UNM Assistant Coach Lisa Beauchene Named Top 30 Under 30
-- Feb. 23, 2012
Lisa Beauchene enters her ninth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Lobo volleyball program.
In addition to recruiting and on-court coaching responsibilities, Beauchene is responsible for scouting opponents using Data Project software and running the annual Grass Bash and summer camps.
While at UNM, she has helped lead the Lobos to two NCAA Tournament appearances, coached seven AVCA All-Americans, two ESPN/Capital One Academic All-Americans and the team has received two AVCA Team Academic awards.
Beauchene was a recipient of the AVCA's prestigious Top 30 Under 30 Award in 2012. The award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be 30 years or younger in 2011.
During the summer of 2012, Beauchene served as an assistant coach for the All-Star team as part of the Bring It Promotions/USA Volleyball Global Challenge in China where the team competed in six matches against Chinese professional teams. The All-Star team was comprised of seven players with professional experience and five current collegiate players, including current Lobos Elsa Krieg and Hannah Johnson.
Beauchene is heavily involved in the community including serving as a clinician for New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club and has coached the age groups of 12's, 15's and 18's. In all three age groups, her New Mexico Juniors teams earned the title as the best teams in the state of New Mexico.
A 2005 graduate of Sacramento State, Beauchene established herself as one of the top players in Hornet history from 2000-03. She was a four-time all-Big Sky Conference selection, including a three-time unanimous first team choice and the league's MVP during her senior season.
The Auburn, Wash., native also became the first player in Big Sky history to be named Tournament MVP on three occasions. In addition, Beauchene received AVCA All-Pacific Region honors in 2003, the first Hornet to be named all-region since 1995. She was also named Big Sky Player of the Week nine times during her career, including a record five times in 2003. During her senior season, Beauchene received Sacramento State Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Big Sky Scholar-Athlete honors.
Beauchene, a setter for Sac State, remains the school's all-time leader in career hitting percentage (.348) and triple-doubles (18) while also ranking third in assists (5,153), ninth in digs (1,417), and 10th in service aces (107).
She never missed a match during her four-year career, starting 131 consecutive contests, and led the Hornets to the Big Sky regular season and/or tournament championship each of her four seasons. During her final eight years of playing competition, Beauchene was part of a championship team, winning four district titles at Fife High School and four Big Sky titles with the Hornets.
Following her playing career, Beauchene moved into the coaching ranks as a student assistant at Sacramento State for the 2005 season and helped coach the team to a Big Sky title and NCAA berth. She continued her coaching experience with the Sacramento State Women's Club Volleyball Team who she coached to a 24-12 record, placing 23rd at the NIRSA championships and earning All NCCVL League honors for two players.
Beauchene advanced her coaching career by taking the assistant coaching position at the University of New Mexico in 2005 where the team reached its best record in 10 years during her first year. In Beauchene's first stint of coaching at the University of New Mexico during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, she took on the responsibilities of travel arrangements, meal planning, home game management, summer camps, fundraising, community service, and banquet planning.
She returned to the Lobo volleyball program in 2008 and has coached the team to many milestones, including an average attendance of 2,212 per game, ranked No. 12 nationally.
Beauchene was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame on June 2, 2006. She graduated from Sacramento State in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science and earned her master's degree in Sport Administration at the University of New Mexico in 2007.