Elysse Richardson is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Air Force volleyball team, having joined the program in May 2016. As a former collegiate and international player, Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Falcons' coaching staff.
Richardson joined the Academy staff after coaching stints at the college, high school and club levels. Richardson, who most recently served as a volunteer coach at Colorado College (2015-16), has also served as the head coach of the junior varsity squad at Fairview High School (Boulder, Colo.). In addition to coaching at the Boulder Athletic Club, TCA Volleyball Club and Northern Virginia Volleyball Club, she also worked several collegiate summer camps, including the Air Force Sports Camp in 2015.
She brings a wealth of collegiate playing experience to the Falcons' program, having spent four years (2010-14) as a libero and defensive specialist at the University of Colorado. While in Boulder, the three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First-Team selection helped rebuild a Buffs' program that ultimately advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during her senior year.
Following her collegiate career, Richardson spent a season playing overseas, serving as the libero for the SK UP Olomouc and TJ Sokol Sternberk in the Czech Republic.
A native of Vienna, Va., Richardson received a degree in psychology from Colorado in 2014.