Head Volleyball Coach (4th Year)
M.Sc. * California Univeristy of Pennsylvania
B.A. * Portland State University
The 2017 season will mark Chelsie Speer’s 4th year as the Head Volleyball coach at Walla Walla Community College and her 9th year overall in the NWAC as a head coach. In Coach Speer’s 3rd season as the Warriors head coach, she led the team to a 29-10 record, an East Region Co-Championship with a record of 14-2, and a 4th place finish at the NWAC tournament. Speer was named East Region Coach of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. Prior to taking the reins of the Warriors, Coach Speer spent five seasons as the head coach at Mt. Hood Community College where she led the Saints to five Southern Region titles, one NWAACC Championship, two NWAACC 2nd place finishes, one 3rd place finish and one 4th place finish. Speer also received Southern Region Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Her overall record in 5 seasons at Hood was 175-43. Coach Speer is excited about where the Warrior program is going and she believes the culture of the program is exactly where it needs to be to continue to have success.
Throughout Coach Speer’s career, she has had the privilege of coaching four athletes that were named AVCA NWAC 1st Team All- American: Kyra Speer (2010), Rylie Engelson (2011), Tori Kemper (2012), Tori Wegdahl (2016) and one 2nd Team All-American: Lihau Perreira (2013). NWAACC All-Academic Athletes, inlcude: Liz Williams and Kelsey Bordewyk in 2009, Kyra Speer in 2010, Demi Belshe in 2011, Maycee Abendschein in 2012, Carrie Haguewood and Shawna Smith in 2013, Denise Comfort and Breanna Mehling in 2014, Nataly Aguilar and Alexa Lindgren in 2015, and Dani Burke, Savannah Ruark, and Tori Wegdahl in 2016.
Speer started her college career in 2001 at Mt. Hood as a two-sport athlete, playing volleyball and softball. In 2001, Speer played for Michael Seemann (currently, Portland State head coach). During her freshmen season she was a part of an undefeated Southern Region and NWAACC Championship team. In 2002-2003, Speer played for another great coach, Lena Chan. In 2002, Speer’s medical red-shirt season, the Saints won another Southern Region and NWAACC Championship. In 2003, they took 2nd in the Southern Region and finished 7th at the NWAACC tournament. At the end of her Mt. Hood career, Speer received the Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Then, in 2004, Speer attended Portland State University and played for the Vikings. In 2005, Speer returned to Mt. Hood as Lena Chan’s assistant coach where she helped lead the Saints to a Southern Region Co-Championship and a 2nd place NWAACC finish. The following two seasons, 2006 and 2007, Speer remained as Chan’s assistant and helped guide the Saints to back-to-back Southern Region Championships and back-to-back NWAACC Championships.
Speer then moved back to her home town of Pendleton, Oregon to take the reins of her high school Alma Mater in 2008. Speer led the Buckaroos to a 2nd place finish in the Intermountain Conference with a record of 11-3. Speer was voted as Co-Coach of the Year in the IMC.
Speer is a 2006 graduate from Portland State University with a degree in health education and a minor in physical education. She received a Master of Science in Wellness and Fitness from California University of Pennsylvania online program in 2011. Speer and her husband, Justin Speer, the current softball coach at WWCC, have two sons, Aiden and Braxton.