Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
254-710-1427 | Sam_Erger@baylor.edu
Samantha “Sam” Erger is in her eighth season with the Bears, and second as associate head coach. She was promoted in March of 2020 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach and one season as director of operations in 2014.
Erger stepped seamlessly into the role of assistant coach, additionally serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator and setting coach. Under her guidance, the 2016 class was ranked honorable mention by PrepVolleyball.com while the 2017 class was also ranked top 20 by VolleyMag.com and honorable mention by PrepVolleyball.com. BU's 2019 class was ranked No. 11 by PrepVolleyball.com, while the incoming 2021 class is ranked No. 6 by VolleyballMag.com.
Erger helped recruit the program's highest ranked recruit from PrepVolleyball.com in Kara McGhee and also helped recruit three other Under Armour All-Americans in 2019.
Last season, Erger coached the Baylor setters to a combined 12.21 assists per set between Callie Williams and Hannah Sedwick, who missed the first 10 matches of the season due to injury. Once fully healthy, Sedwick was inserted back into the lineup and collected one of her career's best performances on March 10 against Texas State. The senior dished out a season-high 45 assists in the three-set sweep over the Bobcats, earning her Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week honors in addition to Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Four Bears eclipsed double digits in kills for the first time in the Ryan McGuyre era, as the Bears hit .398 as a team.
In 2020, the Bears reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the second consecutive season and just the third time in program history. Erger and the setters were instrumental in helping Yossiana Pressley and Lauren Harrison achieve AVCA All-America status, as well as seeing Shanel Bramschreiber be named the Big 12 Libero of the Year, BU's first such honoree in program history.
In 2019, Erger helped guide setter Hannah Lockin to AVCA First Team All-America status and unanimous Big 12 Setter of the Year honors. Along with National Player of the Year Yossiana Pressley and First Team All-American Shelly Stafford, the Bears reached new heights and earned the program's first Big 12 regular season title and a spot in the NCAA National Semifinals in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In 2018, Erger helped train Baylor's two-time AVCA All-Americans Yossiana Pressley and Shelly Fanning and saw Baylor earn its third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. BU finished in second place in the Big 12 Conference for the second-straight year, compiling an 11-5 record.
In 2017, Erger helped recruit Baylor’s first Under Armour First-Team High School All-American, Yossiana Pressley. Erger helped Baylor earn the program’s first back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids and securing the first national seed in school history. In addition to training all three of Baylor’s 2017 AVCA All-Americans, Erger was a crucial part of helping Baylor finish a school-record 13-3 and second place finish in the Big 12 Conference. BU had finished no higher than fifth before the arrival of Erger and the current coaching staff.
During the 2016 season, Erger helped mentor Katie Staiger, Baylor's first Second Team AVCA All-American and unanimous All-Big 12 selection, along with Jana Brusek, an All-Big 12 Second Team selection. She helped guide the Bears to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
Prior to coming to Baylor, she made her head coaching debut at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. Upon taking the position in 2013, she recruited 10 new players to complement only five returnees and led the young team to a 29-9 overall record, an NTJCAC Conference title and ended a 12-year Hill College drought by reaching the NJCAA Division I national tournament. She was subsequently honored as the 2013 NJCAA District F Coach of the Year. That same season, Erger coached Hill College’s first All-American since 1996.
Erger had a two-year graduate assistant stint at the NCAA Division II, University of Findlay (Ohio) to begin her coaching career. At Findlay, she was responsible for training setters and assisted in recruiting efforts.
After completing her collegiate playing career, Erger was a member of the inaugural class of the 2011 FCA Volleyball college internship program in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition, she was a 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches for Coaches scholarship recipient.
Erger played NCAA Division I volleyball at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) as a setter, and she left the school ranked fifth all-time in career assists, second all-time in single-season assists, and top 10 in career aces. As a freshman in 2007, Erger earned MAC All-Freshman team recognition.
Erger has three sisters (Kristen, Jordan and Rachel) that all played collegiate volleyball. Rachel and Kristen played at Central Connecticut and Rochester College, respectively, while Jordan is the head coach at Hill College after a successful career at Virginia Tech and playing professionally in Denmark.
In addition, Erger’s father, Jim Fish, is a prominent high school volleyball coach at North Branch High School in North Branch, Mich.
Erger graduated from BGSU in 2011 with a degree in business administration and marketing and completed a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Findlay in 2013.
Erger’s husband, James, played basketball at BGSU. The couple has three children: sons, Malachi and Micah, and daughter, Demi.