The 2017 season will be Madison Machurek's first as the Panthers' head volleyball coach. Machurek comes to LaGrange from Marietta (Ohio) College. She was the assistant volleyball coach for at Marietta and also served as the team's strength and conditioning coach. The Pioneers went 17-16 this past season, an improvement from the 9-20 record in 2015.
"A huge thanks to Jennifer Claybrook and the hiring committee for believing in me and my vision for the volleyball program," Machurek said. "I am deeply honored to start my legacy at LaGrange College. I'd like to send my love and thanks to my family, friends, and former head coach, Liz Mendiola, for supporting me during my journey. I cannot wait to start building relationships with my players, coaches, the community, and staff at LaGrange College. Go Panthers!"
Prior to coaching at Marietta, Machurek coached at St. Gabriel Catholic School and the Athlos Leadership Academy in Austin, Texas. She coached USAV Juniors Volleyball with the Austin Juniors Volleyball Club, one of the top club programs in south Texas.
Machurek has coached high school and club volleyball in Idaho. She was an assistant coach at Vallivue High School which made three straight state tournament appearances and coached with the Boise River and Idaho Crush club teams.
She is a native of Eagle, Idaho, graduating from the College of Idaho with a bachelor of arts in physical education and a minor in coaching and psychology. Machurek holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certification.
Machurek was a four-year starting setter and captain for the College of Idaho, where she earned first team all-conference and all-region honors. The Yotes compiled a record of 100-29 in her four seasons, winning 24 or more matches each year.
She led Eagle High School to an undefeated season and the first of four consecutive state championships in 2007. Machurek capped her scholastic career by earning state Player of the Year honors that season.