meet our coach
Maureen DiClementi was named Division II Coach of the Year by the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) in both 2015 and 2016. She led the Dragons to four appearances in the past four years (2014-2017) at the state championship game, with back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016. Head of School Colley Bell notes that Coach DiClementi "would be the first to beg off such accolades – because first and foremost are the girls, her girls."
Coach DiClementi typically fields a modestly sized team of about a dozen players, and, compared to other teams, they are also small in stature. “We often walk into gyms and referees will give us the 'walking dead stare' because we just don’t have tall girls,” shares Coach DiClementi. But once the points start piling up, “you can see the same referees looking at one another and nodding approvingly. It’s fun to see."
Carla Adgate, Dean of Students, also has high praise for Coach DiClementi. “She is a superior coach because she cares so much about the girls in an overarching manner. It’s more than winning volleyball games, or even championships – for Coach DiClementi it is about each player’s development.”
2016 season highlights
The Middleburg Academy team played in 43 matches in the 2016 season, making it the only school in Virginia to do so – and racking up a record of 40-3. Middleburg athletes received an impressive number of awards, including Lilly Reilly '18, VISAA Division II Player of the Year and VISAA 1st Team All-State player, and VISAA 1st Team All-State players Lilian Vargo '19 and Chelsea Penfield '19. Alison Thomas '17 received VISAA 2nd Team All-State accolades.