FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Eric Olson, Athletic Director
Phone: 949-387-1199, ext 2407
Crean Lutheran Names Glass-Childress
as New Girls Volleyball Coach
(IRVINE, CA, March 22, 2018) -- Crean Lutheran High School has named former Olympian and USA National Team player Alisha Glass Childress as its new head girls volleyball coach.
Glass-Childress was the setter on the United States National Team from 2010 to 2016 and helped the USA Women’s Volleyball Team capture the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She will take over for Founding Girls volleyball Coach Eric Olson, who retired this spring from coaching the boys and girls teams at CLHS to give more time to his family and to his duties as the school’s athletic director.
“It’s a blessing to become a part of the Crean Lutheran Family,” Glass-Childress said. “I am incredibly excited to start this journey. As iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), I look forward to creating a team culture that is optimal for mental, physical, and spiritual growth.
“We have lots to learn and teach each other through our experiences, and I hope to utilize the game of volleyball as a tool to empower our student-athletes with important life skills, while keeping God our Father as the foundation of everything we do.”
Glass-Childress enjoyed a standout career at Penn State University, where she was a three-time First Team All American from 2007-2010 and helped the Nittany Lions become the first school in NCAA Division I history to capture three straight national championships with a three year record of 102-0.
Following her collegiate career, Glass-Childress embarked upon a successful professional career, playing with several of the top clubs around the world as she continued to train with the USA National Team.
“I would like to welcome Coach Glass-Childress to the Crean Lutheran family and express my excitement for her and the Saints Girls Volleyball Program,” Athletic Director Eric Olson said. “Alisha will be a great addition to our excellent coaching staff here at CLHS. She is a highly qualified coach, has an amazing volleyball mind, and is passionate about the personal and spiritual development of her players.”
Glass-Childress went to Leland High School in Leland, Michigan and played for her mother, who was the 2015 National Volleyball Coach of the Year. Witnessing the positive impact her mother had on the lives of so many girls played a strong role in Glass-Childress’ decision to coach at Crean Lutheran.