (Kristen, Jordan and Rachel) that all played collegiate volleyball. Her youngest sister, Rachel, currently plays at Central Connecticut, while Kristen played at Rochester College. Jordan, after recently completing a successful career at Virginia Tech, plays professionally in Denmark. In addition, Erger’s father, Jim Fish, is a prominent high school volleyball coach at North Branch High School in North Branch, Mich.
Erger graduated from BGSU in 2011 with a degree in business administration and marketing and completed a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Findlay in 2013.