Elise Hardesty begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Blue Jay Volleyball program in 2021. As a player, Hardesty played at Truman State University for 3 seasons. After getting married to her high school sweetheart, she transferred to Central Methodist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. During her time at Central Methodist, she was named 3rd-Team All Conference Setter and team captain. She led the team to a top-10 NAIA ranking and a top-16 finish at the national tournament.
Hardesty began coaching her freshman year at Kirksville Area Volleyball Academy and most recently was a head coach at Volleyball Pro Academy. Here, she assisted in the recruitment and training of student-athletes. She will be a head coach at Missouri Juniors this upcoming club season.