Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere chats with her players during a timeout as the University of Utah faces Brigham Young University at the Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, September 14, 2017. ( Adam Fondren, Deseret News)
(Adam Fondren, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Volleyball Program received a million dollar donation to establish head coach Beth Launiere Endowed Volleyball.
This is the first head coach endowment among Utah Athletics programs. Beth Launière is completing her 32nd season as the Utah Volleyball Head Coach.
The donor who donated $ 1 million to Launière and the Volleyball Program wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged to support the mission and values of the University of Utah Volleyball Program by creating a permanent staffing to recognize and promote coaching excellence.
Supporters can contribute to the fund by clicking on the link here.
“This generous donation testifies to the legacy that Beth launiere continues to settle here in Utah and the tremendous impact it has had on so many women who have participated in our volleyball program, ”said AD Utah Mark Harlan. “We are so grateful for this first Head Coach Endowment Gift, and I could not be happier that the donor has chosen to honor Beth in perpetuity in this manner. I encourage our great supporters to contribute to this fund so that it grows and allows our volleyball program to be improved by this donation on an annual basis. My hope and intention is to see more of our head coaching positions filled in the years to come. “
Utah Volleyball closed the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Colorado on Senior Matchday at the Huntsman Center on Saturday afternoon.
“Words cannot express how grateful I am for this endowment to the Utah volleyball program,” Launière said. “This donation from an incredibly generous donor will have an incredible impact on current and future generations of Ute players. This support will be instrumental in continuing the success of this program that we built during my tenure as head coach in Utah. I am both touched and honored that my name is associated with this endowment. “
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes insider for KSLSports.com, co-host of the Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.