Smart gets official head job at Cal State Los Angeles

Former Cal Poly Pomona assistant volleyball coach Randi Smart has had the interim label lifted from her title as head coach at Cal State Los Angeles.

Smart, who led the Eagles to a berth in the West Region final opposite Cal State San Bernardino, was named the interim coach in February following the resignation of long-time coach Bill Lawler. She led a young squad with only two seniors to a 23-9 overall record and to a third-place finish in the competitive CCAA.

Cal State Los Angeles finished the year ranked No. 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Smart came to Cal State Los Angeles after serving as an assistant to Rosie Wegrich for four years.

 Smart also was an assistant coach at the University of La Verne for six seasons, the highlight of her tenure there coming in 2001 when the Leopards won their third national championship.

She becomes the fifth head coach in Cal State L.A. women’s volleyball history.

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