Josh Lauer enters his fifth season as a member of the Georgia volleyball staff. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach in January of 2014 after spending three seasons as an assistant coach of the Georgia volleyball team. His primary responsibilities with the Bulldogs include serving as recruiting coordinator, coordination of blocking and defense and opponent scouting.
Since his arrival, Georgia has seen its blocking totals increase each year. The Bulldog defensive front has seen the total number of blocks increase from 245.5 in his first year to 285 this past season. Georgia finished the regular-season ranked first in total blocks (285) and in blocks per set (2.39). Desiree McCray ranked third in blocks per set in the SEC and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
With the help of Lauer’s guidance, the Georgia volleyball program has taken great strides, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 in 2013. That year, Georgia also put together its first 20-win since 2002 and recorded the most wins in a season since 1994.
Prior to coming to Georgia, Lauer spent the three previous seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Alabama where he helped the Crimson Tide land its first top-30 recruiting class and a trio of high school All-Americans in 2010.
Lauer joined the Bulldogs in January of 2011 having spent the three previous seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Alabama where he helped the Crimson Tide land its first top-30 recruiting class and a trio of high school All-Americans in 2010.
Prior to his stint in Tuscaloosa, Lauer spent four years as the head coach at the University of Missouri - St. Louis where he took his team from the bottom of the conference to a top five standing. The Tritons put together their first 10-plus conference match winning season in Lauer’s final year after managing just four Great Lakes Valley Conference wins when he began in 2004.
Throughout his tenure at Missouri - St. Louis, Lauer’s squads collected numerous team and individual accolades including the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Award, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award, one ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Third Team honoree and several all-conference and academic all-conference selections.
Lauer’s coaching career got started at the club level where he spent eight years with the St. Louis CYC Volleyball Club. He had three top-five national finishes in the open division at the United States Junior Olympic Volleyball National Tournament and two additional top 20 finishes. More than 20 of Lauer’s club team players were recruited and played at the NCAA Division I level.
An original native of York, Pa., Lauer is a 1999 graduate of Washington University - St. Louis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in religious studies. He is married to the former Debra Reckase. They have two children, Eli and Jonah.