Brian Lamppa joined the Cougar Volleyball staff in April 2008 as associate head coach. In addition to on-court coaching duties, Lamppa is the recruiting coordinator for the Cougar volleyball program.
Lamppa comes to WSU after five seasons as head coach at the University of South Dakota where he guided the Coyotes to the NCAA Div. II Championship Tournament in both 2004 and 2007. The 2007 squad also set the school record for wins in a season, finishing 23-9. In May 2010, Lamppa was selected one of the seven top coaches in the USD DakotaDome's 30-year history.
His Coyote coaching tenure began with back-to-back 18 win seasons in 2003 and 2004. The 18 victories in both years tied a school record for wins in a season, set in 1976 and again in 1977. The Coyotes also set the record in 2007 for the longest winning streak in school history after going 14-0 at the start of the season. The 2004 squad posted an 18-14 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league play. That record was the best final conference standing in school history and the first time the team had finished above .500 in 25 years. Lamppa was named the 2004 NCAA Div. II North Central Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Lamppa has mentored seven All-NCC and two All-Region players, as well as USD's first league Most Valuable Player, Becky Olson. He also coached Amber Kobus, who was named the NCC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007.
Before joining the coaching staff at USD in 2003, Lamppa spent four seasons at the helm of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He led the NCAA Division III Duhawks to an overall record of 98-45, which was the best four-year run in school history. In each of his four years at Loras, Lamppa led his team to 20-win seasons. Lamppa was named the 2002 IIAC Coach of the Year after a third-place finish in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and an outstanding 32-7 record. He developed three all-conference selections during his tenure at Loras College, including the 2002 IIAC Player of the Year.
In addition to his success on the court, Lamppa's squads excelled in the classroom. In both the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Loras had a team GPA of 3.3 and the following season the team boasted a 3.4 GPA.
Lamppa served as a graduate assistant coach at Loras during the 1998-99 academic year and coached the 18s Courtmaster's Volleyball Club during that same time period. While at Loras College, Lamppa also taught several physical education classes, including theory of coaching volleyball, and served as the Director of Intramurals. He was also an IMPACT Clinic Instructor for USA Volleyball from 2001 to 2003. Lamppa has also been head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Caledonia High School in Michigan.
Lamppa is a 1998 graduate of Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Mich.), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Education/Physical Education. He went on to earn a masters degree in physical education from Loras College in 2000.
Lamppa and his wife, Rachel, have a son, Elijah (9), and two daughters, Brynn (5), and infant Drew.