Lindsey Brown hired at Erie to be next volleyball coach

Brown brings state championship coaching to Tigers bench


The Erie volleyball team breached a new barrier in the program’s history this past season, winning its first ever match at the Class 4A state tournament.

Where the program goes next will now be guided by the leadership of incoming head coach Lindsey Brown, whose multiple state championships are more than enough to keep the Tigers optimistic about their program’s future.

“They’re in that championship environment mindset where they want to do whatever it takes for the betterment of the team,” Brown said upon being announced as hired May 19. “I’ve been coaching on the outside looking in and I see that in all the programs there at Erie. I’m ready to be a part of that. Erie has a great group of girls and they’re very excited and really looking to be that next top team.”

Last fall, Erie posted a 19-9 record and advanced out of regionals as the No. 7 overall seed in the 4A state tournament. The Tigers won their first-round match in five sets over No. 10 Cheyenne Mountain, which set a new precedent for the program. The Tigers fell to No. 2 Montrose in the second round and were eliminated by No. 8 Discovery Canyon in the consolation bracket.

After posting a 51-27 overall record under head coach Molly Creek, the Tigers hope Brown can keep the program on its upward trajectory.

Brown took her first head coaching job at Mountain View in 2000 and she led the Loveland-based Mountain Lions to five straight title matches and three championships from 2003-07. A change in teaching jobs led Brown to Roosevelt, where the Roughriders qualified for state in one of her two seasons as head coach. She then went to University and served as the head volleyball coach for five years through 2018.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the St. Vrain (Valley) School District and the Erie athletics programs,” Brown said. “It seems like Erie’s teams are all heading in the right direction and I’m excited to be a part of the next chapter.”

Brown, who is a third-grade teacher at Milliken Elementary, said she has had some virtual meetings with the Erie team, which just graduated six key seniors including 2019 player of the year Jessica Amend. Despite the challenging circumstances under which she was hired and the lofty expectations, Erie athletic director Justin Carpenter said he’s confident that Brown is the right person to lead the program into the future.

“We are excited to welcome Lindsey Brown to Erie High School and St. Vrain Athletics,” Carpenter said. “She has won everywhere she has went while developing programs built on character. I am excited to work with Lindsey and watch our kids thrive under her.”