The 2019 season will mark Lauren Horton's fifth season at the helm of Earlham women's volleyball, after leading the Quakers through a 2018 campaign that ranks among the most successful in program history.
Horton also serves as Earlham's senior woman administrator, a position she was promoted to in February 2019. As the senior woman administrator, Horton serves as the lead advocate for women and equity issues within Earlham athletics. She serves as co-advisor to Earlham's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and supervises the department's inclusion and diversity efforts.
In 2018, her fourth season at the helm of Earlham volleyball, Horton guided the Quakers to a 20-13 overall mark during the 2018 campaign, with a 6-3 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and a third-place finish in the conference standings. Earlham hosted an opening round game in the 2018 HCAC Volleyball Tournament, dispatching Anderson University and advancing to the HCAC semifinal round. Five Quakers earned HCAC post-season honors, and Horton was named the 2018 HCAC Coach of the Year - becoming just the eighth Earlham head coach to receive top coach honors since Earlham joined the HCAC in 2010.
In her third season leading Earlham Volleyball, Horton guided the Quakers to a 15-13 mark in 2017 - the program's first winning season since 1991, and the most victories for the Quakers on the volleyball court since charting 18 wins during the 2000 campaign. Earlham posted a 3-6 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), giving the Quakers their first conference wins since joining the league in 2010.
The foundation for 2017's benchmark season came in 2016, when Earlham Volleyball had six victories for its best win total in four seasons. Burton earned First Team All-HCAC honors to cap the season, making her the first Quaker to earn First Team All-HCAC honors since Earlham joined the conference.
In her first season leading the Quakers, Horton mentored Kayla Morris and Burton to Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors.
Horton spent 2014 as Earlham’s top assistant coach to then-Head Coach Jason Yhost. During the 2014 season, she coached three HCAC honorable mention honorees in Morris, Emily Lim, and Jolene Wells.
Prior to Earlham, Horton spent one season as an assistant coach at Clarkson University in New York. She aided Head Coach Johan Dulfer in helping the Golden Knights to a 36-7 record, an NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship regional title, and a national quarterfinals appearance in 2013. For their efforts, Horton and Dulfer were named the coaching staff of the year by the Liberty League.
Horton was a four-year starter at Indiana University-East from 2009-13. As team captain and setter, Crump led the Red Wolves to four conference tournament championships and four National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament appearances.
At IU East, Horton was a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northeast Regional honoree as well as garnering Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors three times. Horton is also a three-time Tachikara-NAIA All-American. She also holds the distinction of being the NAIA’s all-time assists leader for the rally-scoring era.
Horton also excelled in the classroom, graduating from IU East with a degree in communications and a minor in sports marketing and management. She was honored as a CoSIDA First Team All-American as a senior.
Horton, her husband Jeff, and their daughter Zeta reside in Richmond.
*Last updated - August 12, 2019