Upper School Math Teacher Erika Greene Named to the 2019-2020 Volleyball Staff
Please welcome Upper School Math teacher Erika Greene to the 2019-2020 Volleyball coaching staff. Erika has accepted an offer to become the Head JV coach. Below is her coaching biography:
Coach Greene is a product of Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT. After high school, she matriculated to University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration. Greene continued in her post graduate education at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics.
Greene started playing volleyball in seventh grade after being a competitive gymnast growing up. She was a libero until eighth grade when she started setting. Greene played varsity all four years of high school and conveniently grew 10 inches between sophomore and junior years. She was selected to the Utah All State Team as a junior and senior and was awarded Player of the Week multiple times.
Collegiately, she played all four years at Puget Sound as a right side hitter and setter. During her junior season, she was designated as an AVCA All American Setter and PNWC All Academic team setter, ranked in the top 10 in the nation for assists per set and aces per set, and her team made the NCAA Tournament all four years of her career.
Greene started her coaching career when she was a junior in college at South Sound Volleyball Club in Tacoma, WA. After college, she moved to Honolulu, HI where she became the head volleyball coach and program coordinator at Maryknoll School, and became co-club director of Hawaii Elite volleyball club, and coached a U16 and U18 team, with many of those players currently playing NCAA volleyball.
When asked ‘Why do you Coach', Erika suggests, “I teach and coach because, in my experience, teachers and coaches can have the biggest impact on molding students and players into the people they want to become. Sports teach players lifelong lessons like resiliency, determination, time management, leadership, and much more. I want to be a difference maker in my students' and players' lives. I love the game of volleyball and always hope that I can pass on some of my passion for the game and for life to my players.”
When asked ‘Why Providence', Erika responded, “Coaching at the same school where I teach provides a really special opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom and make deeper connections with students when they can see me as more than just a math teacher.”