Volleyball Coaching Staff
The fall of 2014 will mark Beth Donnelly's 5th year as Head Coach of the Women's Volleyball team at Olympic College. The 3 time Nothern Region Coach of the Year (2011, 2012 and 2013), and 2013's NWAC Coach of the Year returns only 3 sophomores from last year's dominating squad. Donnelly will look to her 9 newcomers to fill some big shoes.
In 2013 Donnelly produced the most successful volleyball program to date at Olympic College. The Lady Rangers went 46-6 on the season finishing 1st in the Northern Region and an overall 2nd place in the NWAC tournament. Donnelly coached all-American KC Fossum who was also chosen as a 1st team tournament player and the MVP of the Northern Region. Ashlee Trane and Taylor Burnett were among those accolades as 1st team tournament players and 1st team Northern Region selections.
In 2012 Donnelly took the Rangers back to the NWAACC tournament for the second time in her short career, and just the 3rd time since 2005. They finished Co-Champions of the North with a stellar record of 32-11 on the season respectfully. Donnelly produced 2 all-league athletes (Fossum 1st team, Burnett 2nd team) who will both be returning this fall to lead the Rangers.
In 2011 Donnelly took the Rangers back to the NWAACC tournament for the first time since 2005. Although the Rangers finished with a overall record of 13-20, OC went 7-3 in North Division play - winning their last five regular season games of the season. This came off the heels of a 12-22 campaign in Donnelly's first year (2010) when the Rangers won four league games. She has rescued a program that averaged only four wins a season from 2007-2009.
Originally from Walkerton, Indiana, Donnelly graduated from John Glenn High School after lettering in volleyball, basketball, and track. She graduated in 1999 and went on to play volleyball at Northern Michigan University, an NCAA Division II school in Marquette, Michigan. Northern Michigan was Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Champions in 2003 (26-1) & 2004 (24-7). In 2004 they won the Regional Championship. Donnelly was an outside hitter and earned her Bachelors in Physical and Health Education there. She also has her Masters in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University.
Currently Donnelly serves as a board member and coach for the Olympic Premier Volleyball Club. In 2009 she was Bremerton High School's Head Women's Volleyball Coach, winning Olympic League Coach of the Year Honors.
Previously Donnelly was the Head Volleyball and Assistant Track & Field Coach at South Dakota School of Mines, an NAIA school in Rapid City, South Dakota. She served in those positions from 2006 to 2008. In 2007 Donnelly led the Lady Hardrockers to a 23-6 finish which boasted three all conference players and the conference libero of the year. In addition to coaching in South Dakota, she has six years of experience in coaching high school volleyball in the state of Michigan.
During the summers Donnelly holds local volleyball camps out of the BremerGym. She has experience running satellite camps for high schools in South Dakota, Michigan, and Mississippi. In 2008 she was a guest speaker for the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Conference. Donnelly is IMPACT certified and Gold Medal Squared trained.
Coach Donnelly is a full-time employee on campus at Olympic College as the Recreation & Athletics Specialist II, and has taken over duties as the Athletic Department's Women's Commissioner January of 2012. Beth is married to Jake Donnelly and has 1 daughter Eva (2 years old) and will welcome their 2nd daughter Ellie in February 2015; they currently reside in Port Orchard, Wash.
Toefo'i Vaiagae will be back for her fourth season assisting Beth Donnelly with the women's volleyball program in 2014. "Vai" has been instrumental helping Donnelly turn this program around. "Vai is the textbook definition of a 'team player.' She knows what it takes to be successful and I could not ask for a better person to be working along side of." Donnelly states.
Vaiagae graduated from South Kitsap in 2006, playing volleyball for Jessica Anderson. She was the captain of the team her senior year. Vaiagae assisted at Ridgetop Junior High School in 2008 and coached with the Olympic Premier Volleyball Club from 2007-2010 with various teams including the 11U and 16U team. Vaiagae played for Olympic College in 2007, and then again in 2010 for Beth Donnelly. She also works part time at Peace Lutheran School as a teacher's aid.