Shawna Laurendine Steps Down as Head Volleyball Coach

Shawna Laurendine Steps Down as Head Volleyball Coach

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Director of Athletics Mark Webb has announced on Thursday that Shawna Laurendine is stepping down as The University of the South's Assistant Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and head volleyball coach to accept the head volleyball coaching position at Mississippi College, a NCAA Division II institution.

Laurendine, coming off the best record for the Sewanee program since the 2013 season, finished with a 13-14 overall record in 2017. In her six seasons with Sewanee, she finished with a 68-89 overall record.

In her first season at Sewanee, Laurendine was named the 2012 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year. Under her direction, the Tigers won 14 matches after struggling the previous five seasons with a combined 18 victories.

Ending her 15th season as a collegiate head volleyball coach, Laurendine earned her 200th career victory in a 3-0 sweep of Wesleyan (Ga.) at Covenant College on Oct. 29, 2016.

During the 2017 season, she helped one player, Destiny Stewart, who was named Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Newcomer of the Year, the first for the program in the SAA-era. She also earned first honors with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as South Region Freshman of the Year and an All-America Honorable Mention.

The Tigers finished as the 4-seed in the 2017 season, the best finish for the program since the 2012 season.

In 2014, Laurendine coached libero Sara Jayne Sutton to become the first Tiger volleyball player to be named SAA Defensive Player of the Year.

In total, she has coached 17 All-Conference selections. 

"Coach Laurendine has been a truly outstanding volleyball coach for the University of the South," stated Webb. "During her tenure, she has built a competitive culture within our volleyball program and has distinguished herself by her many contributions to Sewanee Athletics. Shawna has our deep gratitude and very best wishes in her move to Mississippi College."

A national search for a new head volleyball coach will begin immediately.

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