HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH LEIGH BAREA
Leigh Barea was hired as the 13th head coach of Parkside Volleyball in January of 2018. She will begin her first season at the helm of the Rangers in 2018.
Barea, a Battle Creek, Mich., native, served as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State from July 2015 to January 2018 where she was the Gamecocks’ recruiting coordinator and was the lead contact for the academics of the program. While at JSU, Barea helped the program back to a winning tradition, as the Gamecocks made back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Tournaments in 2016-17 and saw the team go 23-13 last season. She coach a pair of 1,000-kill club members in Allyson Zuhlke and Charis Ludkte.
Barea was a standout at Lewis University during her playing career from 2011 to 2014. She was a four-year starting setter and three-year team captain for the Flyers. She was a three-time All-Conference honoree, two-time Academic All-Conference selection and helped Lewis to four straight NCAA appearances and three-straight regular season championships. She ranks first all-time at Lewis in assists and seventh in digs.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy from Lewis in May of 2015 and went on to earn her Master of Science in Sport Management from Jacksonville State in December of 2017 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.