Coaching Staff Additions Pierce, Freeburg make transition to staff positions.
Lisa Pierce will be on the sidelines as a student coach this year after knee injuries cut short her playing days.
Aug. 11, 2010
Lisa Pierce and Ryan Freeburg will continue to grace the Boilermaker sidelines in 2010, but each will be serving the team in a new capacity. After a four-year playing career cut short by knee injuries, Pierce will make the transition from player to student coach. For his part, Freeburg is stepping into the role of volunteer assistant coach after acting as a team manager for three years.
As a manager, Freeburg aided the team by coordinating video operations for the program including breakdown using DataVolley and DataVideo. He also assisted in multiple aspects of the team's practices including tabulating stats and recording video.
Since July 2009, Freeburg also has been the club director for the Lafayette Volleyball Academy, running all day to day operations for the club since its founding. In that position, he has created practice and tournament schedules, overseen the hiring of nearly 20 coaches and the selection and team placement of more than 80 players. He also directed several camps and clinics for local volleyball players as well as his coaching staff.
Freeburg also coached the club's 16-1 Griffins which competed in the Open Division at the AAU National Championship.
From 2005 to 2008, Freeburg was an assistant coach with the Munciana Volleyball Club. He worked with the 17-1's team from Oct. 2005 to July 2006 and with the 16-1's from Oct. 2006 to July 2008. Each of the three teams earned a Top 20 finish at national events during his tenure. The 17-1 Orioles posted a 17th-place finish at the 2006 USAV Junior Olympics, while the 16-1 Wildkats earned a 19th-place finish at the 2007 USAV Junior Olympics. His 16-1 Cobras squad finished 15th in the 16-Open Division at the 2008 JVDA Championships.
On the court, Freeburg acted as the starting outside attacker on the team that finished 11th in the Division II segment of the 2009 NCCS Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships in Kansas City, Mo.
As a prepster at New Castle Chrysler High School, Freeburg was captain of the 2006 3A IHSAA State Championship basketball team and was selected to the 2006 All-North Central Conference baseball team.
The son of Larry and Bonnie Freeburg is set to graduate in December 2010 with a bachelor's degree in management from Purdue.
Pierce was an outside hitter for the Boilermakers from 2006 to 2009. She played in 73 matches, starting 12, while accumulating 206 kills, 94 digs, 62 blocks and 20 aces.
The Darien, Ill., native tallied a career-high 11 kills in Purdue's NCAA Tournament first round match against Louisville in 2008 and served up a career-best three aces in the team's second round contest against Middle Tennessee State that season.
The outside hitter played in just seven matches her rookie campaign before succumbing to a season-ending ACL injury. As a redshirt freshman, Pierce played in 14 matches while working back from the surgery. She finally hit her stride as a junior, racking up 109 kills, 47 digs and 34 blocks, while playing in 29 of the team's 35 matches.
In her final campaign, Pierce saw action in 23 matches before nagging knee injuries relegated her to the sidelines. She racked up 71 kills and 35 digs, while hitting above .300 in four matches, including a .500 outing against Portland.
Pierce came to Purdue as the No. 38 recruit in the nation according to prepvolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces from the 2005 class. She was named the 2005 Suburban Life Volleyball Player of the Year by the suburban Chicago newspapers and also garnered all-area honors her senior season. A two-time team captain, Pierce was an all-state, all-area and All-West Conference honoree after setting an Illinois High School record with 373 kills as a junior, including a record 28 in one match. Pierce also excelled on the track, earning all-conference honors as part of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams as a freshman, and in the classroom, as a three-year member of the dean's list.
On the club scene, Pierce played for Club Elite and First Alliance of Chicago acting as team captain for five years. She helped her team place in the top 15 of the nation at the Junior Olympic Nationals five times, while garnering all-tournament team honors in 2004.
The daughter of Greg and Carol Pierce, Lisa is majoring in retail management. Pierce has one sister, Lauren, who played volleyball at Marquette.