Jauregui adds to three student-athlete fall signing class
The women's volleyball program has hired Erica Lear as an assistant coach and promoted James Onikeku to associate head coach.
Catlin Lilly, Nicole Woods, and McKenzie Hayes all signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Memphis.
Altrese Hawkins is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Memphis fell at UTEP (25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19) on Sunday afternoon.
Episode 52: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about recent coaching changes and upgrades and the overview of the team moving into the Big East Conference in July 2013.
Episode 32: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about recent road matches at Marshall and ECU, and upcoming home matches with ECU and Marshall. Sunday, 11/4 is Senior Night in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Episode 28: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about the recent Conference USA road trips to East Carolina and Marshall.
Episode 25: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about the recent matches with UCF and Southern Miss and outlook of CUSA Conference Tournament.
Pictures from Memphis' match against Eastern Michigan on August 25, 2012.
18th all-time in Memphis history with 1,017 kills
One of seven coaches at the University of Memphis to have returned to their alma mater, April Jauregui enters her third season at the helm of the Tiger volleyball program.
On Mar. 5, 2008, Jauregui, a former University of Memphis assistant coach and Academic All-American player was named the head volleyball coach at Memphis, replacing its longest-tenured and all-time winningest coach Carrie Yerty.
The eight head coach in Memphis volleyball's 39-year history, Jauregui took the reins of the Memphis volleyball program in the spring of 2008, after a three-year stint as an assistant under Yerty. Jauregui's familiarity with the program made the transition from assistant coach to head coach a smooth one.
Jauregui brings a youthful energy and excitement to the program, as well as 10 years of coaching experience at three Division I institutions (Ohio, Lamar and Memphis).
Taking over the volleyball program at her alma mater is a dream fulfilled for Jauregui, who continues to build on the past successes of Memphis volleyball and is in the process of raising the program to an elite status. Jauregui showed that she was up to the challenge of guiding the Memphis program, as she led an inexperienced Tiger squad to a 17-14 mark with just one senior and five newcomers on the roster. Three Tigers (Christine Bach, Carolyn Baker and Emily Underwood) earned C-USA postseason awards in Jauregui's inaugural campaign.
Year two proved to be a tough one for the Tigers. But under Jauregui's tutelage, Altrese Hawkins was named to the 2009 C-USA All-Freshman squad, while Bach and Becky Shaffer earned C-USA All-Academic honors.
Upon the completion of her volleyball career and graduation from the University of Memphis in 2001, Jauregui moved on to Ohio University, where she served as the Bobcats' volunteer assistant in the fall of 2001, while working towards her master's degree. While at Ohio, Jauregui oversaw the program's recruiting and travel. On the court, she was in charge of coaching the Bobcat outside hitters. After a solid first year, Jauregui took on added responsibilities as a full-time assistant under former Bobcats head coach Mike Lessinger in 2002. In her two seasons with the OU program, Jauregui helped the Bobcats to a 36-25 mark, including a 25-9 finish in 2002. That 2002 squad won the program's first-ever MAC Tournament match en route to advancing to the semifinals of the league's tournament.
Prior to taking the assistant post at Memphis, the Orange County, Calif., native spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as an assistant coach under former U of M assistant Fiona Simmons at Lamar University.
Jauregui made the return to her alma mater in 2005 and quickly took charge of the Tigers outside hitters. Her impact was immediately felt as Memphis posted over 1,800 kills in three of the last five seasons. Former Tigers outside hitter Ashley Liford posted a pair of the program's top performances from an outside en route to an All-C-USA season in 2007 under Jauregui.
The former Memphis star began her coaching career at the club level while still a student-athlete at Memphis. She led the Memphis Jr.'s and later coached Spike Volleyball Club in Nashville, Tenn.
The former April Harriman was a standout outside hitter for Yerty at Memphis from 1997-2000. A highly-decorated player on the court, she still ranks 18th all-time at Memphis with 1,071 career kills. Over her four-year career, Jauregui played in 129 matches and averaged over 250 kills per season. She led her 2000 club with 494 kills (a mark that still stands in the program's top 10). One of five Tiger volleyball players to ever record 30 kills in a match, Jauregui became the third to do so when she slammed down 30 kills in a win over cross-town foe Christian Brothers in the 2000 season.
A true student-athlete, she also excelled in the classroom as an eight-time Dean's List student. She was selected as the University of Memphis' top female athlete in 2000 when she earned the Elma Roane Award. She also was tabbed the University's Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 2000. A four-time recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal, Jauregui earned an honor that no other Tiger had ever received in 2000 when she was tabbed a CoSIDA Academic First Team All-District performer and also became Memphis volleyball's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American.
She graduated from Memphis Summa Cum Laude in 2001 with a degree in communications and political science. She completed her master's studies in organizational communication at Ohio University in the spring of 2002.
Jauregui came to Memphis after a storied high school career at Brethren Christian in Los Angeles. A two-time all-league performer, Jauregui departed the BCHS program with the single-match records for kills, blocks, aces and digs. Jauregui became the school's first female athlete to go to school on an athletic scholarship when she made the decision to come to Memphis. Jauregui was the salutatorian of her class at BCHS and was named the California Intercollegiate Federation's Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 1996-97 school year.
An all-around athlete, Jauregui also lettered on the hardwood, earning honorable mention honors as a forward.
Jauregui is married to Gabriel Jauregui, who is a special education teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Cordova High School. He also served as the assistant basketball coach at Harding Academy and helped guide the Lions' girl's squad to a state title in 2010.