National champion Van Orden named volunteer assistant coach
Photos from CSU's come-from-behind victory at San Diego State. The No. 12 Rams improved to 17-0. [Photos by Nic Hallisey]
Lauren Van Orden joins the Colorado State volleyball staff as volunteer assistant for the 2013 season. She will assist in all facets of the program while primarily working with the setters and as an on-court coach at practices and matches.
A product of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., Van Orden began her collegiate career at San Diego State before playing her final two seasons at UCLA, capped with a national championship in 2011.
In two seasons in Los Angeles, Van Orden averaged 11.37 assists per set, starting 61 of the Bruins' 64 matches. In the national championship match, she posted 53 assists and a career-most 17 digs. She was named to the Lexington Region All-Tournament team, in addition to becoming an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection. Despite playing just two seasons for UCLA, Van Orden ranks eighth in school history for career assists. In two seasons at San Diego State, she started 54 of 55 matches.
Van Orden spent last season playing professional volleyball in Europe.
In high school, she was a four-year letterwinner and earned numerous accolades, including Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, Prep Volleyball All-American and Rocky Mountain News Player of the Year. She played in the state championship all four years, winning three titles.
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