Former UAlbany standout outside hitter and graduate assistant manager Traci Vandegrift will begin her second year as an assistant coach for the Great Danes in 2016.
Vandegrift has been a part of the UAlbany volleyball team since the 2009 season, playing on the team from 2009 to 2012 and serving as the squad’s graduate assistant manager from 2013 to 2015. She was promoted to assistant coach starting in the 2015 season.
While a graduate assistant manager with the team, Vandegrift assisted with video breakdown, travel plans and community service projects with the team. She also served as the head coach of the Legion Volleyball Club in East Greenbush and formerly was a camp counselor for the UAlbany Volleyball Camp and Elite Sports Ohio.
As a Great Dane, Vandegrift served as a six rotation player, leading the Great Danes to a pair of America East titles in 2010 and 2011. In her career, she tallied 732 kills, 48 service aces, 653 digs and 219 total blocks, earning America East All-Conference Second Team honors in 2012.
She graduated from UAlbany as a double major in history and English in 2013, earning her Master’s Degree in 2015.