Summer Conditioning 2017

Summer conditioning workouts begin on July 3rd at 8:30am in the auxiliary gym/weight room. We invite high school players including next year’s 9th graders to join us. Workouts will last 90 minutes, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. We will determine after the first week, if any adjustment to the time needs to be made. Potentially, we would meet a few minutes later, if necessary.

The summer open gym/practice/tutoring schedule is 6:30pm, Tuesday and/or Thursday nights in July, at Washington MS, beginning July 6th. This will be an opportunity for skill work, small group tutoring and scrimmages. We are unable to hold open gyms at OHS due to both of our gym floors being refinished this summer. Further details will to come.


For any high school student to be allowed to participate in summer activities (practices, weight room, open gyms, camps, etc.), the following two requirements must be met:

  1. A current physical on file with the AD’s office (physicals are valid for 13 months)
  2. “Assumption of Risk and Permission to Participate” form completed and returned to the OHS Athletics office.

Special Announcement – Coaching Staff Change

As you may know, Coach Julie McDougall was part of the Olympia Volleyball staff on two previous occasions. It was that experience, and our personal history, that made her the perfect fit to fill our need for a C team coach this last season. As much as we’d love her to continue in that role, her family “calls” and we must move forward. I will be forever grateful to Julie for “stepping up” and for her sacrifice away from her family, this fall. Please know that we will continue to see Julie around the gym, whether back at the score table or looking after soon-to-be-born…Krew Beattie!!!

That being said, I am thrilled to announce that we have hired a new coach, Nyra Gallardo. Nyra comes to us from Vancouver, WA, where she has been teaching 5th grade and coaching varsity volleyball at Hudson’s Bay HS. Nyra will be moving to Olympia this summer and taking a position at Evergreen Forest Elementary, in the North Thurston SD. Welcome, Nyra! I am excited for you to get to know her! She WILL be coaching at the Oly-Capital Volleyball Camp at the end of June.

This past weekend, Coach Leah, myself, Tiana, and Nyra were ALL able to spend three days attending the Gold Medal Coaching Clinic at the University of Washington. Although I’ve attended several times, there are always so many things to learn. The clinic staff are literally some of the best coaches in the country and (even) the world. The likes of Marv Dunphy (former USA Mens’ coach and recent consultant with the USA women); Rob Browning – St. Mary’s; Brent Crouch – Univ. of Portland; Keegan Cook – Univ. of Washington; Chris McGown – former BYU men’s coach; and finally, Courtney Thompson – former Kentlake, UW and USA setter (& two-time Olympic medalist!) were all incredibly knowledgeable and transparent about their successes and challenges and contributed to an outstanding experience. Just so you know, GMS shares their foundation of methods based on principles from the science of motor learning, data, research, statistical analysis and peer review. There is nothing I’ve found, in 40 years of coaching, that comes close to what they do.

The Olympia Coaching staff is grateful for this opportunity and it was awesome to share the time learning and doing some staff bonding. One of the cool things the four of us did was to gather for lunch on Sunday with Coach T. (Katie Turcotte – former Oly JV coach & current Capital coach) and her JV coach – Aaron Riddell. We were joined by Courtney Thompson and chatted about a variety of topics, including her recent first-ever Boston Marathon race. Afterwards, Nyra played a little pepper with Courtney and then scrimmaged until the final session started!

It was a memorable weekend. Here is our post-lunch group photo with Courtney. For those who are new to the program…front row (left to right): Tiana, Coach T.; back row (left to right): Coach Leah, Coach Creighton, Courtney Thompson, Coach Nyra Gallardo, Coach Aaron.


Thanks for taking time to read about staff changes and our clinic news! We are psyched about the summer and the season!

-Coach Creighton

OHS Volleyball Camps for 2017

We have volleyball camp sessions for all ages of players this summer. The Olympia High School coaching staff places a strong emphasis on fundamentals and building individual skills. Please note that our camps will be held at Capital High School this year due to OHS facility closures for the summer.

If you have any questions contact OHS Head Coach Laurie Creighton.

G.R.O.W.L. 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner Auction


The 2017 G.R.O.W.L. “Hall of Fame” Induction and Dinner Auction will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 6:00 pm at the ESD 113 building located in Tumwater (next to Costco). Go to the G.R.O.W.L. website to make your reservations. Tickets are $30.00 if you register before Noon Thursday, April 27th and $35.00 after and at the door. Drink bracelets are also available for purchase. There will be both a silent and live auction as well as bidding by table for dessert.

This is an incredible event that honors outstanding former athletes, coaches and community members who have contributed dearly to Olympia’s rich Athletic Tradition. Since 2011, G.R.O.W.L has funded the foundation for the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame, including plaques, record boards, gym banners marking district and state championships and more.

