Erica Trusty
Erica Trusty
Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Coach Trusty (Martin) graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in 2000 and played club for Grand Canyon Juniors and Phx North Valley Juniors from 8th-12th grade before signing to play for Glendale Community College (AZ), where she was a 6 rotation setter and OH/OPP hitter and 2001 NJCAA All-Conference selection. During her freshman year at Glendale, Trusty began her coaching career with Club Arrowhead Juniors (Glendale, AZ), as a 12u coach, and continued with the 14-1 Club Arrowhead team as head coach during her sophomore year. Trusty then transferred to University of Central Arkansas in 2002 to continue her playing career as both setter and Libero while as as a Sugar Bear. It was also during her Junior season at UCA that Trusty became involved in Conway Spirits Volleyball Club as a 14’s coach. 

Coach Trusty and her husband, Landon (a former UCA Basketball player and Football All-American), have been married since 2002 and have two awesome kids- Maddie (18), a freshman at Florida State University and member of the FSU Beach Volleyball team, and Sam (15), a freshman at Lakeside High School and overall stud;)  After settling in Hot Springs, AR, in 2007 (Landon’s hometown), Trusty was co-founder and Director (with Coach Tina Moore, Fountain Lake High School) of the first open club volleyball program in the Garland County area, Hot Springs Juniors, and oversaw the development and training of athletes from ages 8-17; while also assuming the role as Head Girl’s Volleyball Coach (7th-12th grade), and Junior High Girl’s Basketball Coach (7th-9th grade) at Crossgate Christian Academy. Trusty led her Lady Eagles to an Arkansas State Runner-Up finish for her Varsity volleyball squad in 2007, and an undefeated Conference Championship in basketball in 2008. Upon leaving Crossgate and taking over the Head Volleyball coaching position at Lakeside High School in 2010, Trusty led the Lady Rams to their first undefeated Conference record since 1996. In her second year as head coach, the Lady Rams made Lakeside volleyball history with a second round defeat of Wynne High School in the Arkansas State Tournament to advance to the State Tournament Semi-Final match in 2011. Trusty earned 5A Southwest Coach of the Year awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and also earned a nomination and placement as an Arkansas West All-Star Coach after the 2011 season, a huge recognition as it was voted upon by Arkansas coaching peers. In 2019, Trusty formed Select Jrs. VBC, with a focus on developing volleyball skills for ages 9-14, and open to any player (male or female), regardless of school affiliation. Trusty brings 18+ years of volleyball coaching experience to the Champion Volleyball program, and is IMPACT, CAP I and CAP II certified, and holds beach volleyball coaching credentials through USAV. 

‘Since the first time I picked up a volleyball, I knew I wanted to be involved in this sport for as long as I could. I joke that volleyball was my ‘first love,’ but in many ways, it was. I’ve dreamed of being a college volleyball coach since I was 18 years old- and although MY plan was definitely different than what God had planned, He knew He was leading me to Champion over all these years; and I could not be more thankful. I’ve done a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong over the last 18 years of my coaching career, but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Lord put people in my life to speak life AND truth into me. I am probably one of the most competitive people you could meet, and I HATE losing, but there is a bigger picture and end game to all of this. It is a privilege to play college volleyball on any level, period. But it is the lasting relationships that keep us all in the boat when the storms hit. We all go through hard times, we feel like we’re treading water just to stay afloat and would give anything for someone to just throw us that rope and take our burden from us- But that is what God does. He NEVER lets go of that rope, and He will get us all back in His boat together. Volleyball gave me a reason to stay in the boat, or at least to hold onto the rope when I needed it- and that led me to my relationship with Christ.’