Most High School Girls Volleyball State Championships
High schools in the United States began incorporating volleyball into their athletic programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Just over 50 years later, the legacies of those teams are an indelible part of high school sports.
From the amazing outside hitters that soar high above the net to the setters who pass the ball as deftly as any point guard we've ever come across, volleyball has become a must-watch sport on the prep level.
The way to measure the best programs across the country is simple. Just look up to the rafters of their gyms and count the state championship banners. These high schools have the most girls volleyball state championships of all time.
14. Lawrence High School — 16 (Tied)
Where: Lawrence, Kansas
State championship years: 1975-80, 1983-85, 1989-92, 1994, 1995, 2018
Notable players: Jaunelle Hamilton, Betsy Lienhard
Notable coaches: Joan Wells, Stephanie Scarbrough
Bottom line: Located in the same town as the University of Kansas, Lawrence High dominated high school volleyball in Kansas for a 20-year stretch from 1975 to 1995. It won 15 of its 16 state titles before returning to the top of the mountain in 2018 after a 23-year break.
During a stretch of four consecutive titles from 1989 to 1992, Lawrence had back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 1989 and 1990. Former star Jaunelle Hamilton was also the first Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year winner in state history when she brought home the honor in 1995.
Note: State championship totals are from the National Federation of State High School Associations and Stadium Talk research.
14. Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School — 16 (Tied)
Where: Chicago, Illinois
State championship years: 1978, 1981-83, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2016, 2017
Notable players: Charley Niego, Kelsey Clark, Jane DeJarld
Notable coaches: Nancy Pedersen, Mary Anne Malone, Donna Smith, Jen DeJarld
Bottom line: Mother McAuley High is the largest all-girls high school in the country and is home to one of the greatest high school volleyball programs of all time as well.
Of all of the McAuley teams to win a state championship, the 2016 team may stand above the rest. That was the year the Mighty Macs became the first team to end the season No. 1 in all three major national polls for USA Today, MaxPreps and PrepVolleyball.com.
That team also featured the first Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year in school history with outside hitter Charley Niego, who went on to have an All-American career at Notre Dame. Another amazing stat is that aside from winning 16 state titles, McAuley has finished as state runner-up 11 more times.
14. Berkeley Preparatory School — 16 (Tied)
Where: Tampa, Florida
State championship years: 1988-99, 2003, 2009-11, 2017
Notable players: Anna Robinson, Delavane Diaz, Janet Okogbaa, Jordan Burgess, Mackenzie Dagostino
Notable coaches: Randy Dagostino, Mackenzie Dagostino
Bottom line: Florida high school volleyball powerhouse Berkeley Prep won its first state championship in 1988, kicking off a streak of 12 consecutive state titles under head coach Randy Dagostino.
Berkeley Prep and Dagostino won three consecutive state titles from 2009 to 2011, led by two-time Florida Gatorade Player of the Year and 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year Jordan Burgess, who went on to be a three-time All-American and four-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection at Stanford.
Dagostino's daughter and former player Mackenzie took over the program in 2017 and won a state championship in her first season.
14. Brentwood High School — 16 (Tied)
Where: Brentwood, Tennessee
State championship years: 1998-2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013-20
Notable players: Lauren Brewster, Lauren Greenwood, Katherine Hall, Hunter Thompson, Logan Eggleston, Shaye Eggleston
Notable coaches: Barbara Campbell
Bottom line: Brentwood High has won all 16 of its state championships under head coach Barbara Campbell, who is 10 state titles ahead of the next closest head coach when it comes to career state titles.
Brentwood also has the state record with eight consecutive state titles from 2013 to 2020. Two players in Brentwood history have been named Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year twice — Lauren Brester in 2000 and 2001 and Shaye Eggleston in 2019 and 2020.
Eggleston played for the University of Alabama for two seasons before transferring to Cincinnati in 2022.
14. Texico High School — 16 (Tied)
Where: Texico, New Mexico
State championship years: 1980, 1984, 1985, 2001, 2006-11, 2014-19
Notable players: Brianna Reyna, Riley Rohrbach, Sydnee Muse
Notable coaches: Kristen Scanlan, Michael Littlejohn
Bottom line: Tiny Texico, New Mexico, has a population of just a shade over 1,000 but has been home to a high school volleyball powerhouse for over 40 years.
