Marianne Reilly, Manhattan College's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that Heather Vulin, an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, will be the Jaspers' head women's basketball coach. A tenacious and tireless recruiter, Vulin was an integral part of extremely successful programs at Villanova and Sacred Heart before joining the Hokies.
“I am incredibly honored to be the next head women’s basketball coach at Manhattan College,” said Vulin. “It’s a dream come true not only to be the next head coach but also to be going to a place that is perfect fit for me. I love the fact that it is a Lasallian Catholic mission-based college. I’ve had success at similar colleges and coupled with the fact that it is located in New York City I believe that I will continue to attract quality student-athletes that will compete for championships.”
A 16-year coaching veteran, including 12 as a recruiting coordinator, Vulin has had success at every institution as is evident with 14 winning seasons. She has coached in NEC, Big East and the ACC, most recently helping Virginia Tech to a seven-game improvement from the previous year and an invitation to the WNIT.
“We are thrilled to bring a coach of Heather’s caliber to Riverdale,” said Reilly. “She has proven to be an outstanding recruiter and has had success at every stop. Heather is a great fit not only for our program but also for our college and will do a fantastic job of teaching and developing our student-athletes while bringing a new brand of basketball to Draddy Gymnasium.”
Prior to working with the Hokies, Vulin spent seven years from 2008-2015 as the recruiting coordinator at Villanova where she was an integral force in the program advancing to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and three WNIT appearances.
Vulin also spent six highly successful seasons from 2002-2008 at Sacred Heart, helping the Pioneers to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 2006 while overseeing the recruitment of the 2009 squad that posted a perfect league record en route to the program’s second NCAA appearance.
At her three previous stops, Vulin has had a direct and immediate impact on the program’s recruiting and talent development while leaving each university in a better place than when she arrived.
She began her coaching career at North Dakota State, where she spent two seasons from 2000-2002 under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Amy Ruley where she helped the Bison qualify for the 2001 NCAA Division II Tournament.
A former two-sport student-athlete, she graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1999 before earning her master’s degree from North Dakota State in 2003.