Oregon State Volleyball

112 Gill Coliseum

Corvallis, OR 97331


Meet The Staff






Mark Barnard - Head Coach - OSU Volleyball

Mark Barnard was named as Oregon State’s head coach on June 27, 2016, after 11 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach with the Beavers.

Barnard, who has overseen the team’s setters and offense during his tenure under former head coach Taras Liskevych, has mentored some of the top student-athletes in program history. Most recently, in 2014, Tayla Woods concluded her Oregon State career with 3,153 assists, which ranks fourth all-time. Woods was teammates for two seasons with Megan McBride, whose 2,605 career assists ranks seventh.

In 2014, the Beavers, under Liskevych and Barnard, advanced to their first ever Sweet 16, defeating UALR and Creighton en route. OSU was led offensively by Mary-Kate Marshall, who was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Barnard helped mentor fellow Australian and All-American Rachel Rourke from 2006-09. She concluded her career with a program-best 1,920 kills. Rourke is the program’s first and only back-to-back all-conference performer, doing so in 2008 and 2009.

Barnard oversaw the development of Camille Saxton, who finished her career in 2012 as one of the most prolific offensive players at Oregon State. She ended her career 11th in school history in kills and fifth in attacks. Saxton finished with 1,307 points, 12th all-time.

Barnard joined the Oregon State program on July 22, 2005 as an assistant coach under Liskevych. He was promoted to associate head coach in July 2008 after three seasons in Corvallis.

For two offseasons, Barnard was the head coach of the Australian Women’s National Team. Nicknamed the “Volleyroos,” the team entered 2014 ranked 100th in the world, and in one year under Barnard’s tutelage, improved to 46th.
Barnard had International experience prior to his appointment as head coach. He was an assistant for the National Team from 1997-00, including the Sydney Olympics.

During that time he also served as head coach of the women’s national junior team (1999-2000) and women’s national youth team (1997-99). In 2001, Barnard led the National Team of Australia to its first qualification to the World Championships in over 20 years. At its height, the Australian team was ranked No. 12 in the world.

Barnard, who broke into the profession at the high school level, coached at Westfields Sports High School from 1992-97. They won the National Championships in 1995-96 becoming the first school to ever achieve this honor. He also spent time coaching the National Junior Men’s Team from 1994-97.

He was prolific as an athlete as well, playing on the 1984 Australian Junior Men’s Team. He also competed on New South Wales Junior Teams from 1982 through 87, three times winning the National Championships and was an All-Australian 12 selection.



Anna Khrystenko - Assistant Coach - OSU Volleyball

Khrystenko joins Beaver Nation following a three-year run as an assistant coach at Rutgers. The 2018 season had the Scarlet Knights at new levels since joining the Big Ten, including setting the school record with 300 team blocks. The squad set school marks in six major statistical categories in conference play including kills per set, attack percentage, assists per set, service aces, blocks per set and points.
Prior to coaching the Scarlet Knights, she spent three years at Florida State, where she focused on blocking and international recruiting. During her time in Tallahassee, the Seminoles finished as Atlantic Coast Conference runners-up each year and advanced to a pair of Sweet 16’s in three NCAA Tournament appearances.
In addition to three top 20 rankings in the AVCA Final Poll, Khrystenko coaches two All-American and All-ACC middles. In 2015, Florida State’s front row finished with 370 blocks and ranked fifth in the NCAA in blocks per set (3.03 b/s). It marked the third straight season the Seminoles had at least 500 assisted blocks, posting 634 on the season.
The native of Ukraine played five seasons on the Ukranian National Team (2002-06), competing in a pair of Junior World Championships and European Championships, and took fifth at the World Students games in the Republic of Korea in 2003.
She went on to play professionally from 1995-2008, earning four Ukranian Championship titles (2001-04). She was awarded multiple honors as ‘Best Blocker’ and ‘Best Scorer’ during her career. A four-time winner of the Ukranian Cup (1996, 2001-03) and earned the honor of ‘Best Server’ following a third-place finish at the 2002 European Top Teams Cup.
Khrystenko stepped into coaching as a state coach of volleyball of Ukraine and a manager of the Ukrainian Girls’ team in 2008 before moving up to assistant coach of the country’s Junior Women’s team in 2009. In that role, she was responsible for selecting players and coaches for the teams while also advancing volleyball development in Ukraine.




Arica Nassar - Assistant Coach - OSU Volleyball

Former Oregon State star Arica Nassar was promoted to assistant coach in June 2020.
The 2020 season will be Nassar’s third year back on campus in Corvallis after spending the last two years as a graduate student assistant.
Nassar returned to the Willamette Valley after working as a volunteer assistant at UCLA in 2017.
One of just two players in OSU history with 1,000 career kills (1,033) and 500 blocks (540), Nassar ranks third all-time in blocks, 13th in points (1,380), and 15th in kills. She led the Beavers in blocks per set all four seasons.
She played in every match during her four years with the Beavers and helped lead her squad to the best season in program history as a senior in 2014. Oregon State posted 21 wins, the third-most in program history, including the Beavers’ first two NCAA postseason victories and a trip to the Regional Semifinals.
She earned a degree in chemistry in 2015 and was a three-time Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention selection.
Nassar played professionally in Finland (WomanVolley, 2015-16) and Sweden (Engelholm, 2016-17), helping Engelholm to League and Gran Prix Championships.



Other OSU Volleyball Camp Coaches



Tawna Ellis - co-director - Pocatello Elite VBC

Ashley Robinson - former OSU VB player

Janelle Brandt - coach & director - Warrior VBC

Amy Sanders - former OSU VB player and asst. coach, Crescent Valley HS

Melinda Ameele - former OSU VB player, current OSU faculty 

Katelyn Driscoll - former OSU VB player and international professional player

Tayla Woods - former OSU VB player

Amanda Brown - former OSU VB player and international professional player

Laura Schaudt - former OSU VB player and international professional player


  OSU Volleyball Team

Emma Villaluz (Camas, WA), Nya Buckner (Chandler, AZ), Mary Kate Lopez (Mount Prospect, IL), Aliyah McDonald (Pearland, TX), Mychael Vernon (Ossining, NY), Ellie Turner (Austin, TX), Izzi Szulczewski (Beaverton, OR), Madison Goings (Fort Worth, TX), Grace Massey (Beaverton, OR), Lindsey Schell (Temecula, CA), Kateryna Tkachenko (Lubny, Ukraine), Nastya Svetnik (Minsk, Belarus)