JENNIFER LAWRENCE | HEAD COACH
Head coach Jennifer Lawrence enters her 12th season serving at the helm of the Lady Chap volleyball program. During the 2013 season, Lawrence recorded her 250th win at LCU and then earned her 251st victory the following season to become the winningest coach in program history, surpassing Steven McRoberts. Under Lawrence’s guidance, the Lady Chaps have amassed an overall record of 268-108 (.713) and made two trips to the NAIA National Championship before LCU began the transition into the NCAA.
Last season, the final year of LCU’s transitional period, the Lady Chaps concluded the season 18-5 and 13-3 in Heartland Conference play. Erin Fisher captured Setter of the Year, Channing Castleberry was recognized as Freshman of the Year, and the pair was named to the All-Heartland Team alongside Amy Edwards and Maddie Johnson.
In 2013, the Lady Chaps played their inaugural year in the NCAA's Division II Heartland Conference, finishing in second place with a 13-5 conference record and went 17-12 overall and naming three players to the All-Heartland Volleyball Team in Erin Fischer, Kacey Deterding and Amy Edwards. The three honors tied for the highest total with conference champion UA Fort Smith.
During the final season competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference, LCU concluded the 2012 season in second place with a 10-2 conference mark and an overall record of 23-9. During the 2011 season, the team posted a 10-4 conference mark and went 24-8 overall, falling in the SAC tournament championship game for a second place tournament finish.
In 2010, LCU set a school record with a 9-0 start, which included a win at No. 7 West Texas A&M to end the Lady Buffs’ 46-match home win streak. The Lady Chaps finished the campaign with a 25-8 mark for their fourth consecutive season with at least 25 wins.
The Lady Chaps posted a 27-8 record in 2009, en route to their 12th Sooner Athletic Conference title and their fifth under Lawrence. LCU defeated University of St. Thomas in the National Championship Opening Round at The Rip Griffin Center before falling in pool play at the final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Lawrence also claimed her second Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolade.
LCU posted a 36-6 record in 2008 and earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships for the first time under Lawrence’s coaching tenure, becoming Elite Eight finalists for the second time in program history. Lawrence earned SAC Coach of the Year honors as the team claimed the SAC title. During the season, she collected her 100th victory, becoming one of three LCU coaches to have at least 100 victories.
Lawrence guided LCU to a tremendous turnaround in 2007. The team claimed their third SAC title under Lawrence with a 30-8 overall record and perfect 12-0 conference mark, but finished a win away from a trip to the NAIA National Championships.
The Lady Chaps suffered through a tough start in 2006 and despite the 19-21 record, the squad still finished tied for second in the SAC and advanced to both the SAC and NAIA Region VI post season tournaments.
In 2005, amid a rash of injuries that forced her girls to run an offense two setters, LCU went 23-14, and managed another SAC title while advancing to the NAIA Region VI semifinals. During her first season at LCU in 2004, Coach Lawrence's Lady Chaps went 26-9, won LCU's eighth consecutive Sooner Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NAIA Region VI tournament final.
Prior to her position at LCU, Lawrence was the head volleyball coach at Denver City High School in Denver City, Texas, where she compiled an impressive 173-77 record over seven seasons. During that time, Lawrence's Fillies won six district championships, and in 2002 and 2003 Denver City advanced to the Regional Finals. While at the high school level, she coached five district MVPs and two All-State players. Prior to taking over the Fillies, Lawrence coached eighth and ninth grade volleyball at Denver City and taught high school English.
A Chaparral herself, Lawrence was an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete in 1994 before graduating from LCU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Kinesiology and English. Her appointment as head coach not only signified a new era in LCU volleyball, but also the first time a woman has held a head coaching position at LCU. Lawrence completed a master’s degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2012 became a USAV Coaching Accreditation Level II Volleyball Coach in 2006.
Jennifer is married to fellow LCU alum Jerry Lawrence, a principal for Lubbock Christian High School. They have two daughters, Cailey (15) and Carsynn (8), and a son, Camden, who was born in 2003 and passed away in 2004.