“Challenge yourself by pushing your comfort zone and exposing yourself to situations you may not feel quite ready for.”
In U SPORTS women’s volleyball history, you’d be hard-pressed to find a coach with a more successful resume than Laurie Eisler.
Head coach of the University of Alberta Pandas, Eisler has been at the helm for 28 seasons, leading the team to six National Championships, including five straight from 1995 to 1999. This past season, she reached the 800-win mark for her career, becoming just the second women’s volleyball coach to reach that impressive milestone.
In addition to her six National titles, Eisler has helped the Pandas to 11 Canada West titles and 15 National medals. She’s been recognized as the conference coach of the year seven times and has been honoured as the national coach of the year three times.
Eisler has coached internationally as well, from the World University Games to the 1996 Summer Olympics. She was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Volleyball Canada recently had a chance to talk with Eisler about her coaching career and some general thoughts on coaching in the sport.