Lisa Orlet enters her first year as an assistant coach for the Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team. Orlet serves as the Bears' top assistant coach where she aides in recruiting and also serves as the program's strength and conditioning coach.
Orlet began her coaching career at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, Mo., where she served as the head girl's volleyball coach from 2002-07. She led Incarnate Word to three Missouri State Championships (2002, 2003, 2005), earning Missouri State High School Coach of the Year honors during each championship season and received an ESPN Radio ESPY Award for Best Local High School Coach for all sports in 2005.
In 2007, Orlet took an assistant coaching position with the Saint Louis University where she worked on serving, passing and defensive technical training in addition to aiding practice design and management and organizing recruiting visits. She was also the head volleyball coach at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Ill., from 2009-10.
Orlet graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 1987 where she played volleyball for four seasons, winning four state championships and earning All-State honors as a senior. She was inducted into the Incarnate Word Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnae in 2009.
Orlet went on to play collegiately at the University of Kansas from 1987-90, earning Academic All-America accolades in 1989 and being selected to the Big 8 All-Tournament Team in 1990.
Orlet graduated from Kansas in 1990 with a degree in health sciences and an exercise science minor in athletic training. She is currently working on a graduate degree in kinesiology and exercise phsyiology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, to be competed in May 2012. In addition to coaching at Washington U., Orlet spends the summer coaching for the USA Olympic High Performance pipeline.
She is married to Jim Orlet, and the couple has four children Mia (nine), George (eight), Teddy (six) and Gabby (five).