Rock Valley College thinking big again with new volleyball coach Kristy Pierce


(RVC press release) Rock Valley College has built a winning tradition in athletics over the last several years and will now be adding one of the most successful coaches in Illinois high school history as its new head coach for volleyball.

Kristy Pierce ranks fourth in Illinois high school women’s volleyball history with 939 career wins. Pierce amassed a career record of 939-206-10 coaching at Shannon High School from 1982-86 and at Lanark (Eastland) High School from 1986-2015. Her 81.7% winning percentage places her second all-time in the state for volleyball coaches who have earned 900 or more wins. Pierce was named IHSA Volleyball Coach of the Year for Eastland High School in 2003-2004, Best of the Rock River Valley Coach of the Year in 2015, and was named Area Coach of the Year 18 times in her career.

Pierce’s high school coaching career had a storybook ending as in her final game her Eastland team captured the Class 1A state title in 2015. That marked the third state championship for Pierce at Eastland, including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.

Pierce was a Physical Education and Health teacher for 34 years, teaching all grade levels. Most recently she taught K-6 Physical Education.

She will take over an RVC team that last won a national championship in 2012, but in the last two seasons has compiled an overall record of 34-30.

“I am excited to become a part of the Rock Valley College family because of their commitment to excellence and the way in which they work together and support each other,” said Pierce. “It is a good place to work, learn, and excel. I am excited to be a Golden Eagle and to build championship volleyball teams at RVC.”

“We are very excited to add Kristy to the Golden Eagle family,” said RVC Athletic Director Misty Opat. “She is a proven winner. Undoubtedly, the transition from high school to college will be a natural progression with her commitment and dedication to building a championship program. I am excited to see her vision for RVC volleyball.”

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