Falkenhagen chosen to lead Lawrence volleyball program

Kim Falkenhagen Lawrence volleyball
Kim Falkenhagen is the new volleyball coach at Lawrence University.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Kim Falkenhagen is the new head volleyball coach at Lawrence University, Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray announced today.

Falkenhagen comes to Lawrence after spending six seasons at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. Falkenhagen also served as director of athletics at Northland for five years.

"I am excited to have Kim join us to lead our volleyball program and move the needle forward on the court," Abaray said. "One of the positives that most impresses me about Kim is her experience coupled with her desire to grow. She has lived the world of a head coach and athletics administrator and brings those experiences that are full of nuances and the need for flexibility not only to her program but to the greater department. In addition, she has openly discussed wanting to continue to grow and develop, which is the life-long learning we all want."

Falkenhagen coached for six seasons at Northland and completed her run there with the 2018 campaign. During her time at Northland, Falkenhagen had six student-athletes earn All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference honors and 15 student-athletes were named to the academic all-conference team. Her squad also won the American Volleyball Coaches Association Game Plan Team Academic Award.

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank President (Mark) Burstein, Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray and the search committee for investing in me," Falkenhagen said. "I am looking forward to working with the great student-athletes on the volleyball team as well as working to take the program to the next level. Lawrence University and the Fox Cities community is a beautiful place, and I am honored and excited to be a part of it."

As Northland's director of athletics, Falkenhagen oversaw dramatic change in the department of athletics. She directed the establishment of three new athletic programs and fundraising for and construction of Ponzio Stadium, home to Northland's soccer and lacrosse teams. Falkenhagen also grew the department of athletics staff and completed numerous other projects, everything from new hockey locker rooms to additional bleachers for the gymnasium.

Falkenhagen's coaching experience also includes seven seasons at a pair of NCAA Division II institutions. She spent four seasons (2003-06) as the head coach at Bemidji State University and three seasons (2007-09) as the head coach at Eastern New Mexico University.

A 1997 graduate of Northern Michigan University, Falkenhagen earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was a standout volleyball player for the Wildcats. An All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, Falkenhagen played on the 1994 NCAA Division II national championship squad. She earned 1995 NCAA Division II All-Tournament honors, and her team reached the finals of the 1995 NCAA Tournnament. Falkenhagen also played on the 1994 and 1995 conference championship squads. She was inducted into the Northern Michigan Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Saginaw, Mich., Falkenhagen went on to earn her Master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (sports exercise science, political science and education administration) from West Texas A&M University in 2002.

Lawrence finished the 2018 season with a 3-25 record.