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Xavier University women's volleyball head coach Hannah Lawing   Hannah Lawing
Women's Volleyball Head Coach
Xavier University of Louisiana

Office:  (504) 520-7255     Fax:  (504) 520-7934     Email:  hlawing@xula.edu
Location:  Convocation Center Annex, room 304 (third floor)
Mail and Shipping:  1 Drexel Drive, Campus Box 92, New Orleans LA 70125
Best Time to Contact Lawing:  Weekday afternoons

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     Less than four months after she joined the coaching staff, Hannah Lawing was promoted to women's volleyball head coach at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her hiring was announced Dec. 11, 2012. Lawing succeeded Christabell Hamilton, the Gold Nuggets' coach in 2011 and 2012.
     "I am excited to promote Hannah," XU athletics director Dennis Cousin said. "I am confident that she will do an excellent job as our head volleyball coach and continue the success that Christabell started."
     During Lawing's tenure as assistant coach, the Gold Nuggets were 22-8 overall and 10-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. They set a school record with 11 consecutive road victories, and they repeated as champions of the GCAC Tournament and regular season. They also appeared in the NAIA National Championship for the second consecutive year and lost in four sets to 13th-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) in the opening round.
     "I am very excited," Lawing said. "I learned so much from Christabell in just a few months. I feel that I have the right resources around me to succeed the way Christabell did."
     Prior to coming to Xavier, Lawing was a varsity assistant at Heathwood Hall Episcopal High School in Columbia, S.C., in 2011 and co-head coach of the South Carolina Midlands 18s Elite club team in 2012.
     "My coaching style will be very similar to Christabell's style," Lawing said. "Her teams were fundamenally sound. She emphasized passing, passing, passing — that's the way I learned volleyball."
     Lawing graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She played four seasons of volleyball for the Gamecocks and as a senior set a school record for digs per set with 4.89.
     Lawing was an outside hitter and defensive specialist with the Gamecocks. She was SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice as a senior and once as a freshman. She excelled in the classroom as a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and made the dean's list.
     Lawing is third all-time at South Carolina with 1,334 digs and fifth with 3.35 digs per set. As a senior she posted the second-most digs in program history and the most in the rally-scoring era with 523. That year she also recorded a USC match-record 38 digs against Mississippi State. Lawing had 23 career double-doubles, including a career-high 28 kills and 14 digs in a four-set victory against Harvard in 2009.
     Lawing is a Winston-Salem, N.C., native and lived there 10 years before moving to the Atlanta area. She is a 2007 graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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Campus Box 92
New Orleans, LA 70125
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