WALLA WALLA — Whitman’s new assistant volleyball coach, Lisa Brocard Kushiyama, is no stranger to the college’s successful athletic program.
Kushiyama recently saw her husband, Casey Kushiyama, named Whitman’s new full-time assistant woman’s basketball coach.
“I am just so excited to be a part of Whitman volleyball. I think this year’s team has a lot of potential, and I am eager to get started,” Lisa said.
Kushiyama was a volleyball and track athlete at Linfield College. She transformed the Linfield Lady Wildcats from a team that recorded only six wins during her freshman season into a top program. Her teams went 36-12 in her final three seasons, winning one Northwest Conference title and finishing second twice.
Named to the honorable mention team as a freshman, Kushiyama cracked the top-10 list in Linfield’s all-time kills per game with a 3.54 average in 2004.
As a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, she finished with 737 career kills, good enough for 10th all-time at Linfield.
“I am very pleased to have Lisa as an assistant to our program,” said Matt Helm, first-year Whitman volleyball head coach. “She is a young coach with many qualities that will compliment my coaching philosophy of teaching and learning life skills through the competitive sport of volleyball.”
Helm expects Kushiyama to bring valuable knowledge of the NWC to the coaching staff.
“Lisa’s responsibilities will include recruiting, game evaluations, working closely with our outside hitters and traveling logistics. I am very excited to have Lisa on board,” Helm said.
In addition to her part-time job at Whitman, Kushiyama will work full-time at the Bank of the West in Pasco. Kushiyama and her husband, Casey, have a five-month-old son named Kai. Kushiyama graduated from Linfield with a bachelor’s degree of science in finance in 2007.