Chrissy Elder led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to its ninth RMAC tournament appearance with a team of 10 freshmen and will return a young team with valuable game experience in her third season for 2015.
The Mountain Lions advanced to the RMAC Tournament in 2014 for the first time since 2012 after a seventh-place finish in the regular season. She coached All-RMAC student-athletes Kim Catlett and Cassidy Bush who both return for the 2015 season. UCCS also earned All-Academic Team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the first time in program history last season.
Elder came to UCCS from the University of Central Missouri where she was a member of a coaching staff that led the Jennies to the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 2010 and the national quarterfinals in 2011. She joined the staff in 2007 as an assistant coach before she was promoted to Head Assistant Coach in 2009. She went 122-22 as the top assistant coach for the Jennies.
Prior to joining the staff at Central Missouri, Elder was the interim head coach for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined the Kangaroo staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2005.
Elder finished her collegiate playing career at Pittsburg State University, where she also doubled as a student assistant coach for the Gorillas in her senior season. She was an All-American and All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association setter and helped Pittsburg State advance to the national tournament. Elder also spent three seasons at the University of Missouri.
In 2005, Elder earned her bachelor's degree in recreation and fitness management from Pittsburg State, and in 2008, she went on to earn her master's degree from UMKC. She also coached the Star Aquilla teams for three seasons for the OZ Volleyball Club in Overland Park, Kan.