Joel List takes over as Regis volleyball coach

January 19, 2017

DENVER – Joel List has been named head volleyball coach at Regis University. List is no stranger to Regis or Division II volleyball as he has been an assistant coach for 14 seasons, including 11 under former Regis head coach Frank Lavrisha.

“When I became the interim director of athletics last year, it was apparent that Joel’s qualifications, experiences and leadership style would lead him to become a head coach in the near future,” said David Spafford, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Fortunately, we were able to provide that opportunity here at Regis University.”

List, who becomes the program’s sixth head coach, started at Regis as the top assistant in 2006. Since then the Rangers have made a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason run each year, qualified for the NCAA Tournament six times, won two conference tournament titles and compiled an overall record of 197-134, including a home record of 94-48. List has coached three All-Americans, one Academic All-American and five All-RMAC First Team players in his time at Regis.

The Rangers have been nationally ranked by the American Volleyball Coaches Association four of List’s 11 seasons, including a mark as high as No. 13 in 2012. List has been a crucial part of continuing Regis volleyball’s 40-year tradition of success by helping establish a solid regional and national reputation. As an assistant, List was involved in everything from recruitment and directing summer camps, to on court coaching and player development.

“My family and I are excited for the opportunity Regis is giving me to move into the head coaching position,” List said. “I cannot thank Frank Lavrisha enough for initially hiring me, mentoring me and most of all, being a great friend to me and my family. Frank has made Regis volleyball what it is today and I am blessed to be taking over a nationally recognized program at a highly regarded academic university in one of the best cities in the world.”

Prior to Regis, List coached at schools in Nebraska, Kansas and Illinois. In 2003 and 2004, he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and prior to that was a volunteer coach at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.


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