Two-Time All-American Blair Brown Lipsitz Named Head Volleyball Coach


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Director of Athletics Danny White has announced the hiring of four-time National Champion and two-time All-American Blair Brown Lipsitz as its new head volleyball coach on Tuesday evening. One of the most accomplished student-athletes in the history of the Big Ten, Lipsitz is currently director of the U.S Elite Volleyball Camp. "Blair represents our philosophy of developing champions in the classroom and on the court," said White. "She grew up and played in a championship culture, and winning is all she knows. We are confident that Blair can bring this culture to our volleyball program and lead us to the top of the Mid-American Conference." Lipsitz was a four-time National Champion at Penn State (2007-10) and a two-time First-Team All-American (2009 & 2010), as well as a Second-Team All-American in 2008. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2010, while also winning the Honda Sports Award, which is given to the best collegiate female athlete in each different sport. While at Penn State, the Nittany Lions had a streak of 109 straight victories. Following her career at Penn State, Lipsitz trained with the U.S. National Team. "I think Blair is an exciting hire for the UB Volleyball program," said Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose. "She is one of only three individuals who have won four consecutive NCAA National Championships at the collegiate level. I believe that her experience gives her a good foundation to make great contributions to the development of the players and the team" Following her collegiate career, Lipsitz played professionally from 2011 through 2013, having seen time in Italy, Puerto Rico and France. Her final professional season was in 2013 when she played for the Evreux Volleyball Club in Evreux, France. "I want to thank Danny White, Kathy Twist and everybody at UB for this tremendous opportunity," said Lipsitz. "I am honored to be part of the women's volleyball team and the entire athletic department and I am looking forward to bringing this program to the next level!" Lipsitz has also been working as director of the U.S. Elite Volleyball Camp, which she has done since co-founding the program in 2011. Taking part in 16 different locations, the camp expanded to over 340 campers in 2013. Lipsitz also spent last spring working as a volunteer assistant for UB under previous head coach Reed Sunahara. She also served as an analyst for UB Volleyball matches on ESPN3 last season. Lipsitz is a 2010 graduate of Penn State University with degrees in English and Political Science. She lives in Amherst, NY with her husband Max, who was also an All-American at Penn State in men's volleyball.

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