Head Volleyball Coach (6 seasons) In his first six seasons, Ken Murphy has elevated the Northern Arizona volleyball program to new heights. The engineer of two NCAA Tournament Teams in 2015 and 2018, Murphy has built a program that is not only a perennial contender within the conference, but also highly competitive both regionally and nationally.
Murphy will enter his seventh season at the helm of the NAU volleyball program in the fall of 2019. He was hired as the 11th head volleyball coach in Lumberjack history on July 1, 2013.
Murphy has recorded 131 victories at NAU and is just 13 victories away from becoming the winningest coach in school history. On Oct. 19, 2017, Murphy became the second NAU coach to record his 100th win as a Lumberjack, doing so in record-pace in just his 144th match.
With a 131-56 record in Flagstaff, Murphy owns the program's highest win percentage (.701). During his six years at NAU, he has coached 10 different student-athletes to a total of 20 All-Big Sky honors. Under his tutelage, he has guided Janae Vander Ploeg (2015) and Kaylie Jorgenson (2018) to All-American and Big Sky Most Valuable Player honors. Abby Akin (2016), Heaven Harris (2017) and Ryann Davis (2018) have also received Big Sky Outstanding Freshman honors in each of the last three seasons making NAU the first school in conference history to produce three consecutive top freshmen.
Anna Lofgren Assistant Coach/Camp Coordinator
Anna Gott, a 2013 NAU graduate and the Lumberjack volleyball program's all-time digs leader, enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for the team.
Gott started every match and played in every set as the libero for her entire four-year career. She shattered NAU's all-time digs record with 1,891 career digs, the third highest career dig total in Big Sky history. She was a two-time All-Big Sky honorable mention selection and set NAU's single season digs record with 586 digs in 2012. Gott recorded four of the six highest single season dig averages in program history and is second in program history with a 4.68 career digs per set average. She also finished her career fourth in program history in service aces (119) and tied for fifth in sets played (404).
Rachel Dunlap Assistant Coach
Rachel Dunlap, a former standout middle blocker at Central Connecticut State, joined the Northern Arizona volleyball staff in May 2017.
Dunlap concluded her three-year playing career at Central Connecticut State as one of the country's elite middle blockers in 2013 and 2014. In both of her final two seasons, she ranked in the top 25 nationally in blocks per set. As a junior, Dunlap finished the year ranked sixth in the NCAA with a block average of 1.54 and totaled a program record 163 blocks – both of which led the Northeast Conference. She ranked 21st nationally the following season with 1.38 blocks per set while posting career-highs in hitting percentage (.342), kills (253) and kills per set (2.43) as a senior. Dunlap once again led the NEC in blocks in addition to hitting percentage.