Assisant Coach, University of Kentucky
NCAA Division I
In just her second season as assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, Lauren Sauer participated in one of the most exciting seasons in Wildcats' history, which included a 26-6 record, a second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference, a thrilling 3-2 win at home over 18-time SEC champion University of Florida and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
It was her playing career that led to her decision to get into coaching and help develop players, not just as athletes, but as the adults they will become.
"I had a wonderful experience in college at Georgia Tech and my coaches played a huge role in my life," she said. "They provided me with opportunities and great teammates; they taught me life lessons and took care of me as a person, as well as an athlete. They became the three most important people in my life. Because of their influence in my life, I decided to get into coaching."
Sauer, who was a presenter at the 2008 AVCA Annual Convention, has a commitment to the game that caught the eye of Kentucky head coach, Craig Skinner, who nominated her for the award.
"Over the past year, Lauren's coached a club program here in town and has been to numerous clinics around the Midwest," he said. "Her club team won a couple local tournaments, which they haven't accomplished in the past. This commitment to the sport proves to me her passion for the game and willingness to learn and improve in the profession."