Lenika Vazquez will enter her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Butler volleyball program in 2015. Her responsibilities at Butler include recruiting, fundraising and coordinating BU's defense.
The Buffalo, N.Y. native was hired as an assistant coach at Butler in the winter of 2012 after spending two years as the head coach at South Suburban College in Illinois. She has over 10 years of high school and collegiate volleyball coaching experience.
Vazquez was named head coach at SSC in South Holland, Ill., in the fall of 2010. At South Suburban, Vazquez was charged with recruiting and developing players. Vazquez also co-founded Illiana Explosive Volleyball Club in Crete, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago. In addition to coaching in the Chicago area, Vazquez work as a Personal Training Director at an LA Fitness in Oakbrook, Ill.
Prior to her time at South Suburban, Vazquez was the head coach at Chicago State University for three seasons. While at CSU, Vazquez proved to be a talented and relentless recruiter and coach. She had three players break school records for kills, blocks, assists and digs and had several players earn various academic honors.
After coaching two season as a head coach at the high school level in Illinois, Vazquez began her coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Illinois. While at SIU, Vazquez was involved with recruiting, travel, training, game management and community service projects. In her first season at SIU, she helped the Salukis to a 23-10 season and a first-ever appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference final.
As a player, Vazquez was a defensive specialist at SIU from 1996-99. She was an integral part of Southern Illinois' 1998 squad that went 19-12 and 12-6 in the MVC. She played in college for Sonya (Locke) Hopkins, who is coordinator of academic support for Butler.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Vazquez earned a degree in business management from Southern Illinois in 2001.