Meredith Hall has been named head coach of Eastern Mennonite School’s girls varsity volleyball team. She moves into the position after serving as assistant coach for the EMS 2020-21 season, coaching a local area travel team, and taking part in leading volleyball camps with a former coach at Alta Vista High School where she was a standout outside hitter, graduating in 2016.
A third grade teacher at Waterman Elementary, Hall graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2020 with a degree in elementary education. Her college volleyball career saw her compete in 103 matches, and named two seasons to the All-Academic ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) team, as well as a Royals Athlete of the Week in 2019..
With only four seniors returning to the court and no juniors coming out for the team this fall, Hall has been eyeing younger players during open gym times, considering how to build a strong varsity team presence.
“I’m excited to see what we can do,” said Hall. “I love the sport. I’ve learned so much over the years from the different coaches I’ve played for. I’m excited to help create a great experience for each individual and the team as a whole.”
In 2019, she reflected on her play, saying “I want my teammates to see God in me when they see me on and off the court,” she explained, “so I think that has been another big motivation for me to show people the abilities and gifts that God has blessed me with and using those abilities the best I can…”
“We’re so fortunate to have Meredith commit to our program,” says Andrew Gascho, athletic director. “Last year was hard on the program, due to COVID. I have full confidence that Coach Hall will bring the positive attitude and resiliency we need to create an incredible experience for our student athletes.”
Watch the school’s athletics website for the fall’s game schedule and results.
Photo below: Meredith (Stinnette) Hall during an Eastern Mennonite University match vs Mary Baldwin in 2019. Photo courtesy of EMU Athletics.