2015 marks the 30th season for Gail Wasmus as the head coach of the NYIT women’s volleyball program. Under her tutelage, the volleyball program has reached unprecedented heights and is now one of the top programs in the Northeast. Leading the Bears from 1976-1986 and then again from 1997-today, Wasmus posts a 529-389 career record with 14, 20+ win seasons, making her the 13th most winningest coach (by victories) in all of NCAA Division II.
2014 was the first time in four seasons that NYIT did not reach the East Coast Conference Tournament or the NCAA East Regional Tournament. The Bears ended the season at below .500 (13-17) which they had not done since 2009. One of Wasmus’ bests seasons came in 2013 as her team posted a 27-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA East Regional semifinal, eventually falling to LIU Post 3-0. That year Shelby Cable and Savannah Donarski (1st Team All-Conference) and Marija Jovanovic (2nd Team All-Conference) earned inclusion on the AVCA All-Region team, with Cable and Donarski also earning Daktronic All-East Region recognition. Cable also went on to receive her third consecutive AVCA All-America honorable mention accolade making her the first two-time All-American in the volleyball program's 35-year history.
The Bears advanced to the NCAA Regional semifinal for the second time in program history in 2012 and finished the year 22-10. NYIT’s best season came in 2003, where Wasmus led her team to a 28-7 overall record, falling short of the NCAA Regional Tournament. She accumulated nine 20 + win seasons after returning in 1997 and coached numerous post-season award winners. Her cabinet includes two All-American honorable mentions, 14 All-Region, 12 All-NYCAC, 20 All-ECC players as well as Coach of the Year three times, as voted on by her peers.
She took over a volleyball program that was just one year old in 1976, and immediately turned it into a winner. Following a 4-5 first season, Wasmus led the Bears to nine consecutive winning seasons from 1977 to 1985, including seven straight appearances in the NYSAIAW Tournament from 1977 to 1983.
Wasmus left NYIT in 1985 and became the director of an indoor sports complex for eight years. She eventually opened her own company, Independence All-Sports Apparel, which she successfully operates today.