Volleyball coach Lenika Vazquez departs from the Griffs after four years

Griffs volleyball coach Lenika Vazquez announced her resignation on February 5 to take the job at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Lenika Vazquez yells instructions to the volleyball during a match against Rider Oct. 6. Griffs won, 3-2, and Vazquez leaves Canisius with a 39-33 MAAC record. Photo by Dean Bogart.

By: Matt Duke

Lenika Vazquez has stepped down as the coach of the Canisius volleyball team. 

On February 5, after four seasons with the Griffs, Vazquez took a new position as head coach of the Northeastern Huskies volleyball team in Boston, Mass. 

In her time at Canisius, Vazquez led the team to new achievements that the program had not previously seen. In her four years as head coach, Canisius had 14 All-MAAC selections, including the first time a player has done so in back-to-back seasons in Leah Simmons. Lenika also oversaw the Griffs victory over Fairfield, being the first MAAC team to take down the Stags after 58 straight victories in conference play.

Vazquez also led the Griffs to their first ever MAAC championship appearance, and has developed the program into an annual contender for the title. Vazquez’s ability to recruit and develop players has been very beneficial to the Griffs program. 

Evident in her ability to develop a winning program, Vazquez held a 39-33 conference record as the head coach of Canisius College, a majority of those wins would come in her latter two seasons. She would lead a 5-13 season in her first season, but things would look up from there as she led an 8-10 season the next year. Things did not stop there as the Griffs historic 2018 season ended with a 14-4 record and a second place finish. She ended her last season with the Griffs at 12-6.

Vazquez has built a contending program at Canisius that the Griffs look to carry over into next year and the future. The Griffs hunt for a new head coach begins as Vazquez starts her new chapter with the Huskies.

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