Bears play three-set intrasquad match, showcasing 2016 team
In her fifth season with Baylor volleyball, Samantha “Sam” Erger was promoted to full-time assistant coach in January of 2015 after spending one season as director of operations. The 2018 season is her fourth as an assistant coach.
Most recently, Erger was a 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award winner, recognizing the top up-and-coming coaching talents at all levels of the sport.
In addition to the role of assistant coach, Erger additionally serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator and defensive trainer. Under her guidance, the 2016 recruiting class was ranked honorable mention by PrepVolleyball.com. Last season, the 2017 class was ranked top-20 by VolleyMag.com and honorable mention by PrepVolleyball.com.
In 2017, Erger helped recruit Baylor’s first Under Armour First-Team High School All-American, Yossiana Pressley.
Last season, Erger helped Baylor earned the program’s first back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids and securing the first national seed in school history. In addition to training all three of Baylor’s 2017 AVCA All-Americans, Erger was a crucial part of helping Baylor finish a school-record 13-3 and second place finish in the Big 12 Conference. BU had finished no higher than fifth before the arrival of Erger and the current coaching staff.
During the 2016 season, Erger helped mentor Katie Staiger, Baylor's first Second Team AVCA All-American and unanimous All-Big 12 selection, along with Jana Brusek, an All-Big 12 Second Team selection. She helped guide the Bears to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
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 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, played professionally in Denmark. She is now the head coach at Hill College in Hillsboro.
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.
Erger’s husband, James, played basketball at BGSU. The couple has one son, Malachi.