Samantha Neely was named Interim Head Coach of the Women's Volleyball Team on October 25th, 2019. She brings an extensive knowledge of the game and passion for the sport. Neely had been serving as the programs number one assistant before the promotion.
Prior to coming to Mt. SAC, she assisted with the La Serna High School Volleyball Program and has also worked with local volleyball clubs Campfire Volleyball (Whittier, CA) and SoCal Juniors (Cypress, CA).
Out of Whittier (CA), Neely prepped at La Serna High School. She continued her education and volleyball career at Westmont College where she was a NAIA Second Team All-American (2018), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (2017) and GSAC/NAIA Scholar-Athlete (2018 & 2019). During her senior season, she was named team captain and was the GSAC Player of the Year at right side hitter/middle blocker.
In July of 2019, Neely played in the Global Challenge Tournament for Senri Kinran University, one of 26 teams from 13 countries, that played in the tournament which was held in Pula, Croatia.
After her collegiate indoor career ended, Neely became a standout member of the inaugural Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball Team in 2019. As a Mountie, she posted an 11-3 overall record with her teammate/partner Juliana Gomez.
Neely earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) and will soon finish her Masters Degree in Kinesiology from California Baptist University (Riverside, CA).
She is single and currently resides in Whittier (CA). In her spare time Neely enjoys playing beach and indoor volleyball.