Louella Maxwell is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach of the Air Force volleyball team. A former All-American setter at Air Force, Maxwell joined the Falcons' program in 2010 after stints as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis.
Known throughout the Academy record books as Louella Lovely, Maxwell is one of five NCAA All-Americans in Air Force history. Despite playing just two seasons, she remains ranked among the Academy's top-10 lists in career assists (3,022) and digs (1,352), while holding program-best marks in career assists per game (10.87) and digs per game (4.93). In addition to holding the team's single-season record with 5.13 digs per game, Maxwell holds the single-match records for assists (83) and digs (45).
As coach of the Air Force setters, Maxwell saw sophomore Hillary Keltner become just the program's seventh Division I player to surpass the 1,000-assist mark. In just two years under Maxwell's guidance, Keltner has already accounted for the fifth-highest Division I total - and the 10th-highest all-time total - in program history (1,551 assists), while ranking among the conference leaders in assists-per-set (9.60). Backed by the Falcons' strong setting, Air Force has improved its hitting over 20 points to a mark of .163 ... its best season average since 2003.
A strong recruiter, Maxwell helped Air Force to High Honorable Mention status from PrepVolleyball.com in 2012 - marking the first time in program history that the Falcons have brought in a nationally-recognized recruiting class.
Prior to joining the Falcons' program, Maxwell spent two years as an assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis (2007-08). During her two-year stint with the Bears, Washington University compiled a 65-12 record and won the 2007 NCAA Division III national championship title. The squad also advanced to the regional championship game in 2008.
Prior to her time in St. Louis, Maxwell spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame. During her tenure, the Irish accumulated a 92-34 overall record, three BIG EAST regular-season titles, a pair of conference-tournament championships and four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The Irish were ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national polls throughout her four-year stint, peaking at a fifth-place mark in 2005. As coach for the Notre Dame setters, Maxwell led Ashley Tarutis to break the school record for assists in a season (1,573) as a sophomore. She also coached Kristin Kinder, who was the first-ever Irish setter to earn honorable mention All-America status by the AVCA.
Maxwell also spent time as a volunteer coach at California in 1998 and coached for the Golden Bear Volleyball Club from 1999-2003. In addition to her coaching experience at the collegiate level, Maxwell has been selected to USA Volleyball's High Performance Pipeline coaching staff for four years. She served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Girls Youth National A2 Training Team in 2008 and was an assistant for the U.S. Girls Select A1 Team in 2007. In 2005 and 2006, she was an assistant for the U.S. Junior National A2 Team.
Maxwell spent her freshman and sophomore seasons at the Air Force Academy, garnering AVCA all-region honors both years and AVCA All-America honors in 1994. She spent the 1995 season at Cal, before finishing out her collegiate career at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. As a member of the Mustang squad, Maxwell was named the Big West Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship.
Raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Maxwell graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1997 with a degree in history. She completed her master's degree in education from Cal in 2001. Maxwell is married to Lt Col Mel Maxwell, a 1997 graduate of the Air Force Academy, who is currently in command of the 721st Aerial Port Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. They have a four-year-old daughter, Mikayla Leigh.