Chris Krueger enters his first season as the D'Youville men's volleyball head coach with a promising young coaching resume and great familiarity with the D'Youville men's volleyball program.
A former Spartan, Chris played four years for D'Youville from 2010 to 2013 and has his name in several categories of the D'Youville record book. His unique perspective and experience with the program coincide with his head coaching experience as head men and women's volleyball coach at Hilbert College and assistant coach at Canisius College.
Chris spent 2017-19 with Canisius College Golden Griffins as their women's volleyball assistant coach at the Division I level. Of his primary responsibilities, Krueger worked with the outside hitters and middle blockers, developing scouting reports, and the use of analytics. In 2018, the team saw a seven-match improvement in victories as they finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season standings and their first ever MAAC championship game appearance.
With Krueger's tutelage, the team set a new attacking percentage record at .252 during the 2018 season. In addition, the team had six players selected to MAAC postseason teams – including the MAAC Libero of the Year, two All-MAAC First Team selections, and two All-MAAC Rookie Team selections.
Prior to his time at Canisius, Chris spent three seasons leading the men's volleyball program at Hilbert College and then took on the head coaching role for two seasons with the women from 2014-17. Krueger coached nine Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) all-conference players as well as 17 AMCC Academic All-Conference players.
In 2016, the men's program set new program records in wins and conference wins – matching the number of conference victories the program had amassed over the previous ten seasons as well as a top-10 finish nationally with 10.39 team digs/set. Academically, the team received national recognition as one of eleven NCAA men's volleyball programs (Division I-III) to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2015-2016 for achieving a cumulative team GPA of greater than 3.3 and the first ever AVCA National Player of the Week award in Hilbert's program history, on March 31, 2015.
Going back to his playing days as a Spartan, Krueger tallied 702 kills for fourth all-time in program history during his four-year career. He also ranks fourth in matches played at 358 and fifth in total blocks with 208 and was a two-year captain for the men. Chris played both outside hitter and middle blocker for the Spartans and was a two-time AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection.
Chris graduated from D'Youville with his Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2014. He is a Hamburg, NY native.