After winning three state titles from 1980 to 1985, Texico didn't win another title until 2001 and has reeled off six consecutive state championships twice since then, from 2006 to 2011 and from 2014 to 2019. Head coach Kristen Scanlan's 10 state titles are also tied for the most in state history.
Of the 16 state titles, they've all been won by two coaches — Scanland and Michael Littlejohn.
13. Toll Gate High School — 17
Where: Warwick, Rhode Island
State championship years: 1979-83, 1985-88, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001
Notable players: Debbie Bihday, Caitlin Machado, Casey Machon
Notable coaches: Gail Davis
Bottom line: Toll Gate High hasn't won a state championship in girls volleyball since 2001, when Casey Machen was the third Toll Gate star named Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year in a five-year stretch.
Prior to that, the program was a powerhouse in the 1980s and 1990s.
12. Secaucus High School — 19
Where: Secaucus, New Jersey
State championship years: 1983-86, 1988, 1989, 1991-93, 1995-2001, 2005, 2006, 2014
Notable players: N/A
Notable coaches: Maria Nolan
Bottom line: Legendary Secaucus head coach Maria Nolan spent 27 seasons at the school, where she won 16 of the school's 19 state championships, including a 41-match win streak through the end of the 2001 season.
Unfortunately for New Jersey high school girls volleyball players, there's nowhere to find much out about the history of the sport — a job that should largely fall to the state's athletic association.
After leaving Secaucus for personal reasons, Maria Nolan returned to coaching at Immaculate Heart Academy and passed 1,000 career wins in 2018.
11. Cardinal Gibbons High School — 20
Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
State championship years: 1975-79, 1984-89, 1992-96, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2015
Notable players: Mary Leffers, Jessica Wynn, Leigh Andrew
Notable coaches: Louise Crocco, Kathryn Farland, Kathryn Reeber
Bottom line: Cardinal Gibbons won its first 18 state championships under former head coach Louise Crocco, who went 1,132-123 in 39 seasons and won six consecutive state titles from 1984 to 1989.
Crocco had four undefeated teams in her tenure, including her last state championship team in 2006.
7. St. Philip Catholic Central High School — 21 (Tied)
Where: Battle Creek, Michigan
State championship years: 1979, 1983-85, 1989, 1992-95, 1997, 2005, 2007-14, 2020, 2021
Notable players: Allyson Doyle, Amanda Horan, Brooke Dzwik
Notable coaches: Sheila Guerra, Vicky Groat
Bottom line: St. Philip Catholic Central High has won a state championship in volleyball in six consecutive decades dating back to its first title in 1979 and up to its latest titles, going back-to-back in 2020 and 2021.
St. Philip has also finished as state runner-up nine times.
7. Safford High School — 21 (Tied)
Where: Safford, Arizona
State championship years: 1968-80, 1982-86, 1988-90
Notable players: Lori Gray, Lori Polanco, Lynn Savage
Notable coaches: Norma Bellamy
Bottom line: What's amazing about Safford High making the list is that they haven't won a state championship in volleyball in over 30 years. Their last title came in 1990.
All 21 of Safford's state titles came under legendary head coach Norma Bellamy, who had a career record of 520-33 and set the national record with a .940 winning percentage.
Bellamy won 13 consecutive state championships from 1968 to 1980, was named Arizona Coach of the Century in volleyball in 1999 and also was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.
Safford has made it back to the state championship match once since Bellamy retired, losing to Tuba City in 2012.
7. Episcopal School of Acadiana — 21 (Tied)
Where: Cade, Louisiana
State championship years: 1987-2002, 2006, 2013, 2021 (incomplete)
Notable players: N/A
Notable coaches: N/A
Bottom line: Episcopal won 16 consecutive state championships from 1987 to 2002 — a national record at the time.
Unfortunately, the state of Louisiana doesn't keep readily available all-time records for high school volleyball online, so historical information on ESA is pretty difficult to come by.
7. McGill-Toolen Catholic High School — 21 (Tied)
Where: Mobile, Alabama
State championship years: 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983-87, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999-2002, 2004, 2005, 2017, 2018
Notable players: Emily Sebastian, Laine Garvin, Emily Miller, Jodie Carter, Kenya McQuirter, Lillie Fromdahl
Notable coaches: Becky Dickinson, Christina Nash, Holly Richards, Kate Wood
Bottom line: Becky Dickinson coached McGill-Toolen's volleyball team from its inception in 1968 through the late 1990s and won 13 state championships before she turned the program over to Christina Nash, who only coached there for four seasons but won four consecutive state titles.
