Name: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley
Position: Outside Hitter
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
High School: Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Illinois)
College: University of Illinois
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 FIVB World Championship (5th Place)

Most Notable

  • Named most valuable player of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League after leading the U.S. to victory
  • Alternate to 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team roster
  • Selected AVCA All-America Third Team in 2010 and 2011, Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team in 2011
  • Named AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year
  • Helped Dresdner Win the 2014-2015 German Bundesliga title


  • 2019: FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Gold); Tokyo Qualification Tournament (1st); FIVB World Cup (Silver); NORCECA Women's Continental Championship (Silver)
  • 2018: FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Gold, MVP); FIVB World Championship (5th Place)
  • 2017: Pan American Cup (Gold); FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Place): USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil; FIVB World Grand Champions Cup (Bronze)
  • 2016: FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round (Silver)

Did You Know

  • Scored 11 points in two sets against China during FIVB World Grand Prix Finals Round on July 8, 2016 - her first FIVB match appearance
  • Served as an assistant coach for the UC Irvine Men's Volleyball Program in 2013 as the team won the NCAA Men's National Championship
  • Led Illinois to NCAA title match in 2011 and named to NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • Ended collegiate career at Illinois ranked 7th in kills and 10th in digs
  • Named to U.S. Women's National A2 Team (now called U.S. Collegiate National Team)
  • Helped Illinois to four straight Big Ten runner-up finishes and four straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances
  • Starting middle blocker for U.S. Women's Junior National Team that won gold at 2008 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship
  • Named Best Server at 2008 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship
  • Started professional career playing in Puerto Rico
  • Served as student assistant coach at Illinois while getting her undergraduate degree in sport management
  • In high school, qualified for sectionals as a member of her high school's swim team and placed sixth at the regional track and field meet in the triple jump
  • Was a high school four-year starter in basketball eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau and shooting 63.5 percent from the field in earning honorable mention all-state honors
  • Mother (Julie) played volleyball at University of Kansas while father (Michael) played soccer at Blackburn College.
  • Brother Andrew competed in throws in track and field at UC Davis and University of Wisconsin
  • Married to Corbin Hackley

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley's Favorites
Food: Spaghetti and pizza ... Book: Harry Potter ... Music Type: Country ... Movie: Notting Hill ... Athlete: Mia Hamm

Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, Eating, Home decorating, Playing with my dog, any outdoor or water activity

Most Admired Person: Her parents because "my Dad served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and taught High School science. On the long overseas tours my Mom kept my brother and I at home so we could have normal lives. They both made a lot of sacrifices to support our family."

Happiest Moment in Life: "Our wedding day, getting our dog, and buying our first home."

Path to the Podium

  • Started playing indoor volleyball in 2001 with Southwest Illinois Volleyball and continued with that club until college
  • Won gold with 2006 U.S. Youth National Team and 2008 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in respective NORCECA age-group championships
  • Ranked 16th in’s 2007 Senior Class
  • Named AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year at University of Illinois and later was an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2010 and 2011 with the Illini
  • Made debut with U.S. Women’s National Team during the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals Round
  • Alternate to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team
  • Chosen 2017 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improve Player of the Year

Interesting Notes on Michelle Bartsch-Hackley:

  • Her wedding flooded and she and her husband said their vows standing on chairs
  • Her husband, Corbin, and their dog, Champion, travels with her when she goes to play club overseas
  • Her Dad was in the U.S. Navy and just retired in 2017 after 16 years
  • She has a cooking and baking website ( that I work on overseas

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