August 27, 2013

Lauren Nilsen Joins Bowdoin as Assistant Volleyball Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced the addition of Lauren Nilsen as an assistant coach of volleyball.

A former Division I volleyball player at Duquesne University, Nilsen earned her degree in Nursing and enlisted as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer upon graduating in 1994. Since then, she has enjoyed a decorated playing career in the military, playing 12 seasons for the US Navy Women's Volleyball Team and the US Armed Forces Volleyball Team, earning several all-tournament honors. In 2011, she was on the first-ever US Military Beach Volleyball Team. Nilsen and her beach partner were semi-finalists at the 2011 Military World Games in Brazil that comprised of 6,000 military athletes from over 100 countries (AKA the Peace Games).

Nilsen broke into the coaching ranks in 2012, attending USA Volleyball and Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinics. She is a USA Volleyball Level I Beach CAP coach. Nilsen was an Assistant Sitting Volleyball Coach at the 2013 US Marines Warrior Trials, leading 80+ wounded, ill and injured US Marines and international troops from eight countries. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Sports Coaching and Sports Psychology. Nilsen grew up on the south shore of Eastern Long Island and she currently resides in Harpswell, Maine.

Nilsen will join head coach Karen Corey and the Polar Bears, who are coming off the two most successful seasons in program history, including the 2011 NESCAC Championship and back-to-back NCAA Tournament apperances. Bowdoin will open its 2013 season on September 6 at the Endicott College Invitational.