Ben Read
Ben Read
Title: Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach
Phone: 617 824-8955

Now entering his fourth year at Emerson, success has followed nearly every step of his playing and coaching career without exception at Emerson. In addition, he has concluded several coaching jobs at high levels of achievement at Wheaton, Johnson & Wales, UConn and UNH, as well as several club teams.

Thus far in his tenure at Emerson, Read made back-to-back conference championship appearances with the women's squad, with the Lions taking home the GNAC title in 2012, as well as advancing on to an NCAA Tournament appearance. For the women's program, Read has compiled a 43-19 overall and 23-2 conference record. On the men's side Coach Read has seen the program turn the corner, making back-to-back conference tournament appearances the last two years with their first tournament win in program history coming in 2013.

Read was an essential part of UNH’s back-to-back America East Championship seasons and two NCAA appearances from 2002 to 2004, which he immediately followed up with a Championship season for the Seacoast Juniors Volleyball Club before moving onto athletic powerhouse UConn where he was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Huskies. While at UConn, Read contributed to nearly every facet of the team’s day-to-day functions, with responsibilities ranging from team practice to game strategy and video breakdown.

In 2006, he took over the Head Coaching duties at Wheaton College, where he continued his upward progression in transforming the program while managing every aspect of the program from implementing strength and conditioning programs to running the operations budget and developing recruitment plans.

Prior to his success on the sidelines, Read was also a formidable force on the court where he played for the UNH Wildcats, whose squad he captained during the 2002 season and remains active in both indoor and outdoor volleyball tournaments including adult nationals  in 2007-’09 and 2011.

Sara Rutan
Sara Rutan
Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach

Sara Rutan returns to Emerson after being a former Student-Athlete on the Women's Volleyball team from 2007-2011.

While at Emerson, Rutan had a fantastic career. She was nationally ranked multiple times and is the all time dig leader at Emerson with 1,714 Digs.

Rutan studdied Writing, Literature, and Publishing while at Emerson with a concentration in Desktop Publishing and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She was also the Assistant Volleyball Coach for the Mass Patriots Volleyball Club during her time at Emerson.

After graduation she went on to become the Head Coach for the 16 Power Team at the Evolution Volleyball Club.

Currently Rutan works as a Marketing Assistant for MaidPro Franchise Corp, and runs her own business, GooseInk, which creates custom websites and graphics.

Jake Girard
Jake Girard
Title: Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

Jake Girard joins the Emerson Women’s Volleyball Coaching Staff as an Assistant Coach for the 2019 season.  Girard most recently was at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he served two season as an Assistant Volleyball Coach.  Girard has a wealth of experience in the coaching field, starting his coaching career with the Coastal Volleyball Club in 2014.  He has also held positions at the Max Performance Volleyball Club and founded his own Volleyball clinic called the Next Level Volleyball Clinic.   

Girard graduated from The University Of Massacussetts Dartmouth in 2019 with a Bachelor Of Arts in Economics.