Steinbrecher signs five-year extension

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison volleyball’s head coach Lauren Steinbrecher has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2023 season, as announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne on Wednesday morning.

“It has been exciting to watch the steady rise and then consistent success of our volleyball program under Lauren Steinbrecher,” Bourne said. “Over the last three years, they have been a constant force in the conference and have competed well out of conference. They’ve been able to sustain that success through transition of classes and student-athletes, all while maintaining a balance of academic achievement, community engagement and a commitment to whole-person development. Lauren is a tremendous fit for JMU and we are excited to have her on board well into the future.”

Steinbrecher became the winningest coach in program history after the Dukes defeated UMBC on Sept. 7 for her 158th career win. JMU finished the season with a 23-7 overall record, improving her career wins total to 173 over nine seasons.

“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work at an institution that prioritizes the student-athlete experience and supports us in our attempts to compete for conference championships as well as runs in the NCAA tournament,” Steinbrecher said. “I could not ask for a better administration to work for or a better staff to work with. I certainly look forward to the next five years at JMU!”

The Dukes went 13-3 in Colonial Athletic Association action to earn a No. 2 seed for the CAA Championship where they faced No. 3 College of Charleston in the semifinals. The Dukes defeated the Cougars in four sets (3-1). JMU went on to face No. 1 Hofstra in the championship where their season came to an end after losing in the fifth set.

Steinbrecher was tabbed VaSID Coach of the Year and junior M’Kaela white was named the VaSID State Player of the Year. White’s 2018 accolades include AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, AVCA East Coast All-Region, First Team All-CAA and was a member of the 2018 CAA All-Tournament Team.

Along with White, three other student-athletes received VaSID All-State honors after a stellar 2018 campaign: junior Sarah Driscoll (First Team), senior Bryn Recker (Second Team) and junior Sarah Martin (Second Team). Recker, Martin and redshirt junior Kelly Vahos also received All-CAA honors.

Since taking over in 2010, Steinbrecher has gone 86-48 in CAA play while winning back-to-back championship titles in 2016 and 2017.