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Lauren Baufield enters her third season on the volleyball coaching staff after a stellar playing career with the Buccaneer volleyball program. A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Baufield was a four-year letterwinner for the Bucs from 2007-10.
In 2012, Baufield saw ETSU win 23 matches and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Buccaneer history after the Blue and Gold won the Atlantic Sun Championship in Nashville. The Bucs defeated Mercer, Lipscomb and UNF during the run to the title, while four Buccaneers received all-conference honors on the court. Megan Devine was named A-Sun Player of the Year, First Team All A-Sun, and A-Sun Tournament MVP, Meredith Hardy received First Team All A-Sun and All-Tournament Team honors, Khadijah Wiley landed A-Sun All-Freshman Team accolades and Bethany Gesell was voted to the All-Tournament Team. In the classroom, the Blue and Gold earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second straight year, while 12 players received A-Sun All-Academic honors - including four being placed on the A-Sun All-Academic Team.
In her first season with the Bucs, Baufield saw the Blue and Gold make their sixth postseason appearance in seven seasons with the A-Sun, while guiding ETSU to the conference semifinals for its fifth consecutive time. The Bucs earned a thrilling five-set win over fourth-seeded Kennesaw State in the quarterfinals and Megan Devine was named to the all-tournament team. In addition to earning all-tournament team accolades, Devine was also one of three Buccaneer players to receive postseason honors as she was named First Team All-Atlantic Sun. Joining Devine with conference awards were Jamie Stancliff (Second Team) and Meredith Hardy (All-Freshman Team). Not only did the squad enjoy a solid season on the court, but the Bucs were also one of 103 Division I teams to receive the AVCA Team Academic award after generating GPA of 3.338, while six players earned a GPA of over 3.8.
Baufield played a vital role in helping guide the Blue and Gold to three postseason appearances during her playing career. In ETSU’s three A-Sun Tournament appearances from 2007-10, the Bucs advanced to the semifinals in each of those trips, while making the championship in 2010 after a 26-win campaign, the most victories in the modern era for the Bucs. .