Head Coach Steve Yarnell
Contact Information for Coach Yarnell
Office phone: 419-358-3223
Coach Steve Yarnell will be entering his ninth season as head coach of the Bluffton University volleyball program. He is also an associate professor in the health, fitness and sport science department.
In his fifth season at the helm, Yarnell led the team to an overall record of 27-6, including a spotless 8-0 mark in the Heartland Conference. The Beavers clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament with a thrilling five-set victory over MSJ in the HCAC Tournament finals at Bluffton University. With an outstanding group of returners, Yarnell and the Beavers look to be a formidable opponent in a highly competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Yarnell graduated from the University of Findlay in 2003 with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education. He also completed his master's degree from Findlay in 2005 in education with a technology emphasis.
Prior to assuming the role as head coach for the Bluffton University volleyball team, Yarnell was the first assistant coach for the men's and women's volleyball programs at the University of Findlay in 2004. Before that, Yarnell was the graduate assistant for the men's volleyball team at Findlay.
Yarnell was a varsity volleyball player at Findlay from 2000-03. He was honored as academic all-conference his junior and senior seasons as well as being named to two all-tournament teams as a player during his career. Yarnell was also a gold medal winner for the United States volleyball squad at the Australia Down Under Games.
He has been highly active in the local volleyball scene as he worked extensively with volleyball camps and local volleyball clubs. Yarnell, an Impact and CAP level 1 certified coach, is a member of USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He directs numerous camps and clinics at Bluffton University and at high school campuses throughout the state.
Coach Yarnell and his wife, Kelly, reside in Bluffton with their six-year-old daughter, Gracie, and four-year-old son, Toby.
Assistant Coach Brittany Roth
Contact Information for Coach Roth
Office phone: 419-358-3225
Brittany Roth is beginning her first season at Bluffton as the assistant volleyball coach.
Roth was a four-year starter at Bluffton University from 2006-2009 and was a captain for both her junior and senior seasons. During Roth's senior year, the volleyball team went undefeated in the HCAC, won the HCAC tournament, and made an NCAA appearance. She was named first team All-HCAC in 2009 as well. Roth is the career digs leader for Bluffton with 2,108 digs. While at Bluffton, Roth double majored in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist.
After teaching and coaching in Fort Wayne for the past three years, Coach Roth now resides in Bluffton where she is pursuing her master's in educational leadership.
Assistant Coach Don Burroughs
Donald Burroughs is entering his first year at Bluffton as an assistant volleyball coach.
Burroughs graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a bachelor's of science degree in Business/Education. He then went to earn his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Wright State University in 1998.
Prior to coming to Bluffton, Burroughs was an assistant coach at The University of Findlay from 2008-2011. He has coordinated and trained tournaments and coaches in various aspects for both USA Volleyball and the Ohio Valley Region since 2001. Among these positions are Coaching Accreditation Program Cadre Instructor, IMPACT Master Instructor, and High Performance Camp and Team Instructor. Burroughs has also enjoyed coaching at various times at New Bremen High School, New Knoxville Volleyball Club, Oiler Attack Club, South Carolina Elite Volleyball Camp, Ohio Elite Volleyball Club, and Fairlawn High School.
Coach Burroughs currently resides in New Bremen where he teaches business and computer courses at the high school.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryson Hartzler
Contact info for Coach Hartzler
Office phone: 419-358-3031
Bryson Hartzler is entering his second season at Bluffton as the assistant with the Track and Field and Cross Country programs. He is also working as the strength and conditioning coach for the volleyball program.
Hartzler was a two-year letterwinner at Penn State-Behrend where he qualified for the NCAA DIII nationals as a sophomore in the high jump. After transferring to Penn State University-Park he also qualified provisionally for DI nationals as a senior, with a jump of 7-1.5. While at Penn State he earned a B.S. in kinesiology and served as an intern strength and conditioning coach with Penn State's Olympic sports. Hartzler also spent a season with the track program at Mifflin County High School (PA) where he had immediate success, including multiple state qualifiers.
Hartzler resides in Bluffton where he is pursuing his master's in business administration.