Andria Harshman is set to begin her fifth season at the helm of the Grace volleyball program.
Harshman has built Grace's program into a national contender over the past four years. Since taking over in 2008, Harshman has dramatically increased the Lady Lancers' win totals each season, starting with a 3-15 result in 2008 to the team's remarkable 33-12 record in 2011.
During the course of Grace's 2011 season, Harshman navigated the team to a 12-match winning streak, the longest for the team since 1996. The Lady Lancers capped off their 2011 campaign with their first trip to the NCCAA National Championships in over a decade (2001). At the NCCAA Nationals, Harshman directed Grace to the national semifinals where they fell in five sets.
Two seasons ago, the Lady Lancers enjoyed a breakout season with a 16-14 (9-7 CL) record, finishing third in the Crossroads League and advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament. Their league finish was the program's highest since 2001 and first above-.500 league record in four years.
During her collegiate career at Grace, Harshman was a member of both the volleyball and track and field teams. Through her four years as a player, the volleyball team won three Crossroads League tournaments and three regular season championships. In the 2001-02 season, the team was named NAIA Region VIII Champions and participated in the NAIA Championships at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Harshman also excelled on the track team and broke the school record in the hammer throw. She placed fourth at NCCAA Nationals in the hammer throw while placing third in the javelin. In 2002, she was named Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduation, Harshman was named the head volleyball coach at Blackhawk Christian High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. She coached at Blackhawk from 2002-06, compiling a 71-40 record and winning three sectional titles. Harshman's coaching journey would continue as she moved to Orlando, Fla., where she took on the Lyman High School Greyhounds head coaching position. During her only season, the Greyhounds picked up their first victory at a tournament in Gainesville against some of the top ranked teams in the state.
After one year at Lyman, the volunteer assistant coaching position opened up at Notre Dame with head coach Debbie Brown. While at Notre Dame, Harshman helped the volleyball program to a record of 15-13, finishing in the top of the Big East in tournament play.
Harshman and her husband Brian have two sons, Gage and Titus.
Mike Alejado graduated from Grace in 1997. While at Grace, Mike played on the men's club volleyball team. He served as an assistant coach under former Grace coach Candace Moats for two years, helping direct the team to an NCCAA championship in his first year.
Mike has been a PAVO volleyball official for the past 12 years. He is currently working at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Mike is married to his wife Dee, and they have one son, Thomas.
Brittany Herschberger begins her first season as a part of the Lady Lancers’ coaching staff. Herschberger is a local volleyball product, playing collegiately at Goshen College and in high school at Fairfield High School.
Herschberger was a four-sport athlete at Fairfield when she played volleyball, basketball, tennis and track. She excelled on the volleyball court, earning MVP honors twice and All-Conference honors three times.
She went on to attend one year at Indiana University (Bloomington) where she played club volleyball.
After that year, she decided to transfer to Goshen to play collegiate volleyball. While at Goshen, Herschberger racked up a number of awards including Second Team All-Conference (twice) and Honorable Mention All-Conference (once). Her academic prowess was equally as impressive after winning the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award three times as a Maple Leaf.
After graduation she went on to serve as the assistant varsity coach and head freshman coach at Fairfield High School in 2011. She also has coaching experience in club volleyball after starting the Elkhart Connections team in 2011 and coaching the Outland Volleyball Club for two years while at Goshen.
Herschberger, who is married to Luke, currently lives in Goshen, Ind., where she works in Goshen Community Schools as a Title 1 Instructor.
Nate Setser joins the Lady Lancers for his third year with the volleyball program.
Setser graduated from Triton High School and went on to major in business at Ball State University.
He has been playing volleyball competitively for seven years. He and his wife, Lisa, offer their time volunteering with the coaching staff for Warsaw Community High School’s volleyball program.
Nate is employed at Silveus Insurance Group and is the proud father of Harper Marie Setser.
Jessica Turner begins her first year with Grace's volleyball team. She comes to the Lady Lancers after coaching Fort Wayne Blackhawk's varsity volleyball team from 2008-11.
Turner played volleyball, basketball and softball for Fort Wayne Christian High School where she was a MAC All-Conference player as a junior and senior. She was also the team's MVP and was honored as Wendy’s High School Heisman Girls’ Athlete of the Year and the News-Sentinel Prep Sports Player of the Week multiple times.
Turner continued her basketball and volleyball career at Taylor University-Fort Wayne where she was a six-time USCAA Academic All-American athlete and made multiple all-tournament teams.
She lives in Winona Lake, Ind., with her husband and currently is the kindergarten teacher at Warsaw Christian School.