Mike Baker enters his third year as the head volleyball coach at CBC.
During the last 21 years, Baker has been extensively involved in the sport, coaching competitive Junior Olympic (USA Volleyball) in the Tri-Cities community. He has also worked as an elite club coach, competing in tournaments throughout the Western United States. During the last 31 years, he played at the collegiate club level, local leagues, as well as in the U.S. Open National Championships.
In addition to his coaching resume, Baker has been a long-time official, working contests for the Big West, GNAC, Northwest Conference, and Pac-10. Regardless of his role, Baker has worked as an advocate for the sport, promoting it wherever he has traveled.
“I believe my background and training as both a player and an official qualifies me to coach the CBC women’s volleyball team in a manner which will help the players become the best they can be. Players will learn to handle stressful, competitive situations where success and failure are measured by the smallest of margins. I believe that learning to handle these types of situations will help prepare the players for future matches, as well as life experiences.”
Sandra Olin enters her second year as an assistant coach for CBC volleyball.
An Oregon native, Olin's college career began at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.
As a sophomore at Mount Hood, while the Saints were crowned NWAACC Champions, Olin was recognized as a member of the All-NWAACC volleyball team. Widely recognized for her talents on the court, Olin earned a Division I scholarship in the West Coast Conference to the University of Portland.
After two stellar seasons at Portland, Olin was hired as an assistant coach at Mount Hood. In her six years coaching at Mount Hood, the Saints claimed another NWAACC Championship, as well as four top-five finishes at the NWAACC tournament.
Since relocating to the Tri-Cities, Olin has coached at Liberty Christian, as well as with the Strike Force Volleyball Club.
Coach Olin summarized her feelings for the sport by saying, "I love volleyball. Not only because it is a great sport, but because of what it has taught me as an individual. It is my love and dedication to the sport that has driven me to teach what I have learned to those I get the opportunity to coach. Discipline, hard work, and coming together as a team for a common goal are very positive things we can use for a lifetime. I believe anything you work hard for is something worth having."
Stephanie Baker enters her fourth season on the Hawk coaching staff. A former Hawk standout, Baker was a four-year starter at Hanford High School where she began her career as a setter. After moving to middle blocker, she earned First Team All-League in the Mid-Valley Conference her sophomore through senior seasons. As a junior and senior, Baker was named to the Tri-City Herald All-Area Team, as well as being named team MVP as a senior.
In 2002, Baker walked on at Washington State University where she remained for one year. Wanting to be closer to home, she transferred to CBC and starred for the Hawks in 2003 and 2004. After transferring to Eastern Washington University on scholarship, Baker finished in the top ten in hitting percentage in the Big Sky Conference.
Baker has been an area club coach for the past nine years. She currently coaches with Strikeforce VBC in the Tri-Cities and is a coach at the U-16 level. She also coached two current Hawk volleyball players during their club days.
Head Coach Mike Baker says, "I am really excited to bring Stephanie back to the CBC program. She brings a lot of experience that can help our athletes be successful at the college level. Her background and training will help us become a formidable opponent in the East Region."
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