Todd Kress Named ECAC VB Coach of the Year; Day & Theiller Named to First Team
Release: November 30, 2016
DANBURY, Conn. – Fairfield University Head Volleyball Coach Todd Kress has been named the ECAC Division I Coach of the Year, as announced today by the organization. In addition, Skyler Day and Megan Theiller have been selected as First Team ECAC All-Stars.
Kress earns the Coach of the Year nod from the ECAC after also claiming his conference-record fifth MAAC Coach of the Year recognition this season. This fall, he led the Stags to their second consecutive MAAC Championship and NCAA postseason berth, and his squad is currently in the midst of a 22-match winning streak – the nation’s longest active streak. Fairfield is 28-5 overall and completed only the second 18-0 MAAC regular season in conference history.
Now in the midst of his third campaign back on the sidelines at Alumni Hall – his seventh with the Stags overall – Kress owns a record of 162-72 at Fairfield and 396-267 overall in 21 seasons as a Division I head coach. He is Fairfield’s all-time leader in wins (162) and matches coached (234) and also ranks second in program history with a .692 winning percentage. Kress piloted Fairfield to the MAAC Championship in 1997, 1998, 2015 and 2016.
Skyler Day adds an ECAC First Team All-Star selection to a 2016 résumé that includes MAAC Player of the Year, First Team All-MAAC, MAAC All-Championship Team and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year laurels. Day currently leads the MAAC and ranks 25th in the nation with 4.35 kills per set, while her 492 total kills this fall rank fifth in a single-season in Fairfield history. She has also contributed 2.48 digs per set to the defensive effort en route to 11 double-doubles. In 113 sets of action, she rounds out her statline with a team-high 30 service aces along with 30 blocks and 24 assists. Day has established a new Fairfield single-season record this fall with 1,296 attack attempts.
Megan Theiller garners ECAC First Team honors after collects her first career First Team All-MAAC nod earlier this month. Also a MAAC All-Championship Team pick, Theiller led the conference with four MAAC Player of the Week selections during the 2016 regular season. Theiller ranks second in the MAAC (behind Day) and 35th in the nation with 4.19 kills per set, while her 478 total kills rank seventh-most in Fairfield single-season history. She also slots eighth in the MAAC with a .279 hitting percentage despite having taken more than 540 swings more than any other player ranked in the top 10. Her 1,223 attempts this fall are fourth-most in Fairfield single-season history. She also ranks second among Fairfield players with 2.78 digs per set to round out a team-leading 15 double-doubles. Theiller has contributed 44 blocks, 31 assists and 27 service aces while playing all 114 sets of action this season.This week, the Stags head to East Lansing to meet ninth-seeded and 15th-ranked Michigan State in the NCAA Championship First Round on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.