Nick Washburn ’13 and Lauren (Grover) Washburn ’13 were married in July of 2016 between their seasons of professional basketball and volleyball, respectively overseas in Portugal. Both were standout student-athletes during their time at Hillsdale College, each earning individual conference honors and leading their teams to their most successful seasons in recent history.
Nick helped lead his team to a Regular Season GLIAC Conference Championship in 2012 and earned Second-Team All-GLIAC honors in 2013. He sits at #32 in career points and #5 in career blocks all-time for Charger Men’s Basketball. Upon graduating in the spring of 2013, Nick moved to Spain to play for CB Peñas Huesca then Amics Castelló the following season.
"Playing basketball professionally has been more challenging and rewarding than I ever could have imagined. The experiences have been great, from playing in the FIBA Europe Cup and Champions League against some of the top competition in Europe, to winning championships in both Spain and Portugal, to living on four different continents."
Nick’s talents and hard work have taken him to teams in Spain, Portugal, Japan, and Argentina. This year he will return to Spain to play for TAU Castelló - Castellón de la Plana, Spain. A return to Spain comes as no surprise; Nick was the MVP of his league the year Amics Castelló won the championship
Lauren modestly suggests that she only stumbled upon the opportunity to play professionally once she moved with Nick to Porto, Portugal. She played two years with Porto Volei in Porto, Portugal. The truth is Lauren (Grover) was part of an NCAA Division II Final Four Team in 2011 and earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in 2012. She is currently ranked #4 on the career blocks list for Charger Volleyball.
"Playing professional volleyball was not in my plans upon graduating from Hillsdale. I feel extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to earn a spot on these teams. Porto Volei, my team in Portugal, won the Super Cup at the beginning of the season and lost a tough match in the championship of the league. It takes a lot of grit and perseverance to be successful throughout a 9-month season, but my teammates and coaches made it an incredibly rewarding experience. I am excited to continue my career in Spain this season. The team had success last year and I am hoping to help build on that any way I can."
Lauren will also continue to teach English online and lead a bible study within the Bibles & Basketball organization for wives and girlfriends of professional basketball players and coaches all over the world.
Good luck to you both and CHARGE ON!