Oberlin, Ohio – Co-Interim Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos announced today the hiring of Erica Rau as the head coach for the Yeowomen volleyball program.

Rau comes to Oberlin from Carnegie Mellon, where she has spent the last three years as an assistant coach for the Tartans. Rau played a vital role in all aspects of the program and helped the team make its second ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

“Erica's energy, passion and experience make her a perfect fit to lead our volleyball program into the next era,” Winkelfoos said. “She will be a fantastic mentor to our student-athletes and a great member of our athletics department and campus community.”

In addition to her work with the CMU program, Rau has also been the head coach of the 16U Pittsburgh Elite team since 2008. Prior to 2008 she was the Head Coach at Gettysburg Area High School for two seasons where she amassed a 37-10 overall record while going a perfect 28-0 in division play. For her efforts she was named as Coach of the Year in 2006 by the Gettysburg Times.

“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to be the next head women's volleyball coach at Oberlin College,” Rau said. “Oberlin has a high academic tradition and I believe it truly embodies the Division III collegiate experience. I look forward to taking the volleyball program to the next level and building a winning tradition that will only complement Oberlin's strong academic reputation.”

Rau, who has also served the SAAC Advisor at Carnegie Mellon, had an outstanding four-year playing career at Gettysburg from 2002-2005. A four-year starter at middle hitter, she helped lead the Bullets to four consecutive Centennial Conference Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. During her senior season she served as team captain and was named second-team all-conference.

Rau, who graduated from Gettysburg with a BA in management in 2006, is also working on her MBA at Robert Morris. Her official start date at Oberlin is July 1.