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Goshen College names Lauren Ford new head men’s volleyball coach

by | Jul 3, 2021 | Headlines, RRSN News, Volleyball | 0 comments

Indiana native, former NCAA Division I player to take reins of newest Maple Leaf program
GOSHEN, Ind. — Lauren Ford has been named the head coach of the Goshen College men’s volleyball team, continuing a volleyball coaching career that extends back nearly a decade and includes work at the club, high school and college levels. Ford has served as an assistant coach for the Maple Leaf women’s volleyball program since 2019. The GC athletic department announced the hiring Friday.
Ford is an Indianapolis native who played at Lawrence North High School before taking her talents to NCAA Division I at the University of Wisconsin and the University of South Carolina. At South Carolina, she set program records that still stand for blocks in a match (13) and blocks per set in a season (1.27) before graduating in 2006 with a degree in experimental psychology.
Ford has international professional volleyball experience, playing five seasons in Finland, Germany, the Philippines, Switzerland and Spain before returning to the United States as a coach at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. She assisted the Warriors from 2012-14 before taking over as head coach in 2015, then spent the 2018 season in the Pocono Mountain School District in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has been a travel coach for All-American Volleyball Camps since 2012 and was a Team Indiana Volleyball Club head coach from 2014-16.
“We had a great pool of candidates for the head coach position,” said Dr. Erica Albertin, athletic director. “Lauren quickly rose to the top because of her professional playing experience, her passion and experience at Goshen College, and most importantly her drive to develop student-athletes. I am excited to welcome Lauren as the next head men’s volleyball coach!”
In her time at Goshen, Ford has also served as the school’s student involvement coordinator, overseeing event planning in the student life division and working with the Campus Activities Council.
“I am very blessed and excited for the opportunity to lead this men’s volleyball program at Goshen College,” Ford said. “This is a very inspiring and hardworking group of young men on the court and in the classroom. After only three years, there is already a solid foundation established that is rich in tradition and I look forward to building on that success. Let’s get to work.”
The second permanent head coach in Maple Leaf men’s volleyball history, Ford will also become the second woman to assume sole responsibility for coaching a men’s team at GC. Allison Bailey was the first female head coach, leading the men’s golf team from 2011-13.
Goshen added men’s volleyball as its 14th varsity sport in 2019 after playing as a club team in the 2017-18 academic year and has been very successful. The team is 38-36 in its three seasons, including a 30-15 record since 2020, and reached the postseason for the first time this spring while competing in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
Five other Hoosier institutions sponsored men’s volleyball last season, with Indiana Tech being the only one to compete at the NAIA level. Ball State and Purdue Fort Wayne play in NCAA Division I while Trine and Wabash compete in NCAA Division III.
The Maple Leafs will begin their fourth varsity season in January 2022, with the NAIA championship slated for April 11-17 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The season schedule will be released later this fall.
Goshen College is a renowned college in Indiana with award-winning programs that educate the head and heart, creating global citizens who lead with courage and compassion.
The Maple Leafs compete in 14 varsity sports in the NAIA’s highly competitive Crossroads League and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, continuing a tradition of intercollegiate athletics that dates to 1956 and included women’s competition nearly a decade before Title IX. For more information on GC athletics, visit www.GoLeafs.net and follow the Maple Leafs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @GCMapleLeafs.