As a player, Lauren van de Kamp was a star for nearby Longwood University. After two seasons on the sidelines, it seems van de Kamp is headed that direction as a coach as well.
In her first year as an assistant with the Rams, van de Kamp helped guide VCU to 13 wins, the second-most in school history. The 13-6 record last fall was the third-biggest turnaround in the country. VCU earned a berth into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, just the second conference tournament berth in the last 10 years for the Black & Gold.
Last year, the Black & Gold posted another double-digit win season (10) and earned a second straight trip to the conference tournament.
van de Kamp is no stranger to Richmond. She starred at Trinity Episcopal School during her high school career, before going to excel with the field program at Longwood, graduating in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology.
The Midlothian, Va. native was a four-year standout on the turf for the Lancers. In 2010, she was named the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year to go along with three straight years of being named to the All-NorPac conference teams.
During her four-year career at Longwood, she played in 78 matches, earning the starting nod 70 times. She tallied 20 career goals and helped on 17 more for a total of 57 points. She also recorded three defensive saves over her four-year career.