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Emory Volleyball Camps are located in Atlanta, GA on the campus of Emory University.  This is our 25th year of hosting volleyball camps and we are very excited for another great summer!  We believe in the total camp experience for our campers!  This includes teaching, coaching, and training our campers in a positive, fun, and rewarding environment.  We strive to make sure each camper meets their individual volleyball goals for the week and that she has a wonderful time doing so!  Our staff includes college coaches from around the country, outstanding collegiate athletes and experienced club coaches.  Not only are they great coaches but they are outstanding people!  I hope you will come join us this summer for another great week of volleyball.    


Emory Head Volleyball Coach

Jenny McDowell

Jenny McDowell's passion and pursuit of excellence has resulted in the Emory volleyball program winning two NCAA D-III Championships. The 2008 squad claimed the school's first-ever national crown while the 2018 unit used a stirring second-half of the season that resulted in the school's second national title. 

McDowell, who assumed control of the program in the spring of 1996, has guided Emory to 23 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament, advancing to the "Sweet 16" round 18 times. In addition, she has directed the team to five berths in the NCAA Final Four, the first coming in 2003 when the Eagles posted a fourth-place finish in the tournament, the second in 2008 when the squad took home the national title, the third in 2010 when it advanced to the national championship match, in 2013 when the Eagles advanced to the national semis and, most recently, in 2014 with Emory getting into the national championship tilt.  

Her 22-year Emory record now stands at 715-160.  McDowell notched her 700th career triumph on October 5, 2017, when the Eagles topped Oglethorpe University.  Her 600th win took place on October 5, 2014, with a come-from-behind 3-2 decision over Carnegie Mellon in the University Athletic Association Round Robin I.  

McDowell's 2017 team battled injuries throughout the campaign but still managed to finish the year off with a record of  30-7, the program’s 11th straight campaign of 30 or more wins.  The Eagles advanced the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships after hosting and winning the Atlanta Regional, sweeping Worcester State, Christopher Newport University and Berry College.  During the season, Emory hammered out a 13-match win streak, which included home wins over No. 6 Juniata College and No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the eventual NCAA D-III national champion. The Eagles landed an at-large berth to the postseason after finishing runner-up at the UAA Championships.

McDowell oversaw the 2016 team close out the year with an overall slate of 33-6.  The Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA D-III Championships, where it came out on the short end of a five-set battle to eventual champion Calvin College.  Under McDowell's guidance, three players landed All-America recognition with Jessica Holler and Sarah Maher capturing first-team acclaim while sophomore Sydney Leimbach was a honorable-mention pick.   Emory also played its way to the University Athletic Association title,  it fifth in the past eight years and seventh overall, defeating Carnegie Mellon in the championship showdown.  Emory ended the year ranked No. 2 in the final AVCA Top 25 Poll.

Emory finished off the 2015 season with an overall record of 34-4.  The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals and ended the year ranked No. 7 by the AVCA.  McDowell saw four of her players garner All-America honors with Sydney Miles and Jessica Holler capturing first-team berths while Sarah Maher and Kathryn Trinka were third-team honorees. 

The 2014 campaign saw the Eagles continue their dominance in the Division III ranks, racking up a final won-lost slate of 39-4 with the victory total establishing a school season record, bettering the mark of 36 triumphs set by the 2010 and 2011 teams.   Emory battled its way into the NCAA D-III Championships match, winning three matches at the St. Louis Regional and contests in the national quarterfinals and semifinals against Williams and Wisconsin-Stevens Point, respectively.  Emory also came away with the program's sixth UAA title during McDowell's run with the Eagles, defeating Chicago by a 3-1 margin in the title showdown.  

In 2013, McDowell oversaw an excellent campaign by her charges that resulted in a final won-lost mark of 34-5, with the victory total tying as the fourth-highest performance in school history.  The Eagles finished second at the UAA Championships, the 15th time during her tenure that the program had finished runner-up or higher.  Emory held down the No. 5 spot in the final AVCA Poll. 

In 2012, McDowell saw the Eagles compile a 33-6 won-lost ledger, tying the fourth-highest win total in school history.  In addition, McDowell guided the program to its fifth overall UAA title and third in four campaigns.  Emory closed out the campaign ranked 8th nationally by the AVCA.  

During the 2011 season, McDowell saw her squad tie the school seasonal mark for most wins when it hammered out an overall slate of 36-5.  The record was originally set the previous campaign when the 2010 squad posted a 36-5 ledger.   During 2011, she racked up her 500th career triumph on October 8, when the Eagles bettered Maryville, 3-0.  That win over the Scots was the team's 23rd consecutive win, tying the 1994 team for the school record.

The Eagles finished the 2010 regular season ranked No. 1 nationally among Division III squads and held down the No. 2 spot in the final poll.  The team's win total from 2010 bettered the previous standard of 35 set by the 2008 squad.