2017 Inductees Include:

Don Martin: Lifetime Achievement Award
John Amidon: Lifetime Achievement Award
Christine Burkhart: Class of 1967 – Tennis, Swimming
Greg Creighton: Class of 1971 – Baseball, Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Track
Jenniver (Dunn) Cobb: Class of 1977 – Track
Kevin Gunther: Class of 1991 – Football, Basketball, Baseball

News from Coach Creighton – Spring 2017

Turning the page on the calendar for April brings the chance to share news about upcoming volleyball activities. Hopefully, this information will help families in planning summer schedules.

This letter is being sent to OHS freshmen, sophomore and junior players and to all current 8th graders who played last fall at their respective schools. If you are uncertain whether you will pursue volleyball this upcoming season, at least you’ll be aware of the opportunities. We would ask that you consider joining us for summer camp in order to help with your decision. If you’re an eighth grader who doesn’t plan to turnout for volleyball, I encourage you to be involved in some sport or activity as you enter high school. It makes a huge and positive impact on your start at OHS! Before we get to the details…

Congratulations to Lauren Wilson…for her outstanding performance at the All-State Volleyball Match, March 11th at Auburn-Riverside H.S. Lauren led her squad with a strong competitive effort.

SUMMER CAMP dates are set. The Oly-Capital Camp will be June 26-28. *Please note the location change! Due to facility work at Oly, we are holding camp at Capital this year! Camp is a great way to reconnect with teammates and volleyball. If you’re at all undecided about turning out, it’s a great way to get a feel for our program, coaches and expectations. We place a strong emphasis on fundamentals and building individual skills to the next level. It’s a great tune-up for other camps and it remains one of our major fundraisers. Registration will be limited more than normal due to the joint Oly- Capital camp and to keep our player to coach ratio low, thus ensuring a quality experience. So, register ASAP. Money must accompany your registration to reserve a spot.

The Volleykidz clinic will return June 29 & 30! We’re excited to help the youth of our community have fun while gaining skills in the game of volleyball! Current coaches and players will assist in this process. Our sessions will take place from 9 to noon, both days.

In addition, a number of returning players will be attending the UW Team Camp, July 22-24. Unfortunately, this camp limits the number of players we are allowed to bring. We do encourage players to attend another camp in addition to Olympia’s. The specific fundamentals that we teach at Olympia are best learned at the UW Camps. However, they sell out quickly. Two other camps that teach the same skill-set as Olympia are: Northwest University (Kirkland) and St. Martins. Check their respective volleyball websites for their brochure and more information. Included on the second page of this letter is a list of a few other camp opportunities.

STRENGTH TRAINING and conditioning is an integral part of preparation for all players, especially for returning varsity players and those with aspirations of playing at the varsity level. OHS has an outstanding weight room facility. Our off-season conditioning program is currently underway for all high school players not involved in OHS spring sports. Congratulations to those who’ve consistently participated the first four weeks.
2016 Varsity post-season costume practice We meet every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May. Please join us…we finish each day at 3:30! Consistent attendance AND hard work together brings improved strength, quickness and jumping ability, plus – injury prevention, increased confidence, and ultimately…team bonding. We ask that current 8th graders wait until the summer program to begin. Our Summer Session will be introduced on Monday, July 3rd.

OPEN GYM. Please note the listings for times/locations of open gyms around town. Also, there are plans to offer open gym at OHS, beginning the end of May, for current 9th – 11th graders. Check future emails for announcements of the schedule. In addition, we are hoping to offer open gym following summer weight room workouts (typically on Fridays) and these will be open to all incoming freshmen through seniors. We are working to secure summer gym space, since OHS will be unavailable for the aforementioned facility work.

OUTDOOR PLAY. There are typically a number of possibilities for outdoor doubles play, plus a 4 on 4 outdoor league through Lacey Parks & Rec. Doubles play is a great way to improve your court awareness and all around skill level. The most prominent of the local outdoor tournaments is Lakefair.

THE SEASON BEGINS on August 21st with three days of tryouts. Count on having “two-a-days” during thes e first three days. Our retreat is set for August 25th and August 26th, an important early-season event for all selected players to attend. Also, please note the other early season dates, as listed on page two.

SPORTS PHYSICALS. To our knowledge, the district is, again, offering FREE Sport Physicals. The date is typically the beginning of June, but is still TBD. Details will be available on the OHS Athletic website, soon. There may be a set schedule of when to appear – by gender and grade level. If you’re scheduling your own physical, be sur e to get an appointment with your family physician ASAP , for the pur pose of eligibility clearance.

