June 10, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico volleyball head coach Kelley McKee has announced the hiring of Lisa Beauchene as assistant coach. Beauchene, a four-year letterwinner as a setter for Sacramento State from 2000-03, was one of the top players in Hornet history. In addition to her playing experience, Beauchene was a graduate assistant coach for her alma mater in 2003-04 and then a head coach in 2004-05 for the Sacramento State women's club team.
Beauchene ranks among the top 10 leaders in Sacramento State's record book in digs, assists and solo blocks, and her .348 career hitting percentage is the best in school history. She finished her career by starting 131 consecutive matches and never missed a contest during her four years with the program.
Her winning attitude was the driving force behind three Big Sky Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances for the Hornets. During those title runs, she was named the Big Sky Tournament MVP three times, a conference first. She was a unanimous first-team All-Big Sky selection three consecutive years, culminating with the Big Sky Most Valuable Player of the Year award her senior season. For her efforts in 2003, she landed a spot on the AVCA All-Pacific Region team.
Beauchene, who garnered Big Sky Player of the Week honors 10 times during her career, also performed well in the classroom, as she was named the Big Sky Scholar-Athlete of the Year her senior season. She received her BA in Family and Consumer Science from Sacramento State in May of 2005.
Beauchene was most recently a financial planner assistant at Lincoln Financial Advisors.
"Lisa is a very bright up and coming coach who will bring a wealth of experience and a winning tradition to our program," said UNM head coach Kelley McKee. "She was a highly decorated setter that led her team to three Big Sky championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Lisa will be responsible for training our setters and will play a key role in developing a multitempo offense that will mazimize our hitters' strengths. On and off the court Lisa is a great addition to our staff and program and we welcome her to the Lobo family."