The caddy arrives at the Bears after being the head coach of the Excel Volleyball club team for seven years, coaching teams from 10U to 17U.
“It is with incredible excitement, enthusiasm and joy that we can announce Yajaira Cadet as our next assistant coach,” said McGuyre. “I feel incredibly blessed that God has called such a passionate and knowledgeable teacher to our program. As an athlete, Yajaira led the SEC in the digs and was a two-time national champion.
“As a teacher / coach, Yajaira is proficient in teaching, communication and motivation. She recognizes and applies timeless principles on a daily basis in her life and the lives of others. I have no doubts that she will be an immaculate servant and mentor to our student-athletes, both as competitors and as women of character. His strengths flourish on and off the pitch. Yajaira will add to an already dedicated staff and strengthen our ability to prepare champions for life. “
In addition to her volleyball club training, she has also been a private coach while serving as a bilingual education specialist and senior intern at Memorial Elementary School in the Plano School District for the past four years. She has been a bilingual educator and coach for a total of 12 years.
Prior to being with the Excel Club, she was a graduate volleyball assistant at Evansville University, Indiana from 2007-2009. Cadet received her Masters of Civil Service Administration in 2009 from college while attending college. helping the Aces to train the main passers and outside hitters.
While there, Evansville’s success stats improved and she coached Missouri Valley Conference Liberator of the Year Julie Walroth. At the time, Walroth was one of only 25 players in NCAA history to perform 2,000 searches in her career.
“I coach because I have the passion to teach volleyball to future generations of players,” Cadet said previously. “I train to serve and share the gift of volleyball. My training focuses on developing the mechanics of the sport, a competitive mindset and the decision-making of the game.”
Cadet has had a busy playing career. She made her debut in the Dominican Republic’s national indoor and beach volleyball teams, competed in several international tournaments including Olympic qualifiers and won a silver medal in the North, Center and Caribbean (NORCECA). She played for the national junior and major teams between 1994 and 2000.
Beginning her varsity career at the University of South Carolina in 2001, Cadet led the sophomore SEC digs in 2002. Transferred to California Baptist, she captained the team and helped the Lancers win the back-to-back NAIA national championships in 2004. and 2005 under McGuyre. Cadet has played away and has been a right-sided hitter as well as a Libero in her career.
In 2004, she was named the AVCA All-America First Team and also received honors from the Golden State Athletic Conference and the Academic All-Conference.
Cadet became a member of the CBU and the City of Riverside Sport Hall of Fame following her senior campaign with the Lancers, earning her BA in Psychology and Christian Studies in 2006. At the time of her induction, she was third all-time in single -season record with 616 eliminations, fourth with 4.57 eliminations per game and fifth with 536 recoveries.
She played professional volleyball for six years, winning five national titles in the Dominican Beach Volleyball League and was captain of the Bameso team that won the US Volleyball Open in 2005.
Born in Montecristi, Dominican Republic, Cadet and her husband, Abraham, have three children – Isaac, Abigail and Abraham Jr.
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