McGill-Toolen has had multiple Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year winners in three consecutive decades, including back-to-back winners with Kenya McQuirter in 2017 and Lillie Fromdahl in 2018.
5. Assumption High School — 22 (Tied)
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
State championship years: 1992, 1993, 1995-2002, 2004-07, 2010-13, 2015, 2017-19
Notable players: Tiffany Whitlock, Sarah Pomeroy, Shelly O'Bryan, Amanda Cecil, Julie Purcell, Christina Koelin, Kaitlin Craven, Kaitlynn James, Katie George, Alexa Filley, Rylee Rader, Anna Debeer
Notable coaches: Ron Kordes
Bottom line: Assumption High has seen some of the best prep volleyball teams in history walk its halls — to the tune of 22 state championships and 15 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year winners. The school has also won seven national championships.
Out of all of those great players, senior setter Alexa Filley separated herself from the pack after earning state tournament MVP honors each of her last two seasons and being named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2013. Filley went on to star at Auburn.
5. Burris Laboratory School — 22 (Tied)
Where: Muncie, Indiana
State championship years: 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992-94, 1997-2010
Notable players: Erica Myers, Amanda McCormick, Taylor Unroe, Taylor Money, Cailtynn Vann
Notable coaches: Steve Shondell
Bottom line: Burris Lab head coach Steve Shondell won 21 of the 22 state championships in school history over his 34-year career, including four national championships in 1990, 1992, 1997 and 2004.
Under Shondell, Burris Lab went undefeated seven times, including a 40-0 record in 2009, his final season. Shondell left Burris Lab to become the head coach at Ball State, where he coached six seasons before he retired in 2015.
4. Cokeville High School — 25
Where: Cokeville, Wyoming
State championship years: 1985-93, 1995-2001, 2008, 2011-14, 2017-20
Notable players: Camille Petersen, Celinda Teichert, McKenzie Thompson, Olivia Teichert, Kaylie Moyes, Carol Tonga, Elizabeth Dayton, Janae Teichert, Kamilla Nate
Notable coaches: Bill Thompson
Bottom line: Cokeville has the smallest population of any town to make the list — just a shade over 550 people the last time a census was taken.
But the town's high school has won state championships in volleyball in five consecutive decades in Wyoming's smallest division, Class 1A.
3. Bishop Miege High School — 26
Where: Roeland Park, Kansas
State championship years: 1977-83, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991-94, 2002-04, 2008-11, 2013-15, 2018, 2020
Notable players: Julie Thomas, Katie Martincich, Kathleen Ludwig, Kali Eaken
Notable coaches: Kathleen Rush, Gwenn Pike, Gwynn Haas, Patty Shipley
Bottom line: Former Bishop Miege head coach Gwenn Pike is one of the most celebrated high school coaches of all time, regardless of the sport. She took over the program in 1980 and won 21 state championships.
Pike is a member of both the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame, and MaxPreps named her the greatest coach of female sports in Kansas history.
2. Bishop England High School — 28
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
State championship years: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1988-90 ,1993, 1994, 1998, 2000-17
Notable players: Cole Dawley, Montana Swanson, Emma Lawrence, Anna Warren
Notable coaches: Kathy Blackman, Cindy Baggott, Amelia Dawley
Bottom line: Bishop England won a staggering 18 consecutive state championships from 2000 to 2017. That was the national record until it was broken by Bayside (Ala.) Academy in 2020.
Bishop England's greatest player of all time was setter/outside hitter Cole Dawley, a three-time South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and four-time Class 2A Player of the Year.
Dawley went on to star at the College of Charleston, where she was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007, a three-time All-Southern Conference selection and Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2010.
1. Bayside Academy — 30
Where: Daphne, Alabama
State championship years: 1981, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998-2000, 2002-21
Notable players: Caroline Gill, Virginia Pittman, Lauren Chastang, Sara Sears, Sydney Chandler
Notable coaches: Ann Schilling
Bottom line: Bayside Academy's volleyball team has put together one of the most amazing streaks in high school volleyball history and maybe all of prep sports history in the United States. They've won 20 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002 through 2021.
Another amazing stat about Bayside is that they've won state championships in Class 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A throughout their history. All three of Bayside's Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year winners have come during the current streak with Carolina Gill (2006), Virginia Pittman (2012) and Lauren Chastang (2016).
Head coach Ann Schilling has been named National Coach of the Year twice, in 2009 and 2011.
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