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Mt. Hood loses title-winning volleyball coach

VOLLEYBALL - Mt. Hood's Lena Chan returns to coach at alma-mater Pacific
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Mt. Hood Community College volleyball coach Lena Chan has accepted the head coaching position at Pacific University. She leaves the Saints after leading them to three Northwest Community College championships in her six seasons at Mt. Hood.

The move to Pacific marks a return home for Chan, who starred for the Boxers and also at Baylor University as a college player in the mid-1990s.

'It feels like unfinished business for me,' Chan said. 'It's a full circle situation, it's almost eerie. I feel like Pacific can be a nationally ranked program. There is no reason why it can't be.'

Chan built a 193-48 (.801) record in six years at Mt. Hood, leading the Saints to the Northwest championship in 2002, 2006 and 2007. With Chan as head coach, the Saints sent 15 players on to Division I programs.

In addition to her college coaching duties, Chan also operates the 10-team Athena Volleyball Club and has been a teacher at Southridge High School since 1999. She continues to play volleyball competitively as a member of the elite Team Nike program. In 2001, Chan also had a try-out for the United States Professional Volleyball tour.

Look for extended coverage in the Wednesday, April 23, issue of The Outlook.