Laurie Corbelli

Laurie 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. Volleyball 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 Major 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.