Lauren Amundson was hired as head coach of the Marist volleyball program on March 27, 2015.
In 2016, Amundson led Marist to the no. 2 seed and a first round bye in the MAAC Championships for the second straight season. The Red Foxes finished with a 13-17 overall record that included 12-6 in conference play. Amundson had her first MAAC major award winners in Lexi Millington (Co-Libero of the Year) and Megan Fergus (Rookie of the Year).
In her first season as head coach of the Red Foxes, Amundson led her team to a 21-10 overall record and helped them finish second in the MAAC during the 2015 regular season with a 13-5 mark. Marist had a quarterfinal round bye in the MAAC Championship and defeated Niagara in the semifinals to make it to the conference championship match for the third consecutive year.
Amundson comes to Marist after leading Stonehill College to its greatest level of success in program history. In six seasons as head coach of the Skyhawks, Amundson had an overall record of 110-68 (.618), with a mark of 61-27 (.693) in Northeast-10 Conference play. She led the Skyhawks to their first two appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament, which came in 2011 and 2014.
In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament, Stonehill won a share of its first Northeast-10 regular-season championship in program history in 2014. The Skyhawks went 21-8 overall, and 11-3 in conference play. Amundson coached the program's first conference Player of the Year in setter Emily Iverson. Both Iverson and outside hitter Delia Phillips were named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), becoming the first two players to earn this honor in program history. Amundson earned her 100th career victory on Sept. 30, 2014.
Amundson guided Stonehill to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history in 2011, a year in which she was named Northeast-10 Coach of the Year. In 2011, 2012 and 2015, Amundson was named to the AVCA “Thirty Under 30” List, which honors emerging coaching talent younger than 30 years old at all levels of volleyball.
Amundson's student-athletes have also performed in the classroom and become a vital part of the campus community in her tenure at Stonehill. The Skyhawks earned the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2011 and have produced six Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference honorees with over 60 percent of the team earning Athletic Director's Honor Roll status at the College for having a semester grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Amundson started the Ace's Girls program at Stonehill in 2012, a free eight-week program that has run every spring semester since. The program mentors, educates and empowers young girls in both physical and mental well-being, while introducing them to fundamental volleyball skills. The volleyball team earned the inaugural “Cindy Mac” Team Spirit Award at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year as voted on by their fellow student-athletes at Stonehill for being the most dedicated and supportive fans of the school's 20 intercollegiate varsity programs. The team has also been active with “Be the Match,” the James Wright 5K, National Girls & Women in Sports Day, the Special Olympics as well as Team IMPACT, welcoming seven-year-old Eva Fox (and her twin sister Grace) to the team this past fall.
Prior to her arrival at Stonehill, Amundson served as an assistant coach at Bryant University for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, when the program was transitioning to Division I. The Bulldogs went 48-32 in those two seasons. In 2007, Bryant advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship in its final year in Division II. Amundson also has coaching experience at the club level, spending two years with the Memphis Juniors and Memphis Metro, and two with the Rhode Island Blast.
Amundson enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., where she holds the program's single match (71), season (1,592) and career records (5,506) for assists. Amundson played scholastically at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Wash., where she was named valedictorian of the Class of 2003.
Amundson is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (Denver, 2012). Amundson is also a charter member of The Alliance of Women Coaches and served as the Northeast-10 representative on the AVCA Head Coaches Committee and NCAA East Region Awards Committee. She was also the Northeast-10 Volleyball Coaches Chair.
A 2007 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor's Degree in business administration, Amundson received her Master's of Business Administration from Bryant in the summer of 2009.
Head Coaching Record
Year Overall Conference
2016 13-17 12-6
2015 21-10 13-5
2014 21-8 11-3
2013 18-14 9-5
2012 13-15 7-8
2011 27-7 14-1
2010 16-13 11-4
2009 15-11 9-6
Totals 144-95 (.603) 86-38 (.694)
Marist 34-27 (.557) 25-11 (.694)
Marist Postseason Accolades Under Amundson
Libero of the Year (1): 2016 - Lexi Millington
Rookie of the Year (1): 2016 - Megan Fergus
First Team All-MAAC (1): 2015 - Kelsey Lahey
MAAC All-Academic Team (14): 2016 - Kelsey Ediger, Ashton Korona, Mackenzie O'Brien, Sydney Rojek, Amanda Schlegel, Melanie Snyder, Taylor van der Biezen, Lauren Waide 2015 - Kelsey Ediger, Liz Gassman, Ashton Korona, Kelsey Lahey, Amanda Schlegel, Courtney Shaw