Volleyball Coaching Staff

Michelle Orth — Head Coach

Photo of Head Coach Michelle OrthHead coach Michelle Orth joined the Lady Bulldogs coaching staff in 2012. She helped to guide the 2013 team to the National Tournament for the first time in school history. In 2016, she took over as the head coach.

Michelle played at Lewis University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2010, she graduated from Benedictine University with her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy.

She currently teaches 4th grade at Madison School in South Holland and resides in Highland Indiana with her husband Brian and two daughters, Taylor and Payton.


Melva Smith — Assistant Coach

Photo of Coach Melva SmithAssistant Coach Melva Smith is in her second season coaching at South Suburban. Melva played for South Suburban during the 2013 season and helped to lead the team to the National Tournament. After the 2013 season, Melva went on to play at Eastern Michigan University. She played volleyball and her senior year she also played basketball. Melva graduated in 2017 with a degree in psychology and returned to South Suburban to coach.

“Melva is a wealth of knowledge and adds depth to our hitting and blocking work. Since she played at the division I level, Melva brings great experience with her and knows how to help players transition to the next level. She is an asset to the coaching staff.”

Melva resides in South Holland.


Emily Johnson — Assistant Coach

Photo of Coach Emily JohnsonAssistant Coach Emily Johnson is in her first season at South Suburban. Emily graduated from Bishop Noll Institute. During her time at Noll, Emily was the starting setter and helped lead the team to a Semi State Championship and State Championship appearance. After high school, Emily went to DePaul University. She is currently a senior at DePaul and is majoring in Physical Education. Emily played on DePaul’s Club team as a starting setter.

“I am excited to have Emily join the coaching staff. Her knowledge of setting will help our young setters grow and develop better form. Emily bring incredible energy to the court as a coach and players feed off of this energy. Emily is a great addition to our coaching staff.”

Emily resides in Chicago.