She rang up her 400th career win on Nov. 7, 2008, when the Eagles topped Brandeis at the UAA Championships.  The Eagles concluded the 2008 campaign ranked No. 1 among D-III programs.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) recognized McDowell's efforts during the 2008 campaign, tabbing her as the National Division III Coach of the Year. She has also been honored by the AVCA as the Regional Coach of the Year on seven occasions (2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).  

Heading into the 2017 season, her .817 winning percentage ranked sixth all-time among Division III coaches.  Among Division I, II and III coaches, she ranked among the top-20 all-time winningest coach in NCAA annals (min. 10 years as a NCAA head coach).

Every year since 1997, Emory has ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation in every weekly poll conducted by the AVCA.  In 2009, Emory ended the regular season in a deadlock for the No. 2 spot in the national poll while holding down the No. 5 position in the organization's final ranking.

Before McDowell's arrival the volleyball team had 30 wins or more in only one season. In her 21 years, the team has bested 30 wins 18 times including 14 of the past 15 seasons. The 2009 team fashioned an overall ledger of 34-6 with the victory total then the second highest in program history.

McDowell's players have flourished under her tutelage. She has mentored 27 different players to a total of 45 All-America berths while coaching seven players to UAA Player of the Year accolades, the most recent being Jessica Holler in 2016, and eight to UAA Rookie of the Year acclaim. In addition, she has seen her players rack up a total of 120 All-UAA honors.  Two of McDowell's players, Amelia McCall in 2010 and Courtney Rose in 2005, earned Division III National Player of the Year honors.

In 2010, Emory registered its second straight and fourth conference crown, defeating then No. 1-ranked Washington University, 3-1, in the title match. 

In 2009, the Eagles nailed down the school's third league title, defeating Washington University, 3-0.

In 2007, Emory brought home its second conference championship, defeating Washington University in a five-game thriller.

In 2005 Emory captured its first conference championship with a 3-0 sweep of then No. 1-ranked Washington University in the title match. McDowell and her assistants have been recognized as the conference "Coaching Staff of the Year" in 1996, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014.

Prior to Emory, McDowell was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia for five years in which the Bulldogs compiled a 128-41 record and made the NCAA Division I national tournament every year. With primary responsibilities in recruiting, McDowell helped bring in one NCAA All-American, two NCAA postgraduate scholars, two GTE Academic All-Americans, one GTE Academic All-American of the Year, two Southeastern Conference (SEC) postgraduate scholars and 10 all-SEC Scholar-Athletes.

A three-time all-region selection and three-time team captain in volleyball, McDowell received her undergraduate degree from Georgia in 1989 and her master's in 1990. In 1985, she was selected to compete in the U.S. Olympic Festival. McDowell is the first and only Georgia volleyball player to have her number (16) retired.

McDowell was the interim head coach at Georgia from January to May 1989. She also has been a head coach with the Athens Junior Volleyball Club for three years.

Emory Volleyball Camp Director

Sharon Waddell


Director of Operations at Emory Volleyball Camps EVBC Inc.

Sharon has been working as Director of Operations for EVBC Inc. since it began.

Sharon is a former SEC volleyball player who started at the OH position at the University of Georgia and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  As an outside hitter she compiled several all-tournament and most valuable player awards in her career. 

Sharon was an Assistant Coach for the bulldogs from 1991-1993 reaching the NCAA Division I tournament each year.  She also has had the unique opportunity to work closely with four former national team coaches. She is a native from Pittsburgh, PA and as a high school senior she was named to the Fab 50 list for volleyball players. 

Sharon is in charge of staffing, administration, communication, registration, activities, and scheduling for the Emory Volleyball Camps.  

Emory Assistant Volleyball Coach

Leah Saunders

mory Assistant Coach

Leah Saunders joined the Emory Volleyball program as an assistant coach in June of 2021.

A four-year member of the Eagles' program as a player, Saunders garnered a bevy of honors while helping the Eagles to a NCAA D-III national title as well as two appearances in the title match. In 2019, Saunders garnered First Team All-America acclaim as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).  Named the University Athletic Association's Most Valuable Player for a second straight season, the first Emory player to earn that honor in back-to-back campaigns, she posted 22 matches of double-figure kills and 15 contests of double-doubles (kills/digs).   The Eagles set a program record that year for winning percentage (.919), turning in a final slate of 34-3.  As a sophomore, she helped Emory to its second-ever national championship, earning honorable mention All-America accolades along the way. She dialed up 13 outings of 10 or more kills en route to helping the Eagles finish with a mark of 30-6.

During her three playing campaigns (no season in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic), the Eagles fashioned an impressive record of 94-16 and brought home a pair of league crowns.  At the conclusion of her collegiate career, she had amassed 52 double-figure kills matches and ranked 15th on the school's all-time chart in kills average (2.84 kps) and 18th with 1,040 terminations.

A member of the 2020 UAA President's Council Scholar-Athlete Team, Leah graduated in May as an Anthropology major.

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