St. Louis, Mo. — H2 Saint Louis volleyball, Club Director, Geoff Davis announced today that Lisa Orlet, one of the most celebrated names in women’s volleyball locally, if not nationally, has joined the coaching staff as director of coach development for the 2010 – 2011 season.
Orlet, will not coach a specific team this season but will serve as a guidepost to help the coaches understand all the dimensions of the game and the development of a team.
“In less than 5 years of existence, H2s program has grown to over 120 athletes and its commitment to player development has had incredible results. This season nine (9) of our athletes are competing for the Incarnate Word Academy volleyball program. This is an amazing statistic when you think that many of the ‘Elite Athletes’ have bypassed H2’s tryouts in pursuit of other coveted prize names in JO volleyball,” states Orlet. Davis says that “Over 80% of the players in our program have made their High School Varsity or JV teams as Freshman”.
“I love seeing the kind of opportunities that can be created for kids when you get a passionate group of people who commit to making a difference in the lives of others.
I think that is a goal that we can all seek to fulfill in our time here, and I think Lisa will help our entire staff here experience that,” according to Davis.
“I am as excited about Lisa being a part of H2 as I was standing on the sideline as an assistant coach when the Wash U Bears won the DIV III National Championship in 2007 and again in 2009. These are the moments you live for… luck does indeed favor the committed and the well prepared,” Davis states.
Following an esteemed career at the University of Kansas, Orlet guided the Incarnate Word Red Knights to the Missouri Class 4A state title in 2003, 2004 and 2005 while also posting top-four finishes in 2002 and 2007.
Individually, Orlet has also received numerous accolades. In 2004, she was awarded an ESPY for Best Local High School Coach (for all sports in St. Louis). Orlet earned Coach of the Year honors from 2003 to 2005 and received the 2005 Peggy Johnson Award for excellence in coaching.
She currently serves as Head Volleyball Coach at Althoff Catholic High School.
H2 seeks to complete its coaching roster with additions to the 12u and 13u levels in early October.