BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Laura “Bird” Kuhn- Texas A&M
Jaime Gordon- Morehead State
Molly Alvey- Cincinnati
Lauren Steinbrecher- James Madison
Laura “Bird” Kuhn
Laura “Bird” Kuhn, a former American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coach of the Year, was named the head volleyball coach at Texas A&M on December 30, 2017.
Kuhn, previously the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Kansas, becomes the sixth volleyball head coach in Texas A&M program history.
Kuhn joins the Aggies after a seven-year stint at Kansas, where she was instrumental in helping the volleyball program elevate to new heights of achievement, including the program’s first NCAA Final Four appearance in 2015 and the Jayhawks’ first Big 12 Conference championship in 2016. Kuhn succeeds Laurie Corbelli, who resigned earlier this month after serving 25 years at the helm of the Aggies.
“Not only is Bird an exceptional recruiter, but she has an uncanny proven ability to connect with, and develop, student-athletes,” said Scott Woodward, Texas A&M Director of Athletics. “She brings an energy, intensity, and no-nonsense approach that we are confident will resonate with our current student-athletes and recruits. We are thrilled for her to become our next head volleyball coach and we welcome her to the Aggie family.”
Jaime Gordon is in his 16th season as the head volleyball coach at Morehead State. He has led MSU to four Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles in the last eight years and eight 20-win campaigns in the past 12 seasons.
His program won six straight OVC Team Academic Awards and has won numerous Team Academic Awards from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. MSU jas also achieved seven straight APR public recognitions from the NCAA. The Eagles were also named recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship Award in 2010 and 2011.
Gordon guided the Eagles to their fourth straight OVC regular-season title and second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. He also reached his milestone 300th career collegiate coaching victory during the season.
He guided the 2012 Eagles a 26-7 overall record and 16-0 OVC mark. It was just the eighth unblemished league record in OVC history. Gordon was named OVC Coach of the Year and AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Gordon led the Eagles to a school-record 19 conference wins and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2011.
Gordon made an instant impact in his first year as head coach in 2003. He became the only Eagle mentor to lead Morehead State to an OVC crown in his first season at the helm and boasted the second-best winning percentage of any MSU volleyball first-year head coach.
Molly Alvey was named the 12th head coach of the University of Cincinnati volleyball program on Feb. 15, 2012.
She completed her most prolific season as a head coach in 2016, earning American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors and leading her team into the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats finished the season with a 22-10 record and a 17-3 mark in conference play, good for a second-place finish. Cincinnati earned the first NCAA at-large bid in American history when it was drawn into the Gainesville regional for the first round to face No. 16 Florida State.
The 2017-18 squad went 13-19 overall and 11-9 in conference play while facing five ranked opponents and playing the whole season without preseason conference Player of the Year Jordan Thompson. Junior Carly Nolan was a unanimous selection to the AAC First-Team while teammate Erica Kostelac landed on the Second Team. Academically, the team earned an in-season fall GPA of 3.58 with four student athletes (a third of the team) achieving 4.0’s during the semester.
During the 2016-17 season, Alvey guided the team to a top-25 win at Wichita State as well as three wins over teams in the RPI top-50. The Bearcats finished the season ranked No. 38 in the RPI, up 17 spots from the beginning of the season and 121 spots from the final rankings of 2014. Additionally, UC completed two streaks of 10 consecutive set victories, a feat which had previously not been accomplished since 2010.
Led by Alvey’s coach of the year honor, the UC volleyball team collected seven postseason conference awards in 2016, the most for the team since 2001. Sophomores Jordan Thompson and Jade Tingelhoff were named the Player and Setter of the Year, respectively, while both were named to the All-Conference First Team along with classmate Carly Nolan. Senior Ciara Hill picked up Second Team All-Conference honors. Thompson continued her awards haul when she was named AVCA All-North Region and Honorable Mention All-America.
Lauren Steinbrecher, formerly Lauren Sauer, was named volleyball head coach at James Madison on Jan. 25, 2010. She has compiled a 151-91 record going into her ninth season as head coach of the Dukes and is the second-most winningest coach in program history.
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 automatic 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 M’Kaela White were named to the First Team, while Taylor Austin and Sarah Martin received Second Team nods.
Over her seventh season leading the Dukes, Steinbrecher rallied JMU to an incredible turnaround season. After starting Colonial Athletic Association play with a 3-5 mark, James Madison went undefeated in the final eight games to win the regular-season title outright and finishing on top of the league standings for the second season in a row, marking the first time since 1998 and 1999 that JMU has won back-to-back regular season titles.
Under her leadership, the top-seeded Dukes swept No.5 Towson in Wilmington to advanced to the the CAA Championship match for the first time since 2002. Madison knocked off sixth-seeded Delaware in straight sets to win the conference championship for the first time since 2000, earning the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
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