Laurie Creighton, Head Coach
Coach Creighton enters her thirty-eighth season at the controls of the Bears Volleyball program. She sets high expectations on and off the court and has established a tradition of excellence. Because she understands these young women will be people longer than they will be players, she counts the character grown in our student-athletes as the true measure of success.
Laurie graduated from Washington State University and began her teaching career at Washington Middle School before moving to OHS in 1990. After 22 years on the faculty at Olympia High School, she retired from teaching in the summer of 2012. Her husband Greg retired from OHS in 2013. In 2008, Laurie was inducted into the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. And, in 2014, she was inducted into the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Creighton has taken 22 teams to the State Tournament, 14 placing in the top 8, including: 2nd, two 3rds, two 4ths, 5th, four 6ths, 7th and 8th place. The Bears won the 3A State Championship in 1998 and the 4A State Title the 2011.
Leah Beattie, Junior Varsity Coach
Leah has played volleyball from 2nd grade through high school, and in intramural and community leagues as an adult. She was a 4-year varsity letter winner at Stanwood High School where she played Libero for her dad. Post high school, Leah attended Western Washington University and received her K-12 Physical Education and Health teaching certificate. Throughout college, Leah took advantage of several opportunities to coach high school and club volleyball at various levels. Leah works as a PE and Health teacher in the Yelm Community Schools while she pursues her Masters in Athletic Administration from Central Washington University. Leah is happily married to her husband, Brad and they have two dogs, Winnie and Nellie.
Julie McDougall, C Team Coach
Coach McDougall has been playing volleyball since the 7th grade and was a 3-year varsity letter recipient at Palmer High School in Alaska (Go Moose!) Coach McDougall received her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Science Education from Idaho State University (Go Bengals!) and began her teaching career in the Olympia area in 1993. This is her eighth season with the Olympia High School Volleyball program (1998-2003, 2006). She teaches 8th grade science and health at Washington Middle School. Julie has 3 children, Marlee (15), Andrew, and Dylan (12-year old twins). Julie enjoys camping, running, cross fit training, and trips to Alaska. We’re lucky to have her back!
VARSITY VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACHES
The Bears are VERY privileged to have four volunteer assistants this season. This great crew of P.F.R.M.s (Positive Female Role Models) bring a multitude of strengths to improve our game.
Christie Oldright, Varsity Volunteer Assistant Coach
Christie began playing volleyball at age ten. She played volleyball at Olympia High School and lettered three of those years, earning all-league and all-state honors as a senior. Christie is the school record holder for Career Kills with 990. Christie attended UTEP, earning a BFA degree in Vocal Music Performance, while pursuing volleyball at the outside hitter/opposite position. This past year was another eventful one for Coach “Muph”…Congratulations are in order as she completed her first year of teaching, was married to Chuck Oldright in June, and is soon to be a new home owner! Even with all this activity, we look forward to Christie’s presence with our team. Her coaching and playing experience bring a great deal of knowledge to strengthen our efforts.
Tiana Conklin, Varsity Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tiana began her volleyball career at age nine, playing for Olympia Juniors, including four years for her dad, Randy McIntosh. She followed that playing for the Capital Volleyball Club and 253 Elite. Interspersed through her four years on the Olympia High School Volleyball program, where she was a starting outside hitter on the 2011 4A State Championship team, Tiana played and coached club ball. Following her simultaneous graduation from OHS and SPSCC, she attended CWU and continued playing intramurals. Tiana graduated from CWU in 2015 with a degree, specializing in cultural anthropology. She married her long-time beau, Dan Conklin this August in Oahu, Hawaii.
Megan Triggs, Varsity Volunteer Assistant Coach
Megan was a four-year member of the Olympia Volleyball program, where she was named first team all-league as a junior (injured senior year) and first team at the state tournament her senior season. She was the first name on the school record board for most digs in a match, season and career. She played club volleyball for Puget Sound VC and Kent Juniors. Following her senior year, she attended Western Oregon University on a volleyball scholarship, where she set the standard for stellar defensive play as their starting libero, for four years. Megan graduated from WOU in 2014 with a degree in Community Health Education and a minor in Human Biology. She is a certified phlebotomy technician. Megan will soon start work as a patient service representative at Tacoma General Hospital. She is a club volleyball official and PAC-12 line judge. She enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and playing with her dog Caesar.