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Willis Adds to Coaching Staff

by | Jul 3, 2024

New assistant coach Christian Prayer

 

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Entering his 14th season at the helm, head volleyball coach Chris Willis put the finishing touches on his coaching staff Wednesday with the hiring of Christian Prayer as assistant coach.

A three-year standout on the Lewis University men’s volleyball team, Prayer served as team captain of the Flyers in his final season, while also being awarded Team MVP and Second Team All-Conference honors from the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

“It’s exciting to get a coach from the men’s side of volleyball to bring a different perspective of the game,” Willis said. “Christian has high level experiences both from competing and teaching. He sees the game at a very mature level that will help him as he transitions into his first collegiate coaching role. He’s going to be a huge asset to our attackers and blockers this year.”

While serving on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee during his time at Lewis, Prayer also worked as an assistant coach with the Missouri Volleyball Academy since May of 2020. Most recently, he transitioned into a collegiate recruitment advisor role with the club in 2022.

“Playing volleyball at the Division I level was one of the toughest challenges I’ve faced, but it was also the most fulfilling experience of my life,” Prayer said. “Over the past five years, it has pushed me to my limits and helped me grow not just as a player, but as a person.”

Prayer graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lewis in May 2024, after beginning his collegiate career at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Coach Willis for giving me this opportunity and to all the people who have supported me along the way —my family, friends, and coaches —who have helped me reach this point in my journey,” Prayer added.

“This journey inspired me to become a collegiate coach. I’ve seen many athletes lose their love for the game due to the demands of college sports. I want to use my own experience and passion for volleyball to help athletes have the best possible experience, both on and off the court, fostering their growth as individuals and players.”

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