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  Beth Launiere
Beth Launiere

Player Profile
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
24 Seasons

Career Record:
471-290 (.619)

10/28/2014

Utes Head to the Desert for Pair of Pac-12 Matches

Utah will face Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday.

10/19/2014

Utes Drop Hard Fought Battle with Stanford, 3-1

Dalton and Anae collect 12 kills each and Schofield-Olsen has a team-high 15 digs.

10/17/2014

Utah Erases 2-0 Deficit to Down Cal in Five Sets

Utes earn win after trailing 2-0 for first time since 2006.

10/14/2014

Volleyball Returns to Huntsman Center this Weekend

Utes will host Cal and No. 1 Stanford.

04/18/2013

Dalton and Launiere to Represent Utah on Pac-12 All-Star Team in China

Will play at least six matches over two weeks in June against Chinese professional clubs in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Awards
AVCA West Region Coach of the Year: 2001, 2006, 2008
Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year: 2004, 2006, 2008
Don Reddish Award: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005

Milestone Victories
400th: 3-2 vs. BYU, Sept. 25, 2009
300th: 3-0 vs. Idaho State, Aug. 26, 2005
200th: 3-1 vs. UNLV, Nov. 16, 2000
100th: 3-0 vs. Utah State, Sept. 20, 1996

Team Accomplishments
11 NCAA Tournament appearances: 1998-2006, 2008, 2013
NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal appearances: 2001, 2008
MWC Tournament Championships: 2001, 2002, 2005
MWC Regular-Season Titles: 2004, 2006, 2008
AVCA All-Americans: Kim Turner (Third Team, 2003) Lyndsey Henderson (Honorable Mention, 2004) Shelly Sommerfeldt (Honorable Mention, 2005) Arial Salvo (Second Team, 2006) Whitney Webb (Third Team, 2006) Emillie Toone (Honorable Mention, 2006, 2008) Lori Baird (Third Team, 2008)

Under Launiere, Utah has ...
- Become the first school in the MWC to win 16 matches in conference play, and just the second to go undefeated (16-0, 2006).
- Won a school-record 28 matches in a season in 2006, including a school-record 25 straight.
- Led the nation in blocks twice (1993 and 2006).
- Recorded 14, 20-win seasons.
- Gone undefeated on Crimson Court twice (2001, 2006).
- Received its first national ranking in the AVCA poll, coming in at No. 18 in September, 2000. Its highest national ranking was eighth in September, 2002.
- Defeated the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time, downing Stanford, 3-2, on Sept. 5, 2000.
- Made its first postseason appearance in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), finishing in third place (1993).

Reinvigorated by a permanent move into the Jon M. Huntsman Center for all home matches, Utah head coach Beth Launiere and the University of Utah volleyball team now have their sights set on moving up the ranks after three seasons in the Pac-12 Conference.

Launiere (471-290, .619) completed her 24th year at the helm of the Utah volleyball program after taking over in 1990, when she looked to straighten out a team that won only one match in 1989. In 24 years, Launiere has sculpted the Utes into a top-25 power. The Utes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 11 times, won six Mountain West Conference titles (regular season and tournament combined) and have recorded 14, 20-win seasons.

Launiere has earned plenty of recognition as the leader of the Utes, she was named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year three times (2001, `06, `08) and the MWC Coach of the Year (2004, `06, `08) of the Year three times.

Launiere's ability to attract top-notch talent has helped take Utah to the forefront of the national scene. She has guided seven Utes to All-America honors while 11 have garnered all-region accolades. The 2011 freshman class was ranked 20th in the nation by prepvolleyball.com, while the 2005 freshman class was ranked the eighth-best by Volleyball Magazine.

Launiere's accomplishments earned her the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for the Pac-12 All-Stars in June of 2013, where she toured China with 13 of the Pac-12 best volleyball players, including current Ute right-side hitter Shelby Dalton.

Launiere also coached for USA Volleyball during each summer from 2009 through 2011. She coached the USA/BIP Team at the 2011 European Global Challenge in Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia last July and was head coach of the USA National A2 Program in May of 2010 at the Open Division of the USA Open National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. Launiere was also on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Li Miao, Chinese Taipei and Bangkok, Thailand.

Launiere's impact on the sport goes well beyond the court. She has guided volleyball on the national stage as the AVCA President during the 2009 calendar year and as the President-Elect in 2008. She has also been a member of the AVCA Board of Directors since 2004 and served a three-year term as the Division I Volleyball Coaches Representative from 2005 to 2007 after being a part of the AVCA's All-America Committee for five years.

