Orange Lutheran is excited to announce the 25th athletic program in school history: Girls Beach Volleyball! The program will launch in early January 2022. The Lancers will practice and play at the Great Park in Irvine. In the first season, the team will play only the Trinity League schedule before starting non-league contests in 2023.
The head coach for the team will be Marc Laulhere. Laulhere is a long-time member of the Lancer community as a Social Studies teacher and the father of two Orange Lutheran alumni. He is currently the head surf coach. Before he coached surf, was an integral part of taking the Lancers’ volleyball programs to the top of the sport. He was the winner of the 2005 CIF Boys Volleyball title and a 10-time league champion coach.
"One of my greatest passions growing up was playing beach volleyball,” Laulhere said. “The excitement I felt when I heard CIF was introducing Girls Beach Volleyball as an official sport was invigorating. Having this opportunity to coach beach volleyball is a true blessing, I look forward with anticipation to what God has in store for the upcoming years".
Joining Coach Laulhere is Orange Lutheran alumnus AJ Christensen, who will serve as the associate head coach overseeing logistics. Coach Christensen currently serves as an assistant coach for both the OLu girls and boys indoor volleyball programs, and his passion to serve the Lord through his love of volleyball has been a blessing to our Lancer student-athletes.
“I’m excited to be a part of establishing this program,” said Christensen. “Coach Laulhere and I have a vision of creating a passionate and fun environment that continues the amazing culture and love for the student-athletes at Orange Lutheran.”
Keep up with the beach volleyball program on our app or on the Athletics IG. To read more about the girls beach volleyball program visit the OLu blog.