Laura Whalen enters her first season as LSU’s Director of Volleyball Operations, joining the Tigers after a stellar playing career.
Whalen, a former LSU volleyball player and native of Littleton, Colorado, joins the staff after a stellar four-year overall playing career, including spending her final two in the Purple and Gold. Whalen will be involved in all facets of the indoor and beach volleyball programs and her responsibilities include team travel, team budget, equipment and camps. She will also serve as the program’s liaison to several departments.
“Having the opportunity to hire one of your own is very special. Throughout her playing career, Laura was one of the hardest-working and most dedicated student-athletes in our program,” Flory said. “Her loyalty and passion for LSU and our program set her apart in our search for the right fit. It truly is special to have someone grow through the program and develop into an amazing addition that we can now add to our staff.”
At LSU as a junior and senior, Whalen played in 27 total matches in 2013 and 2014, as for her LSU career she played in 91 sets. She made four starts as a junior, finishing the year with 164 digs for a 1.95 digs per set average, while also earning 16 service aces for a 0.19 aces per set average.
Prior to joining the Tigers, she totaled 718 digs over 65 matches and served as Texas State’s primary libero as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to LSU. Whalen was a key contributor to the Bobcats winning the 2011 Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships, where the team went 27-8 and she earned all-tournament honors during the postseason event.
She also spent two years playing for the beach volleyball team, playing in seven matches at the two, three, four, five and six positons throughout the year as a senior and primarily on courts four and five as a junior, winning seven matches in the two seasons.
Whalen earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2015.