Get To Know Coach Chelsea:

What is your Coaching experience?

I started coaching in high school, coaching 3rd-6th graders. I took a break while in college and then went right back into the swing of things afterwards. I have coached volleyball at O'Connor and have been the varsity volleyball coach at Apollo High School for 2 years. I coach the 14 Nationals team with Kayce Blanchette last year and our girls did great! 3rd in AZ Fiesta Festival, 5th in Pacific Northwest Qualifier and consistently moved up in our championship division. 

How long have you been a part of the Fortitude Family?

I have been part of the Fortitude Family for 4 years now and would never coach for another club. We are so close knit and welcoming of everyone. There's no pressure to do anything you don't want and we are very friendly!!

What is your Playing experience?

I've been playing for 16 years ever since my mom put me in the City of Peoria league. I've played club since 6th grade and it's been volleyball ever since. I played at Sandra Day O'Connor under Bill Bellis, which was the best experience of my life. 

Where are you from? what states have you lived in? 

I was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona and lived in Flagstaff for 4 years attending college at NAU. 

Are you MARRIED? Do you have any KIDS?

My boyfriend, Jazz, has been in the Air Force for 6 years now and plans on another 4 years. We have two puppies together. Bane is 1 1/2 years old and he is a Red Nose Pitbull. Dizzy is 6 months old and is a Blue Nose Pitbull. 

what is your Favorite food? 

My favorite food is a nice juicy cheeseburger with bacon and avocado! I'm also obsessed with Sprouts deli sandwiches :) 

What is your Favorite coffee drink?

I like regular coffee with a little bit of creamer but if I splurge I go to Dutch Bros I get a blended Cookie Frapé.

What is your Favorite sport to watch? (other than volleyball) 

I love watching basketball! I go to a lot of Apollo's boys basketball games because they are really good and are pushing their way closer and closer to state each year!

What do you do Besides volleyball? 

I am in my 4th year as a high school World History teacher at Apollo High School. We love to take the dogs on hikes, go to the movies, and hang out around family and friends. We enjoy exploring Arizona's outdoors because there's some really neat things to see. I'm extremely crafty and handy around my house so Pinterest and DIY projects are my thing :)

Why do you love volleyball?

I love volleyball because there is so much thinking involved and players have a unique set of skills. To see people improve in their volleyball skills is a leap that is worth coaching :)