ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage head volleyball coach Chris Green announced Friday that a pair of former Seawolf players – Stacie Meisner and Brooke Pottle – will comprise the program’s new assistant-coaching staff.
Meisner, who competed for UAA from 2008-09, has been elevated to the role of top assistant after serving as a graduate assistant coach for last year’s squad that finished 21-7. She is replacing former associate head coach Sheldon Carvalho, who resigned recently to return to his home state of Hawaii.
Originally from Gering, Neb., Meisner played on Green’s first two Seawolf teams, helping spark the program’s turnaround. In 2009, she led UAA with 4.54 digs and 0.36 aces per set as the Seawolves won their first GNAC title, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and equaled the then-best record in school history at 23-8. An honorable mention All-GNAC and academic all-conference honoree, she finished No. 2 in digs per set (4.53) and No. 3 in aces per set (.357) on UAA’s career lists.
In 2011, Meisner served as a graduate assistant coach on a Seawolf club that finished 18-9 and earned the program’s then-unprecedented third straight NCAA berth.
“Stacie’s knowledge of UAA volleyball and our system is second to none,” said Green, who has led UAA to 10 straight winning seasons and eight NCAA Tournament berths in his 11 years at the helm. “I was fortunate enough to coach her in club volleyball during high school, in junior college and at UAA, so I know she’ll bring a tremendous work ethic to her new role.”
Meanwhile, Pottle joins the Seawolves for her first season as a collegiate assistant coach, having served as the junior varsity coach at Anchorage’s Service High School last year. Originally from Peoria, Ariz., the former outside hitter helped UAA to a pair of NCAA berths in 2013 and 2014, ranking second on the team in digs and fourth in kills as a senior.
“Brooke is also very familiar with our system, having played here for two years and remaining close to the game since graduating,” Green said. “She will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and is excited to get back into the sport at the college level.”