Frank Lavrisha, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history during a 30-year stay at Regis University in Denver, Colo., was named USF's head women's volleyball coach in May of 2017, and enters his second year on the Hilltop in 2018-19.
Lavrisha became the 11th head volleyball coach in program history, which dates back to 1979.
In his 30-year tenure as head coach at Regis from 1986-2016, Lavrisha compiled a 637-353 (.643) overall record, including a 374-133 (.737) mark in conference play. His 637 career wins rank 18th all-time among NCAA Division II head coaches. During his 30 years on the sidelines, the Rangers made 20 NCAA Division II postseason appearances, advanced to the Elite Eight on six occasions and made two Final Fours appearances. Lavrisha’s teams enjoyed 15 20-win seasons, finished with a .500 record or better 25 times, won 11 conference titles and went undefeated in conference play on three occasions.
Lavrisha earned conference coach-of-the-year honors six times and in 1988, was named Volleyball Monthly’s NCAA Division II Coach of the Year after the Rangers compiled a 38-7 record en route to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships.
He produced 19 AVCA Division II All-Americans, one AVCA National Player of the Year in setter Melinda Almazan (1998) and six GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections. Almazan was also the recipient of the 1998-99 Honda Award as the NCAA Division II Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year.
Lavrisha, a 1979 graduate of Ohio State University, is well-connected to the national volleyball community, as well. He has twice served as an U.S. Olympic Festival head coach and in 1991, guided the West Team to a gold medal in Los Angeles. His international experience includes leading the U.S. “B” team on a tour through Asia in 1994 and assisting the USA Youth National Team to the NORCECA Championship in 2006 and the World Championships in 2007.