Head Coach - Varsity
Whitney was born and raised in the small town of Washburn, WI. And because both of her parents (Mike & Wendy Meierotto) have been coaching for over 21 years, Whitney grew up in the gym and around the sport of Volleyball.
After playing two seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Whitney opted to transfer to Concordia University - St. Paul for her final two seasons of collegiate volleyball. While at Concordia University - St. Paul, Whitney helped lead the Golden Bears to 2 National Championships while setting the school record for most aces in a single season and earning All-America honors. After college, Whitney continued on at Concordia University - St. Paul as a Graduate Assistant Coach for one season.
Following her time as a coach at CU, Whitney transitioned to coaching High School Volleyball serving as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Wayzata for two seasons.
In 2014, Whitney left Wayzata to take on the Head Coaching job at The Blake School. While at Blake, Whitney helped lead the Bears to their best regular season record in school history.
After coaching one season at Blake, and eager to build a program at a public school, Whitney accepted the opportunity to serve as the Head Coach at St. Louis Park. In her first season as Head Coach, she again helped lead her team to their best regular season record in school history. In addition to coaching, Whitney also serves as the SLP Club Volleyball Director. Coach Meierotto-Simon is now headed into her fifth season as the Orioles Head Coach.
Outside of volleyball, Whitney is married to her college sweetheart, Calvin, and together they currently reside in Edina, MN along with their cat, Bootsy girl and dogs Huxlee & Lincoln.
Devin Diedrich is a Minnesota native and Braham High School graduate. During her time at Braham she was a 9x All Conference selection in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball. While being named MVP of the GRC conference her senior year of volleyball. Along with volleyball, she thrived on the basketball court, scoring over 1000 career points, pulling down over 800 rebounds, and garnering All-State honors her senior year.
After graduation, Devin received a scholarship to play collegiately for Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU).
Diedrich was a four-year letterwinner for SMSU from 2008-12, earning numerous accolades. She was a three-time first team All-NSIC honoree, including earning 2010 NSIC Player of the Year honors. She was a 2008 AVCA honorable mention All-America, a 2009 AVCA third team All-America and was an AVCA first team All-America in 2010.
She currently ranks among the top 10 in program history in several statistical categories. She ranks third in kills (1,652), fourth in attack pct. (.314), fifth in blocks (406) and 10th in matches played (131).
Devin graduated from SMSU in 2013 with a Bachelors in Physical and Health Education, and again in 2017 with an M.S. in Physical Education Coaching of Sport. This will be Devin’s first season with Vital.
Sam (Schroeder) Hanlon graduated from Maple Lake High School in 2000. During her time at Maple Lake she was a 9x All-Conference selection in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball and a Captain for 2 years in each sport. During her sophomore year, Sam set a conference record for home runs in a season; during her senior year, she held the state record for assists in a game (basketball). She was also named to the All-State softball team in 2000- the first softball player at Maple Lake to do so.
After graduation, Sam went on to play volleyball for two years at the University of St. Thomas. After an injury derailed her volleyball career, she went on to attend SCSU. Here she earned a degree in elementary education in 2004. After graduating, Sam taught elementary education and was the head volleyball coach at Isle Public Schools and the HLWW school district. Sam also coached JO volleyball at Maple Lake, Isle, HLWW, and STMA schools for 17 years.