Laurie Flachmeier (Corbelli) ’74

laurie_corbelliLaurie Flachmeier Corbelli achieved recognition as an outstanding world-class volleyball player, winning a silver medal with the United States team in the 1984 Olympic Games and being named the most valuable player in professional Major League Volleyball in 1987. Laurie was all-state for three years, playing on Berkner High School teams that were state finalists twice and semi-finalist one year. At Texas Lutheran College, she played on two NAIA national championship teams and was selected most valuable player in the two national tournaments. She also was selected for the 1977 U.S. Vollnd-1980-olympicteameyball Association All-American team. In January, 1978, Laurie joined the U.S.A. National Team, which won fifth place in 1978 World Championship play in Moscow and earned a silver medal in the 1979 Pan-American Games at San Juan, Puerto Rico. To the disappointment of Laurie and her teammates, the U.S.A. team could not compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the American boycott. With Laurie’s help, the U.S.A. team won the 1981 World Cup bronze medal in Tokyo and captured the 1982 World Championship bronze medal in Lima, Peru. In 1983, the team won a silver medal in the Pan-American Games at Caracas, Venezuela. At Los Angeles, China edged the U.S.A. team for the 1984 Olympic Games gold medal in the final match.
From there, Laurie moved on to professional volleyball where she played with the San Jose Golddiggers in professional MajCorbelli_Laurie-AU12-088_web_span7or League Volleyball for three years. In 1987 and 1988, Laurie was named to the All-Pro team as a middle blocker In 1988 and 1989, she was named to the All-Star Game West Team and was selected the most valuable player for the 1989 game. Laurie, head coach of the women’s volleyball team at the University of San Francisco, was chosen in 1987 as West Coast Athletic Conference coach of the year.  In 1993 Laurie started coaching at Texas A&M University.

Coaching honors
  • 1987 West Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year
  • 1991 West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year
  • 1992 West Region Coach of the Year
  • 1992 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
  • 1994 Southwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year
  • 1995 District VI Coach of the Year
  • 1995 Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2000 Texas A&M Coach of the Year
  • 2013 Earned 500th Match Win
  • 2015 SEC Coach of the Year
Awards and honors
  • 1976 Most Valuable Player, National AAU Junior Olympics Championship Tournament
  • 1977 USVBA Rookie of the Year, National Tournament, Hilo, Hawaii
  • 1984 Silver Medalist, 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1987 Most Valuable Player, Major League Volleyball
  • 1987-89 Major League Volleyball All-Star and All-Pro Team
  • 1989 Most Valuable Player, Major League Volleyball All-Star Game
  • 1992 USVBA Player of the Year, National Tournament, Senior Division
  • Three-time USVBA All-American (1985, 1986, 1992)
  • 1998 USA Volleyball/Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award
Other honors
  • 1989 Garland Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1994 Texas Lutheran College Athletic Hall of Honor
  • 1994 NAIA Hall of Fame
  • 1998-2000 Honorary Co-Chair of the Children’s Miracle Network for Brazos Valley
  • 2002 USA Volleyball/George L. Fisher “Leader in Volleyball”