Beth Donnelly helped return the Mutangs' volleyball program to national prominence in the 2017 campaign in her third season as the Mustangs' head coach. Morningside College posted a 20-14 record in the 2017 volleyball season for its second straight 20-win campaign following a 20-15 finish in 2016. The Mustangs were ranked 16th in the nation in the NAIA Post-Season Top 25 poll, made a second consecutive appearance in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship and finished fifth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 10-6 league mark.
Morningside had its best ever showing at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship when it went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the 16-team single-elimination bracket for the first time in school history.
The Mustangs rallied from a 2-1 deficit to upset seventh-ranked Park University 3-2 in their 2016 national tourney pool play opener against a Pirate team that eventually bowed out in the championship bracket semifinals. Morningside finished the season ranked 24th nationally in the NAIA's postseason Top 25 Poll.
Donnelly has a 28-35 career record after two seasons at Morningside and a 63-57 mark in four seasons as a head coach at the NAIA level.
Donnelly was previously the head coach at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., where she turned around a struggling program that had produced an average of only four victories per season over a three-year span prior to her arrival.
Donnelly compiled a 134-67 record in five years at Olympic, including a 109-25 mark for a .813 winning percentage over her final three seasons. In 2014 she guided the Lady Rangers to a 31-8 record, the Northern Region championship with a perfect 12-0 record, and a third place finish at the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Tournament.
Donnelly was named the Northern Region Coach of the Year in each of her last four years at the school and was the NWAC Coach of the Year in 2013. Donnelly led Olympic to a 32-11 record and the Northern Region co-championship in 2012. She guided Olympic to its most successful season in school history during the 2013 campaign when the Lady Rangers went 46-6, finished first in the Northern Region, and were the runner-up at the NWAC Tournament.Donnelly was previously the head volleyball coach and assistant track & field coach at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology from 2006-08. She had a 35-22 record in two seasons as the Lady Hardrockers’ volleyball coach, including a 23-6 mark in 2007 to match the program’s second highest victory total over the past 20 seasons from 1995 to 2014.
Donnelly is a 2004 graduate of Northern Michigan University, where she was a four-year letterwinner as an outside hitter for the NCAA Division II school. She helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and a NCAA II Regional championship.
She received a master’s degree in exercise science from Northern Michigan in 2006.