Jillian Imrie played volleyball, soccer, and basketball for the Indians but the court was where she shined. A stand-out volleyball player, Imrie was named All-MEL and All-Napa County while also garnering honors as the Monticello Empire League’s Player of the Year as an outside hitter.
Imrie contributed to three MEL championship teams, led by fellow Hall of Fame coach Barb Franco. As a junior on the 1996 team which won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title, Imrie helped the Indians advance to the state Division II championships at Cal State Fullerton against Huntington Beach. The Indians finished the season with a 34-2 record, and Napa was ranked No. 2 in the final CIF Volleyball Coaches Poll for Div. II schools.
She dominated as a server but was also known for her skills at the net as a hitter and blocker. During her senior campaign, she tallied 163 kills, was 116-of-119 with 14 aces when serving, and was a 75-percent passer. As a junior, she had 83 kills and served at 97 percent.
Imrie was awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri for volleyball and left the Blue & Gold as one of the best outside hitters/blockers to play at NHS, said Franco.
Imrie played for the Empire VBC club team and was on the Napa High honor roll all four years.
“Jillian became a force to be reckoned with on the court, both offensively and defensively,” Franco said. “Jillian was tough on the court, steady at the net, calm in the back court with a serve that was virtually impossible to return.”
Imrie continued her involvement with Napa High volleyball, serving as the freshman and JV coach and assisting former varsity head coach Scott Kostecka. She also helped former Napa Valley College coach Kelly Van Winden and was a coach for camps at UC Santa Barbara.
She lives in Napa and works as the wine club manager for Girard Winery in Yountville.