Lauren Adams Lanford | Assistant Coach
A former Ladyjack setter from 2003-06, Lauren ‘LA’ Lanford is set to begin her sixth season as assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin in 2016. Since returning to Nacogdoches, Texas, prior to the start of the 2011 season, Lanford has been an integral component in guiding the Ladyjacks to four-straight above-.500 campaigns, a trio of 20-win seasons as well as a 2014 Southland Conference regular season title.
That season, the former SFA setter played a key role in developing 2015 graduate and standout setter Paige Holland into one of the top setters in SFA history in terms of career assists and assists per set.
Lanford's assistance in prepping Holland helped the 2014 Ladyjacks to their first Southland Conference championship since 2007, with the squad finishing undefeated at 16-0 in conference play. The ‘Jacks 24 total wins were its most since 2009, and five SFA student-athletes earned All-Southland recognition. Holland, outside hitter Jill Ivy, and middle blockers Jacque Allen and Justice Walker earned first team nods.
Following a successful playing career at SFA, Lanford spent time as a student assistant coach in 2007 with SFA and helped lead the Ladyjacks to a share of their fourth-consecutive Southland Conference title and a 27-8 overall record.
During her playing days she was part of three Southland Conference championship squads and was named to the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team in 2006, helping take the Ladyjacks to the NCAA Tournament. As the setter, she helped lead SFA to an upset of Alabama for the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win with a 3-2 victory.
She finished her career with nearly 1,300 assists and averaged a career-high 9.4 assists per set as a freshman in 2003.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at SFA, Lanford served as an academic advisor at Arkansas State, a position she accepted following a stint as a graduate assistant at SFA in student services. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SFA.
Lanford and her husband Joey are the parents of a one-year-old daughter, Reese.
Adler Augustin | Assistant Coach
Adler Augustin enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Stephen F. Austin volleyball team in 2016. Augustin signed on with the Ladyjacks in late July of 2015 and helped lead the team to its 19th season of 20 or more wins.
Under the direction of Augustin and the rest of the Ladyjack coaching staff, SFA landed a trio of players - Jacque Allen, OJ Olson and Justice Walker - on various All-Southland Conference teams.
Prior to his time in Nacogdoches, Augustin spent five years coaching with Austin Juniors Volleyball Club. The 2015 Austin Junior Volleyball Coach of the Year, Augustin led his under-17 Cedar Park team to a national championship in 2013 and third-place result in 2014. In addition, his teams claimed multiple tournament championships.
From 2008-13, Augustin was the head coach of the University of Texas women’s volleyball club team; and, the Longhorns finished in the top-three nationally four times under his command, with national championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13. His teams included a pair of national MVPs and eight first team all-tournament players.
Augustin also spent time as the head coach of the men’s club team at the University of Texas from 2007-09. His 2008-09 team finished fifth in the nation.
Skilled in working with athletes at multiple levels, Augustin also served as the varsity head coach at Austin Waldorf School for the 2012-13 academic year and junior varsity head coach from 2011-12. The 2013 varsity team won the regional championship.
Augustin earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas in 2007, studying kinesiology and exercise science.