Lauren Lanford brings over 14 years of Division I athletics experience to Southern Miss, where she began her role as the Director of Life Skills and Career Development in Summer 2017.
One way to describe Lanford’s background in athletics is “diverse.” She was a setter for the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks from 2003-06 before beginning a graduate assistantship at the school in 2008 for athletics student services. Lanford landed her first full-time job in 2009 at Arkansas State, where she oversaw the academic progress of nine sports until 2011 as an athletic academic coordinator. There, she honed her skills in meeting with at-risk student-athletes and helping those with the transition of entering and exiting college.
Lanford returned to the court, and her alma mater, in 2011, where she not only served as a “life coach,” (focusing on student-athlete development), but also as an assistant with the Ladyjacks’ successful volleyball program. The 2014 team went undefeated in conference play, and she also helped mentor a Setter of the Year among numerous other All-Conference selections in her tenure.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/English in 2008 and her Master’s of Public Administration in 2009.