The Golden Eagles took ninth-place in the NJCAA tournament a month ago, which is just five years into head coach Austin Albers tenure. On Dec. 18, CSU-Pueblo announced Albers had been named its head volleyball coach.
Laramie County Community College had a record of 14-25 before Albers made his appearance at the school. LCCC also had four coaches in four seasons. When Albers was hired on, he was hired to change the program. Albers would lead the Golden Eagles to 30-plus wins his last two seasons.
Additionally, Albers went 145-57 in those five years at LCCC and led the program to the NJCAA national tournament in his last two seasons, taking 10th and ninth.
The awards never stop when it comes to Albers and his resume. Albers won Region IX North coach of the the year the last two seasons and was named a Top Up and Coming Coach by the American Volleyball Association, which spotlights the top 30 coaches coming up through the coaching ranks. Albers coached players who would become Region IX players of the year and All-Americans.
Albers also made an impact off the court to his players, requiring that his players average a 3.0 GPA three out of fives seasons at LCCC. He also would be missed by his players and his co-workers at LCCC. When the announcement of his departure occured, current and former players went to the social media app Twitter and expressed their thanks to Albers.
“heck ya!!! Happy for you coach!! I know you’ll continue to do big things and impact more lives like you did mine,” said former player Madi Taylor.
Taylor would be one of many.
“WAY TO GO, MAN! CSU-Pueblo is lucky to have you! Go take over RMAC,” said Madison Lacey, who was Albers assistant this past season.
The departure of Albers came unexpectedly but, according to Albers, he felt it was home.
“I just felt at home with the school, they want the volleyball program to succeed and made me want to take a challenge with coaching at the next level,” Albers said.
CSU-Pueblo plays in Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, posting a record of 5-22 last season.