MJ Engstrom, a standout coach at the collegiate and national level, enters her ninth season as the coach at UAlbany and is a three-time America East Coach of the Year
Engstrom, who was appointed interim head women’s volleyball coach on March 5, 2008, was previously a head coach at Villanova and Nicholls State. She was elevated to interim coach from her role as a UAlbany assistant.
To date, Engstrom has posted an overall record of 138-96 and 80-16 in America East play over six seasons. Her time at the helm of UAlbany includes three America East Tournament titles and as many NCAA appearances as a head coach, making the America East Tournament all eight years with seven finals appearances.
At least one Great Dane has won an America East major award every year Engstrom has been a head coach. Engstrom has also coached the America East Defensive Specialist of the Year all eight years of her tenure at UAlbany. Engstrom has coached 16 America East major award winners.
UAlbany returned to the top of the America East mountain in 2015, sharing the regular season championship with New Hampshire at 11-1 in the America East. Engstrom and her staff were honored as the America East Coaching Staff of the Year for their efforts. UAlbany went 17-9 overall, including sharing the in-season tournament titles at the Golden Flashes Classic and the Colgate Classic plus reaching the America East title match. Laini Leindecker earned America East Co-Player of the Year while freshman Nicole Otero was selected as the America East Defensive Player of the Year, the eighth straight season a Great Dane earned that award. In addition, Leindecker, Tatum Jungsten and Mikala McCauley all were placed on the America East All-Conference First Team while Otero, an All-Rookie Team member, and Amanda Dolan got to the Second Team. UAlbany led the America East in opponent's hitting percentage, blocks and digs per set to stand as the top defensive team in the America East.