FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
M-A Hires Lia Havili as Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach
ATHERTON, CA — September 28, 2020 — Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger are proud to announce the hiring of Lia Havili as the new head coach of the Varsity Girls Volleyball team.
Coach Havili hails from Texas where she was a three-year member of the Haltom High School varsity volleyball squad. She earned two “District Setter of the Year” honors, and was the team MVP for two seasons. She was a standout in the classroom, having been named to the Texas Academic All-State First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior.
Lia started her college career at Missouri State University-West Plains, a junior college powerhouse. She was the NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year and helped her team to two regional appearances and a national runner-up finish in 2009. As a freshman, she was named the NJCAA Newcomer of the Year, was named to the NJCAA All-Regional team, and was an honorable mention for NJCAA All-American as a sophomore. She then transferred to Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and quickly became a starter there. In 2011, she led the Racers in assists with 1,007, and contributed to a defensive unit that finished the year ranked 36th in the nation in digs per set with 17.22. She finished that year with 14 double-doubles. Lia went on to graduate from Murray State and then earned a Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University.
Upon relocating to the Bay Area, Lia coached at Sacred Heart Preparatory, then moved on to coach club at Encore and Top Gun, and is currently a Physical Education Instructor at Chabot College in Hayward.
Asked for comment, Lia noted, “M-A Volleyball has a long tradition of success that we’re hoping to continue. We’re all very excited to get in the gym and get back to work!”
AD Snow added, “We are beyond excited to have Coach Havili join our coaching staff at M-A. Her experience, philosophy, and love for the game make her a perfect fit for the program and the girls will enjoy learning from her.”