Lawson Resigns As Volleyball Coach; Kimura Named Interim

Lawson Resigns As Volleyball Coach; Kimura Named Interim

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Paul Lawson has announced his resignation as Pfeiffer's volleyball coach and Associate Head Coach Chris Kimura has been named as the Interim Head Coach. Lawson was entering his fifth season as the women's coach and also led the men's program for four years.

"We want to thank Paul for his service to Pfeiffer," said VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. "This is a decision he made and we are going to honor it. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

"I would like to thank everyone at Pfeiffer for giving me the opportunity to coach here," commented Lawson. "Due to family obligations, I have to resign. I wish the program nothing but the best in the future."

Lawson was the 2015 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year and led the Falcons to both the regular season and conference tournament titles and the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He is the winningest men's coach in program history and coached the nation's leader in assists (David Specian) and hitting percentage (Fabio Diniz). 

Kimura enters his fourth season on the coaching staff after spending six years at Energy Volleyball Club in Niles, Illinois. Kimura was promoted from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach and has been tasked with much of the recruiting and day-to-day operations of the program. 

"We have a great deal of confidence in Chris," said Reasso. "Chris is a bright and ambitious young man and he has a very good understanding of Pfeiffer and our program."

Kimura will assume the role of Interim Head Coach immediately and will lead the Falcons into Saturday's matches in Greensboro.