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    May 24, 2006

    By Shalae Schulte

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois head volleyball coach Brenda Winkeler completed her coaching staff for the 2006 season, adding Julie Yankus as the second assistant coach behind second-year assistant Katie Noble.

    "I am very excited about this opportunity to join the SIU staff," Yankus said. "After meeting the coaching staff and the team, I knew SIU was the place for me. I am thrilled to help the team achieve their goals because the possibilities for this program are endless."

    Yankus just finished a two-year stint as the top assistant coach at Georgia State where she received her Master's of Sport Administration degree. The Panthers went 25-36 with Yankus as assistant.

    The Wisconsin native attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she played volleyball from 1998-2001 to become part of the winningest class in Wisconsin-Milwaukee volleyball history. While at UW-Milwaukee, she was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams out of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now the Horizon League. An MCC All-Academic Team Honoree in 1999 and 2001, Yankus earned a bachelor's in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Human Resource Management in December of 2002.

    At Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Yankus led the Crusaders to a WISAA State Championship her senior year and a runner-up finish her junior year. She also played club volleyball for the Milwaukee Sting from 1996-98. Yankus would coach at volleyball camps throughout college, and would eventually return to coach the Milwaukee Sting from December of 2002 until May of 2003.

    "We are very fortunate to have someone of Julie's quality to join our staff," Winkeler said. "She brings two years of D-I experience along with an outstanding playing career. Julie is a competitor and will bring a positive attitude to the program."