Volleyball Coaching Staff
Head Coach Chelsie Speer
During Coach Speer's tenure as the head coach, the Saints have accumulated 3 Southern Region Championship titles, 2 NWAACC 2nd place finishes and 1 NWAACC Championship title. Speer also received Southern Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Her overall record in 3 seasons is 106-24. The 2012 season will mark, Chelsie Speer's fourth year as the head volleyball coach at Mt. Hood Community College. In 2011, the Saints were Southern Region Co-Champions with a record of 9-1 and the 2011 NWAACC Champions. They finished with an overall season record of 35-4.
Speer started her college career in 2001 at Mt. Hood as a 2 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 2 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. On August 6, 2010 she married her best friend, Justin Speer.
Stephanie Alleman, Assistant Coach
The 2010 season will mark Stephanie Alleman's 3rd year as the assistant coach at Mt. Hood Community College. Alleman started her college coaching career in 2008 at Mt. Hood. During the 2009 season the Saints won the Southern Region Championship with a record of 10-0 and took 2nd at the NWAACC Championship, finishing the season with an overall record of 33-11.
In 2007, Alleman started her coaching career under her former college teammate Kandice Feola, (current head coach) at Sheldon High School. There her team finished 2nd in the South West Conference, along with placing 6th overall and received the Sportsmanship Award at the Oregon State Tournament.
Alleman began her college career in 2003 on a full ride academic scholarship to the University of Oregon's College of Education to become a teacher. There she walked onto the volleyball team and began her volleyball career as a defensive specialist. At the end of her Oregon career, Alleman received the Most Improved Player Award voted on by her team and ranked second on the squad in digs per game and ranks tenth all-time at UO for single-game digs.
Alleman is a 2008 graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education and Behavior Support.
Corey Nielson, Assistant Coach
Assistant coach Corey Nielson is in his third year of coaching volleyball at MHCC. Corey and head coach Chelsie became friends when they were both athletes at MHCC in 2001. Corey played basketball here in 2001, before leaving to Santiago, Chile to serve a two-year church mission. After a red-shirt year in 2005, Corey played his sophomore year at MHCC and graduated in 2006. After graduating, Nielson went on to finish playing and earn his Bachelors Degree at NCAA Division II program, BYU-Hawaii.
In 2008 Corey was brought back to MHCC as the assistant basketball coach. His first year of coaching was also Chelsie’s first year as the head volleyball coach. Corey quickly became involved with coaching and training the volleyball players during off season workouts. “I didn’t know a lot about the technical side of volleyball, but I do know what it takes to be a successful athlete,” says Nielson. “Chelsie, alone, has enough volleyball knowledge for an entire coaching staff, so it’s my job to keep the girls focused and motivated… oh, and to get them to and from matches. Nobody drives a team van like I do.” In 2009, Nielson was hired on to the staff and has been a part of two league titles and one NWAACC title.
Corey lives in Troutdale with his new bride, Brittney. They were married September 24, 2012.