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Christy Donaghy
Varsity Head Coach
Christy Donaghy is the new Varsity Head coach for ACE Volleyball beginning with the fall 2022 season.  Coach Donaghy played four years of varsity volleyball during her high school career as well as two seasons of club volleyball.  Upon graduation, she was named as Maryland’s Frederick County Volleyball Player of the Year, and she held her high school’s record for career kills.  Coach Donaghy went on to play four years of college basketball at Grove City College where she double majored in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  She continued her education by earning her M. Ed. from the University of Maryland.  Coach Donaghy has coached varsity volleyball teams at Carlynton High School (PA) and then at Boonsboro High School (MD), where she led her team to the state quarterfinals.  
Lori Seymour
Varsity Community Coach
family Seymour  ncstate
This is Coach Seymour’s 2nd year involved with ACE Volleyball as a Community Coach. Coach Seymour played D1 Volleyball at NC State University, followed by a brief Professional Beach career in the Women's Professional Volleyball Association. She was a Middle Blocker for NCSU and still holds the career kill % at NC State. Professionally, Coach Seymour holds an MBA from South Carolina, a BS Nursing from Macon State College, and works as an RN locally. She is married to Frank Seymour (30 years) and has 2 children: Nicole, 21 at Willamette University in Oregon, and CJ, 18, who just graduated in the class of 2020 from ACE and will be playing baseball in college at Prairie State College in Illinois.  
Coach LeAnn Nichols
JV Community Coach
Coach Nichols is entering her second year coaching JV at ACE. In high school, Coach Nichols excelled in playing softball and volleyball. Both sports were put on hold as she pursued music educaiton at Western Michigan University. Since then, she has spent many years leading worship and serving the Macon community with her husband through various businesses and events. Last year, when her daughter showed an interest in volleyball, it was enough to spark the desire again to be a part of the game she loved so much. "Watching and encouraging those girls to work hard and to trust one another as they gained confidence in play, was incredibly rewarding." - Coach Nichols
Coach Nichols is married to Bryan Nichols and has 2 children who attend ACE, Chloe and Landon.