In his decade at the helm of the UAA volleyball program, Chris Green has clearly established the Seawolves as a national contender year-in and year-out.
In 2016, the AVCA National Coach of the Year led UAA to its first appearance in the NCAA Div. II National Title Match, its first West Region title, and the program's first back-to-back Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships, and last season the Seawolves followed by earning their program-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth.
A four-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, '13, '15, '16) and three-time West Region Coach of the Year ('09, '15, '16), Green has now led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in eight of the last nine seasons, capturing the program's highest-ever seeds with a No. 2 in 2014 and a No. 1 in 2015 and 2016. (In the 28 years before Green's arrival, the Seawolves made just two NCAAs).
Currently riding program-best streaks of 10 straight winning seasons and five straight NCAAs, UAA has won at an .787 clip over the last four campaigns, including a 77-15 (.837) mark in league play, finishing runner-up by just one match in both 2013 and '14, before capturing the GNAC crown in 2015 and 2016.
The 2014-16 campaigns saw Green's Seawolves establish school records for best winning percentage and fewest losses – 21-6, 27-3 & 34-3 – while producing two First Team All-Americans and two GNAC Players of the Year, plus the 2016 West Region player- and freshman-of-the-year honorees.
Under Green's tutelage, the Seawolves have now produced four GNAC Players of the Year (Calli Scott, 2009; Jackie Matthisen, 2011; Katelynn Zanders, 2015; Morgan Hooe, 2016), nine All-Americans, six GNAC Newcomers of the Year, four GNAC Freshmen of the Year, 15 All-West Region performers and 30 All-GNAC Team honorees.
Green's 2010 and 2011 squads recorded identical 18-9 marks and advanced to the NCAAs, with the 2011 team coming just one win shy of sharing the GNAC title.
After being picked to finish seventh in the 2009 GNAC preseason coaches' poll, UAA wound up winning the league by three full matches, boosted by a school-record 13-match win streak. The Nebraska native earned both the GNAC and NCAA Div. II West Region coach-of-the-year awards as the Seawolves tied for the then-best winning percentage (.742) and posted the second-most victories in program history (23). UAA capped its historic 2009 season by winning its first-ever NCAA match, upsetting Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-set thriller.
In 2008, Green took the reins of a Seawolf program that had gone 17-58 over the previous three campaigns and produced a solid 15-14 mark, along with the program's first All-American in senior Rhea Cardwell.
Following four straight NJCAA Final 4 appearances and the 2007 national title at Western Nebraska Community College, Green made the jump from junior college to the NCAA Division II level in the spring of 2008.
Green built a powerhouse program in his nine seasons at WNCC, compiling a 453-55 record that culminated in the 2007 NJCAA Div. I championship. The Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green's seasons. In his final three seasons, WNCC went 163-7 and finished national runner-up in 2006.
Under Green's tutelage, the Cougars earned a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates and regularly placed players at NCAA Div. I and II programs. WNCC's players also found success in the classroom, with the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in all nine of his seasons.
In 2011, Green was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame (encompassing all sports) for his accomplishments at WNCC.
The Gering, Neb., native also coached seven years at the prep level, including a 4-year stint at Kauai High School in Lihue, Hawaii.
Green earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1991, and received his master's degree from the University of Wyoming in 1995.
Former Seawolf standout Stacie Meisner rejoins the Alaska Anchorage volleyball staff in 2019 for her third season overall and her first as the program's top assistant coach.
The Gering, Nebraska, native has twice served as a graduate assistant under head coach Chris Green, helping the 2011 club to an 18-9 record and an NCAA berth, and contributing to last year's squad that finished 21-7 overall.
Meisner was the executive director of the Anchorage Sports Association from 2015-18, helping guide the state’s largest adult and youth recreational sports organization. She has also been an active volunteer in the community, serving as director of the IMPACT Volleyball Club, an assistant coach at West Anchorage High School, and with the Seawolf Athlete Alumni Chapter.
UAA’s starting libero from 2008-09, Meisner was part of Chris Green’s first two Seawolf teams, helping spark the program’s turnaround. In 2009, she led UAA with 4.54 digs and 0.36 aces per set as the Seawolves won their first GNAC title, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and equaled the best record in school history at 23-8. An honorable mention All-GNAC and academic all-conference honoree, she finished No. 2 in digs per set (4.53) and No. 3 in aces per set (.357) on UAA’s career lists.
Meisner graduated with magna cum laude honors in English in 2011, before earning her master of arts in English from UAA in 2015. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in business administration.
Brooke Pottle, Assistant Coach
Brooke Pottle joins the Seawolves for her first season as a collegiate assistant coach in 2019, having served as the junior varsity coach at Anchorage’s Service High School last year.
Originally from Peoria, Ariz., the former outside hitter helped UAA to a pair of NCAA berths in 2013 and 2014, ranking second on the team in digs and fourth in kills as a senior.