Chris Laird enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Pensacola State College Women's Volleyball team. He returned to Pensacola after completing five seasons (2005-2009) at the helm of the Nicholls State volleyball team. In his fourth season with the Colonels, Laird led Nicholls to their first Southland Conference Tournament appearance since 2003. During his fifth season the Colonels returned to the conference tournament for the program's first ever back to back appearance and made it to the semifinals. Laird went to Nicholls in 2005 after spending two years as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama.
While with the Jaguars, Laird was a head-coach-in-training, handling responsibilities ranging from: recruiting and assisting with team practices to tracel arrangements and game management. Prior to his arrival at South Alabama, Laird spent one season at Pensacola State College as an assistant to Coach Pete Pena. Earlier in his career, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach and later as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. He also assisted at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Over the years he has founded, directed and coached with four Olympic volleyball clubs, along with coaching in other programs and is the Director for the West Florida Waves Volleyball Program based in Pensacola.
A native of Tylertown, Mississippi, Laird earned his Bachelor of Science in sports adminnistration from Southern Miss in 1997 and went on to earn his MBA from Southern Miss in 2001.