Kimberly Lambert, Keith Anderson Named University of Delaware Volleyball Assistant Coaches
Lambert recently completed her first season as director of operations at North Carolina State, after she served as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack the previous three years. NC State won 20 matches this past fall, posted a school-record 13 Atlantic Coast Conference victories, and notched the first top 10 win in program history with a victory at 10th-ranked Florida State.
As an assistant coach Lambert worked with the Wolfpack outside hitters and passers, while recruiting the West Coast. Under her tutelage, Dariyan Hopper finished the 2014 season ranked among the top 10 in the ACC in kills. Prior to joining NC State, Lambert spent the previous four seasons as the top assistant coach at Marshall.
Lambert served three seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from 2006-08, where she was one of the youngest head coaches in Division I. She coached the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in Christie Feliz, who ended her career as the school’s leader in kills per set.
Prior to Corpus Christi, Lambert served as the top assistant at UTEP for two seasons, where she was the Miners’ recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator and outside hitters coach.
In January 2005, she was chosen to lead the Sun Country Region Youth High Performance team under the United States Volleyball Association. As co-head coach, she participated in the High Performance Coaches Clinic at the United States Olympic Training Center.
Lambert served as head coach at Caldwell (Texas) High School in 2003, when she led the Lady Hornets to the 3A State semifinals. She was named the District 18-3A Coach of the Year and the Brazos Valley Area Coach of the Year.
Lambert spent the 2002 season as an assistant at Rice, helping lead the Owls to an 18-16 record. A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Lambert played collegiately at Texas A&M-Kingsville and earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2001.
“I’m so thrilled to begin this next journey with Sara at the University of Delaware,” Lambert said. “I have known her for a very long time, and share many of the same philosophies. The buzz regarding the direction that Chrissi Rawak and her staff is taking the program is exciting, and I am thankful to be on board.”
“I have known Kimberly for a very long time and when I was hired at Delaware, she was the first person I reached out to,” said Matthews, who was selected as UD’s head coach on Jan. 12. “She is extremely trustworthy, talented, loyal, and has that charismatic personality that players and people are drawn to. Volleyball-wise, we share the same philosophies and training styles so it will be a great fit all the way around. I am so excited she and her husband JP will be joining our Blue Hen family.”
Anderson recently completed his second season as an assistant coach on the Texas-Arlington volleyball staff. He served as UTA’s recruiting coordinator, while focusing instruction with the Mavericks’ defensive specialists and liberos. Anderson also worked with UTA’s middle blockers and setters, directed opponent scouting reports and video breakdowns, and served as the coordinator of all camp operations.
Anderson helped the Mavericks win 17 matches and finish in fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference during the 2016 season. Libero Taylor Murata set a program record for digs by a freshman, while middle blocker Madison McConnell was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Week in late September. UTA won 19 matches, including 10 in conference play, during Anderson’s first season in 2015, when Stacey Koch earned second team All-Conference honors.
Anderson spent the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Rice, helping the Owls finish 23-10 and come up one set short of winning the Conference USA title. He helped Rice lead the C-USA in digs per set while the team also placed among the top 100 in the nation in total digs, digs per set and opponent hitting percentage.
In October 2014, Anderson was named one of 12 recipients of the AVCA Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship.
Anderson graduated from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sport management and minors in coaching and psychology. He played on the men’s club volleyball team, helping lead the Aggies to a national title in 2010 while earning first team All-American honors.
A Winthrop Harbor, Ill. native, Anderson has also coached at the club level with the Brazos Valley Juniors, Woodlands WAVE and Houston Juniors.
“I am so excited to join the Blue Hen family,” Anderson said. “The energy and buzz throughout the athletic department and the University of Delaware is exactly what I was looking for. This department embodies a family culture, in which I am really going to enjoy working. I want to give a huge thank you to Sara, Jenn (Judy) and (Director of Athletics) Chrissi (Rawak) for allowing me the opportunity to join this staff. I am looking forward to working with both Sara and Kim to continue pushing this program higher. There is still a lot of untapped potential on top of an already solid foundation, and I’m ready to get after it.”
“As this process was going on, it became apparent that Keith would be a natural fit to round out our staff,” Matthews stated. “He is very positive and upbeat person that will fit in great with the culture we are building. His skill set in the gym will be a great complement to us. He is talented and hardworking, and we look forward to welcoming him to Newark.”
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