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Kissiar-Knight is USA Volleyball High Performance coach

Photo by Denise Jett
E Trish Knight St. in West Plains is leading to Charlotte, N.C. this week, 
as the Hall-of-Famer takes on High Performance Coaching.

By Shari Harris
Two-time Missouri Sports Hall of Famer and 1976 LHS alumnus Trish Kissiar-Knight is joining some of the top volleyball coaches in the country to coach some of the best up and coming volleyball stars in the country. The USA Girls Select A2 Invitational Training Program will be held July 25-31 at the Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club in Charlotte, N.C., and Kissiar-Knight will be helping to identify and develop future Olympians in the week-long training program.
High Performance coaches are specially trained to teach the techniques and systems utilized by the U.S. National and Olympic volleyball teams, created by Team USA’s head coaches John Speraw and Karch Kiraly. Kissiar-Knight has earned her place among these top coaches with her stellar coaching career, beginning with her four consecutive state championships and two Class 4 third-place finishes at West Plains High School. She followed this up at Mo. State-West Plains with 16 regional championships and made it to the NJCAA National Tournament an impressive 10 times. During that time she won multiple Regional and District Coach of the Year awards and was twice named NJCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Kissiar-Knight has earned other awards and honors, including induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player.
The athletes who are invited to attend the High Performance National Training Programs earn their position through qualifying tryouts and come from all across the country. Nearly all players on the last three U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic teams participated in the USA Volleyball High Performance Program as junior players, identifying these programs as containing the highest caliber of athletes in the country. High Performance coaches are evaluated and selected by USA volleyball in a process similar to the athletes, ensuring they are of the same high caliber.
Kissiar-Knight currently describes herself as semi-retired, but is director of Club 573, a volleyball club with players from the Waynesville, Rolla and St. James areas. She also referees volleyball in the area and substitute teaches at times, and now can add High Performance coaching to her resume.


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