Volleyball Operations Consultant
Laurie Corbelli is one of the most respected minds in volleyball and serves Pro Volleyball Federtion as a Volleyball Operations Consultant. In her role, she works directly with Dr. Cecile Reynaud to build and develop the rules and policies around the game, attract top talent to the league, and tap into her vast network to help advance the mission of the League.
Laurie is a legend in volleyball, having achieved tremendous success as a coach and a player. She is the winningest coach in Texas A&M history after guiding the Aggies for 25 seasons. Laurie and her husband John teamed up to lead the Aggies to 20 NCAA tournament appearances in their 25 years at the helm of the program, winning at a .673 clip in that span. Prior to A&M, Laurie was the head coach at the University of San Francisco for seven years and the University of Santa Clara for three years.
The 2019 American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee also earned the honor of serving USA Volleyball as head coach of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, having directed the 2016 USA squad to a silver medal at the NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship.
Laurie also has collected a tremendous amount of hardware during her career and in 2002 received USA Volleyball’s distinguished George L. Fisher “Leader in Volleyball” award, recognizing her for her exceptional endeavors on behalf of the sport. She received SWC Coach of the Year honors in both 1994 and 1995 and was named AVCA District VI Coach of the Year in ’95. In addition, Laurie was voted the Texas A&M Coach of the Year for 1999-2000 by the Aggie student-athletes.
Along with the successes she has achieved on the sidelines, Laurie herself has tasted success on the court and in 1998 was presented the prestigious Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award by USA Volleyball. After playing three years for Texas Lutheran College in the mid-1970s where she was a two-time national champion, Laurie played for the United States Women’s National Volleyball team from 1978-84 and was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team. After the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Laurie returned to help lead the U.S. team to a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She also was a member of the National Team that competed in the ’78 and ’82 World Championships, the ’79 and ’83 Pan American Games and the ’79 World Cup Competition.
In 1987, Laurie played Major League Volleyball for the San Jose Golddiggers and was named the Most Valuable Player in the league’s inaugural season. She also was named MVP of the MLV’s season-ending all-star game in 1989.
Since then, Laurie has been inducted to the Garland Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Lutheran College Athletic Hall of Honor, NAIA Hall of Fame, L.V. Berkner High School Hall of Honor, and the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.
She has participated in volleyball competitions in more than 25 countries and has served as an instructor in more than 50 national volleyball clinics around the country. In addition, she has served on numerous committees for USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association and also has served as a motivational speaker for numerous organizations.