Auburn Names New Head Volleyball Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Laura Farina has been named as the new women's volleyball head coach.

Athletic Director David Housel and Senior Women's Administrator Barbara Campannounced today that Laura Farina has been named head volleyball coach at Auburn University.

Farina, 32, comes to Auburn from Marquette University, where she has served as head coach for the last three years. She will replace Kevin Renschler, who resigned after two seasons at Auburn.

"I am looking forward to joining the Auburn family and being part of an athletic program that has such a strong competitive reputation," Farina said. "We have a challenge in front of us to build a volleyball program that will be successful competitively. Our goal will be to establish a program that the Auburn community will be proud of for its accomplishments both on and off the court. I am excited about our future and am looking forward to getting started."

Farina took over a program at Marquette that had won only 11 matches the year prior to her arrival and led it to two seasons of 18 wins or more (their record was 19-12 last year.) She coached seven all- Conference USA players, one all-region selection and 15 of her players earned all- Academic honors during her tenure.

"We look forward to having Laura join our coaching family," Housel said. "Laura has a big job ahead of her- rebuilding our volleyball program and making it competitive- but, she can get it done. She knows we are here to help her and we will get it done. She's the right person to get it done."

Prior to her arrival at Marquette, Farina spent six seasons at Michigan State, where she served as first assistant coach. During her time with the Spartans, Farina helped build a program that won two Big Ten Championships (1995, 1996), made five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-98) and was an NCAA national semifinalist in 1995. She developed and implemented the team's national recruiting strategy that enabled the Spartans to land six Fabulous 50 recruits during that span.

As a collegiate player at Illinois, the former Laura Bush, led the Fighting Illini to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances including back-to-back trips to the national semifinals in 1987 and 1988.

A two-time Academic All-American, Farina was also named to the AVCA/Russell All-America Second Team in 1989. She was also named the Illinois Female Athlete of the Year in 1990 and still ranks among the top 10 in several Illini career categories, including aces, attack percentage, digs and kills.

A native of Strasburg, Ill., Farina received her bachelor's degree in English from Illinois in 1992; and her master's in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State in 1998.

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