meet our coach

Sydney McDonald

Coach McDonald started coaching volleyball when she was a high school student herself. She has coached multiple levels, from elementary through high school, at both the recreational and the club level. This is Coach McDonald’s first year coaching at Middleburg Academy—but she is not new to the school! Both of her younger sisters attended (Meagan, Class of 2017) or are currently enrolled (Cassie, Class of 2023).

Coach McDonald works at Orangetheory Fitness and is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at Shenandoah University while also studying to obtain a certification to become a personal trainer. From Coach McDonald: “I look forward to working with the students at Middleburg Academy this year!”


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 '19Alison Thomas '17 received VISAA 2nd Team All-State accolades.