Lauren Van Orden
University of Illinois at Chicago
Lauren Van Orden
Assistant Coach
Division 1

UIC volleyball head coach Justin Ingram announced the addition of Lauren Van Orden as an assistant coach on March 21, 2019. Van Orden brings a wealth of knowledge from an accomplished collegiate career, as well as valuable coaching experience at both the collegiate and club levels. Van Orden spent four years (2014-17) as an assistant in nearby Rogers Park, helping Loyola to a 20-win season in 2015, their first since 2004. In 2016, the Ramblers secured nine wins in Missouri Valley Conference play, their most since joining the league. Seven players were awarded All-MVC honors under Van Orden's tutelage, including Morgan Reardon, the first player in Loyola program history to earn First Team All-MVC recognition. The Ramblers also experienced success in the classroom with Van Orden on staff, earning a NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2016 for having an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top-10 percent of its sport. In 2013, Van Orden got her start in coaching with a one-year stint as a volunteer assistant at Colorado State, where she guided the Rams to a 28-2 record. At the club level, Van Orden most recently coached at the Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy and Wildcat Juniors, and has also spent time on staff at 1st Alliance/City Lions, SportsShack, Formula One Volleyball Club, Bridge Volleyball Club and Club Pacific Volleyball. Van Orden boasts an incredibly successful collegiate career that started with two years at San Diego State and was capped off with a 2011 national championship in her senior season at UCLA. During her two years as a Bruin, Van Orden led the team to a 52-15 record, making 61 starts as the team's setter and captain. Van Orden departed UCLA with 2,593 career assists, a mark that ranks eighth all-time in Bruin history. The setter was an All-American Honorable Mention, and was also a member of the 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team.   After her collegiate success, Van Orden took her talents overseas, spending seven months with VC Kanti in Switzerland before finishing her tour abroad with two months of competition in Puerto Rico. The Aurora, Colo. native was the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and a prep volleyball All-American at Grandview High School before starting her collegiate career.