I am a Springfield native and a 2019 graduate of Glendale High School. In my time at Glendale, I played varsity volleyball all four years, earning a starting spot for three and appointed as captain for two. I was a four-time Academic All-State selection, three-time All-Conference, two-time All-District, and All-Region once. During my first three high school years I played for Springfield Juniors Volleyball Club, and my senior year I played for our very own Static Volleyball Club for Coach Pearce! I enjoyed the high level of competition club volleyball allowed me to play at, and all of the travel trips with awesome teammates to qualifiers/nationals... club volleyball is an amazing experience.
After high school I attended Drury University, playing volleyball and majoring in Clinical and Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Writing. I was named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic team all four years, and received the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship honor in my junior and senior season.
Currently I am attending Missouri State University pursuing a masters degree in Social Work, and serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Beach Volleyball program.
Outside of volleyball, I love to read, write, cook, listen to music, spend time outdoors, and be with my family. I am the oldest of three girls, my younger sisters are twins; Katie and Courtney and my parents are Bart and Shelly Birmingham. When I get older I would love to work as a clinical social worker either in schools or in private practice (while of course staying connected with the game of volleyball).
This is my third year coaching club, and I am so excited and thankful for the opportunity. I love the game of volleyball, and I love having the opportunity to positively impact young athletes and see their passion for the sport as well. My goal is to improve the athletes skill set and volleyball IQ, but also to be a role model for life. Being a supportive team player, managing your time, working hard, giving the best you can very day, bringing a positive energy... volleyball can teach you many lessons that have nothing to do with skills and game-play, which is another reason why it's so great!