Heather Blair swam competitively since age five and began playing club volleyball at 12. She played four years of varsity at Gresham High School and was an integral part of the 2001 and 2002 state championship teams. During her senior season, she was awarded the 4A Oregon State Player of the Year, earned first-team All-American honors and part of the 2003 Fab50. During her collegiate career at the University of Oregon, Heather set for the ducks for 4 years. During her senior season in 2006, she helped lead her team to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1989. Since completing her volleyball career, Heather has coached private lessons, high school and club volleyball. This is her second year with Athena.
“I have been involved in high level competitive swimming and volleyball from a very young age and I know the hard work, sacrifice and intrinsic drive it takes to succeed. I am a firm believer that team sports such as volleyball not only provides opportunities for young athletes to develop a growth mindset through successes and failures, but more importantly, these skills developed provide an advantage to be successful human beings later in life. When volleyball has ended, the skills volleyball teaches athletes, such as teamwork, collaboration, drive, persistence, etc. to reach a common goal, are invaluable to success in any future pursuits. I have experienced this on a personal level and am excited to have an opportunity to work hard with these athletes, build memories, find success and learn together through each experience that comes our way.”
Personal Life: Heather has been married to Nathan Blair since 2007. She has work experience in the following fields: barista, cafe food service/ catering events, doula, private and team volleyball coaching, high school swim coach, tutor, high school science teacher, phytoplankton ecology research and mom. She lived for three years in Beijing, China teaching AP Biology at a private Chinese boarding school. Her two young boys are Kekoa (5) and Makana (3). She has a love for travel and experiencing new cultures. She still swims competitively for Oregon Masters Swimming.