BYU Makes Coaching Change in Women's Volleyball

After three seasons at the helm of BYU's women's volleyball program, Karen Lamb has been released as the team's head coach. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU Athletic Department announced today that women's volleyball head coach Karen Lamb will not continue as the program's coach. Lamb, who has led the program for the past three seasons, will have her current coaching contract honored in full.

A search for a new head coach will begin immediately. In the interim, assistant coach Jason Watson will assume responsibility for the program.

"We appreciate Karen's efforts and accomplishments as our head volleyball coach," BYU Senior Associate Athletic Director Tom Holmoe said. "However, after a thorough review of the program, it was determined a change in its leadership was necessary."

Lamb was named the third head coach of the BYU women's volleyball program in 2002, taking over after the coaching retirement of Hall of Fame coach Elaine Michaelis. Lamb served as an assistant under Michaelis for eight seasons.

A Safford, Ariz., native, Lamb led BYU to a 57-39 record in her three seasons as head coach. Her 2003 team earned an invitation to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament, advancing to the second round. Lamb has a 185-161 Division I record in eight seasons overall, including previous stints at UNLV and Washington State. Lamb played volleyball at BYU from 1974-77, receiving second-team All-America honors in 1977.