Blair Brown Lipsitz begins her fourth season as head coach of the UB volleyball team after being named to the position on April 7, 2015. A four-time National Champion and two-time First-Team All-American, Lipsitz joined the Bulls after serving as director of the U.S Elite Volleyball Camp.
In 2017, the Bulls had their best season Mid-American Conference season since joining the league as UB finished 8-8 in conference play, the first time they had ever been .500 or better. Buffalo finished in fifth place in league play, its highest ever finish. Cassie Shado became the first Bull to be named All-MAC First Team in multiple seasons, while freshman Andrea Mitrovic was named to the league's all-freshmen team.
In her first season with the Bulls, Lipsitz guiding a young team to a 6-10 record in MAC play, tying for its best record ever in the conference at that time and earning a trip to the MAC Tournament. The Bulls placed two members on the All-MAC team following her first season in Megan Lipski and Shado.
Lipsitz helped Shado to first-team All-MAC honors during her second season as Shado hit .400 during the year, while setter Scout McLerran was named to the league’s all-freshman team.
Lipsitz was a four-time National Champion at Penn State (2007-10) and a two-time First-Team All-American (2009 & 2010), as well as a Second-Team All-American in 2008. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2010, while also winning the Honda Sports Award, which is given to the best collegiate female athlete in each different sport. While at Penn State, the Nittany Lions had a streak of 109 straight victories. Following her career at Penn State, Lipsitz trained with the U.S. National Team.
“I think Blair is an exciting hire for the UB Volleyball program,” said Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose. “She is one of only three individuals who have won four consecutive NCAA National Championships at the collegiate level. I believe that her experience gives her a good foundation to make great contributions to the development of the players and the team”
Following her collegiate career, Lipsitz played professionally from 2011 through 2013, having seen time in Italy, Puerto Rico and France. Her final professional season was in 2013 when she played for the Evreux Volleyball Club in Evreux, France.
Lipsitz has also been working as director of the U.S. Elite Volleyball Camp, which she has done since co-founding the program in 2011. Taking part in 16 different locations, the camp expanded to over 340 campers in 2013.
Lipsitz also spent the spring of 2014 working as a volunteer assistant for UB under previous head coach Reed Sunahara. She also served as an analyst for UB Volleyball matches on ESPN3 during the 2014 season.
Lipsitz is a 2010 graduate of Penn State University with degrees in English and Political Science. She lives in Amherst, NY with her husband Max, who was also an All-American at Penn State in men’s volleyball. They have a newborn daughter, Liv.