Gilchrist takes over the volleyball program at Lower Columbia
Lower Columbia College has hired a new head volleyball coach. Marcy Gilchrist will take over the Lady Devil program for the 2007 season.
As Marcy Watkins, Gilchrist played at Lower Columbia College during the 1991 NWAACC championship season, where she garnered MVP of the NWAACC tournament.
"We are very fortunate to have such a quality coach and person right here on our campus", said LCC athletic director Kirc Roland. Gilchrist works in the Lower Columbia College Foundation as a Resource Development Specialist. "Marcy is an intense coach who wants to take LCC volleyball to the championship level. I'm thrilled she applied for the position and I'm confident she will do a great job for the college and our student/athletes."
Following her playing days at LCC, Gilchrist took her talents to play at Central Washington University for the following three years where she was selected as a 2nd team all conference pick. She graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1995.
Her coaching career began that same year as the head Varsity volleyball coach at Kalama High School. She then took over the varsity squads at Madison High School in Portland, Sandy (Ore.) High School, and most recently for Three Rivers Christian. She also served as an assistant at LCC for three seasons during 2001-03. Marcy has also been an active coach in the Cowlitz Volleyball Club since 2000 and is currently the assistant coach for the 18's ASICS team.
Gilchrist was a former R.A. Long standout from 1987-89, where she led the Lumberjills to three consecutive state volleyball tournaments, finishing 8th, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. She captained two of those teams, appeared on the All State team, as well as being named to the All League & All District teams twice.
"I will deeply miss the athletes and parents at Three Rivers Christian, as I had an extremely positive experience there, but coaching at the collegiate level is a step in volleyball that I have always wanted to take," said Gilchrist. "As a former player for LCC, I learned a great deal about the game and how to teach the game from (former LCC coaches) Jocelyn Price and Bill Tuggle. I intend to draw on many of the coaching principles learned and incorporate them with my coaching methods and styles. I have confidence that the results will benefit both the athletes and Lower Columbia College."
Marcy and her husband Brian live in Longview with their three daughters Danielle, Madison, and Mackenzie. She is currently recruiting players for the 2007 season. She hopes to land some of the top local athletes and plans to recruit throughout the Northwest.