On the court, Launiere has helped Utah volleyball reached new heights on both the conference and national levels. In 11 years of MWC play, Utah won three tournament championships (2001, `02, `05) and three regular-season titles (2004, `06, `08), while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament 11 times.

The Utes have reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament nine times with regional semifinal appearances in 2001 and 2008. In 2001, Utah fell to eventual national champion Stanford, 3-1. Utah was the only team to win a game against the Cardinal during the tournament. In 2008, the Utes swept Furman and host Clemson in the first two rounds before being defeated by Washington in Seattle.

The 2008 team went 26-6 overall and won their sixth overall MWC title in school history after starting the MWC season 0-2. Utah went on to take 14 consecutive conference victories against conference foes. Lori Baird was the MWC Player of the Year, while Launiere earned the third MWC Coach of the Year honor of her career.

In 2006, Utah set the school record for wins in a season (28), set the school and conference record for league wins (16) and became only the second MWC school ever to go undefeated in conference play. The team won a school-record 25 straight during the season and was ranked as high as ninth in the AVCA poll. Led by Emillie Toone, who finished second in the country in blocking, Utah led the nation in blocks (3.71). Launiere was voted both the MWC and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

Launiere led Utah to its first national ranking in 2000 after defeating No. 1 Stanford, 3-2, on Sept. 5, 2000. The next week, the Utes appeared in the Sept. 18th AVCA Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 18. Utah earned its highest ranking in school history on Sept. 2, 2002, when it was ranked eighth.

Launiere arrived at Utah in 1990 and took over a team that had compiled a 1-32 record the previous year. Inspiring a turnaround in the program, she recorded Utah's first winning season in seven years (18-15) in 1992, just her third year.

Utah earned its first postseason berth in 1993, placing third in the NIVC. The Utes led the nation in blocks that year, while Mikki Kane-Barton was the top individual blocker in the country. It was the first time any Western Athletic Conference team earned the nation's top rank in blocking.

In addition to seven AVCA All-Americans, most recently Shelby Dalton was selected to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and All-Pacific North Region First team in 2013, while Erin Redd-Brandon received AVCA Pacific North Region honorable mention. Redd-Brandon was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2013 and 2012, while Chelsey Schofield earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention recognition in 2011 and Tess Sutton was honored in 2013. Seventeen of Launiere's players earned 21 different All-MWC honors and 13 have been named all-region. Kim Turner (2002-03), Airial Salvo (2006) and Lori Baird (2008) were each named MWC Player of the Year. Launiere's recruits have also rewritten the record book, holding career records in kills, attempts, assists, aces, digs, total blocks and hitting efficiency.

Before Shelby Dalton played with the Pac-12 All-Stars in China last summer, many of her players have represented Utah internationally in various US Olympic Development programs. Several players have gone on to compete in the USA Volleyball system, including current players Dalton, Schofield, Morgan Odale, along with Turner, Salvo, Toone, Baird, Sydney Anderson, Lyndsey Henderson, Danielle Killpack, Abby Simmons and Kelsie Kartchner. Danielle Leichliter trained overseas with Vanajan RC.

Prior to coming to Utah, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native was as an assistant coach at Illinois (1988-89). The Illini went 57-12 during Launiere's stay and made it to two NCAA Tournaments, including a 1988 Final Four showing.

An assistant at Ferris State (Mich.) from 1985-87, Launiere helped the Bulldogs win three postseason bids, including an appearance in the 1987 NCAA Division II Final Four.

Launiere graduated in 1985 from Aquinas College (Mich.). She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics and has a master's in sports administration from Illinois.

Year-by-Year Record
Year Overall Record Conference Record
1990 7-21 0-10
1991 15-20 3-9
1992 18-15 3-11
1993 25-11 7-7
1994 16-13 7-7
1995 14-17 7-7
1996 20-12 10-6
1997 22-9 9-5
1998 21-10 9-5
1999 22-10 10-4
2000 23-8 10-4
2001 25-7 11-3
2002 25-9 10-4
2003 22-9 12-2
2004 24-7 13-1
2005 23-9 11-5
2006 28-4 16-0
2007 15-15 9-7
2008 26-6 14-2
2009 17-12 10-6
2010 17-14 11-5
2011 11-20 6-16
2012 14-19 5-15
2013 21-13 9-11
TOTAL 471-290 212-152

Year-by-Year Home Record
Year Record
1990 4-8
1991 7-8
1992 7-7
1993 11-3
1994 11-3
1995 8-6
1996 8-5
1997 9-3
1998 8-2
1999 8-4
2000 10-2
2001 15-0
2002 14-2
2003 11-2
2004 12-3
2005 12-2
2006 12-0
2007 7-5
2008 12-1
2009 11-3
2010 8-4
2011 6-11
2012 7-6
2013 8-6
TOTAL 226-96

