June 7, 2007
AUBURN--Auburn assistant volleyball coach Liz Underwood has accepted a teaching/coaching position at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn.
"The position at Lee-Scott is a great opportunity for Liz to be able to balance teaching, coaching and a family life," head coach Laura Farina said. "She is a great friend and a hard working, loyal assistant. The team and staff will miss her in the gym. Fortunate for us, she will still be in town and will always be a member of the Auburn family."
Underwood was the head coach at Auburn from 1992 until 1997 and compiled a 99-81 record for a .550 winning percentage. In 1996, she guided the Tigers to their only SEC West Championship to date, and her 99 career wins rank second all-time among Auburn coaches.
In Underwood's final season in the lead chair, she saw freshman Brooke McCarley establish the school record for kills (526) while her classmate, Jaunelle Hamilton, put up the third-best single-season kill mark that same year (504). Her 1997 squad hit a then-school-record .260 as a team (1854 K, 717 E, 4372 TA).
Prior to her head coaching stay at Auburn, Underwood had spent time at Louisville as the top assistant (1988-92) and at Colorado as the graduate assistant (1987-88).
After leaving Auburn, Underwood moved to Texas where she coached the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club to a top-five finish at the USAV Junior Olympic Nationals Under-18 National Division in 2004, following a seventh-place finish in the Under-17 Open Division in 2002.
Underwood returned to Auburn in 2005 as an assistant on Farina's staff. She assisted in recruiting and development of student-athletes and working specifically with the blockers and hitters. While at Auburn, she coached three All-SEC First Team honorees and six second-team selections as well as two SEC Freshmen of the Year.
Underwood began her coaching career at Brush High School in Colorado, compiling a 117-29 record from 1981-86.
A native of Byers, Colo., Underwood received a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980. In 1987, she earned a master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports psychology from Colorado.