Northern Kentucky Elevates Director of Ops to Assistant Coach

After serving on the Northern Kentucky women’s basketball staff for the past four seasons as a graduate assistant and a director of operations,, Lauren Stodola has been elevated to the position of assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.

Head coach Camryn Whitaker noted, “Lauren has been a part of the Northern Kentucky women’s basketball staff for four years and is extremely valuable to our program and me! I am thrilled that she chose to accept the new position as an assistant coach. Her work ethic and loyalty is something I value and I know she will have a great impact on our players and our program as we move forward!”

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to move into an assistant coaching position here at Northern Kentucky,” added Stodola. “After being on Coach Whitaker’s staff the past two seasons, I am looking forward to making an impact in a new role, and helping the program reach our goals.”

Stodola spent her last four years on the NKU bench, first as a graduate assistant before assuming the role of NKU’s director of basketball operations for Whitaker, with duties that included recruiting efforts, coordinating team travel, budget planning for team apparel and equipment, practice planning, and creating scouting reports and game plans for NKU’s competition.

Stodola got her start in collegiate athletics at her alma mater, Grand Valley State, spending time on the game and event operations staff before serving as an intern to GVSU’s senior woman administrator. She then made a stop at Minnesota Duluth as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team, handling video coordination, recruiting efforts, skill development sessions and scouting reports.

As a student-athlete, Stodola helped lead the Lakers to an NCAA tournament berth in the 2010-11 season and was a 2012-13 preseason All-GLIAC honoree before a career-ending injury. She earned All-GLIAC Academic Excellence in her final three seasons and was selected to the 2013 WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” program.

Stodola earned a B.S. in Sport Management from GVSU in 2013, graduating cum laude, and finished her postgraduate studies at NKU in 2016 with an M.A. in Integrated Studies, emphasizing in communications and psychology.

Tagged with: