Lauren Sauer begins her third season with the Wildcats as an assistant coach. In 2009, the AVCA named UK's recruiting coordinator as one of the "30 best coaches in the country under the age of 30."
Sauer is a former standout two-sport athlete at Georgia Tech. She is involved with all phases of UK's game prepartion and practice. Sauer came to UK after spending 2006 as a member of the Universidad de Almeria volleyball team in Almeria, Spain.
Sauer was a four-year starter for the Georgia Tech volleyball team from 2001-04. She also played one-and-a-half seasons as a member of the Yellow Jacket basketball team. Sauer earned AVCA honorable mention All-America honors in 2003 and was an AVCA District III all-region honoree in each of her final two seasons.
"We are thrilled to have Lauren on our staff," UK head coach Craig Skinner said. "She was an excellent player in college and that will help her relate to and coach our athletes as they strive to be the best. Her contagious and energetic personality will go a long way with our team and future recruits."
Sauer was named All-ACC twice and helped her team to the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and an ACC Tournament title and the second round in 2002. The Yellow Jackets won an ACC regular-season title in 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. In her final season, Sauer was part of another ACC Championship while the team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
"It is an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside Craig Skinner," Sauer said. "Coach Skinner knows how to win at the highest level and I look forward to beginning my career with such a respected coach in the volleyball community. It is an exciting time to be a Kentucky Wildcat and I am thrilled to jump on board with this remarkable group of players and coaches."
Sauer was named the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year and is one of just two Yellow Jackets to ever earn the honor. She hit .944 in a match against NC State in 2002, which ranks second in the NCAA record books for hitting percentage in a match with 15 or more attempts.
Sauer finished her career ranked fourth on the Tech career kill list (1,706), second on the Tech career solo block list (99), fourth on the career kills per game list (3.60), seventh on the career total block list (368) and seventh on the career block assist list (269).
Sauer was an all-around student athlete at Georgia Tech, being named to the Dean's List as well as earning Academic All-ACC honors in 2005. She was named to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2001, the District III All-Academic Second Team in 2003 and 2004, and the ACC Honor Roll all four seasons.
Sauer received her bachelor's degree in business management from Tech in December 2005. She continued to play basketball through March of that year. She worked for a marketing company before leaving to play volleyball for one year in Almeria, Spain.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Sauer resides in Lexington.