TROY VOLLEYBALL CAMPS | HEAD COACH
Josh Lauer is in his first season as the Troy volleyball head coach. Lauer is the sixth head coach in Troy University’s Division I volleyball history, and was hired on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Josh Lauer and his family to Troy,” McClain said. “Josh checked several boxes for us in what we were looking for in a new coach: high levels of energy and integrity, great knowledge of the game, an outstanding recruiting resume in key geographical footprints for our program and experience as a successful head coach. Above all else, he and his family are a great fit for Troy Athletics and this community.”
Lauer joins the Troy staff after spending the past nine seasons as an associate head coach and assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference. Most recently, Lauer spent the past six years as the associate head coach at Georgia after a three-year stint at Alabama as an assistant coach and the Crimson Tide’s recruiting coordinator.
While at Georgia, Lauer’s primary in-game focus was the Bulldogs’ defense and they would go on to lead the SEC in blocks with 285 and blocks per set with 2.39 in 2014. Lauer also guided the team to an NCAA Tournament in 2013, the first for the Bulldogs since 2004. That year, Georgia also put together its first 20-win since 2002 and recorded the most wins in a season since 1994.
“This is an exciting time for me and my family,” Lauer said. “I would like to thank Dr. Hawkins, Jeremy McClain and Sandy Atkins for the opportunity to lead the Troy volleyball program. The mission and values of Troy University and the Athletic Department were a huge influence on my decision, and I'm eager to get started.
“I’ve been blessed during my coaching career to have worked with some amazing people, and I’m confident that this new chapter at Troy will be no different. I’m looking forward to working with the team, staff, administration and community to build a winning volleyball tradition at Troy."
Individually, the program had five SEC Player of the Week and two All-SEC honors. Off the court, Georgia had 25 SEC Academic Honor Roll members, eight SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll selections, a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and four SEC Community Service Team picks during his tenure.
In his stint at Alabama, he helped the Crimson Tide land their first top-30 recruiting class and a trio of high school All-Americans in 2010.
Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Lauer spent four seasons as the head coach at Missouri-St. Louis. He took the Tritons from the bottom of the conference to consecutive berths in the Grand Lakes Valley Conference tournament in 2006 and 2007 before joining the Crimson Tide staff in 2008.
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 began 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.
A 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 two children, Eli and Jonah.