The Geneva volleyball program—state champions in 2018—encourages athletes to aim for excellence in the fundamentals of the game in a safe and competitive environment and has grown significantly in the last ten years. The varsity team alone has won ten district championships and four regional championships, and was state runner up in 2016 and 2017. The team regularly finishes in the top eight of all 2A teams in the state. The program has had seven players pursue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level. There are opportunities for girls to participate in the fall indoor volleyball program as early as fifth grade, and students as young as second grade are encouraged to participate in an instructional spring season.
Hollie Benjumea graduated summa cum laude from Charleston Southern University with a BS in history and education and a minor in French. She has served as head volleyball coach and grammar school PE teacher since 2006, and youth sports coordinator since 2012. Hollie played four years of Division I volleyball and was ranked as a leading middle blocker in the Big South Conference. She was named conference player of the week in 2002 and to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2001 and 2002. She also received several accolades from Charleston Southern including Volleyball Student Athlete of the Year 2001, History Student of the Year 2003, and French Student of the Year in 2002. In 2017 Hollie completed her health coaching certification through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and is certified to work with families and expecting mothers.
The volleyball program at TGS has earned nine district championships under Hollie’s leadership and finished as regional runners up in 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2015. The team was regional champions in 2013, 2016, and 2017. In 2013 it finished in the final four of the FHSAA state tournament and in 2016 and 2017 was state runners up. Hollie started the Geneva sand volleyball program in 2017 and she is looking forward to growing the program after a very competitive inaugural season. Her husband Jackson Benjumea is the head coach.
Hollie is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and started playing amateur/professional beach volleyball in 2008. She is also a member of Florida Athletic Coaches Association, is certified in K–12 Physical Education, and a member of America Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 2013, Hollie was the grammar school recipient of the Paideia Award for Teaching, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching. She is passionate about health and fitness and helping others live a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys participating in a variety of sports and activities. She is married to Jackson Benjumea and they have a daughter named Cassia and a son due December 2018.
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