Lisa Patterson-Orlet, '87

Volleyball has always been a passion in Lisa Patterson-Orlet’s life. As a Red Knight, Lisa played on the 1984 and 1986 state championship teams receiving All State honors her Junior Year. Lisa’s drive, determination and passion as a player continued as a Kansas University Jayhawk volleyball player for four seasons. Her last season as a Jayhawk (1990), Lisa was named to the Big 8 Conference All-Tournament Team. She continues to hold the Jayhawk’s record for total attempts in five games with 80 at Oklahoma. Lisa tested the waters as a professional volleyball player for one year (1998) with the St. Louis Spirits but her new-found passion was coaching. In 2002, Lisa returned to her Alma Mater and led the Red Knights to six successful seasons (196-25). The Red Knights captured the Missouri Class 4A state title in 2003, 2004 and 2005 while also posting top-four finishes in 2002 and 2007. Individually, Lisa has also received numerous accolades. In 2004, she was awarded an ESPY for Best Local High School Coach (for all sports in St. Louis) and in 2005, she received the Peggy Johnson Award for Excellence in Coaching. Lisa has helped foster 13 collegiate players and one national player of the year (2x). Lisa is pursuing a master’s degree in educational counseling at SLU where she is also the graduate assistant on the Billiken volleyball coaching staff. She and her husband, Jim, have four children, Mia (6), George (5), Teddy (3) and Gabby (2).