Otterbein Head Volleyball Coach Serves-Up Career Milestones

Posted Mar 22, 2022

By Bridget Oder ’23

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Head Volleyball Coach Monica Wright came to Otterbein University in August of 2007. Last fall, she celebrated her 15th season, scored her 300th win, and took her team to their first Regional Final appearance. She was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of her alma mater, Wittenberg University, for her accomplishments as both a player and after as a coach.

“The 300th win milestone this year was a fun night. The most memorable part of that night was the joy that the team and parents enjoyed in the moment,” Wright said.

However, according to Wright, her biggest accomplishment has been seeing her players graduate from Otterbein and turn into successful women thanks, in part, to what volleyball has taught them.

“I would encourage anyone reading this story that’s considering going into coaching to do so. I can honestly say I enjoy my job 95% of the time. I don’t feel like many people can say that. I feel lucky and blessed to have had the experience I’ve had,” she said.

Wright’s graduate assistant, Josie Andres, is learning a lot on the job.

“She has mentored me in more ways than I could imagine,” Andres said. “From the beginning, she asked me what my aspirations were with this position and for a career in coaching. After my two years at Otterbein and since that conversation, she has done everything she could to prepare me meet and exceed those goals.”

Other than Wright’s knowledge of the game, Andres said she admires Wright’s compassion and the effort that she makes to help everyone around her. Andres said this, along with Wright’s humility, reflect in the program and the culture she works towards developing and growing every day.

“My favorite part about working with Coach Wright is the relationship we have built as a coaching staff and how she continuously challenges me,” Andres said. “She knows I want to be a head coach myself one day, so she makes me do the hard, uncomfortable things for the experience and to learn from my mistakes as well as successes.”