Tuesday, March 24, 2009
BRYANT ASSISTANT COACH LAUREN AMUNDSON NAMED HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH AT STONEHILL COLLEGE
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Former assistant coach Lauren Amundson was named head volleyball coach at Division II Stonehill College Monday afternoon, as announced by Stonehill Athletic Director Brendan Sullivan.
Amundson spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, helping the program transition into the Division I ranks in 2008. The Bulldogs compiled a 48-32 record with Amundson on staff, including a 16-19 mark this past season against all DI competition.
Amundson takes over a strong Division II program in the Northeast-10 Conference, a place she is familiar with. The Bulldogs were NE-10 members from its conception through 2007, when they played their final DII season.
In Amundson's first year with the Bulldogs in 2007, she helped the program to a 32-13 mark, finishing a perfect 14-0 in the Northeast-10 en route to an NCAA Regional Championship appearance.
Amundson replaces Eric Snyder who resigned earlier this year to take the head coaching job at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
A native of Stanwood, Wash., Amundson came to Bryant in 2007 after a stellar four-year career as a standout setter for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
Amundson set six Buccaneer single-season and career records from 2003-2006, including breaking the school's all-time career assists record (5,506) as a senior. She also holds the program mark for career assists per game, averaging 11.26 per outing.
Amundson also holds the school's single-season assists record, set with her 1,552 assists as a junior, breaking her old mark of 1,390 set as a freshman in 2003. Along with setting a record with 134 games played as a sophomore in 2004, she holds the CBU mark of 37 matches played, set in 2005.
Valedictorian of Stanwood High School in 2003, Amundson led her volleyball team to the Washington state championship tournament as a freshman, junior and senior. She was named an All-Wesco Second Team selection as a senior and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Lauren's younger sister, Megan, is a member of the Western Washington University volleyball team.
A 2007 graduate of Christian Brothers with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Amundson is currently pursuing her MBA at Bryant and will graduate in the summer of 2009.