Syd Lillick

Syd’s interest and support of volleyball goes back 25 years to when she worked with Debbie Chin at Hillhouse High School. It was during that tiem that she began working as a volleyball official both at the high schoola nd collegiate levels.  She continued in that role as well as serving as the coordinator of volleyball officials for greater New Haven.

Syd was responsible for scheduling officials for some 35 area schools and was instrumental in training new officials.  Syd also scheduled officials for the CIAC state volleyball tournament.  She tirelessly contributed countless hours to interscholastic volleyball in Connecticut.

Syd is presently an Assistant Principal at Cross Annex High School in New Haven.

Marjorie R. Dolan


Marge’s interest in sports began when she was a young girl. It started with her playing with her siblings, then competing at the high school level and then in college.  She attended Southern Connecticut State College from 1970-74, where she majored in Physical Education and played volleyball, basketball and softball.  In 1976, marge was hired as a physical education teacher and as head volleyball coach at North Haven High School.  Her enthusiasm, competitiveness and extensive knowledge contributed to her success as a coach.  She produced teams that were aggressive, disciplined and highly motivated.  North Haven qualified for post-season play regularly.  In 1979, just three years after Marge took over at North Haven, they not only qualified for the state tournament, they won the Class M State Championship.  Then in 1980, they repeated their success and won a second championship.

Marge also coached basketball and softball at North Haven and she was instrumental in establishing the North Haven High School Sports Hall of Fame.  Many of the athletes Marge coached continued to play volleyball in college and a few have become coaches.

Over the years, Marge has given a lot of her time to volleyball.  She has served on the CIAC volleyball committee for the last 28 years and she has be the CIAC State Volleyball Tournament director for the last eight.  She also served as Region I representative to the National Federation of High Schools’ Volleyball Rules Committee in the late 80’s.

Marge has been honored for her many contributions to sports and the athletes that play them.  In 1993, she was inducted into the Northeast Agenda Women’s Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to the promotion of women in sports.

Today Marge is still serving the students and athletes at North Haven High School where she has been the Director of Athletics since 1993.



Sally Maher


Sally began playing volleyball at North Haven High School in 1978 for Coach Marge Dolan.  She had great enthusiasm and exceptional athletic ability and she worked hard to learn this new sport.  Her hard work paid off. Sally and her teammates won back to back state championships in 1979 and 1980.  As a junior she was selected to the All-Housatonic and All-State teams, and she repeated this accomplishment her senior year.  She also received numerous team awards.  Sally was also an outstanding basketball and softball player in high school.

After graduation Sally attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and she continued her volleyball career playing for Coach Elaine Sortino.  In 1984 her team won the ECAC Championship.  Sally was captain her junior and senior years and was team MVP her senior year.  Sally decided to share her knowledge and talents by becoming a coach.  In 1988 she coached JV volleyball at North Haven.  The next year she took over the head coaching position at Lyman Hall which she held until 1999.  She has worked at several volleyball camps and she continues to play on the CT Fossil Team.  Sally is a physical education teacher at North Haven High School.