Head Coach Steve Yarnell
Contact Information for Coach Yarnell
Office phone: 419-358-3223
Coach Steve Yarnell will be entering his 13th season as head coach of the Bluffton University volleyball program. He is also an associate professor in the health, fitness and sport science department.
In his fifth season at the helm, Yarnell led the team to an overall record of 27-6, including a spotless 8-0 mark in the Heartland Conference. The Beavers clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament with a thrilling five-set victory over MSJ in the HCAC Tournament finals at Bluffton University. After finishing in a five-way tie for first place in the HCAC during the 2011 campaign, Bluffton became the first-ever sixth seed to run the table and win the Heartland Conference tournament when the Beavers earned their second NCAA Regional appearance in five years a season ago. Bluffton followed that with a 7-2 HCAC mark in 2014 that culminated with a second consecutive Heartland Conference tournament title and trip to the NCAA Regionals at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. The Beavers made it a Heartland Conference tournament three-peat with a sweep at Hanover in 2015, earning a spot at Juniata Regional where Bluffton fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Wittenberg in four sets. It was a four-peat for the Bluffton volleyball program in 2016 when the Beavers downed Hanover in the HCAC title tilt before knocking off #17 Wisconsin-Oshkosh for their first NCAA tournament victory!
Yarnell graduated from the University of Findlay in 2003 with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education. He also completed his master's degree from Findlay in 2005 in education with a technology emphasis.
Prior to assuming the role as head coach for the Bluffton University volleyball team, Yarnell was the first assistant coach for the men's and women's volleyball programs at the University of Findlay in 2004. Before that, Yarnell was the graduate assistant for the men's volleyball team at Findlay.
Yarnell was a varsity volleyball player at Findlay from 2000-03. He was honored as academic all-conference his junior and senior seasons as well as being named to two all-tournament teams as a player during his career. Yarnell was also a gold medal winner for the United States volleyball squad at the Australia Down Under Games.
He has been highly active in the local volleyball scene as he worked extensively with volleyball camps and local volleyball clubs. Yarnell, an Impact and CAP level 1 certified coach, is a member of USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He directs numerous camps and clinics at Bluffton University and at high school campuses throughout the state.
Coach Yarnell and his wife, Kelly, reside in Bluffton with their 10-year-old daughter, Gracie, eight-year-old son, Toby, and three-year-old son, Brady.
Assistant Coach Lynsey Trusty
Contact Information for Coach TRUSTY
Office phone: 419-358-3225
Lynsey Trusty is the new graduate assistant for the 2017 season. A 2013 Mohawk High School graduate, she is the daughter of Tonya Trusty who was a three-sport athlete at Bluffton University.
Trusty, was a three sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track in high school. As a starting libero at Mohawk High School from 2010-2012, Trusty helped lead her team to a 68-10 record overall and a State Final Four appearance. She received first team all-league honors her junior and senior years. Trusty was Honorable Mention All-Ohio her senior season. She holds the record for career digs at Mohawk with 1,414.
Trusty took her talents to Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where she was a defensive specialist for the Pioneers. She helped her team to the GLIAC tournament in 2014 while being named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team in both 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Malone switched to the GMAC conference. The Pioneers made it to the GMAC tournament their first year in the league, advancing to the semi-final game. Trusty was the libero for the Pioneers and she recorded 648 digs with a 4.91 dig/set average, finishing second in the Great Midwest Conference in total digs and third in digs/set. She received Second Team All-GMAC honors.
In her final match as a Pioneer she surpassed 1,000 career pickups, finishing her time at Malone with 1,008 digs. Her 648 digs and 4.91 digs per set average were both the 4th in Malone single-season history, along with ranking 18th in the nation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Early Childhood Education and Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist.
Trusty, who will reside in Bluffton, is working on her reading endorsement and master’s in education at Bluffton University.
Assistant Coach Erin Oberly
Erin Oberly is entering her fourth season as assistant coach for Bluffton University.
Oberly, a 2009 graduate, was a four-year letter-winner for NCAA Division III Muskingum College. She garnered Academic All-OAC Honorable Mention accolades in 2006 and 2007, and was named to the All-OAC Academic Team in 2008. Oberly served as a two-year captain for the Fighting Muskies, and helped lead them to a 23-7 overall, 6-3 OAC finish in 2008, as well as a trip to the NCAA National Tournament. In the spring of 2009, Oberly received the Greg Riggar Dedication to Sport Award. Throughout college, Oberly has served as a volleyball camp instructor for both Muskingum College and Bluffton University.
In May 2009, Oberly graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in speech communication. She is now certified to teach English/Language Arts in grades 7-12, after earning her master's degree in education from Bluffton in 2011. Most recently, Oberly was the varsity volleyball coach for Bluffton High School in 2012 and 2013.
Oberly currently resides in Tampa, Fla. with her husband Tyler.