Want to play in college? VC United is proud to announce our Recruiting Services Team!

VC United is proud to announce the hiring of Lauren Hansen, Recruiting Director, and Taylor Brauneis, Recruiting Coordinator, to the VC United team! They will offer athletes at VC United unprecedented support in the world of college recruiting leveraging their relationships, expertise and passion to provide a unique service that will rival anything the top clubs in the country provide. Combined with Executive Director Eric Schulze's experience and connections in the college game in addition to the many coaches who have vast connections as well, VC United is ready to help you!

Taylor Brauneis - Recruiting Coordinator

As VC United's Recruiting Coordinator, Taylor will be each player's primary point of contact in navigating the recruiting process. Taylor will schedule an Initial Consultation with each player and their family to discuss the player's goals, setup their player profile and assist each player in understanding each step of the process from academics, nutrition, strength training, recruiting visits, recruiting trends, and more.

I am so excited about this opportunity with VC UNITED. I am very eager to start working with the athletes at VC United and help find the right university for them. This sport has given me more than I ever thought possible and now it's my chance to give back. I feel honored to be working alongside Eric and Lauren. Eric has played a pivotal part in my volleyball career. His ability to push athletes to the next level is rare and I couldn't have been as successful as I was without him. Lauren has a very impressive background in recruiting. She will go above and beyond to do what is best for each athlete. As a team we are determined to revolutionize the way players take their career to the next level. VC United will stand out from any other club in the area.

Taylor Brauneis, Recruiting Coordinator

Lauren Hansen - Recruiting Director

As VC United's Recruiting Director, Lauren will be responsible for maintaining current information on what college coaches are looking for in each class as well as assisting our Recruiting Coordinator matching VC United's athletes to college programs. Lauren will often assist our Recruiting Coordinator in conducting PSA Consultations as well as conducting seminars, recruiting combines and developing resources for our athletes to guide them through the recruiting process throughout their career.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to guide the players of VC United to achieve their dreams of playing collegiate volleyball. Eric Schulze shares in the same vision as I do for his athletes and getting to the next level. Eric's expertise, paired with Taylor (Brauneis) and I, will set VC united apart from all other clubs in the Midwest.

Lauren Hansen, Recruiting Director


Check out what people are saying about both Lauren Hansen (Recruiting Director) and Taylor Brauneis (Recruiting Coordinator) for VC United! We couldn't be more fortunate to have TWO people with their backgrounds and experience behind the players for VC United!

  • Chloe Mann
    Being able to play with and learn from Taylor was one of the most memorable aspects of my time at Florida. She raises the bar for anyone she shares the court with, constantly striving to get the best out of every player she comes into contact with. It also helps that Taylor constantly has the best attitude and makes playing with her effortless and enjoyable! Her wealth of volleyball skills and IQ was only further enhanced through her professional career overseas and I know she'd be an asset to the sport in any capacity!!!
    Chloe Mann
    All-American MB - University of Florida
  • Kim and Doug Wagemester
    Lauren started building a relationship with my daughter immediately after she was offered a spot on the team. Lauren provides a personal, 360 degree service from prepping our daughter for communicating with college coaches to listening to what our daughter is looking for in a college. Lauren has a straight forward approach which makes the process very efficient.
    Kim and Doug Wagemester
    Athletic Director at Kirkwood Community College and Parent
  • Associate Head Coach
    It has been a pleasure working with Lauren to recruit many different Iowa Rockets athletes. Lauren does a great job educating her athletes about how the process works. The Rockets athletes I have communicated with always understand NCAA rules, have great questions, and are extremely proactive during the recruiting process. She also does a great job getting to know what each individual athlete is looking for, and then helps them navigate through the recruiting process to find the school and program that fits the athlete best. Having recruited Iowa Rockets athletes for several years, it is evident Lauren has streamlined the process for both athletes and college coaches!
    Associate Head Coach
    Division I
  • Julie Grothusen
    We wanted to thank you and Lauren as a recruiter. She is amazing! She is such a wealth of knowledge and support during this recruiting time for Ally! I seriously don't know how we would be surviving without her help from emails, to phone calls, face to face meetings and most importantly emotional support (lol)! We love her!!
    Julie Grothusen
  • Associate Head Coach
    Lauren's quick responses, knowledge of her athletes and grasp of schools equate to her being incredible to work with. She is the best thing to hit Iowa since sweet corn! I really enjoy working with her!!!"
    Associate Head Coach
    Division I


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