Sonnichsen Steps Down at LA Tech



Dec. 2, 2011

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde announced Friday that Matt Sonnichsen has stepped down as the head coach of the Lady Techster volleyball program.

Sonnichsen was hired at Louisiana Tech in 2008 after stints as head coach at Newberry College and Tulsa and as an assistant coach at Grinnell College and Cal-Santa Barbara. At Tulsa, Sonnichsen led the program to three 20-win seasons and left as the program's all-time winningest coach.

"We appreciate the four years that Matt has given to Louisiana Tech, its volleyball program and our student-athletes," Van De Velde said. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

During his four years at Louisiana Tech, Sonnichsen recorded an overall mark of 42-84, including a record of 6-56 in Western Athletic Conference matches. His most successful season in Ruston came in 2009 when he led the Lady Techsters to a mark of 15-18 and a program-record tying four WAC wins.

"While it is not an easy decision to step away from leading my players, personally and professionally, it is time for me to go in another direction," Sonnichsen said in a statement. "Four seasons ago, I inherited a program which faced big challenges both on and off the court. The tireless efforts of assistant coach Christy Stegall and a wonderful group of student-athletes have enabled LA Tech volleyball to significantly improve academically and athletically."

This past season, the Lady Techsters finished 10-22, including a 0-14 mark in league play with only one senior on the roster.

Sonnichsen has accepted a position with NCSA Athletic Recruiting.