Smart takes over at Cal State L.A.

Former Cal Poly Pomona assistant coach Randi Smart has been named interim head volleyball coach at Cal State Los Angeles. She replaces Bill Lawler, who resigned last month after 13 years heading the program.

Smart, who served as Rosie Wegrich’s top assistant for four years, spent the 2008 season as Lawler’s top aide. Last year the Eagles went 21-8, advancing to the Division II West Region semifinal.

“Randi has an excellent coaching and playing background and we believe she has the ability to continue our program’s regional and national competitiveness,” Cal State L.A. Director of Athletics Dan Bridges said in a written release.

Smart worked as an assistant at the University of La Verne for six seasons. The highlight of her tenure there came in 2001 when the Leopards won their third national championship. As an added bonus, she got to coach her younger sister, Ryan Wynn, an All-American setter for the Leopards and the 2001 National Player of the Year.

Smart came to La Verne after playing volleyball overseas in Austria for one year. She was a successful player at the NCAA Division I level as well, competing for two years at Utah State, where she was named “Rookie of the Year” as a freshman and for two years at Louisiana State, where she earned All-SEC honors. She graduated from LSU in 1998.