Assistant Athletic Director
at Hawaii Pacific
Lauren Conching is the head women’s tennis coach and assistant athletic director at Hawaii Pacific University. As head coach, Conching holds an overall record of 131-37 with six trips to the NCAA National Championships, including four semifinal appearances and an additional quarterfinal berth. She has had five players named ITA All-Americans. In her first season, Conching guided the then-Sea Warriors to a final ITA ranking of No. 6 in the country after an appearance in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA National Championships. Conching was named ITA/Wilson Women’s Tennis National Coach of the Year in 2013 as she steered the Sea Warriors to a 19-2 record and a semifinal finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. In 2014, the Sharks went 20-7, falling to eventual champion, Barry University in the semifinals.
Prior to becoming head coach, Conching spent five seasons as an assistant at HPU under Stefan Pampulov. In all five of those seasons, HPU reached the NCAA National Championships. In 2010, she was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the year. Conching also works for the HPU athletics department as the Assistant Athletics Director. She is in charge of apparel and branding for the department, marketing and promotional materials for the various athletics teams and assisting throughout multiple facets within the department. Conching attended Collin County College in Plano, Texas, where she lettered in tennis. There she won the 2001 National Junior College doubles title and placed second at NJCAA nationals with her team. In 2002, Conching transferred to Stony Brook University in New York where she finished her eligibility and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and journalism. Upon graduation, she remained in New York and worked for CBS Sports until 2006, when she decided to return home to Hawaii. Her husband, Hendrik Bode, is the head coach of the men’s tennis team at Hawai´i Pacific, and they have a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Lana. Both serve as members of the inaugural ITA Division II Operating Committee in 2017-18. In addition, Conching sits on the NCAA Coaches Commission, the ITA West Regional Ranking Committee, the ITA West Regional Award Committee, and the ITA Ethics Committee.