HEAD COACH ALLISON LAWRENCE
The 2017 season is Allison Lawrence’s first year as head coach of the Montana volleyball program. She was hired in January 2017 after serving seven years as an assistant.
Lawrence joined the Grizzlies in the summer of 2010 after one season as an assistant coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
In Lawrence’s seven seasons as an assistant, Montana three times finished .500 or better in Big Sky Conference matches and three times made the league’s postseason tournament.
At the 2013 Big Sky tournament, No. 5 Montana defeated No. 4 Northern Arizona in the quarterfinals, the Grizzlies’ first postseason victory since 1996.
Since Lawrence has been on staff, Jaimie Thibeault earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 2010, Kayla Reno in 2013 and Hannah Sackett in 2015. The Grizzlies also have had three second-team selections during that time.
Lawrence, from Alta Loma, Calif., was a four-year starter at outside hitter for Oregon State, from 2001 to 2004. She graduated from OSU in 2005 with a degree in philosophy and added a master’s degree in applied women’s studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2008.
Lawrence was a freshman on Oregon State’s NCAA tournament team in 2001 and would go on to earn honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and senior. She was awarded Pac-10 academic honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was an academic all-district selection as a junior.
One of the top outside hitters in Beaver history, Lawrence finished her career ranked among OSU’s leaders in both kills (1,255) and digs (965).
Lawrence was a volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State in 2005 and an assistant coach at Pomona-Pitzer in 2007 and La Verne in 2008, both NCAA Division III schools in Southern California. She also gained extensive coaching experience at the club level during that time.
Lawrence spent the 2009 season at Trinity. She helped lead the Tigers to a 30-win season and a spot in the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals.
She is married to Nate Michael. They are the parents of two sons, Wyatt and Carson.