Paul LawsonHead Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3070
Pfeiffer University Vice President for Athletics/Athletic Director Bob Reasso ‘73 announced the hiring of Paul Lawson as the men’s and women’s volleyball coach on July 22, 2013.
Lawson has over 20 years coaching experience at the collegiate level and played professionally for five years in the European Volleyball League. Lawson owns 348 career victories and earned the Midwest Region’s Coach of the Year in 2002 and was a Chicago Collegiate Volleyball Coach of the Year three times.
Most recently, Lawson worked with the Nike 18 and 15 Elite volleyball teams for Energy Volleyball Club. Prior to that, Lawson had a three-year stint (2010-13) running the women’s program at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, and also served as the school’s Recreation Coordinator.
Lawson also led the women’s program at the University of Saint Mary from 2003-10. He served as the Director of Intramurals and Recreation and taught classes for the Sport Management degree program while a member of the Spires Athletic Department.
From 1999-2002, Lawson led the Marycrest International University men’s and women’s teams. In 2001, he took the squad to the NAIA National Tournament Championship and earned the Runner-Up. The prior season, he took Marycrest to a third-place finish in the NAIA Tournament.
He also served as Chairman of the NAIA National Poll from 2000-13 and the Director of the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Tournament from 2002-13.
Lawson earned his bachelors in Recreation and Physical Education from George William’s College.
Christa McCawGraduate Assistant
Office Phone: 704-463-3236
Christa McCaw enters her second season at Pfeiffer as the Graduate Assistant Coach.
McCaw played Division II volleyball at Pittsburg State University as a Libero/DS for four years. Pittsburg State is one of the top programs in the country and competes in one of the toughest conferences in Division II, the MIAA. During her sophomore, McCaw was voted All-Conference.
She has been at Pfeiffer since February 2014, while working with the Men’s program, where they made it to the Conference semi-finals. Her main focus will be working the defense with both Men and Women.
McCaw is am also in charge of organizing fundraising opportunities for both the programs.
She has been coaching club for five years where she has was helping with administration duties. Also, McCaw has been with Carolina Courts in Concord for six months as a lead trainer for the programs.
Chris KimuraAssistant Coach
Office Phone: 704-463-3235
Chris Kimura enters his first year at Pfeiffer University after spending six years at Energy Volleyball Club in Niles, Illinois.
Kimura was the head coach for 15 different club teams and qualified Energy to their first ever USAV Junior National Competition, while also leading the club with the highest retention rate. Other duties included instructing all levels in position training, running tryouts, and acclimating new coaches to their systems and philosophies. He worked underneath Coach Paul Lawson during the 2012-2013 club season. He was also the head coach at Lake View High School in Chicago for the 2013 season.
Chris has a degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and spent two years teaching at North Elementary in Des Plaines, Illinois.