The GAC Varsity Volleyball program has a legacy of character and excellence both on and off the court. The mission of each program at GAC is to grow students academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually. Former head coach, Rachel Vanderpol, helped lead the volleyball program back to the mountain top by winning “back-to-back” state championships over the past two years. At the conclusion of this past season, Coach Vanderpol decided to step down from her position, and a search began for a new program leader. The GAC Athletic Department is happy to announce that Crystal Lee will take the helm as the new Head Volleyball Coach at GAC.
“I am excited to announce that we have selected Crystal Lee as our new Head Volleyball Coach. Crystal Lee embodies the characteristics we want in a head coach at GAC. First, she has a strong Christian faith that guides her daily life. Second, she has a natural ability to connect with student-athletes and foster trust through relationships. Third, she loves Volleyball and has a passion for using the game to develop her athletes as people, as well as players. Finally, she has a clear vision for the future of Spartan Volleyball. We are excited to have Coach Lee as our new Head Volleyball Coach at GAC” GAC Athletic Director, Tim Hardy said.
Coach Lee was a GAC Varsity Assistant Coach during the 2022 season, and played an instrumental role for the Spartans’ state championship team. She previously coached at Johns Creek High School from 2019-2021, and she coached club Volleyball at 575 Volleyball and A5 South as well. Coach Lee also played collegiate Volleyball at Georgia State University from 2015-2018.
A word from Coach Lee:
"I am honored and privileged to serve as the head coach of this program, and I look forward to inspiring and developing these young women not only as exceptional athletes but also as outstanding members of the community. It is my prayer that these young women will be guided into successful lives after GAC, regardless of whether or not they pursue athletics. As an assistant last year, I witnessed the program's success, but I was most inspired by the guiding principles that embody GAC's mission. The rich tradition of academic, spiritual, and athletic excellence of GAC is a place that I am honored to be a part of and I'm humbled to take on this role.”