Head Coach
Lenika Vazquez

Lenika Vazquez was named the 11th head coach in Canisius volleyball program history, after serving four seasons at Butler. As a member of the Bulldogs staff, Vazquez helped her squad to 73 wins, highlighted by back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014.

Butler also earned a berth into the Atlatnic 10 Conference Tournament in 2013, followed by a trip to the Big East semifinal round in 2014 after the team went 20-10 overall and 12-6 in league play. In her time on staff, six players earned all-league honors, and setter MaKayla Ferguson was named the Big East Freshman of the Year in 2014.

The Buffalo, N.Y. native coached at South Suburban College in Illinois before taking over as an assistant coach at Butler in the winter of 2012. 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.

Assistant Coach
Chris Krueger

Chris Krueger joined the Canisius coaching staff in the summer of 2017, but has been a part of the Western New York volleyball scene for many years, competing as a four-years starter and two-year captain D'Youville.

He played primarily as an outside hitter, spending the 2012 season as a middle blocker. He finished his career among the program leaders in kills, points, service aces, and sets played and earned AMCC All-Conference awards twice during his career.

Krueger has prior coaching experience as well, serving as the head coach at Hilbert's men's team from 2014-17 ad the women's squad from 2015-17. In his stint with the men's team at Hilbert, the team posted the new single seasons wins record in 2016 as well as setting a new record for conference wins, with eight.

Under Krueger's tutelage Korey Schwab was named the AVCA DIII National Player of the Week for the first time in program history, while his teams recorded nine all-conference team selections and 17 NEAC scholar-athlete award winners.

Academically Krueger's squad received the AVCA academic team award in 2015 and 2016 for receiving a GPA of 3.3-or-greater.