VB: Polk resigns as LCU coach

Courtesy: LCU Athletics

Lubbock Christian University director of athletics Scott Larson has accepted the resignation of Mandy Polk, who is stepping down as head coach of the LCU volleyball program. Christa Branson has been appointed interim head coach.

Polk, who was beginning her second season as the Lady Chaps head coach, decided to step away from coaching in order to spend more time with her family and pursue other job opportunities. After serving seven seasons as an assistant coach under Jennifer Lawrence, Polk took over for Lawrence at the start of the 2019 season and was named the sixth head coach in program history in October of 2019. LCU went 18-17 under her guidance and clinched a Lone Star Conference Tournament berth in 2019.

“Mandy has served as a terrific ambassador for LCU Volleyball during her time as both a player and a coach and we thank her for her contributions on and off the court,” said Larson. “We wish her nothing but the best moving forward.”

Branson played four seasons (2011-2014) for the Lady Chaps, spending much of the time at Libero. She combined for 986 digs (3.78 per set) in 83 career matches while at LCU. After two seasons serving as head coach at Lubbock Christian High School, Branson joined the LCU coaching staff in the summer of 2019 and served as Polk’s top assistant.

The Lady Chaps are 3-4 this season and return to action February 23 in Canyon, Texas facing West Texas A&M. Their next home match is scheduled Feb. 24 against WTAMU.

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