While growing up, I enjoyed playing sports and was a 3-sport athlete in high school, amassing All State honors in basketball, volleyball and track. I helped lead my high school volleyball team to 4 consecutive state titles with our HS volleyball program winning 6 State Volleyball Championships in a row.
Although I could have played volleyball or basketball in college, volleyball has always been my favorite sport. I earned a selection on the USA Today High School ALL-American Team for the state of Missouri. I then went on to play at University of Missouri-Columbia from 1988-1993, taking a medical red-shirt for one year. Some of the top honors achieved during my career include: 1990 Olympic Festival Team, 1992 Female Athlete of the Year at Mizzou, 1992 All-American team, first team All-Conference, 1992 Strength and Conditioning All-American and MVP in all tournaments my senior year as well as a top 10 Female Leader on campus award. I remain a Mizzou top 5 record-holder in several categories including total kills, kills/set, and service aces as well as single season point leader. I am a member of the Heart of America Region for volleyball, USAV member and have been coaching young players for over 25 years
For over 10 years I have been a Co-Director of a youth volleyball program called MYSL (Missouri Youth Sports League) for volleyball. This program focuses on youth volleyball development for athletes in 3rd-8th grade. Additionally, I serve as the SW Missouri Static Volleyball Director and coach. I’ve been married for 29 years to my husband Matthew and have 3 amazing children, Logan, Emma and Audrey Pearce.
I have a passion for coaching and developing athletes within the Static Volleyball Club and Missouri Youth Sports League program. Serving as a coach and Director allows me to impact lives and develop strong young athletes. In addition to developing my passion, I firmly believe in continuing education within the sport to increase my knowledge of the game and give my athletes a competitive advantage.
The quote below by Toby Morris is one of my favorite quotes. As a coach, it is important to develop athletes with a growth mindset and infuse confidence and courage to build character and skills.
“There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the makeup of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” ~Toby Morris