Year-by-Year Road Record
Year Record
1990 0-11
1991 5-8
1992 6-7
1993 5-6
1994 3-8
1995 2-9
1996 8-4
1997 10-3
1998 7-7
1999 8-4
2000 7-5
2001 7-5
2002 5-5
2003 6-5
2004 8-3
2005 7-5
2006 11-3
2007 5-7
2008 10-4
2009 5-7
2010 8-5
2011 4-8
2012 3-10
2013 7-7
TOTAL 146-146

Year-by-Year Neutral-Site Record
Year Record
1990 3-2
1991 3-4
1992 5-1
1993 9-2
1994 2-2
1995 4-2
1996 4-3
1997 3-3
1998 6-1
1999 7-2
2000 6-1
2001 3-2
2002 6-2
2003 5-2
2004 4-1
2005 4-2
2006 5-1
2007 3-3
2008 4-1
2009 1-2
2010 1-5
2011 1-1
2012 4-3
2013 6-0
TOTAL 99-48

Record vs. All Opponents
Air Force 27-0
Akron 1-0
Arizona 2-9
Arizona State 7-2
Arkansas 1-1
Arkansas State 1-0
Boise State 3-2
Boston College 0-1
Bowling Green 1-0
BYU 22-29
Brown 1-0
Cal Poly 4-2
Cal State Northridge 1-1
California 3-3
Central Florida 1-0
Central Michigan 1-0
Cincinnati 1-0
Clemson 1-0
Colgate 1-0
Colorado 6-4
Colorado State 15-30
Dayton 0-1
Denver 1-0
DePaul 1-1
Drake 1-0
Eastern Illinois 1-0
Eastern Michigan 3-0
Eastern Washington 1-1
Fairfield 2-0
Florida 0-3
Florida Gulf Coast 1-0
Fresno-Pacific 1-0
Fresno State 5-7
Furman 1-0
George Mason 1-0
George Washington 2-0
Georgia 0-2
Georgia Tech 1-0
Gonzaga 4-1
Hawaii 0-10
Hofstra 1-0
Houston 1-0
Idaho 3-1
Idaho State 18-2
Illinois 1-1
Illinois State 1-1
Iowa State 2-1
Kansas 1-0
Liberty 1-0
Long Beach State 0-4
LSU 0-1
Louisville 1-1
Loyola Marymount 2-0
Maryland 1-0
Massachusetts 2-0
Michigan 0-2
Michigan State 1-1
Mississippi 1-0
Missouri 2-1
Missouri State 2-1
Missouri-Kansas City 1-0
Montana 0-3
Montana State 5-1
Morehead State 1-1
Murray State 1-0
Nebraska 0-1
Nevada 3-1
New Hampshire 3-0
New Mexico 27-18
New Mexico State 4-1
North Carolina 2-1
North Carolina State 2-0
North Dakota State 0-1
North Texas 1-0
Northern Arizona 1-2
Northern Colorado 1-0
Northern Illinois 1-0
Northern Iowa 1-2
Northwestern 1-1
Northwestern State 1-0
Notre Dame 2-3
Ohio 1-0
Oklahoma 1-1
Oregon 2-8
Oregon State 3-6
Pacific 2-1
Penn State 0-1
Pepperdine 0-1
Pittsburgh 0-1
Portland 2-0
Portland State 0-1
Prairie View A&M 1-0
Purdue 2-1
Rhode Island 1-0
Rice 4-0
Sacramento State 1-0
Saint Louis 1-1
San Diego 1-4
San Diego State 23-17
San Francisco 3-2
San Jose State 4-0
Santa Clara 4-2
Southern Methodist 6-0
Southern Utah 1-0
South Carolina 1-0
South Florida 0-1
Southern Illinois 1-0
Southwest Texas State 1-0
Stanford 1-8
St. Mary's 2-0
Stephen F. Austin 1-0
Temple 2-0
Tennessee 0-3
Texas 0-1
Texas State 1-0
Texas A&M 0-2
TCU 13-3
Texas Tech 4-0
Texas-Arlington 1-0
Tulsa 2-0
UC Davis 2-0
UC Irvine 2-1
UC Riverside 2-0
UCLA 2-7
UNLV 28-4
USC 0-8
UTEP 15-1
Utah State 26-6
Utah Valley 9-1
Valparaiso 1-0
Washington 0-9
Washington State 5-8
Weber State 25-5
Western Michigan 1-0
Wisconsin-Green Bay 1-0
Wright State 1-0
Wyoming 32-10
Yale 2-0
TOTAL 471-290
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