January 27, 2010

Audrey Ludwig named head volleyball coach

Ludwig, a 2007 graduate of St. Olaf and three-time All-MIAC setter for the Oles, has been serving as an assistant volleyball and women’s basketball coach for her alma mater during the 2009-10 academic year. She will join the Piper athletic department staff effective immediately. Ludwig will also advise the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“Audrey is an outstanding addition to our athletic department. Her familiarity with the MIAC, combined with her proven work ethic, energy, and enthusiasm bodes well for the growth of our volleyball program,” said Beeman. “I have no doubt that Audrey will very quickly establish herself in the conference and be successful at Hamline University for many years to come. We are thrilled to have her on staff.”

A four-year starter with the Ole volleyball program, Ludwig earned All-MIAC accolades during her sophomore through senior seasons. Her 4,221 set assists rank fourth all-time at St. Olaf and tenth in MIAC history. She also earned a pair of MIAC volleyball player of the week honors during her collegiate career.

“I’m thrilled to join the Hamline community. Everyone in the athletic department has been very welcoming from the moment I stepped on campus,” said Ludwig. “I’m looking forward to building the program and establishing a tradition of excellence for Hamline volleyball.”

Prior to joining the Oles’ staff, Ludwig served as an assistant volleyball coach at Augsburg for two seasons. Additionally, she has spent numerous years coaching club volleyball and summer volleyball camps at various high schools and colleges, including the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida.

Ludwig earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from St. Olaf and a master’s in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2008.

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