Staff
Head Coach
Aaron Mansfield

Following five seasons at West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara, Aaron Mansfield is set to begin his tenure as a head coach after being hired to fill LMU volleyball's vacant head coaching position following the 2016 season. Mansfield served the previous three years as Associate Head Coach with the Santa Clara indoor team while serving as Head Coach with the sand program.
"We are excited to have Aaron Mansfield lead our women's volleyball program and further the growth and development we have experienced over the years," LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak said. "Aaron is noted for his ability to build strong relationships with the athletes, as an outstanding teacher and recruiter. His experience in a Jesuit institution, both as a coach at Santa Clara University and at Loyola High, will make for a smooth transition to LMU."

No stranger to the LMU area, Mansfield spent 2009 to 2011 coaching club at Manhattan Beach Surf where he led his teams to two silver medals in the 17U Open Division of Jr. Nationals while competing himself on the AVP Tour. The native of Sunnyvale, Calif. also coached at Loyola High School where they earned a CIF and state championship in 2010.

"First, let me thank Dr. Husak and Dan Smith for believing in me and hiring me as the new head coach of the women's volleyball program," Mansfield said of his hiring. "Their vision and passion for college athletics was apparent throughout the interview process and I am excited to join their team. I am eager to get to work and look forward to helping the Lions continue to compete at the highest level both on the court and in the classroom. The West Coast Conference is already known as one of the top volleyball conferences in the country, and we will continue to build on the success the program has had here. As I move on from Santa Clara University, I leave forever grateful for the opportunities and the relationships I built in Northern California. I'm excited to get to work."

Under his watch at Santa Clara, the Broncos made three NCAA Tournament appearances, earned 21 All-WCC selections, and garnered 28 All-WCC Academic picks. His final season with Santa Clara saw the Broncos get out to their best start in program history at 9-0 in 2016. The Broncos upset No. 7 USC on the road during opening weekend, and eventually garnered a #17 ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll -- it's highest mark since 2006.

Mansfield, who helped guide Santa Clara to the NCCA Tournament in his first season as a coach in 2012, eventually saw his team reach the Tournament in three of his first four years with the program. The third such run came in 2015 after registering a 22-9 mark, including a 13-5 WCC record, to finish with the fourth-best winning percentage for a single season in program history. The Broncos also reached the Tournament in 2014 after posting an overall record of 22-10, including a 12-6 conference mark to capture third place in the WCC. In that season, Santa Clara began the year at 9-1 and went on to notch four victories against Top-25 opponents and six victories over Top-50 opponents.

Prior to joining the staff at Santa Clara, Mansfield coached five seasons at his Alma Mater, UC Santa Barbara, with the men's volleyball program. In addition to training with the US National team from 2008 to 2010, and playing on the AVP Tour beginning in 2005, Mansfield also worked as the Club Santa Barbara Boys 18U head coach.

Mansfield played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara where he was a four-year starter, three-year team captain, and in 2005, he earned All-American honors as a libero. He was selected to the All-MPSF Team all four years and is the all-time digs leader at UCSB with 1,000. Mansfield graduated from UCSB with a degree in cultural anthropology.

Mansfield is originally from Northern California where he attended and played volleyball at Homestead High School. Playing under Roger Edwards and Jason Mansfield, he helped lead the Mustangs to league championships in each of his four years on the team. He was named all-league four straight years and named the De Anza League MVP three times.

Mansfield is married to the former Lindsey Spainhour. The couple was married on May 16, 2014.

Assistant Coach / Recruiting
Ben Lee

Ben Lee is in his first season as an assistant coach with LMU volleyball after being hired in February of 2017.
A native of the Silicon Valley in Northern California, Lee has spent the last decade plus coaching women's and girl's volleyball in California and Arizona. He completed his college degree at Arizona State University in 2011 and was on the coaching staff with the ASU women's volleyball team for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. In 2011 he assisted the A2 USA Women's National Team that finished with a silver medal in the OPEN Division, and spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 co-coaching the USA College National Team. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the 2016 USA Women's Junior Continental team and the 2016 USA Girls Youth A2 Program.

An accomplished eye for talent, Lee has served as the Lead Tryout Coach and Evaluator for the Girls HP Program since 2013.

Lee has coached nationally competitive club teams on the court and on the sand in California and Arizona, including serving as a coach with City Beach Volleyball Club, Club Red Volleyball Club, Arizona Storm Volleyball Club, Arizona High Performance Beach, Revolution Volleyball Academy and RPM Sand Volleyball Club.

Lee, the Founder and Technical Director of MyTopRecruit Volleyball Training, got his start in coaching at Saint Francis High School where he was an assistant varsity coach with former volleyball Olympic captain Kim Oden and head coach of the junior varsity team from 2007-2010.

Throughout his time as a club and academy coach, Lee has worked with and trained multiple high school athletes who have gone on to play at various levels of college volleyball including conferences such as the Pac-12, WCC, WAC, Big West, Ivy League, and the Big 10.

Assistant Coach
Natalie Morgan

Natalie Morgan is in her first season as an assistant coach with LMU volleyball after being hired in February of 2017.
Morgan comes to LMU from the University of Nebraska, where she has served as the Technical Coordinator for the Huskers since 2014. Her stint with Nebraska includes three NCAA Tournament appearances and a National Championship in 2015. While in Lincoln, Morgan held sole responsibility for all film breakdown and statistical analysis.

Prior to her move to Nebraska, Morgan, who missed the 2010 season due to injury, played the 2011 season at Oregon State. After her redshirt freshman year, Morgan settled into a coaching role with the Beavers, serving as Assistant Director of Volleyball Operations and assisting with practice setup, Data Volley operation and statistical analysis.

Throughout her career, Morgan has served as a Collegiate Summer Camp Coach, including stints with Nebraska, American University, UC Berkeley and Oregon State. On the club circuit, she has served as a Head Coach with Volleyball Club Nebraska since 2014, and worked as the 12 Elite Head Coach with BOSS Volleyball Club in 2012 and 2013.

Morgan has also recently worked with the 2016 USA National Team and Pan Am Cup Teams as they prepared for international competition. Building her skill set, she served as a Technical Assistant at the Women's National Team tryouts and as a Technical Coordinator with the Collegiate National Team in 2015.

In addition to her time at Oregon State, Morgan has played competitive beach volleyball up and down the west coast and spent a stint with the University of Sydney Club Volleyball Team in 2015.

Morgan earned her degree in exercise and sports science from Oregon State in 2014 before finishing a Master of Arts in Education Psychology from Nebraska in 2016.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jackson Metichecchia

Jackson Metichecchia begins his first year on the LMU coaching staff in 2017. Metichecchia, who took over the men's head coaching reins at Santa Monica College when John Mayer was named LMU beach volleyball head coach headed into the 2016 season, has coached club volleyball throughout Southern California for the last 10 years, most recently as Sunshine's 18 Westside head coach in 2017.

Working as an assistant coach on the SMC men's team under Mayer, the team won the state championship in 2015 and was runner-up in 2014. SMC made the state final four in 2016 and 2017, Jackson's first two years as a head coach.

Metichecchia is a multi-sport athlete who grew up playing basketball and volleyball in Littlerock, California. He earned All League honors in both sports at Littlerock High School, and played club ball at Revolution. Jackson continued playing at Pierce College from 2008 -- 2010, earning First Team All Conference honors. He then transferred to Mount Olive College in North Carolina, where he was awarded All Conference honors, won a conference championship, and led the NCAA Division I-II in assists per set during the 2011 season.