La Salle Names Former St. John's Standout Caitlin Rimgaila Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Rimgaila comes to La Salle from Lehigh where she spent one season as the top assistant coach.

Feb. 25, 2014

QUEENS, N.Y. – Former St. John’s volleyball standout Caitlin Rimgaila has been named head coach of the La Salle women’s volleyball team as announced by La Salle Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan. As a member of the Red Storm, Rimgaila was named 2006 Big East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year after captaining the Red Storm to a 31-5 overall record and undefeated 14-0 mark as Big East Regular Season Champions. St. John’s was ranked as high as No. 24 in the national polls and advanced to the NCAA Second Round that season.

Rimgaila graduated in three years with a 3.9 GPA in communication science and was a Second Team All-Big East and First Team Academic All-District selection in 2006. She also was a three-time Academic All-Big East pick.

“I couldn’t be happier or prouder for Caitlin Rimgaila on this opportunity to become a head coach,” SJU volleyball head coach Joanne Persico said. “She was the consummate student-athlete and captain while at St. John's. Caitlin embodies all the characteristics one would look for in a coach and mentor: leadership, dedication, integrity, perseverance, hard work and strong communication skills to name a few.  She is passionate about volleyball and academics and will build a competitive program that fits La Salle's scholar-athlete model. We at St. John's volleyball are proud to call her ‘one of our own.’”

Rimgaila comes to La Salle from Lehigh where she spent one season as the top assistant coach, helping the Mountain Hawks to a 20-9 record and 11-5 mark in the Patriot League. The 11 wins tied a school record for Patriot League victories and the 20 wins were the most by the program since 2002 and the sixth most in school history.



Prior to Lehigh, she spent one season as an assistant at Bucknell.

Before entering the college circuit, Rimgaila was the head coach of Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, Pa. She was the first coach in program history and led the team to two top 10 rankings in the state and a pair of PIAA District I runner-up finishes.

She also has experience as the head coach for the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy, the Synergy Volleyball Club and an assistant at SUNY FIT.

A native of Trooper, Pa., Rimgaila was an all-state selection at Villa Maria Academy. She will receive a master’s in educational leadership and higher education administration from Lehigh in May.

Rimgaila is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and worked four years in the marketing/communications field.

 - Article courtesy of La Salle Athletics


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