Dylann Duncan Ceriani Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Dylann Duncan Ceriani Athlete Profile

#23 Dylann Duncan Ceriani

Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-3 Roster Years: 1984-1988 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Hall of Fame: 1999 Last School: Skyline High School

  • 1999 Women's Volleyball


  • 1987 AVCA Second Team
  • 1988 AVCA First Team
  • 1988 Volleyball Monthly Second Team

Academic All-America

  • 1986 CoSIDA Third Team
  • 1987 CoSIDA First Team
  • 1988 CoSIDA Second Team 

1999 Hall of Fame Inductee Bio

Just consider her your average, run-of-the-mill, 6 foot 3 inch girl-next-door. Dylann Duncan Ceriani is, after all, just your typical All-American, Academic All-American, national champion, patent-pending, mechanical-design engineer. Dylann has accomplished so much in so many varied disciplines, you have to wonder if you'll ever meet anyone quite like her.

A four-year starter for the Cougars, this Salt Lake City product came to BYU as a Converse Prep All-American, the Utah State Athlete of the Year, a BYU Trustees Scholar, and the state 4-A MVP in basketball. The rest, as they say, is history.

From 1984-89 Dylann rewrote the BYU and NCAA record books, being named an All-American twice (Second Team, AVCA/Russell,1987; First Team, AVCA/Russell, 1988; Second Team, Asics Tiger/Volleyball Monthly, 1988) and a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1986, 1987, and 1988.

Among a host of other awards and accomplishments, two of Ceriani's most exceptional came during her senior season. First, Dylann broke the American Volleyball Coaches Association career kill record for all NCAA divisions. No collegiate player at any level had ever accumulated more kills (2,188). To put this in perspective, that's roughly the number of kills a collegiate team has during a season.

Second, Dylann was among a handful of athletes honored by the NCAA with its prestigious Top Six Award. Earning this distinction in 1988, Ceriani joined the elite company of other BYU athletes who have won the award, including Steve Young (1984) and Ed Eyestone (1986).

When she left BYU, the three-time First Team All-HCAC and 1988 HCAC Player of the Year held the BYU all-time match records for solo blocks in a match (6); all-time season records for block assists (209) and total blocks (246); and all-time career records for kills (2,188), aces (233), solo blocks (729), and total blocks (881).

Dylann has represented the United States as a member of the USA "B" Team and as a member of the national team that played at the World Student University Games. She also played professional volleyball for the San Jose Storm and in Switzerland. In 1992 she won the U.S. Outdoor Grass Doubles Championship.

In 1989 she completed her BYU degree in electrical and computer engineering; she has since earned a master's degree in biomechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. As a mechanical design engineer for dj Orthopedics, her work has led to an invention for which the U.S. patent is currently pending.

Dylann and her husband, Geoff, make their home in San Diego.


  • Majored in electrical engineering at BYU and received a master's degree from Cal Berkeley
  • Married to Geoff Ceriani
  • Has five children

Career Highlights

  • Cougar Club Academic Athlete 1984, 1985, 1987 and Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport award winner 1989
  • HCAC scholar athlete 1987, 1988 and Academic All-HCAC 1984, 1985
  • HCAC First Team 1985, 1986, 1987
  • NCAA West Regional all-tournament team 1985, 1986, 1987
  • AVCA/Russell All-American 1987, 1988
  • COSIDA Academic All-American 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Held BYU career records for kills (2,188), block assists (729) and total blocks (881)
  • Earned the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
  • NCAA Top Six in 1989
  • Played for the US National Team 1989-1990

Before BYU

  • All-State and All-Region in volleyball
  • Played basketball for Skyline High School
  • Received All-State academic, 1984 MVP Class 4A, Converse and Carnation prep All-American and Deseret News Prep of the Week for high school basketball
  • Sterling Scholar runner-up in general scholarship
  • BYU Trustees Scholar
  • Utah State High School Female Athlete of the Year 1984

After BYU

  • Earned a Master's of Science degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in biomechanics from Cal Berkeley in 1996
  • Works as a biomechanical engineer at Motion Analysis Labratory Children's Hospital in San Diego from 2001 to present
  • Worked as a mechanical design engineer for the mechanical engineering department at dj Orthopedics in Vista, Calif.
  • Worked as a graduate assistant instructor in mechanical engineering at Cal Berkeley
  • Worked as an electrical engineer for Watch Group EM Microelectronic in Switzerland
  • Inducted into BYU Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Played professional volleyball in Switzerland 1990-1991

