"I know what it is like to lose, to win, to want to quit, to want to cry, to not want to get up.  I know what it is like to hear the cheers and yells for you.  I know what it is like to feel the pressure of everyone on your shoulders, and I know what it is like to choke under the pressure.  I know what it means to be an athlete, a true player, and that is why I play.  I AM AN ATHLETE, A CHAMPION, A TRUE PLAYER"

    - An Athlete's Pride




    OTHS Coaching Staff 

    Melissa Massey, Head Varsity Coach

    Coach Massey has played volleyball for over 20 years. Her experience began at Zion Lutheran Grade School to Belleville East High School to Belleville Area College (now SWIC). Coach Massey finished up collegiately at Union University as an All American Volleyball Player in Jackson, Tennessee. She received a full ride volleyball scholarship at both schools. She was a setter and achieved many awards and goals during her playing time. Coach Massey's love for volleyball included coaching as well as playing where she started coaching during high school at St. Teresa's grade school. From there, she went on to coach a couple years for Game Face VBC (now SWI/Crush). After graduating from Union University, she became the assistant volleyball coach.Melissa Massey, head coach When Coach Massey returned home, she and her family started their own volleyball club, Blue Steel VBC. Currently the co-director, and trainer for the junior high groups, Blue Steel has been up and running for 11 years. She also trains young girls and boys the fundamentals of volleyball, agility and speed for the O'Fallon Parks and Rec. She also served as the director of Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club (SWI) which had 3 teams qualify for the 2012 National Tournament. Melissa is married to Ryan Massey, a teacher and head girls basketball coach with OTHS and they have 4 kids; 10 year old Trent, 8 year old Riley, 6 year old Sutton, and 3 year old Aniston. Coach Massey is in her 10th season as a coach with OTHS and loves being a part of the program. This being her fourth year as the head coach, she cannot wait to see what the upcoming season brings!


    Lauren Martin, JV Coach

    This is Lauren's 9th year with the girls' volleyball program. Last year Lauren ended her Freshman coaching career with only 1 loss! She has coached volleyball with her sister, head coach Melissa Massey, for 14 years. She coached & trained for Blue Steel VBC and is also running trainings and clinics with the O'Fallon Parks and Rec.
    Lauren's playing experience consists of playing at Zion Lutheran School, Belleville East High School, and Union University where she earned many awards. Besides earning an All American Volleyball award, she was featured in Sports Illustrated in 2001 for holding the Collegiate National Career Kill record and then in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Union University. Needless to say, Lauren is a highly adorned volleyball player.

    Lauren is married to Ryan Martin with 4 children: Reagan-10 years old, Landon-8 years old, Kennedi-6 years old, & Quinn-3 years old.


    Natalie Ott, Freshman Coach


    Natalie played varsity for O’Fallon Township High School for four years as well as three years with Blue Steel VBC and Southern Heat VBC for two years. After high school, Natalie attended Loyola University Chicago where she played on the Women’s Club Volleyball Team for four consecutive years. While playing at Loyola, she also coached at Sacred Heart Catholic grade school for 3 years serving both girls and boys in 5th-8th grade. She spent one club season with Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club out of Evanston, IL and served as head coach of the 15U Elite travel team. This year she returned back to the St. Louis area and coached Blue Steel Volleyball Club’s 15 EDGE team where they had a very successful season finishing in the top 10 in the Gateway Region. This will be Natalie’s first year coaching at her alma mater, O’Fallon. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with minors in Spanish and Bioethics. She currently resides in O'Fallon with her mother and is preparing to start graduate school in the fall pursuing her Master of Art in Education.


    Ken Sheehan, Assistant Coach


    Coach Ken Sheehan has been coaching and playing for the last 22 years. His last coaching stint was at Lindenwood University as the Head Men's Coach in 2011.


    Marvin Hayden, Assistant Coach


    Coach Hayden has offered many years of coaching in this sport! This is his second season with the Lady Panthers and he is excited to be a part of the program! -5 years -St. Teresa Grade School 7th/8th grades; 5 yrs.- VTN Volleyball Club; 4 yrs.-Ultimate Volleyball Club; 3 yrs.-Game Face Volleyball Club; 3 yrs.-Prairie State Games/High School Boys and Open Women's Teams; 2 yrs.-Metro East High School Varsity Assistant/JV Head Coach; 1 yr.-Head Coach Staunton High School; 4 yrs.-Blue Steel Volleyball Club; 2 yrs.-Player/Coach for Senior Men's Team; Coach Hayden has played for over 35 years, played in 2 Man Nationals in 1995; Played on Open Men's St. Louis Club Team; Played for 5 years on a Senior Men's Team.