Marist High School’s girls volleyball coach Julie Popp Hopkins was recently named as a recipient of the Thirty Under 30 award given by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. This award was created to honor thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. Popp Hopkins was one of only two high school coaches to receive the distinction; the rest were college level coaches.
The 2013 season was Popp Hopkins’ first at Marist High School. Under her leadership, the team went 27-10 overall, and 9-0 in conference. The team also won the regional championship. She was named East Suburban Catholic Coach of the Year for volleyball as well.
While Popp Hopkins strives for athletic success in her program, she also focuses on the positive influence she and the sport can have on her student-athletes. “I'm extremely honored to be recognized by the AVCA for the Thirty Under 30 award. I could not have accomplished so much without the support of my coaching staff and the administration at Marist High School,” Popp Hopkins said.
Popp Hopkins will offer summer camps at Marist for grammar school students before getting ready for another season with the RedHawks.
Celebrating 50 years of excellence, Marist High School is a Catholic, college-prep, co-ed institution committed to making Jesus known and loved while preparing students for higher education and life.