About the Program
Having won 3 New England championships in 2000, 2003, and 2004, Milton Academy possesses a strong tradition of high-level, competitive volleyball. Milton Academy is a member of the Independent School League and New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class In the fall of 2013, girls’ volleyball inaugural year competing in the ISL, Milton Academy finished 3rd in league. In the 2014 Season, the program won its first ISL Title and qualified for the NEPSAC Class A Post-Season Tournament.
Practices emphasize fundamentals and translating them into game-like situations. While position specializing occurs, all players are practiced and knowledgeable in all facets of the game. The priority of Milton Academy volleyball remains providing players with the skills and game knowledge to find success in the ISL and beyond.
In addition to the high expectations both on and off the field, the Varsity squad is always determined to have fun. The team has many traditions that have been in place for years, including team dinners on Friday nights, dressing up on game days, and end of the season games against faculty members or other varsity teams. The volleyball team unity not only contributes to success on the field, but it also inevitably helps to establish lasting friendships.
Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Chelsey O’Donnell
Chelsey O’Donnell is beginning her first season as the Head Varsity Volleyball coach at Milton. Prior to taking over the program, Chelsey was the assistant coach at Regis College for the 2012 season and has coached multiple club teams and camps throughout Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Having played Division 1 Volleyball for the College of the Holy Cross, she brings a high level of game knowledge and playing experience to the program. During her career at Holy Cross, Chelsey was a four-year starter and a two-year captain. She earned Patriot League Assist Leader by a freshman in 2007, Team-Leader in Assists and Service Aces in 2008, third all-time single season assist record in 2009, Team Nails Award in both 2009 and 2010, All-Patriot League Honors in 2010, and still currently holds the Holy Cross All-Time record for career assists.
Chelsey is also currently working as a Counselor in the Health Center here at Milton Academy. In her free time she enjoys long walks on the beach and spending time with her two rescue dogs, Tootsie and Mabel.
Assistant Coach: Tori Perez
Captains: Celia Hoffman ’20, Grace Li ’20 & Emma Yang ’20
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Cira O’Quinn
Assistant Coach: Deirdre Murphy