Laurie Nash enters her 20th season at Sacramento City College as the Head Coach of the Panthers. While leading SCC, Coach Nash has compiled a 327-177 overall record (through the 2017 season) with 12 regional playoff appearances representing the Big 8 Conference.
Of the 12 playoff appearances, SCC earned 2 Conference Championships in 2007 and 2009 and has qualified for the CCCAA State Championship Tournament 6x (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) with the program’s highest 3rd place State Finish in 2006. Coach Nash coached the Panthers to a historic school record as well as the 1st State Championship qualifying team with an undefeated 30-0 record in 2009.
Prior to the start of her Head Coaching tenure, Coach Laurie (Smith) Nash assisted Debbie Blair at SCC for 5 years. During those 5 years, Sac City College qualified for the CCCAA State Championship Tournament 3x (1995, 1997, 1999). She helped the Panthers to their highest State Championship finish of 4th place in 1999.
Before taking the Assistant Coaching job at Sac City College in 1995, Coach Laurie (Smith) Nash assisted Norberto Quiroz at Napa Valley College for 1 season in 1994 and qualified for Regional Playoffs that year.
Prior to Napa Valley College, (Smith) Nash coached the Claremont High School Wolfpack for 3 straight years from 1991-1993. While at Claremont, Coach (Smith) Nash guided the Wolfpack to their 1st ever Division 1A High School Section Semifinal Championship match and 2 league titles.
Grew up in Grass Valley and attended Nevada Union High School where she was a 2 sport athlete in volleyball and softball
Attended American River College and competed for the 1987 and 1988 teams as an All-State Outside Hitter, while earning her AA Degree
Received an athletic scholarship to attend and compete for the Lady Broncos at Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California - earned a degree in Graphic Design and completed her playing career as an Outside Hitter for the Broncos
She then earned a position on the San Bernardino Jazz Indoor Professional Volleyball team in 1993 and started her coaching career with the Poly Juniors Volleyball Club out of Cal Poly Pomona
My coaching philosophy is not a philosophy; it is who I am on a daily basis. Who I am as a coach is reflected in how I live my life within my work environment, with my family and friends, and how I meet daily challenges; with energy and purpose. I am a teacher and a coach and I view my role as a leader and my hope is to make a positive difference in your life. I care about each and every one of you and will prove that daily with respect to how I speak to you, listen to you, and challenge you to be the best that you can be. You can have complete trust in me that I will always try and make the right decision and will never sacrifice reputation or character for wins. My focus as a coach is to foster a meaningful and purposeful experience with emphasis on:
- education of our athletes
- achieving athletic and personal growth in our athletes
- creating a positive and challenging climate in our gym
- guiding and improving accountability in our athletes
- reinforcing the value of team
My favorite quote is “You cannot lead others to places you will not go yourself”
I believe that in order for your team to believe – you must believe!