Volleyball Coaching Staff
Head Coach Chelsie Speer
The 2013 season will mark Chelsie Speer's fifth year as the head volleyball coach at Mt. Hood Community College. During Coach Speer's tenure as the head coach, the Saints have accumulated 4 Southern Region Championship titles, 1 NWAACC fourth place finish, 2 NWAACC 2nd place finishes and 1 NWAACC Championship title in 2011. Speer also received Southern Region Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Her overall record in 4 seasons is 138-35. Speer has also coached 3 AVCA First Team All-Americans: Kyra Speer (2009-2010), Rylie Engelson (2010-2011), and Tori Kemper (2012). NWAACC All-Academic Athletes, inlcude: Liz Williams and Kelsey Bordewyk in 2009, Kyra Speer in 2010, Demi Belshe in 2011 and Maycee Abendschein in 2012.
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 hometown 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. In 2011, Speer received her Master’s Degree in Wellness and Fitness from California University of Pennsylvania. On December 20th, 2012, Chelsie and Justin had their first baby, Aiden Freeman Speer.
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.