BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Lauren Steinbrecher, formerly Lauren Sauer, was named volleyball head coach at James Madison on Jan. 25, 2010. She has compiled a 173-98 record going into her 10th season as head coach of the Dukes and is the winningest coach in program history. Under her leadership, the Dukes have one two of their four Colonial Athletic Association championships.
Following a 22-7 season in 2018, Steinbrecher was named the Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year as she guided her team to a 13-3 conference record and a trip to the final round of the CAA Championship. Four Dukes earned All-CAA and VaSID All-State honors while M’Kaela White was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention.
During Steinbrecher’s eighth season she led the Dukes to a historic season. The Dukes earned a 23-6 record, tallying the most wins since 1999, and an 11-5 conference record securing a three seed for the CAA tournament. The Dukes took home CAA tournament title for the second straight year – the second time this feat has been accomplished.
Steinbrecher was able to lead the Dukes to a dominate CAA tournament performance. The No. 3 Dukes took down No. 6 Elon in five sets, No. 2 Towson in straight sets and went on to beat the top-seeded College of Charleston in straight sets. With the CAA conference championship, James Madison earned the CAA’s bid into the NCAA tournament. The Dukes closed out the season with a first-round exit from the NCAA tournament with a loss to Colorado.
Steinbrecher coached four athletes to VaSID All-State Honors in 2017. Bryn Recker and White were named to the First Team, while Taylor Austin and Sarah Martin received Second Team nods.
In her seventh season leading the Dukes, Steinbrecher rallied JMU to an incredible turnaround season. After starting CAA play with a 3-5 mark, James Madison went undefeated in the final eight matches to win the regular-season title outright and finishing atop league standings for the second season straight season, marking the first time since 1998-99 that JMU has won back-to-back regular season titles.
Under her leadership, the top-seeded Dukes swept No. 5 Towson in Wilmington to advance to the CAA Championship match for the first time since 2002. JMU knocked off sixth-seeded Delaware in straight sets to win the conference championship for the first time since 2000, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
One name easily comes to mind when thinking of Western Kentucky University volleyball –Travis Hudson. Entering into his 24th season as head coach in the 2018 season, he is the architect behind turning WKU Volleyball into a championship-caliber team and bringing national attention to the Lady Topper program.
After taking over the helm in 1995 and finishing that campaign with a 7-26 overall record, a resurgence in WKU Volleyball came at an astounding pace. Under Hudson’s tutelage, WKU has earned 10 Sun Belt Conference Regular-Season Championships, including seven-straight from 2000-2006, and five Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships. In the department’s first four seasons in Conference USA, Hudson guided the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 squads to four-straight regular season titles and sequential C-USA Championships. Along with that, the Lady Toppers have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments, as nine came from earning the league’s automatic bid and two were as at-large selections.
For his career, Hudson holds a 590-203 (.744) mark, as his only head coaching job has been on The Hill. Hudson has been named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2013) and Conference USA Coach of the Year twice (2015 and 2016) while being an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year finalist five times after earning the South Region Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2005, 2012, 2016 and 2017. He has 21 winning seasons in his career, as he has 19 seasons with 20 or more wins as well as eight years with 30 or more wins.
Liz Hart enters her 10th season at the helm of the Norse volleyball program.
Since the program’s move to Division I, Hart has orchestrated one of the most successful starts for a transitioning team in NCAA history with a 25-7 mark in 2012, the best record for a reclassifying school in NCAA history. Hart has continued to build on the success of her programs with increasingly strong recruiting class, earning PrepVolleyball.com High Honorable Mention in 2017 and Highest Honorable Mention in 2018, the latter of which puts the Norse in the top-55 recruiting classes nationally.
In 2013, NKU picked up marquee wins against Syracuse, Cincinnati and Navy before the team found itself eligible for conference postseason play in 2014. The Norse advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and finished the season ranked No. 110 in the RPI among 334 Division I institutions.
2014 marked the first year that the Norse competed in a conference tournament, advancing to the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship. NKU finished with a 19-11 overall record and went 7-7 in the A-Sun, while three Norse were named All-A-Sun performers. Jenna Ruble was named to the A-Sun First Team, and both Taylor Snyder and Keely Creamer picked up second-team honors.
The 2015 saw another landmark, as the Norse were honored with the first conference individual honor of the Division I era when Haley Libs was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year. After moving from the A-Sun to the Horizon League, the Norse went 14-16 on the season, including 8-8 in League play.
NKU continued to pick up All-League accolades in 2016, with Keely Creamer, Haley Libs and Taylor Snyder all landing on the Horizon League First Team while Laura Crawford earned All-Freshman Team honors. The Norse had tied their best Division I finish, going 11-5 to finish third in the Horizon League.
Libs repeated as an All-Horizon League First Team member in 2017, with Bailey Western landing on the All-Freshman Team. The Norse also shone academically, with Libs and McKenzie Eskridge both earning CoSIDA Academic All-Region distinction.
The Norse had a landmark season in 2018, advancing to the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament. NKU then received a bid to the NIVC to continue postseason play. Overall, the Norse went 21-10 and Libs wrapped up a storied career that included four All-Horizon League nods, three all-academic honors, a finalist position for the Senior CLASS Award and AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention. NKU was the statistical champion with 19.83 digs per set, led by All-Horizon League First Team honoree Ashton Terrill’s 5.56 digs per set. Western earned All-Horizon League honorable mention, while the freshman class raked in plenty of honors as Anna Brinkmann and Miranda Wucherer were named to the HL All-Freshman Team and Natalie Hardig earned all-tournament honors.
Derek Schroeder was named Mercer’s head indoor and beach volleyball coach on July 25, 2017. He is the 12th head coach in Mercer indoor volleyball history and the second in Mercer beach volleyball history. He continues his indoor volleyball coaching with a 209-137 career record, including a 40-51 Mercer record. With the 14 wins in the 2019 season, his winning percentage improves to a .604%.
In his third season with the Mercer Bears, head coach Dex Schroeder led the Bears to a 14-17 overall record, 6-10 in the SoCon. He recorded his 200th career win on Sept. 14 against Tennessee State with a 3-1 final. His 40th with as Mercer’s head coach came in the 2019 Southern Conference quarterfinals when the No. 6 Bears upset the No. 3 Western Carolina Catamounts in five sets. It would be the second time in program history that the Black and Orange would advance to the conference semifinals. He also led the Bears to back-to-back Southern Conference team sweeps when the Bears swept Wofford (Oct. 25) and The Citadel (Oct. 26). This is the first time in Mercer recorded history that this has happened.
In just his second year of being the head coach at Mercer, Schroeder led the No. 4 Bears to the Southern Conference semifinals match for the first time in program history after defeating No. 5 Wofford, 3-0. The Black and Orange recorded a 16-13, 8-8 SoCon record for the 2018 season.
Schroeder led the 2017-18 Bears to a 10-21 season. No. 8 Mercer defeated No. 9 The Citadel in the elimination bracket of the SoCon tournament before falling to No. 1 ETSU.
In his first year of beach volleyball coaching, Schroeder led the Bears to a 9-16 overall record, falling 2-3 to Jacksonville and Florida Gulf Coast in the ASUN tournament.
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