Woodgrove High School's volleyball program made a big splash this week with the appointment of Carmel Keilty as its next varsity head coach. Keilty will enter her 25th season of coaching volleyball in Loudoun County this fall.
Keilty guided Heritage High School's volleyball team for the last 11 years since the Leeburg school opened in 2002. Prior to Heritage, Keilty coached for 13 seasons at Loudoun Valley.
Keilty has racked up multiple Coach of the Year honors at the district, reigon and state level and has guided her teams to 385 varsity wins. Keilty's teams have claimed nine district, five region and two state titles.
Loudoun Valley won consecutive state volleyball championships in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. Keilty, formerly a successful basketball coach as well, was inducted into the Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
"Coach Keilty strives in helping young women develop character, teamwork, integrity and a strong sense of one’s self. She has coached 20 girls who have continued playing volleyball at the college level," Woodgrove athletic director Rusty Lowery stated in a release.
Keilty takes over for Faisal Hallaj, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Hallaj started the volleyball program at Woodgrove when the school opened in 2010.
"Not only does Coach Keilty bring a strong coaching background, but her work ethic, relationship skills and commitment to students are second to none," Lowery continued. "The Woodgrove athletic department is very excited about having such a quality person and coach as a part of its staff."
Keilty held a player interest meeting Feb. 28 and will hold a parent meeting March 5, 7 p.m. at Woodgrove.
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