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Head Coach 2021

Lauren Danai - 13 Travel Head Coach - 2021

Metro VBC Lauren Danai - 13 Travel Head Coach 2021
"I am excited for my second season with 13 Travel. Working with young athletes is a privilege I am incredibly grateful for. I am ready for another exciting season!”
Lauren returns as the 13 Travel Head Coach for her sixth year with Metro VBC and 14th year coaching.  In 2020 as the 13 Travel Head Coach, her team finished 1st in the region and 2nd at Capitol Hill Classic. In 2019, her 15 Travel team qualified for Nationals at the 15 Open Level, finishing 30th in the nation.  In 2018, her 14 Travel team qualified for Nationals at the 14 National Level, finishing with a bronze medal.  In 2017, her team qualified at the 14 Open Level for the first time in club history and finished 23rd in the nation. In 2016, her team won 4 of 11 tournaments including the Capitol Hill Classic, qualified for Nationals at the 14 National level and placed 2nd in the South Atlantic Championships 15s Division. 


Lauren spent two years as the 14 Travel head coach, 2 years as the 14 Travel assistant, and four years as the 16 North Head Coach with Metro American VBC.  In 2014, her team placed 2nd at the Capitol Hill Classic, was Region Champions, and qualified for Nationals. In 2015, her team had the highest 14 Travel record in MAVBC history at 58-17. The team started the season with 3rd place at Capitol Hill Classic, won the silver bracket at NEQ, and finished higher than any other 14s team at the York and Hampton Roads MAPL (14-16s division). 


Lauren began her volleyball career at Grace Academy (1999-2002) where she was first team All-County and All-Area. Her high school finished 1st in conference, 3 out of 4 years. She played for Washington County Juniors (2000-2003) where she competed in the Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
Lauren went on to play for Shepherd University (2003-2007) as a middle hitter. She was 2nd team all-conference and captain her senior year. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.
Lauren is working as a financial analyst in Washington, DC and spending time with her daughter.