Post-BYU Honors and Societies

  • NSF Fellowship Recipient (UC Berkeley, 1992-1995)
  • US Outdoor Co-ed Grass Doubles Volleyball Champion 1994
  • GCMAS member (2001-2002)
  • Toastmaster's Club member (Carlsbad, Calif., 2000-2001)
  • ASB member (1994-1996)
  • MS Dinner Champions 1989 Outstanding Collegiate Female Athlete (awarded by National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame 2004
  • NCAA Silver Anniversary Award 2012


Yr. GP K E TA Pct. SA BS BA TB Dig Ast.
1985 154 488 185 1184 .256 17 40 178 28 64 24
1986 145 506 164 1014 .337 25 37 209 246 78 19
1987 127 539 173 1124 .326 99 42 180 222 135 21
1988 118 655 208 1394 .321 92 33 162 195 192 26
Total 544 2188 730 4716 .309 233 152 729 881 469 90


1984 | Redshirt Year

  • Cougar Club Academic Athlete
  • Academic All-HCAC
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis: "Could start as a front row player now (freshman year), but will redshirt this year. An excellent athlete and student of the game. A potential All-American."

1985 | Freshman Year

  • Cougar Club Academic Athlete
  • Academic All-HCAC
  • HCAC First Team
  • NCAA West Regional all-tournament team
  • Second Team CVCA All-Northwest Region
  • Trained in Japan during off-season
  • HCAC Player of the Week Nov. 4-9

1986 | Sophomore Year

  • HCAC First Team
  • NCAA West Regional all-tournament team
  • UCLA/NIVT All-Tournament Team
  • COSIDA Third Team Academic All-American
  • HCAC Co-Player of the Week Oct. 13-18
  • HCAC Academic Team
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis (1986): "Outstanding blocker, powerful hitter. Her skillful execution of a variety of attack shots are indispensable to our offense. A potential All-American."

1987 | Junior Year

  • Cougar Club Academic Athlete
  • HCAC scholar athlete
  • HCAC First Team
  • NCAA West Regional all-tournament team
  • Illini Classic All-Tournament team
  • AVCA/Russell All-American Second Team
  • COSIDA First Team Academic All-American
  • Volleyball Monthly Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Team
  • Picked HCAC Player of the Week for Oct. 12-17 and Nov. 9-14
  • AVCA Northwest All-Region Team
  • Selected to GTE Academic All-America First Team
  • Named to 1987 HCAC Academic Team
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis (1987): "Exceptionally powerful hitter. One of the best blockers in the country. Hits a  variety of sets from anywhere on the court. Will play front row and back row this season. All-America candidate."

1988 | Senior Year

  • Named to the 1989 World Student University  Games Team
  • Invited to 1989 U.S. National Team trials
  • Co-captain in 1988
  • Recorded 655 kills on 1,394 attempts in 118 games played
  • Had 162 block assists and 195 total blocks
  • Recorded 192 digs and 26 assists
  • First HCAC Player of the Week for 1988 season (Aug. 30-Sept. 3)
  • HCAC Player of the Week for Oct. 11-15
  • Selected for the USA "B" Team in June of 1988
  • Named to BYU Regional Challenge Cup all-tournament team
  • MVP of BYU Beehive Classic
  • MVP of Rhode Island/Village Inn Classic
  • Named to UCLA Conference Challenge all-tournament team
  • District VIII GTE Academic Team
  • Named High Country Volleyball Player of the Year
  • HCAC First Team
  • Named to NCAA West Regional Championships all-tournament team
  • Broke NCAA Division I career kills record against CSU in Provo Nov. 17, passing Oregon's Sue Harbour
  • Ended career with 2,188 kills, an NCAA record for all divisions, passing Division II athlete of Ferris State, who had 2,123
  • AVCA All-America First Team
  • Picked No. 1 in second round of Major League Volleyball draft by Portland Spikers
  • Selected to NCAA Top Six for 1988
  • GTE Academic All-America Second Team
  • Division I AVCA Northwest Region Team
  • Named to Asics Tiger/Volleyball Monthly All-America Second Team
  • HCAC scholar athlete
  • BYU Female Athlete of the Year
  • Cougar Club Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport award
  • HCAC Player of the Year
  • From head coach Elaine Michaelis (1988): "Unstoppable as a hitter. Great serve. Defense much improved. Playing with more confidence since her national team experience. Team leader on the court. Could be the best player in the country this year. All-America prospect."