Lisa A. Marshall:
Lisa A. Marshall was born to Steve and Teri Marshall on May 25, 1974. She is a 1992 graduate of Loudonville High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron in 1998. Her commitment and passion for the game of volleyball began in early childhood and continues yet today.
Lisa was introduced to volleyball at a young age as she went after school and began as a manager for her sister, Gina's seventh grade volleyball team. Since that time she has dedicated her life to the sport she loves.
Lisa attended Loudonville High School from 1988-1992. She was a four year letterman and senior co-captain in volleyball. Lisa made the final block for her team as they won the State Championships of Division III at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in a tough three game match against Fairview High School in 1991. Their record was 24-3 for the season. This was the schools first state title in volleyball. Lisa earned 2nd team All-Ohio First Team District, All Star Player of the Year for 1991, first team MAC conference, All Mac player of the year, and outstanding hitter/blocker for her efforts on the court.
As a sophomore Lisa was selected to compete with the Junior Olympic Volleyball Club as one of the ten members from a field of 23 top area volleyball players. She played for Adena Volleyball Club and had a chance to travel throughout several states in competitions. She got to play in the National Championship tournaments in Chicago, Illinois. She felt this experience played a major role in honing her volleyball skills for her future in volleyball.
Lisa was also a four year letterman and senior co-caption in basketball where she held the center position. Her team earned the State Runner's Up title in 1992 at St. John's Arena in Columbus, Ohio against a worthy opponent Coldwater High School. Their record was 25-3 and again a milestone for LHS in girl's basketball. She was honored with District and MAC honorable mention awards and leading rebounder.
In early childhood, Lisa also participated in girls' softball (6-15 yrs old). Leaving high school softball to pursue club volleyball.
She was an honor roll student and received the Good Citizenship Award while at LHS. At her graduation ceremony she was awarded the Jack Augenstine Athletic Award for 1992.
Lisa was the first female athlete from Loudonville High School to receive a full scholarship to a Division I college in athletics. She attended the University of Akron from 1992-1998, where she played middle hitter for the Zips. She was a 4-year letterman and senior co-captain as her team made the MAC final four team tournament to qualify for the NCAA in 1995. Lisa was listed in the Top 10 performers for Division I and was the 1995 Division I NCAA #1 blocker in the nation for women's volleyball as recorded in NCAA reports. Her other awards from the university included 1993 Team Academic Award, 1995 All MAC (Mid American Conference) Team and Defensive Player of the year.
Her professional career started by becoming the assistant coach at UA under head coach Mike Switzer for the 1997-1998 seasons. Lisa was then asked to try out for the first professional volleyball league. Tryouts were in Chicago. While at tryouts she was approached by a scout to compete on a professional tour in Europe. She traveled to Innsbruck, Austria to compete for approximately one year with other European Teams. She held the middle hitter position for VC Tirol from 1999-2000, an experience that will remain with her a lifetime.
From 2001 to present Lisa has competed as a professional player on the AVP Women's Volleyball tour and has traveled around the United States to play in major tournaments. In 2005 she began competing internationally on the FIVB tour where she has traveled to Capetown, South Africa, and Acapulco, Mexico for the Women's Open for USA, and South Korea where she and her partner took first place in the tournament in 2006. Her competition was against Korean and Canadian teams.
Presently Lisa resides in California. She was founder/director/coach of Baysic Volleyball League for three years that presently has evolved into her own Aviator Volleyball Club in the Westchester area of California. This club is Lisa's passion to teach athletes to play a sport and learn life lessons no matter what their financial situation might be. This enables her students to see their talents and possibly be able to pursue a sports career while being part of a team atmosphere. She has coached as an assistant for the University of California Los Angeles and has held several head girls and boys high school coaching positions. She is presently junior varsity girls volleyball coach for Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles, and head boys varsity volleyball coach at St. Bernard's High School in Playa Del Rey, California. Lisa is also a personal Trainer and Professional Volleyball trainer who provides private lessons to those interested.
"The volleyball accolades are not mine alone, but also belong to God, my teammates, my coaches, my family and friends who sacrificed and shared their support and talents to make this all possible. Thank you all for your love, support, and encouragement as it has meant everything to me."
Nominator: STEVE & TERI MARSHALL