In a career that has taken her to the NCAA playoffs in every year as a student-athlete and coach, Chrissy Elder begins her first season as the head coach for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2013. She begins with the Mountain Lions after a 122-22 record as the top assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri.
Elder was a member of a coaching staff that led the Jennies to the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 2010 and the national quarterfinals in 2011. She joined the staff in 2007 as an assistant coach before she was promoted to Head Assistant Coach in 2009.
Prior to joining the staff at Central Missouri, Elder was the interim head coach for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined the Kangaroo staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2005.
Elder finished her collegiate playing career at Pittsburg State University, where she also doubled as a student assistant coach for the Gorillas in her senior season. She was an All-American and All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association setter and helped Pittsburg State advance to the national tournament. Elder also spent three seasons at the University of Missouri.
In 2005, Elder earned her bachelor's degree in recreation and fitness management from Pittsburg State, and in 2008, she went on to earn her master's degree from UMKC. She also coached the Star Aquilla teams for three seasons for the OZ Volleyball Club in Overland Park, Kan.