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Head Coach Alisa Blair

Coach Meredith

Alisa Blair just finished her first season as head coach at Hill College. She helped lead the Lady Rebel to a 28-14 season. During the season, the Lady Rebels placed 3rd in the NTJCAC Conference but came back and won the Region V Championship giving them a chance to go to NJCAA National Championships in Casper, WY. The team placed 13th in the Nation at Nationals. Coach Blair was also named Coach of the year for District F. Two players from the team went and continued their career at NCAA Division 1 Universities and one continued her volleyball career at NCAA Division 2 Unversity.

In the 2013 season, Blair was assistant coach for former Hill College coach Sam Erger. The two helped lead the Lady Rebel volleyball team to a 29-9 season. During the season, the Lady Rebels were undefeated NTJCAC Conference Champions and undefeated Region V Champions. The Lady Rebels played at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Casper, WY and placed 11th in the nation that season. During the season, the team had one 2nd Team All-American, Chelby Stanford.

Blair spent four years playing for NCAA Division II Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Angelo State competes in the Lone Star Conference- one of the toughest NCAA division II conferences in the nation. Blair only played two years until injury plagued her career, but her injuries did not stop her from contributing in other ways. From the sidelines, she helped her team have the most successful year in the Belles’ history in 2012. In 2012, the Belles’ won the Lone Star Conference the first time since 1992 and also made it all the way to the Regional Championship game-the first appearance in the school’s history. During her playing years, Blair was an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Belles’ and led the team in services aces both years. Also during her time at Angelo State, Blair served as President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 4 years. She graduated from Angelo State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is currently continuing her education at Angelo State to obtain her Master’s Degree in Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness in the College of Education.

Blair spent the summer of 2011 living and working in Huntington Beach, California for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Volleyball where she met and lived with former head coach Sam Erger. Not only playing sand volleyball, she served as relations and camp game organization assistant under Graeme Cowgill, Director of Volunteer and Staff Development for FCAV.

Alongside her collegiate playing career, Blair coached many different young players in private volleyball lessons and camps across the state of Texas. She also served every summer at various Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps across Texas. Blair has also coached club volleyball in the Waco, Texas area for 3 years.

In high school, Blair had a successful career at River Road High School in Amarillo, Texas. She was a TGCA First Team All-State selection her sophomore year and TGCA First Team Academic All-State her senior year. She was selected all 4 years First Team All District. Blair was selected after her senior year as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Female Athlete of the Year.  Blair also lettered  4 years in track for the Wildcats and qualified for regional in all 5 events she competed in her junior year.

Blair’s older sister played volleyball 4 years at the University of Texas – Tyler.

Blair is married to Craig Blair of Pflugerville, Texas. The two met at Angelo State University where Craig was a pitcher for the Ram’s baseball program.

Any questions please contact Coach Alisa Blair via email: ameredith@hillcollege.edu

Assistant Coach Amanda Rister

Assistant Coach Amanda RisterAmanda Rister joined the Hill College Volleyball program as the Assistant Coach in August 2015 after spending the previous year playing overseas and attaining her Master in Science, Business Management, from Durham University in Durham, England, United Kingdom. In the 2014-2015 season, Rister played as the team’s libero leading the team to a 2nd place finish in the BUCS Championship, 2nd place in BUCS Premier North, undefeated 1st place at National Student Cup, and undefeated 1st place in NVL Division 2 North.

Rister graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University summa cum laude in 2014 boasting a 4.0 GPA, majoring in kinesiology and health and human performance, minoring in nutrition. She was awarded the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Major of the Year and multiple academic scholarships, made the Southland Conference Commissioner’s honor roll twice, and named the Murray Shaw Scholar Athlete in 2014. Rister plans on utilizing this experience to ensure the team’s academic success.

Rister finished her two years of playing eligibility at SFA as a setter and defensive specialist. Prior to SFA, Rister was an All American setter in 2011 at Temple College. She finished her two-year career with 3,006 assists, captaining the lady leopards to two appearances at the NJCAA national tournament, two conference championships, and two region championships, gaining Newcomer of the Year, Setter of the Year, and First Team All Conference twice and Player of the Week for the NTJCAC, and All Region Tournament team twice. Rister has coached two club seasons with 15’s and 16’s, high school team camps, high school summer leagues, and multiple summer camps.

Rister was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes at TC and SFA serving as President of the club. Rister met head coach Alisa Blair while serving together at FCA summer camps. In Nacogdoches, Rister taught 2nd grade Sunday school at Grace Bible Church for two years.

Any questions please contact Coach Amanda Rister via email: arister@hillcollege.edu