Mark Lee is in his eighth season as head coach of the OLLU women's volleyball team. His team finished the 2014 season with the best record ever and a second-place finish in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Saints closed out their regular season at 18-12 and their conference season with a 10-2 record -- the two losses were to the University of Texas at Brownsville. In the teams' first matchup at OLLU, the Saints took the Ocelots to five sets -- the only conference team to do that in recent years. The Saints lost 3-2, after winning the first set 25-23 and the third set 25-21. The Ocelots and the Saints made it to the conference finals, and Brownsville won and went on to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament.
In 2013, the team finished with a 15-12 overall record and 9-4 in the Red River. As the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament, the Saints were defeated by UT-Brownsville in the semifinals round.
In 2012, the team finished in fourth place in the conference and suffered a tough loss in the conference tournament quarterfinals against Texas Wesleyan University. The Saints fought hard, but lost 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 27-25). The team's overall record was 14-18 and 8-3 in the conference.
In the 2011 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.
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 nine years.
Mark and his wife Katharyn are the parents of two children.
Lance Pulliam has joined the Our Lady of the Lake University coaching staff as assistant volleyball coach.
Pulliam began his coaching career in the fall of 2008 as a volunteer coach for Wichita State University. After coaching a little more than half of the season for the Shockers, Pulliam returned home to Texas due to a death in the family. From 2011-2013, Pulliam coached on the club level at SA Magic. In the summer of 2013, his men’s indoor team competed for the adult USAV National Championship in the A Division. The team defeated the United States All-Armed Forces Team in two sets. He was awarded all-tournament team honors and the MVP award.
Pulliam started playing volleyball at the age of 11 with the San Antonio Volleyball Association. As a middle blocker, he earned All-American honors during his club years, and his team earned back-to-back bronze medals. Pulliam received a scholarship to play volleyball for Newman University in Wichita, Kan. The team made it to two NAIA National Championships, and he earned All-Conference honors. After Newman cut the men’s team, Pulliam transferred to Park University and played his last season of volleyball for the Pirates. During that season, the Pirates won the NAIA National Championship on their home floor defeating five-time champs California Baptist University.
Pulliam provides one-on-one volleyball lessons, and he is the owner of Nolley, a sand volleyball company. He continues to play in local sand tournaments and enjoys photography.
Daniella Vidaurri joined the Our Lady of the Lake University volleyball team as an assistant coach last year. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word. While there, Vidaurri played four years for the Cardinals. She led her team to three out of four conference playoff games, and she was named to the All-Conference Team for blocking.
Vidaurri is in her sixth year as a coach for the Texas Fusion Club Volleyball Team here in San Antonio.
Vidaurri is a graduate of Southwest High School in San Antonio. She had the opportunity to play two of her four years with Olympian Destinee Hooker, who also attended Southwest.
She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in communication disorders at OLLU, and she plans to continue with her master's degree, as well.
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