Volleyball - MS 7/8th Girls
Middle School teams are more developmental in nature and playing on a team offers not only a chance to enjoy the sport, but also a valuable participatory experience for each athlete. This applies to all team members from standouts to substitutes who play a supporting role. In keeping with the Thayer philosophy that athletics are an integral part of a student’s curriculum, students should plan their participation with the help of their advisors – this discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding of each child’s overall school program. All Middle School participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season. All team information is available via www.thayer.org/
Roberta StannardHead Coach
Coach Stannard is in her 1st season on both the upper school and the middle school volleyball staff. She is a product of Division I Volleyball powerhouse the University of Michigan. She was a walk-on athlete her sophomore year, was awarded a full scholarship, lettered three years and was co-captain her senior year. She graduated with a degree in Industrial Design. She is known throughout southeastern Massachusetts, Florida and Nebraska having coached and played over 35 years at the High School, Junior Olympic Club and Collegiate levels. She was recently inducted into her High School's Athletic Hall of Fame where she holds the record for most earned Varsity Letters at 18. She is also the Head Coach for Braintree High School Boys Volleyball Team.
Jazna StannardAssistant Coach
Coach Stannard is entering her 2nd season as the Head Coach of the Girls' Varsity Volleyball team. She joined the Academy's volleyball staff in the Fall 2017 season, working with the varsity, JV, and the Middle School volleyball programs. On top of coaching at Thayer the last two years, Stannard has served as head coach of the girls varsity volleyball team at Medfield High School and the assistant boys varsity coach at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. She has worked with several high school, club, and summer teams across the state on both the girls' and boys' sides; these teams ranged in age from 10-18. She has trained players on indoor, grass, and beach. In addition to coaching, she continues to play year-round in different leagues. Stannard earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue University where she studied International Relations with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She went on to get her master's degree in Nonprofit Management at the University of Connecticut. During her free time, Stannard enjoys traveling, singing, and working in the nonprofit sector through community development.