Athens, GA - Josh Lauer has been named assistant volleyball coach at the University of Georgia, head coach Lizzy Stemke announced on Thursday.
Lauer joins the Bulldogs having spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Alabama where he helped the Crimson Tide land its first top-30 recruiting class and a trio of high school All-Americans in 2010.
"Josh has been highly successful at every level of our sport and will bring experience of training in all facets of the game," Stemke said of Lauer, whose primary responsibilities with the Bulldogs will include serving as recruiting coordinator, coordination of blocking and defense and opponent scouting. "Josh's familiarity with the SEC will also prove invaluable as we work to build the Bulldog program to national prominence."
Prior to his stint in Tuscaloosa, Lauer spent four years as the head coach at the University of Missouri - St. Louis where he took his team from the bottom of the conference to a top five standing. The Tritons put together their first 10-plus conference match winning season in Lauer's final year after managing just four Great Lakes Valley Conference wins when he began in 2004.
Throughout his tenure at Missouri - St. Louis, Lauer's squads collected numerous team and individual accolades including the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Award, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award, one ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Third Team honoree and several all-conference and academic all-conference selections.
Lauer's coaching career got started at the club level where he spent eight years with the St. Louis CYC Volleyball Club. He had three top-five national finishes in the open division at the United States Junior Olympic Volleyball National Tournament and two additional top 20 finishes. More than 20 of Lauer's club team players were recruited and played at the NCAA Division I level.
An original native of York, Pa., Lauer is a 1999 graduate of Washington University - St. Louis where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in religious studies. He is married to the former Debra Reckase. They have one son, Eli, who is just over a year old.