Lisa Love (coach)

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Lisa Love
Biographical details
Alma materTexas Tech University
North Texas State University
Playing career
1974–1977Texas Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1991–2005USC (associate AD)
2005–2012Arizona State
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year (1988)[1]
Pacific-10 Coach of the Year (1997)[2]

Lisa Love is the former athletic director of Arizona State University. At the time Love was one of only three female athletic directors in a Division I FBS Bowl Equity Conference of the NCAA. Love began her administrative career at USC. Prior to becoming an administrator, Love served as the volleyball head coach at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Southern California, leading her teams to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament 13 times. In 2005, she was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame.[3]

Early years[edit]

Love was a four-year starter on the Texas Tech Red Raiders women's volleyball team while attending Texas Tech University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1977. In 1985 Love received her master's degree in education administration from North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas).



Love was named head coach of the Texas–Arlington Mavericks in 1982. During her seven seasons as head coach, Love compiled a 199–78 overall record, and was undefeated in regular season Southland Conference play. She was named Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year in 1988.[4]

Southern California[edit]

Love became only the fourth head coach of the USC Trojans women's volleyball program in 1989. She held the position until 1998, and served as an associate athletic director from 1991-2001. From 2001 to 2005 Love held the position of senior associate athletics director. As head coach, she led the Trojans to a 205–93 record, nine NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament berths and eight finishes in the national top 15.[5] Love became associate athletic director in 1991, while still head coach of the volleyball team.[6] Love was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1998. She also served two stints as vice president of Pac-10 Conference, 1992-92 and 2001-2002. While at USC Love served as AVCA president from 1997–98 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee.[7]

Arizona State[edit]

Love was hired as the athletic director at Arizona State University, began her duties on July 1, 2005, and concluded her tenure on March 27, 2012. She was one of only three women to hold such a position within the continental United States. She served twice as vice president of the Pac-10, later Pac-12 Conference. Love represented the Pac-12 on both the NCAA Management Council and Leadership Council. At ASU Love was responsible for the management and development of the school's 22 sports programs.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Texas–Arlington Mavericks (Southland Conference) (1982–1988)
1982 Texas–Arlington 29–17 5–0 1st
1983 Texas–Arlington 29–20 3–0 1st (North)
1984 Texas–Arlington 21–16 6–0 1st
1985 Texas–Arlington 28–4 6–0 1st NCAA First Round
1986 Texas–Arlington 29–10 6–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1987 Texas–Arlington 32–7 7–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1988 Texas–Arlington 30–4 7–0 1st NCAA Regional Final
Texas–Arlington: 199–78 40–0


USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1989–1998)
1989 USC 19–13 10–8 4th NCAA First Round
1990 USC 12–16 9–9 T–4th
1991 USC 23–8 13–5 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1992 USC 21–9 12–6 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1993 USC 22–9 11–7 T–4th NCAA Second Round
1994 USC 22–8 12–6 3rd NCAA Regional Final
1995 USC 18–9 11–7 T–4th NCAA Regional Semifinal
1996 USC 21–9 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1997 USC 23–6 13–5 T–2nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1998 USC 24–6 16–2 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
USC: 205–93 119–61


Total: 404–171

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ 2011 USC Women's Volleyball Media Guide Pg. 70
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
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  9. ^ 2011 USC Women's Volleyball Media Guide Pg. 93