HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac women's volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski has announced the addition of former three-time All-MAAC standout Caitlin Stapleton as an assistant coach for the 2015 season.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be adding Caitlin to the coaching staff for this upcoming season," Czaplinski said. "Caitlin brings with her an impressive resume where she won every individual award imaginable as a player at Fairfield, brought her team to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions, she adds an invaluable winning mindset to this team and knows the conference very well from her time as a player. It is a pleasure to have her here as we'll look to build a winning culture here at Quinnipiac."
Stapleton comes to the Bobcats after a stellar career at Fairfield, in which compiled 1147 kills across 114 matches in her four-year stint. During her time at Fairfield, Stapleton was honored as a First Team All-MAAC selection as a senior (2014) and sophomore (2012) while also earning an All-MAAC Second Team honors as a freshman (2011). Feared across the conference for her all-around play as a right side, Stapleton finished her career ranking in the Top 10 in Fairfield's program history in kills (1146; 9th), kills per set (2.82; 9th), total attempts (2897; 10th), block assists (247; 6th) and total blocks (276; 7th).
"I am so grateful to have been offered this coaching opportunity," Stapleton said. "As a previous student athlete I was blessed to have had several amazing coaches who not only made me a better player, but a better person. I am looking forward to having the chance to make even the smallest positive impact on these girls as athletes, as well as individuals."
A dedicated leader on and off the court, Stapleton was a key cog in Fairfield's back-to-back MAAC Championships in 2012-13. Stapleton helped guide Fairfield into the MAAC Tournament in all four of her years as a Stag while she played well in her two NCAA Tournament game appearances against Nebraska (three kills, two digs, one assist) in 2013 and USC (five kills, one dig) in 2012.
While starring on the court throughout her time at Fairfield, Stapleton quickly picked up a desire and passion in the art of coaching. Prior to joining the Stags, her first coaching experience came as a volleyball clinic instructor for the Milford Recreation Department back in 2011. With this opportunity came the chance to coordinate drills, teach volleyball fundamentals and organize team-building activities for girls ages 8-14.
Once she came to Fairfield, Stapleton was gifted several more opportunities starting in 2014 where she earned the title of assistant coach for the CT Juniors 15 Regional team based in Woodbridge. It was here where Stapleton started to plan and organize consistent team practices as well as travel to tournaments during the winter and spring seasons.
Her most prestigious coaching opportunity came soon after as she was elevated to the role of head coach for the CT Juniors 17 Regional team in 2015. The experience gained the year prior working with the CT Juniors 15 Regional squad paid big dividends as she was able to shape and mold the CT Juniors 17 Regional team during the winter and spring season in 2015. As the head coach, Stapleton was a guiding force behind the team capturing two gold medals in their six tournament appearances throughout the season.
A native of Milford, Connecticut, Stapleton starred at Jonathan Law High School where she graduated in 2011 in the top third of her class. She was a two-time varsity volleyball captain at Jonathan Law and broke the all-time school record for blocks in her career and single-season. A heavily decorated student-athlete, Stapleton was voted to the Connecticut All-State Team in her senior year and helped Jonathan Law win the 2009 Southern Connecticut Conference Championship.
Stapleton graduated from Fairfield with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology in May 2015.