Tuesday, 30 May 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Lauren Brough Selected as First Full-Time Saint Michael’s Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Lauren Brough Selected as First Full-Time Saint Michael's Women's Volleyball Head Coach

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Saint Michael’s College Associate Director of Athletics Meggan Dulude ’07 announced the selection of Lauren Brough as the College’s first full-time women’s volleyball head coach on Friday. A three-year Purple Knight assistant coach, Brough was chosen after a national search. She begins her full-time duties on Monday.

“I feel tremendous gratitude to our administration for trusting and believing that our vision will take Saint Michael’s volleyball to the next level,” said Brough. “I’m excited to continue strengthening relationships with the student-athletes I have had the pleasure of recruiting and coaching for the last three years. These young women are an absolute force – they are committed, hungry, and have limitless potential. They fuel and inspire me to learn, grow and improve every single day. I am humbled and honored just to be a part of their journeys, and look forward to supporting and challenging them so we reach our full potential both as individuals and as a program.”

Brough takes the reins of a program that relied upon a strong underclass nucleus last fall, as two first-years led the team in kills, a sophomore was the Purple Knights’ primary setter, and student-athletes with five of the top six dig totals were first-years or sophomores. Saint Michael’s continues trending in a positive direction, improving its service aces per set for the fifth straight year, hitting percentage for the fourth consecutive season, blocks per set for the third straight fall, and kills and digs per set for the second straight season. With Brough a member of Jeanne Dorf’s ’09 staff, the Purple and Gold turned in its best hitting percentage and most blocks and aces per set last year since 2015, and most kills and digs per set in six seasons.

“This spring we got a glimpse of what Lauren can do for and with the volleyball program, and we’re excited to see her vision take form,” said Dulude. “Her passion for growth, ability to communicate effectively, and focus on player development will challenge our student-athletes to become the best version of themselves off and on the court.”

Brough has helped build a geographically diverse roster the past few years, with Purple Knights hailing from as far away as California, Michigan and Puerto Rico. In addition to relying upon New England talent, the program has identified skilled student-athletes from just beyond the region in New Jersey and New York.

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