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Leonid Yelin
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Alma Mater: Uzbekistan Government Institute of Physical Culture and Sport

University of Colorado coach Liz Kritza has announced the hiring of Leonid Yelin (Len-id Yell-in) as an assistant coach for the Buffaloes' volleyball program.

Yelin comes to Colorado with a great deal of experience, including over 20 years as a head coach. Most recently Yelin put in 15 years at the helm of the University of Louisville women's program, recording an overall record of 366-112 (.766) to become the winningest coach in school history. During his time at UL he led the Cardinals to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances which included four visits to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He had 11 seasons with 20 or more wins and two seasons with 30 or more victories.

While coaching the Cardinals, Yelin was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year and the AVCA All-Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2004. He was also honored as the C-USA Coach of the Decade the same year.

Prior to his 15 years at UL, Yelin coached five years at Barry University from 1991-95, compiling a 114-36 record. He led the Buccaneers to the NCAA Division II Championship in 1995 and was named the Sunshine State Conference and AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year. In 1994 Yelin was named the AVCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year after taking Barry to its first NCAA tournament where the Buccaneers advanced all the way to the Elite Eight.

Yelin's overall NCAA coaching record is 480-148 (0.764) and ranked 16th on the all-time NCAA list for active coaches after the 2010 season. Prior to his retirement at UL in 2011, Yelin ranked 12th on the wins by percentage list for active coaches (0.764) and was 34th on the all-time victories list (480).

Before to his NCAA coaching experience, Yelin was a successful player and coach in Uzbekistan. He played for the Republic of Uzbekistan men's team from 1970-75 and then started his coaching career as the head coach for the Uzbekistan junior (U-18) team. Yelin was named the head coach of the national Uzbekistan women's team in 1977, leading that team to a first-place finish at the 1977 and 1981 U-18 national championship and at the 1978 USSR Women's World Cup. He was the head coach of the Ukraine women's professional team from 1983-87.

Yelin was the head coach of the Uzbekistan men's professional team in 1988 and 89. Both years his team won the men's national championships.

Yelin was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and earned his equivalent of a master's diploma in physical education and sport training from the Uzbekistan Government Institute of Physical Culture and Sport. His wife, Yelena, was a member of the Republic of Uzbekistan's Women's National Team from 1973-86 and was a member of the USSR Olympic team from 1975-78, during which she was a two-time European Champion. The couple has two grown children, Eleanora and Boris.

The Yelin File


Born: April 4, 1950

Hometown: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Education: Uzbekistan Government Institute of Physical Culture and Sport (1970)


Uzbekistan National Team - 1970-75


Head Coach, Louisville - 1996-2010

Head Coach, Barry (Division II) - 1991-95

Head Coach, Uzbekistan men's professional team - 1988-89

Head Coach, Ukraine women's professional team - 1983-87

Head Coach, Uzbekistan Women's National Team - 1977-82



Year                   School        Record

1991           Barry                 8-17

1992           Barry                 19-5

1993           Barry                 23-8

1994           Barry                 30-4

1995           Barry                 32-4

1996           Louisville         26-5

1997           Louisville       16-12

1998           Louisville         29-5

1999           Louisville       19-12

2000           Louisville         26-8

2001           Louisville         26-7

2002           Louisville         28-6

2003           Louisville         25-6

2004           Louisville         30-3

2005           Louisville         31-3

2006           Louisville         25-7

2007           Louisville         22-8

2008           Louisville       19-11

2009           Louisville       21-11

2010           Louisville         23-8

At UofL         366-112     (.766)

Career           480-148 (.764)