Laurie Creighton, Head Coach
Coach Creighton enters her thirty-ninth season at the helm of the Olympia Volleyball program. Her first year as a WMS 7th grade coach began her now forty-year volleyball coaching career. 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 character-growth 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 played volleyball from 2nd grade through high school, and continues 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 is currently on leave from teaching PE and Health in the Yelm Community Schools and is pursuing her Masters in Athletic Administration from Central Washington University. Leah is happily married to her husband, Brad. They welcomed baby Krew, in June and they have two dogs, Winnie and Nellie.
Nyra Gallardo (“Coach G”), C Team Coach
Coach Gallardo (Coach G) grew up in the city of Vancouver, WA and fell in love with the sport of volleyball when she was in the 7th grade. She played all throughout high school and created the first volleyball club at her undergrad school: Washington State University, Vancouver. While attending school, she got a side job of coaching club volleyball, in 2010. She was a first-generation college student and graduated in 2012. In 2013, she landed a head coaching position with her alma mater high school: Hudson’s Bay. There, she put in 4 years of coaching and helped her team make history by qualifying for regionals. In 2016, she achieved her dream of getting her Masters Degree. When Nyra is not coaching or playing volleyball, she is living out her dream of being in the classroom; teaching wonderful 5th graders.
Jona Spiller , Freshman Coach
Coach “Jona” is a 2015 OHS graduate and four-year member of the Olympia Volleyball Program. She was a three-year letter winner, a senior captain and holds the school record for Most Digs in a Match. She was a three-sport athlete at OHS, lettering in basketball and track. She took up throwing the javelin as a senior and within 6 weeks broke the school record! She was a dual sport athlete for two years at Saint Martin’s University, in volleyball and track. She recently decided to focus on the javelin. She is a junior and majoring in biology and plans to pursue nursing. She lives in Lacey.
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 in August of 2016, in Oahu, Hawaii. This is Tiana’s third year as an OHS Volleyball Volunteer Coach.