Meet the Head Coach - Lynn Plett

We are honored to have Coach Lynn Plett joining us on our women’s basketball tour to Ethiopia this summer! He is also the most recent winner of the FCA Kay Yow “Heart of a Coach” award. More information below…

Lynn Plett came to the University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs two years ago and led the Mountain lions to their first RMAC championship and to the semifinals of the NCAA Div.II Regional Championship.  He has been coaching at the collegiate level for nearly forty years. His first head coaching position was as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas. From there he moved to Huntington University in Indiana as the Head Men’s Coach.  Five years later he accepted the Athletic Director/Head Women’s Basketball Coach position at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. After eight years at St. Joseph’s he moved to Lewis University in Illinois as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach and then to Missouri Western State University five years later.  Prior to coming to the University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs he was the Assistant Coach at Northern Kentucky University.

It is an honor to be asked by AIA to coach this basketball team as we travel to Ethiopia.  This will be my fourth trip overseas with a basketball team, the first being as a collegiate player when our team traveled to South Africa.  On each of these trips God has not only blessed our outreach efforts of sharing the “Good News” with the people of the country we visited, but He also brought about significant spiritual growth in the lives of each team member.  To once again be a part of such an experience and return again to Africa is something I look forward to with great expectations of seeing God’s hand work through His Spirit in the lives of the people we meet as well as within my own life.   

Meet the Team - Hannah

Announcing Hannah Blakley, from IUEast! She will be joining us as a Guard on our Ethiopia tour very shortly. Read more about her below!

Name: Hannah Blakley

University: Indiana University East

Major: Nursing

Position: Shooting Guard

Favorite basketball player of all time: Klay Thompson or Michael Jordan

Favorite food: Potatoes because they are so versatile!!

What are you looking forward to for the AIA Ethiopia Tour? Serving others and telling them about the hope that comes through Jesus!!

Meet the Staff - Ryan

Introducing Ryan Orshoski, AIA Women’s Basketball staff, who will be serving as our Tour Director in Ethiopia. Here’s what he looks forward to for our tour!

“I’m excited to help continue the growth of our AIA ministry in Ethiopia and build into our AIA athletes. Ethiopia is a beautiful country and has a thriving athletic ministry, so it will be a great experience!”

Meet the Staff - Camille

Camille Patterson will be joining us as our Athletic Trainer in Ethiopia. She is affiliate staff, currently living in Georgia. Here are her thoughts on our upcoming tour!

Hey y’all, I’m Camille! Last month I graduated from grad school at Georgia State and last year I married my best friend, Brandon. I played college soccer and studied athletic training at Appalachian State. Thanks to AIA I learned how to use my platform as an athlete and now as an athletic trainer to help spread the love of Christ through sports. I am so pumped to be the athletic trainer for this tour! This will be my fourth AIA trip, but my first to Ethiopia.

Meet the Staff - Bonnie

Bonnie Durrett is on the AIA Women’s Basketball staff in Xenia, OH. She will be assisting in discipleship while on our Ethiopia tour and playing as well.

I am so looking forward to our time in Ethiopia together, as I believe that God will do great things in us and through us! I look forward to pouring into the women on our team and the people we interact with, and I’m so excited to grow closer together, closer to the Lord, and to share with others about Him through such a fun and influential platform.