Coach Marilu Gonzalez-Yanez is a graduate of New Roads High School in Santa Monica. As a prep, she was a four year varsity starter, as an outside hitter. A multi-sport athlete, she also played varsity softball, basketball, soccer, and track & field. Marilu was an All-CIF selectionin 2006, 2007 and 2008 in volleyball. Upon graduating from New Roads, Marilu accepted an academic scholarship to Roger Williams University located in Bristol, RI. While at Roger Williams, she played Defensive Specialist and earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
She also received NEWVA Academic Team Award in 2011, and RWU Hawkmate of The Year Award 2011. Marilu was a three-year starter for RWU and as a senior was Team Captain. She was a key member of her team as they were defending Commonwealth Coast Conference Champions for three consecutive seasons with undefeated records.
Roger Williams also made three appearances in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2011. In 2011 the Hawks posted an impressive 36-3 record. She is IMPACT certified by USA Volleyball, as well as ARC First-Aid & CPR certified.