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Laura Stegall was selected by Daytona State College to launch the volleyball program in 2013. Since the conception of the program, Stegall has led the Lady Falcons to back-to-back winning seasons.
In the volleyball program's inaugural season, the Lady Falcons raked in over 20 wins, narrowly missing the regional tournament. In 2014, the Lady Falcons reached unprecedented heights. The Lady Falcons finished the season with a 25-14 record. After a 13 game winning streak, Daytona State captured their first Regional and National ranking. Mid-season the Lady Falcons were ranked 1st in the Region and 6th nationally.
The Lady Falcons finished the 2014 season with their first appearance in Florida's Regional Tournament. Last season several Lady Falcons, under Coach Stegall's direction, received prestigious regional and national honors. Two Lady Falcons were recognized as members of the Mid-Florida All-Conference Team, while freshman Alica Kandler was honored on the All Region and All American Team listing.
Stegall has veteran experience in starting collegiate volleyball programs. In 2004 she launched the volleyball program at Indiana Tech. In her two seasons at the helm of Indiana Tech’s program, Stegall helped lay a strong foundation for the program. In 2005, the inaugural season, the Warriors went 15-12. Then next seasons Stegall lead the Warriors to a 28-9 overall record, receiving honors as the WHAC Coach of the Year.
In her two seasons at Indiana Tech, Stegall coached two All-Region and two All-WHAC honorees. Additionally her commitment to her team’s academic excellence translated into nine student-athlete Scholar Athlete honors and a 2007 team grade point average of 3.53.
Before transitioning to Daytona State College, Stegall served as the assistant coach at Embry-Riddle University. During her time with the team, the Eagles earned their first NAIA National ranking and first National Tournament berth.
Stegall was a two sport collegiate athlete at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She competed in both basketball and volleyball. Stegall was a standout in volleyball, leading the Mastodons in kills and digs for three consecutive seasons. She recorded 36 kills against Lewis in 2000, which still stands as the IPFW single-match record. During her career at IPFW, she also broke records for career digs (1,625), single-season digs (505), and career kills (1,895). She finished her career as a three-time All-Conference and All-Region selection, and was named the 2000 Great Lakes Valley Player of the Year. In 2006 Stegall was inducted into the IPFW Hall of Fame.
Stegall graduated from IPFW in 2002. In spring 2013, Stegall completed her Master's Degree. with her MEd from Northcentral University. Before pursuing a career in collegiate coaching, she began her career as an elementary teacher.
In addition to her commitment to collegiate volleyball, Stegall has worked to enhance the development of young volleyball players. She was involved with N3 Volleyball Club from 2005-2007, and previously worked with Atlantic Coast Juniors.
Stegall wears many hats at Daytona State College, serving as the lead for the Student-Athlete Council, which provides community service leadership in the Daytona Beach community. Additionally, Stegall will be stepping back into the classroom this fall, assuming a role as an instructor for Student Success at Daytona State College.
Stegall moved to Daytona Beach in 2007 when husband Randy accepted the position as head baseball coach at Embry-Riddle. The Stegalls reside in DeLand, Fl, with their three children Sarah, Ashtyn, and Brady.