Meet the Coaches
Karen VanAssen – Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
14 year GCAC coach - GCAC Hall of Fame 2014
Former head coach at Mt. Assisi High School where we won six regionals and three sectional titles.
Coach at UNO volleyball club, director of short season teams
Teacher at Brother Rice High School for 20+ years
Wife to Marc and mother of five
Played college volleyball at Loras College
Majored in Secondary English education with minors in coaching and athletic training
Played high school volleyball at Mother McAuley High School
Michelle Balducci – Asst. Varsity Volleyball Coach
11 years coaching high school volleyball experience.
Played 10 years of competitive volleyball
Megan O'Shea – Head JV Volleyball Coach
Played at Mt. Assisi - graduated 2006
Played at St. Ambrose university- graduated in 2010
Coached Volleyball at Mt. Assisi 2010-2014
Recently completed a Masters program in Education at Governors State University
Frances Smith – Head Frosh Volleyball Coach
Frances enters her first year Frosh Head Coach
From 2007 through 2014 at Mount Assisi Academy
Frosh Head Coach - 2 years
Varsity Head Coach - 1 year
Varsity assistant - 5 years
Head Coach of the track & field program
Coach Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Lewis University (2004) while competing in the track & field program.
After Lewis, she earned her Masters’ degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2006 and coached within the track & field program.
In 2000 she graduated from Mount Assisi Academy and competed for both the volleyball and track & field programs.
Frances and her husband (Jason), along with their two sons (Emryck, 2, and Jamison, 1) currently reside in Oak Lawn, IL.