Natalie Morgan, Ben Lee Added to Volleyball Staff
First-year head coach Aaron Mansfield announced the hiring of Natalie Morgan and Ben Lee.
“I couldn't be happier with our two new assistants,” Mansfield said. “After an extensive search, and many conversations with many qualified candidates, these were the two that really stuck out to me. I feel very fortunate that they will round up our staff here. We are all excited at the potential that is here, and are eager to get to work.”
A native of the Silicon Valley in Northern California, Lee has spent the last decade plus coaching women’s and girl’s volleyball in California and Arizona. He completed his college degree at Arizona State University in 2011 and was on the coaching staff with the ASU women’s volleyball team for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. In 2011 he assisted the A2 USA Women’s National Team that finished with a silver medal in the OPEN Division, and spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 co-coaching the USA College National Team. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the 2016 USA Women’s Junior Continental team and the 2016 USA Girls Youth A2 Program.
An accomplished eye for talent, Lee has served as the Lead Tryout Coach and Evaluator for the Girls HP Program since 2013.
Lee has coached nationally competitive club teams on the court and on the sand in California and Arizona, including serving as a coach with City Beach Volleyball Club, Club Red Volleyball Club, Arizona Storm Volleyball Club, Arizona High Performance Beach, Revolution Volleyball Academy and RPM Sand Volleyball Club.
Lee, the Founder and Technical Director of MyTopRecruit Volleyball Training, got his start in coaching at Saint Francis High School where he was an assistant varsity coach and head coach of the junior varsity team from 2007-2010.
Throughout his time as a club and academy coach, Lee has worked with and trained multiple high school athletes who have gone on to play at various levels of college volleyball including conferences such as the Pac-12, WCC, WAC, Big West, Ivy League, and the Big 10.
“Ben will be our recruiting coordinator here at LMU,” Mansfield expressed. “Ben has a great eye for talent, is connected throughout the country, and is well respected by anyone who knows him. Ben has been heavily involved in coaching in the USA volleyball pipeline and the collegiate national teams, which has allowed him to be immersed in a culture where learning takes precedent. Ben will be a tremendous asset in taking this program to new heights.”
Morgan comes to LMU from the University of Nebraska, where she has served as the Technical Coordinator for the Huskers since 2014. Her stint with Nebraska includes three NCAA Tournament appearances and a National Championship in 2015. While in Lincoln, Morgan held sole responsibility for all film breakdown and statistical analysis.
Prior to her move to Nebraska, Morgan, who missed the 2010 season due to injury, played the 2011 season at Oregon State. After her redshirt freshman year, Morgan settled into a coaching role with the Beavers, serving as Assistant Director of Volleyball Operations and assisting with practice setup, Data Volley operation and statistical analysis.
Throughout her career, Morgan has served as a Collegiate Summer Camp Coach, including stints with Nebraska, American University, UC Berkeley and Oregon State. On the club circuit, she has served as a Head Coach with Volleyball Club Nebraska since 2014, and worked as the 12 Elite Head Coach with BOSS Volleyball Club in 2012 and 2013.
Morgan has also recently worked with the 2016 USA National Team and Pan Am Cup Teams as they prepared for international competition. Building her skill set, she served as a Technical Assistant at the Women’s National Team tryouts and as a Technical Coordinator with the Collegiate National Team in 2015.
In addition to her time at Oregon State, Morgan has played competitive beach volleyball up and down the west coast and spent a stint with the University of Sydney Club Volleyball Team in 2015.
Morgan earned her degree in exercise and sports science from Oregon State in 2014 before finishing a Master of Arts in Education Psychology from Nebraska in 2016.
“Natalie gained tremendous experience with one of the premiere programs in the country at Nebraska for the last three seasons,” Mansfield stated. “She was a part of their National Championship run in 2015 and their final four appearance this past year. Natalie has an advanced understanding of the analytics part of our sport, which will help improve our training methods and game time decision-making. Most importantly, Natalie possesses an exceptional ability to connect with anyone around her. Our players will have a tremendous mentor in Natalie.”
LMU has reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years, including marching to the Sweet 16 in 2015.
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