A perennial factor in the state championship race, Baylor was the TSSAA Division II state champion in 2014 and 2017, and was runner-up in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Baylor fields varsity and junior varsity teams each fall for Upper School girls and will field up to three Middle School teams in the winter for girls in grades 6-8.
Fast Facts on Baylor's Volleyball Program
- Baylor won the state championship in 2014 and 2017 and won back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 1998, only the third team in the Chattanooga area to repeat as state champs.
- Baylor was state runner-up in 1996, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2020.
- Baylor was third in the state in 1995, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2019.
- Baylor was region champion in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
- Baylor was district champion in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
- Baylor has had players named to the all-state team 26 times since 2009.
- Baylor has had players named to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps team 35 times since 2009, including five named Players of the Year.
- Baylor has had five players named Chattanooga Times Free Press Player of the Year: Andrea Shipley (1998), Gabby Gray (2014), Sarah Sumida (2017), Ally Craig (2018), and Elaine Redman (2020).
- Gabby Gray was the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.
- Baylor's (then head coach) Kurt Emmanuele was the Tennessee Division II Coach of the Year and the Chattanooga Times Coach of the Year in 1998.
- Baylor's head coach Sarah Lail was the Chattanooga Time Free Press Coach of the Year in 2014, 2017, and 2019.
- Baylor has had 20 players since 2009 continue playing volleyball at the next level at the following colleges and universities: University of Toledo, Rollins, Rhodes, Butler, Lee University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, McDaniel College, Marville, Tennessee Tech, Berry, West Point, Western Carolina, Tusculum, Palm Beach Atlantic, Shorter, Middle Tennessee State University, Mississippi College, West Alabama, Carson Newman, and Manhattan College.
Baylor plays nearly 50 matches during a season, competing in the TSSAA Division II East region.
Head Coach: Sarah Lail
Assistant Coaches: Kurt Emmanuele, Rachel Ford
Rachel Ford, Kurt Emmanuele
If you like coaches that are energetic, positive, and filled with spirit, you’ll love Sarah Lail, Baylor’s head volleyball coach since 2009.
Lail grew up in Waukegan, Illinois and played volleyball from 1997-2001 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she earned a B.S. in finance and master’s degrees in business administration and education. At UTC, she played on back-to-back Southern Conference championship teams that made NCAA tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998. A versatile athlete, she also played softball for the Mocs her senior year and added a Southern Conference title in that sport in 2001.
At Baylor, she has taken the Raiders to the status of perennial state power with seven region championships, state championships in 2014 and 2017, and state runner-up finishes in ’11, ’13, and ’16. Baylor has been on the national stage as well, competing in some of the most prestigious invitational tournaments in the country. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has named Lail Best of Preps Coach of the Year three times.
“I see coaching as passing along life lessons that will help my players be successful beyond the volleyball court,” says Lail. “I attribute skills such as collaboration, conflict resolution, time management, goal setting, commitment to task, and selflessness to my journey through the athletic process, and I try to help athletes practice and master those same skills while being part of our program at Baylor. I hope that being leaders on our team will help players become leaders in the classroom and the community as well.”
“Being a part of the Baylor family is amazing,” continues Lail. “The Baylor community shows so much support for all aspects of our students’ journeys. I love supporting each player as they create their own personal Baylor experience and guiding them through graduation and beyond.”