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McGuire hails from Northern California and played for Saint Francis High School. McGuire guided her team to the state championship, Norcal championship, CCS championship and West Catholic League championship in 2010. They repeated the CCS championship in 2011. McGuire played club beginning at 9 years of age and played at the setter position for the renowned Vision Volleyball Club. Her team won the Gold Medal at the 2009 USAV Junior National Championships and she was the team captain of the Northern California High Performance team.
McGuire was recruited to set for UC Riverside [D1]. After an injury sidelined her she transferred to The University of Tulsa [D1] where she played her junior and senior seasons. She was named to the AAC All-Academic team in both 2014 and 2015. She graduated with degrees in Communications and Psychology. She has volleyball coaching experience at the club, beach, and prep levels including time at Rancho Valley (CA), Synergy (PA) and West Coast Beach. In 2021, Alissa coached JV and assisted varsity at Apex Friendship HS where varsity made it to the 3rd round of the state playoffs. Most recently, Alissa coached 16 Black to a Big South Open victory and triple qualifying for USAV.
McGuire relocated to Raleigh and is married to Jake McGuire, a professional soccer goalkeeper. Prior to Raleigh they were in Sweden where her husband played internationally for two years.
NOTABLE COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
- The BigSouth National Qualifier 16 Open Champion, 2022, Triangle 16 Black
- 13th overall finish, USAV Junior Girls National Championships, 16 Open with Triangle 16 Black