Crissy Nelson

Educational & Athletic Background:

  • Urbandale High School 1999 - three sport letterwinner, 10 Varsity letters
  • Kirkwood Community College 2001: 1st team All-American, 1st Team All-Conference, 1st team All-District, 1st team Nationals All-Tournament, led the nation in Assists per game, 7th in the nation in kill percentage, 4th in the nation in serving percentage, 1st team All-Region, 2nd Team All-Region, NJCAA National Tournament Runner-up 
  • Grand Valley State University 2001: Bachelors in Communication, minor in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design, NCAA D2 National Tournament Final Four participant

Coaching Background:

  • Assistant Coach, Drake University
  • Assistant Varsity Coach, Urbandale High School
  • Assistant Varsity Coach, Waukee NW High School , 2021-2022, 2022 State Qualifier
  • Iowa PowerPlex Director, 2007 - present
  • Iowa PowerPlex Coach - 2007 - present, National Qualifiers, 2023 - 13-1 Elite Black, 13 Patriot Girls Jr National Champions

About Crissy:

Crissy continued her playing career at Kirkwood, where her team placed 2nd at Nationals and earned her 1st Team All-American honors. During her tenure she led the nation in assists. She continued her playing career at Grand Valley State in Michigan, where her team made it to the Final Four. 

Prior to starting PowerPlex, Crissy was an assistant at Drake University, then moved to Urbandale High School where she assisted coach Liz Baethke. In 2007,  she and Shannon Stewart started the club through SportsPlex West. In 2010 Tina Miranda replaced Stewart as the co-director, alongside Crissy. Since 2007 Crissy has been the co-director, has assisted in coaching teams, running programs, holding lessons and continuing to build the club. In 2018 Crissy and Tina created Xtreme Beach Volleyball through SportsPlex offering both recreational and competitive beach leagues to athletes of all skill levels. In 2023, Crissy and Amy Hobert coached the National Champion 13-1 Elite Black team.

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