For Hailey Kelley, volleyball is more than a game—it's a way of life that has shaped her into the remarkable athlete and coach she is today. With an impressive background as both a player and a volunteer coach, Kelley's passion for the sport continues to fuel her journey of success.
Kelley's love affair with volleyball began a decade ago, and she has been immersed in the game ever since. Throughout high school, she showcased her exceptional skills and unwavering dedication, earning a spot on the varsity volleyball team for all four years. Her talent caught the attention of recruiters, leading her to be recruited to play at a Division 2 school in Los Angeles for her collegiate career.
Kelley's abilities reached new heights during her senior year in the valley. She was named the EYL (East Yosemite League) Player of the Year and received the prestigious titles of Offensive Player of the Year and MVP of her team. These accolades testify to her immense impact on the game and her team, solidifying her status as a true volleyball standout.
Kelley's passion for the sport extends beyond her playing career. As a volunteer coach at NU Breed practices for the past year, she has generously shared her extensive knowledge and expertise, helping athletes improve their volleyball skills. Her dedication and coaching abilities have not gone unnoticed, with her recent appointment as the head coach of the Burton Middle School volleyball program.
Volleyball is not just a hobby for Kelley—it is an integral part of her life. She attributes much of her personal growth and success to the sport and couldn't imagine a life without it. Coach Job Lara and the NU BREED program have played a significant role in shaping her volleyball journey. The program's guidance and support have profoundly impacted her career as a player. Now, Coach Kelly wholeheartedly embraces the opportunity to pay forward with the unwavering dedication and passion she receives from NU Breed coaches by investing in others with equal zeal and commitment.
Hailey Kelley's dedication and love for volleyball are infectious, and her transition from player to coach is a natural evolution of her passion. She is poised to inspire the next generation of volleyball players with her extensive experience, remarkable achievements, and invaluable knowledge gained from NU BREED. As she takes on her new role, Kelley aims to empower her athletes, teaching them not just the skills of the game but also the values of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship.
Hailey Kelley's journey is a testament to the transformative power of volleyball. Her unwavering commitment, combined with the impact of Coach Job Lara and the NU BREED program, has shaped her into a force of influence on and off the court. As she embarks on this new chapter as a head coach, Kelley is ready to make a profound impact on the lives of her players, instilling in them the same love and passion for volleyball that has defined her remarkable journey.