Earlham College Names Jason Yhost Next Head Volleyball Coach

Release courtesy of Earlham College

RICHMOND, IN — Earlham College Athletics Director Mike Bergum announced on Wednesday that Jason Yhost has been named the next head volleyball coach for the Quakers.

"I'm incredibly excited," Yhost said. "I'm ready to test the waters and see if the system I believe in works."

Bergum was impressed with Yhost.

"Jason will bring enthusiasm to our program," Bergum said. "His high level playing experience and coaching diversity will allow him to establish his style of coaching here at Earlham."

"His volleyball contacts will enhance our program as well," Bergum added. "We are excited to welcome Jason to Earlham."  

Yhost comes to Earlham from Purdue University where he was a volunteer coach on the staff of Dave Shondell as the Boilermakers finished 23-11 last season.

"Jason Yhost is one of America's most talented young coaches in the game," Shondell said. "His ability to train athlete and scout opponents is well beyond his years."

"He is an outgoing and confident young man," Shondell added about the 26-year old. "Jason will make things happen at Earlham College."

A graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Yhost played professionally in Austria for a season in 2011-12 and topped his squad in points. Yhost has served as a club coach and worked several different camps since 2008.

"I"ve been a product of many different systems," Yhost said. "Having a very diverse background with a lot of different approaches to the game has really helped me round things out a little bit. I've been able to take the best parts of each."

During his two seasons at IPFW (2007-08), Yhost was an All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team choice, while also picking up the conference's Player of the Week award twice. He was the team's Most Valuable Player in 2008, after helping lead the Mastodons to the runner-up spot in the national tournament in 2007.

Yhost began his collegiate career with a two-year stint in his hometown at San Diego Mesa College. At Mira Mesa High School, Yhost was an All-American in 2003.