Staff
Head Coach
Ian Choi

Ian Choi enters his 2nd year as head coach of the Fordham Volleyball program. Last year, The Rams received unprecedented acclaim by achieving Atlantic 10 All-Conference Defensive Awards in two consecutive weeks. Originally arriving to Fordham in 2017 as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Choi helped lead The Rams to their highest RPI finish in six years by serving as the position coach for Middle Blockers and Liberos in addition to leading all defensive systems.

Prior to his arrival in New York City, Choi spent two seasons as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at San Jose State University where he trained the Middle Blockers, Setters and Liberos. He was also responsible for scouting opponents and coding via Data Volley. During his two years, the Spartans saw the second-highest RPI increase among all Division I teams.

Early in his collegiate coaching career, Choi served as an Assistant Coach at the University of Kansas where he worked primarily with the Liberos and Defensive Specialists. That year Choi helped lead the University of Kansas to receive an At-Large bid to the NCAA tournament and finish 22-9 on the season.

Choi’s collegiate coaching experience started at The University of Texas where he helped the team win a Big 12 Championship and ultimately concluded the season as National Semi-Finalists.

In addition to coaching collegiately, Choi has extensive experience and success coaching with USAV Junior Volleyball. Spending most of his time with the top club in Central Texas, Austin Junior Volleyball, Choi garnered National Qualifying bids across all age groups during his six year tenure there and earned Coach of the Year in 2013. While coaching with USAV, Choi also head coached The University of Texas Women’s Club Volleyball team leading them to a National Championship in 2011.

Choi competed at The University of Texas as a setter helping the team to a top 10 finish in 2006. He has a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.

Assistant Coach
Emily Lucas

Emily Lucas is entering her second season with the Fordham volleyball program.

Lucas arrives in the Bronx after spending one season with the Michigan Wolverines as a volunteer assistant coach under head coach Mark Rosen, working on a staff that oversaw the 31st-ranked team in RPI at season's end and two AVCA All-Americans and All-Region selections. She also operated summer skills and team youth camps and directed summer adult camps.

The year prior, Lucas served as assistant coach at Northwood University coordinating the Timberwolves setters and offense while assisting with scouting, recruiting, and travel. While there, she also served as Site Director and club coach with the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, managing 16 different club youth teams, scheduling practices, facilities, and clinics, and serving as head coach of two different teams.

Lucas earned her master's degree in strength & conditioning at Arkansas Tech University while serving as graduate assistant coach for the Golden Suns for two seasons. Lucas served the Golden Suns as the defensive coordinator and assisted in day to day operations. During her time there, Arkansas Tech won two regular season championships, a conference title, and had 13 All-Conference honorees, plus an appearance at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Tournament. Before that, Lucas worked one season as a graduate assistant coach at William Woods University, helping coach the American Conference's Libero of the Year.

Lucas graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with her bachelor's degree in liberal arts, earning tournament honors throughout her college career and Summit League First Team All-Conference along with All-Tournament distinctions as a senior with the Kangaroos.

She currently coaches the 18's National club team for NYC Juniors in Manhattan.

Assistant Coach
Jake Bluhm

Bluhm will be entering his second season with the Fordham volleyball program. Prior to this, he served as the head volleyball coach at Plattsburgh State.

"Jake's strongest attribute comes from his wealth of coaching experience. He's a complete coach and excellent recruiter who already understands the game under the NCAA framework. His technical perspective will seamlessly complement our coaching dynamic and culture. I'm excited to have him on this staff." - head coach Ian Choi

Bluhm spent four seasons in charge of the Cardinals, where he mentored his student-athletes towards two All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) honors. Beyond that, Bluhm was also head coach of both the women's and men's volleyball programs at SUNYIT for three seasons. With the women's squad, he compiled a record of 62-40, including a 29-5 mark in his final season with a share of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) regular season title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament by season's end.

That same year, with the men's program, Bluhm and the Wildcats notched a 19-5 overall record, shared the NEAC regular season title, and went on to win the school's first-ever NEAC Tournament title in straight sets over Lancaster Bible College. For his efforts, Bluhm was named NEAC Coach of the Year.

Prior to SUNYIT, Bluhm spent three seasons as the assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. While with the Red Dragons, he helped oversee a team that made three consecutive SUNYAC Tournament finals and racked up a record of 89-31. In his final season, the Red Dragons earned a berth to the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament. During his tenure there, he coached four AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans.

While assisting at SUNY Cortland, Bluhm also served as head coach of the girl's program at McGraw High School. Previous high school coaching experience includes head boy's junior varsity coach at South Colonie High in 2007 and Niskayuna High in 2000.

Bluhm graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in physical education before earning his Master of Science degree in health education from the same institution in 2011.

Camp Counselor
Makaela Tanaka

Tanaka will be entering her sophomore season for Fordham. As a freshman, she played in 82 sets and averaged 7.18 assists per set.

Before Fordham: Played four seasons at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, earning three varsity letters with the Monarchs, a team that was ranked #1 in the country in 2015 and 2016. She broke out as a junior while earning Max Preps All-State honors, PrepVolleyball.com All-American special mention, West Castholic Athletic All-League, and Mercury News Bay Area Third Team honors. She was also named to the Durango Classic Second Team and All-Tournament team, a feat she bested a year later while making the First Team. She was twice named Max Preps/AVCA California Athlete of the Week, once each as a junior and senior. She was also named 2017-18 Under Armour/AVCA All-America honorable mention. She played her club volleyball with Red Rock Volleyball, helping her team to one gold medal, three silver medals, and a bronze at various Open Division competitions over her first three years. During her senior year, she helped Red Rock earn silver at the Far Westerns Qualifier USA Division. Academically, she was a four-year member of both the Principal's Honor Roll and the National Honor Society.

Camp Counselor
Morgan Williams

Williams will be entering her senior season for the Fordham Volleyball program. In the 2018 season, she played in 104 sets and averaged 4.28 digs per set.

Camp Counselor
McKenna Lahr

Lahr will be entering her junior season for the Fordham Volleyball program. In the 2018 season, she played in 106 sets and averaged 2.63 kills per set.

Before Fordham: Played four years at Lakes Community high school in Lake Villa, Ill. under head coach Kathryn Cheek... Was named First Team All-Conference honorable mention as a freshman and to the proper First Team each of the next three years... Served as team captain as a senior... Competed with Sky High 17 Black at the club level, placing first at the Windy City Qualifiers, runners-up at the Puerto Rico Jeep Championship, third in the GLPL, which was the highest finish among U17s and U18s, and 13th at USAV Nationals... Academically, she was a four-year High Honor Roll member and was nominated for National Honor Society as a sophomore and junior... Also a member of the yearbook club and Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT).