Mark Lee is in his sixth season as head coach of the OLLU women's volleyball team. In 2011-2012, the team played its toughest schedule ever to kick off its season. The Saints faced nationally ranked Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, Friends University, Dordt College, Biola University, Master's College, Vanguard University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Embry Riddle University and conference rival, University of Texas at Brownsville. The tough schedule saw them take an early 1-14 record, but the women came back to finish at 9-18 overall, but with an impressive 7-2 conference record. The Saints' two losses came via No. 1 NAIA powerhouse UT-Brownsville and nationally ranked Wiley College. The team lost to St. Thomas in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
Lee led the Saints to a 13-5 overall and 11-3 conference record in 2010. The Saints were the No. 2 seed in the tournament, where they reached the semifinals round. In 2009, as the No. 5 seed, the Saints again made it to the semifinals round. Their record that year was 16-13/10-6. In the team's second year, the Saints were finalists in the independent conference, and in 2007, the Saints finished at 3-13 for the season.
Prior to coming to OLLU, Lee spent eight years coaching at the community college level. He was head coach for five seasons for the men's volleyball team at Santa Monica College in California. His team record improved in each of the five seasons.
In addition to coaching at Santa Monica College, Mark Lee was also an assistant coach at Pierce College for three years. While at Pierce, the team won three state championships in a row and two conference championships.
Asked about his expectations for OLLU Women's Volleyball Team, Lee responded "My goal every year is that we do our best and we work hard in practice every day as well as in our matches. If the team does this, everything else will take care of itself."
After receiving his high school diploma from Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., Lee attended Pierce College, where he received an Associate of Arts degree and also played volleyball under the instruction of coaching legend Ken "Big Daddy" Stanley. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Cal State University Northridge. He also played Division I volleyball at CSUN for two years. Lee completed his master's degree in kinesiology from CSUN. He also worked as a certified personal trainer for two years and has coached club volleyball for eight years.
Mark and his wife Katharyn are the parents of two children.
Sarah Lindsay enters the 2012 season as the assistant coach for the Our Lady of the Lake University Saints Volleyball Team. Last year, Lindsay was the student assistant for the team.
Lindsay was a member of the inaugural volleyball team, that along with men's soccer, kicked off intercollegiate athletics at OLLU in 2007.
Throughout her four years on the volleyball team, Lindsay played libero. In 2010, she was named to the Red River Athletic Conference All-Conference Team. She also was named a RRAC Scholar Athlete in 2009 and 2010.
Lindsay is a native of El Paso, Texas, where she attended Capt. John Chapin High School. In high school, she was a three-time all-district player, a two-time all-city player, and was named to the El Paso Times All-City team as a libero.
She received a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at OLLU, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Deaf Education and Hearing Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center -- San Antonio.
Her hobbies include playing basketball, coaching, volunteering with youth and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle Otero has joined the coaching staff of the Our Lady of the Lake University's Volleyball Team. She graduated from San Antonio's Incarnate Word High School in 2005 and was on full scholarship for two years at Laredo Community College as a defensive specialist/libero. Otero played two years at OLLU and was a member of the inaugural volleyball team that kicked off intercollegiate athletics at the University in 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2010.
Otero has six years of experience in coaching club volleyball with She Can Play!, Maverick and Texas Juniors Volleyball Club. In addition, she was the Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity Coach for San Antonio's Holy Cross High School during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Christine Ruckman: Conference Newcomer of the Year, All-Conference First Team
Desirea Aguilar: All-Conference Second Team
Bryttany Willoughby: Capital One Academic All-District, All-Conference Honorable Mention, Conference Champions of Character
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