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    Ali Wood Lamberson Named Assistant Coach for USC Beach Volleyball

    Ali Wood Lamberson joins the Women of Troy for the 2015-16 season.

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    July 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES -- Ali Wood Lamberson, who has 25 years of beach volleyball experience as a player, coach, and administrator, has been named assistant coach with the defending AVCA national champion USC beach volleyball team, Trojan head coach Anna Collier announced today (July 22).

    "Ali is a great fit for our program," said Collier. "We have worked together for more than 20 years, including most recently with the USA Junior National Beach Team. She brings a lot of experience and success with her, and will be great for the future of beach volleyball at USC and nationally."

    Lamberson, 47, spent the 2015 season as a volunteer assistant at Tulane, which posted a program-best 18 wins and saw its top pair of Jackie Wegner and Tea Juric record a school-record 30 victories with an appearance in the round of 16 at the AVCA national pairs tourney.

    Since 2013, Lamberson has been the head coach for the USA Under-17 Beach National Team, where she guided her women's pairs to gold and silver medals at the inaugural 2014 FIVB U17 World Championship, as well as consecutive USAV Beach High Performance Championship titles.

    From 2006 to 2013, Lamberson was the Director of International and High Performance Beach Programs for USA Volleyball. She was the organization's first full-time beach staffer. In that role, she oversaw all aspects of support and development for USAV's Olympic, Pan Am, Youth and Junior beach athletes. She has served as USAV's Team Leader for numerous international events, including the double gold medal 2008 Olympic Games. Six of her Youth and Junior beach teams have won international medals. She also took the lead representing USAV's support of beach volleyball as an NCAA "emerging sport" and served on the AVCA Collegiate Championship Selection Committee (2012-14) and its Seeding Committee (2013-14).

    Since 2007, she has taught and developed curriculum for USA Volleyball's Beach Coaching Accreditation courses. From 1991 to 2005, she played on the AVP, FIVB, BVA, and WPVA pro beach volleyball tours, competing in 178 career tournaments (ninth all-time). She earned a fifth-place finish at the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Austria and was voted the BVA's Top Server in 2000. She advanced to the semifinals of pro beach tourneys four times and continues to play on the CBVA tours since her retirement.

    Lamberson has also been involved with indoor club volleyball, first as a coach and consultant for South Bay Volleyball Club starting in 1999, and as the founder and head coach for Starlings LA West (2004-08).

    From 2001 to 2005, she was head coach of the NCAA Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills women's team, leading the Toros to their first-ever regional ranking in 2004. From 1998 to 2005, she also ran a series of successful adult volleyball classes, The Indoor Intensity Clinic and The Beach Intensity Clinic.

    Lamberson was an outside hitter at UC Irvine (1986-89), and earned AVCA All-Region first-team honors in 1989. In 1988, she helped the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and Top 20 ranking. A three-time Big West Scholar-Athlete award winner and UCI's 1990 Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she graduated from UCI in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English.

    Following her collegiate career, Lamberson played for Vfl. Oythe in Germany's Bundesliga during the 1991 season.

    She earned a master's degree in behavioral science (negotiation, conflict resolution, and peace building) from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003 and taught a graduate level course titled Dispute Resolution for Sports at CSUDH from 2005 to 2008. In 2005, she was certified as a trained mediator by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

    She is married to John Lamberson and has a daughter, Josephine, and a step-daughter, Kaylee.

    The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team went undefeated (28-0) to claim the program's first team championship and the 123rd overall team national title in the school's history. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes completed the collegiate season with a 44-3 record and won the AVCA Pairs Championship to mark the third straight year that a Trojan pair won the national crown.

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