BOOSTER CLUB. A HUGE “Thank you” goes to Heather Schwartz for her faithful service as president, for two-straight years!!! Also, “Thank You” to Steven Drutz, who has done a great job as club treasurer. We continue to appreciate Kenna Canaan’s work for her administration of our website,, and the Facebook page.

GROWL – OHS Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner Auction is coming soon…Saturday, the 29th!! This annual fundraiser supports our athletic teams and honors successful former OHS athletes and coaches. Please contact Linda Terry (, with any last-minute auction items or to volunteer for our program duty of guest check-in! Remember the Volleyball Program benefits from a percentage of the profits of our own items sold at the auction. In addition, our program benefits from attendees who designate “Volleyball” when registering. Visit: for details and ticket information. When registering, please indicate Volleyball as your sport. Better yet, get your own “Volleyball” table together of your favorite fans/parents/ex-players!

Check these out to improve your play for the upcoming season (dates and times subject to change):
Open gym at Olympia Parks & Rec – call 753-8390 (days/times subject to change)
Open Volleyball (members) at The Valley – Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00
OSD Free Physicals TBA – first part of June
Coed outdoor 4 on 4 League – call Lacey Parks & Rec (starts mid – June)
OHS Summer Conditioning Program – Introduction July 3 (time TBD)
Lakefair grass doubles tournament – The R.A.C. (July 15 & 16)


  • Fall Sports Eligibility Clearance TBD (check OHS website)
  • Retreat at Cispus August 25 and August 26
  • Fall Sports/Volleyball Parent Meeting End of August (tentative)
  • Varsity Jamboree (at Tumwater) September 2
  • School Starts September 5
  • First Match TBA
  • C/JV Jamboree (at Timberline) September 9
  • C Team Tournament (at Tumwater) September 16
  • Varsity at Kent Classic September 23
  • Car Wash Fund raiser ticket sales September TBA


Click here for more summer volleyball camp information at University’s around Washington. I recommend visiting the schools’ websites for more camp information. You may find some are already full. Several offer position camps.

Have a great spring. High school players, we will have a meeting before school is out this June. Also, watch for the summer newsletter near the beginning of August.

Coach Creighton

Remember: Olympia Volleyball players are people of character and integrity who never let their teammates down.

2017 Summer Camp Info

Below are links for several volleyball camps at Universities around Washington.

OHS summer volleyball camps will be held in June 26-28, 2017. Click here for more info.

Summer Volleyball Camps

Cancer Awareness Night – October 7th

cancer_awareness_jv_2015No One Fights Alone. Olympia Volleyball’s Cancer Awareness Night is Friday, October 7th at our home match against Emerald Ridge (JV/C 3:30 pm, Varsity 5:00 pm). The players will be wearing shirts the color of the cancer that affects them for warm-ups and during the remainder of the evening. Families and friends are encouraged to participate by either ordering shirts as well (link below) or wearing a shirt of similar color.

Players will also be collecting donations for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. For each $1 donation, receive a ticket to the Oly Bear serving contest. Between sets two and three of the Varsity match, ticket holders serve for prizes. Each ticket equals one serve, so the more tickets you have the more chances you have to hit one of the prizes. Past prizes include great t-shirts, pizza and gift certificates!

T-shirt-designs-colorsTo show support, you can order cancer awareness shirts for yourself, your family and friends. This is one of our Community Connection events and not only raises money, but also brings awareness of the many people touched by cancer.

Order your shirts as soon as possible! You can choose the color of the cancer you are affected by. We would love to see a gym full of people decked out in cancer awareness t-shirts.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Come out and support the cause!



CLICK HERE TO ORDER T-SHIRTS ONLINE  (Orders due by September 26th)

DELIVERY: Orders will be distributed at the school (date and time TBD) or at the game on October 7th.

Car Wash Tickets For Sale – only $5!

Carwash_LogosPlayers are selling tickets this week that are redeemable for one car wash at drive-thru car wash locations throughout the Puget Sound region. The tickets cost $5.00 each. This is a REALLY good deal because the a car wash at these outlets retails for $7.00 and it is a service we can all utilize. The tickets are good for a full year. There are six local car wash businesses participating:

There are more car wash locations around the Puget Sound so friends and family outside our area can help the effort too! Click here to view the full list.

This is OUR BIG program fundraiser. The OHS ASB volleyball allocated money generally pays for the basics: volleyballs, knee pads, replacement nets, etc. So, we raise funds for EVERYTHING else. Proceeds pay for things like:

  • Practice shirts and shorts
  • The game day shirts
  • New warm-ups
  • Help to pay for the new upright pole system
  • New iPad
  • Website fees

Checks can be made out to “OLYMPIA VOLLEYBALL ASB”. We are asking players to turn in their money by next Wednesday, September 21st.

If you want to buy a ticket or two to support the program email us and we’ll be in touch.

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