When Austin Albers isn’t busy being head coach of the Golden Eagles volleyball team at Laramie County Community College, he’s gearing up for something life changing; Albers and his wife Maggie are expecting their first child in December.
Originally from Spearfish, South Dakota, Albers graduated and coached volleyball for three seasons at Black Hills State University from 2009- 2012. From there he was an assistant volleyball coach at Sheridan College from 2012-2013.
This is his ninth season coaching volleyball, and his fourth season as a head coach at LCCC.
Albers led the Golden Eagles to three straight 25-win seasons for the first time in program history.
Jhett Albers, Austin’s father, was also a volleyball coach. Jhett started by coaching high school volleyball and worked his way up to collegiate level at the Black Hills State University.
Austin played soccer in college, but once he blew his knee out he needed something to “fill his competitive void.” He started coaching volleyball and fell in love with it.
“I love getting the opportunity to help the young women that make-up our program develop on an individual level by challenging them in a team setting,” Albers said. “I also really enjoy the daily conflict of challenging my athletes to raise their own bar and grow by being outside of their comfort zone. But the best part of coaching for me is completing the coaching journey with an athlete and then watching them go on and have success.”
As a coach, Austin’s goal is to become a better resource for his athletes.
“I want to make sure that I am always coaching to serve my athletes and not myself,” Austin said.
In his spare time, Austin says he likes golf, relaxing, watching television and eat unhealthy food.
Austin isn’t only about volleyball. He enjoys golf, soccer, basketball and football.
Above anything else, Austin is focusing on his family, and is expecting a baby boy in December. Austin says that he looks forward to watching his son compete one day.
“I want to be known first as a great husband and father, and second as a great coach,” Austin said.