Kim Lissinna, who has a wealth of experience as a college coach at the NCAA Division I and II and junior college levels, heads into her second season as head coach of the Saint Michael's women's volleyball team in 2019.
Without having a chance to work extensively with the Purple Knights during the spring portion of the 2017-18 school year, Lissinna's 2018 team counted 12 women, only three of which had previously gained regular playing time at the college level. All contributed over the course of the season, as the young squad saw six different players post match-high dig totals while five different Purple Knights paced the team in kills.
A native of Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Lissinna coached at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., from 2014 to 2017, serving as head coach for her final two seasons. Between her second year as an assistant coach and her final year as head coach, she helped the Saints nearly triple their Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) win total, as Mount Hood was 8-6 in the league in 2017 - its first time over .500 in conference play in four years - while going 18-19 overall. The Saints also earned their initial postseason berth since 2013. During her two years as head coach, Lissinna's student-athletes claimed four conference all-star accolades while earning six NWAC academic laurels.
Prior to her stint in Oregon, Lissinna was an assistant coach at Division I Charleston Southern (S.C.) University for the 2012 and 2013 seasons while serving as interim head coach during the 2012-13 offseason. The Buccaneers qualified for the Big South Conference Tournament during her first season. Lissinna was as an assistant coach at Division II Minot State (N.D.) University in 2011, when the Beavers posted an 18-16 mark.
Lissinna has been coaching since her youth in Saskatchewan, including helping her U14 Pipestone Crocs club squad win a provincial bronze medal while coaching between 2004 and 2007, her four years of high school. While in Utah, she also coached with the Xtreme Volleyball Club U16 team as a college undergraduate.
During her collegiate career, Lissinna was a starting setter at Division I Weber State (Utah) University, where she remains fifth in program history in career assists (2,594). A Big Sky Conference All-Academic pick as a first-year, Lissinna was a senior captain. She completed her degree in athletic therapy in 2011.
|2016||Mount Hood CC||16-23||5-9|
|2017||Mount Hood CC||18-19||8-6||NWAC Tournament First Round|
|2 Seasons||Mount Hood CC||34-42||13-15|
|1 Season||Saint Michael's||0-19||0-14|