Athletics Curriculum

Physical fitness – whether achieved through team sports or fitness classes – is part of the total educational experience at Madeira.

Madeira’s athletic and fitness program has something for everyone: competitive interscholastic varsity teams, developmental interscholastic junior varsity teams, and instructional fitness classes.

Available Courses


The Athletic Department is on a trimester calendar. To meet the graduation requirement, a student must earn at least eight Activity/Athletic credits during the 12 trimesters of her high school career. Students may satisfy their Activity/Athletic requirement through participation in fitness classes, dance, riding or aquatic classes or in the interscholastic sport teams program. For more on athletics requirements, including information on independent projects that qualify for athletic credits, see the Athletic and Activity Requirements page.


Rod Montrie

Director of Aquatics

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Mr. Rod Montrie began working at Madeira in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland College Park. In addition to his role as director of aquatics, Mr. Montrie is the varsity swim and dive team head coach.

Christa Dalakis

Strengh & Conditioning Coach

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Ms. Dalakis joined Madeira as strength and conditioning coach in 2013. A trainer at BreakAway Sport in Tyson’s, Ms. Dalakis has worked with Madeira for several years, but will now help oversee strength and conditioning for all teams. She was a two sport Division I scholarship athlete in women’s fast-pitch softball and women’s volleyball at George Mason University. After graduating she played with the Connecticut Brakettes, a prestigious Women Majors fast-pitch team. In August 2002, Christa made the Greek National Softball Team which won gold at the 2003 European Championships B-Pool. In 2004 she was selected to be an alternate and assistant coach for the team at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. In 2005 she helped the team win an A Pool Silver at the European Championships.

Katie LaRue

Athletic Director

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Katie LaRue comes to Madeira after serving as associate director of Athletics at Mercersburg Academy, where she managed logistics for 45 teams and served as head girls’ basketball and volleyball coach, as well as being an integral part of the residential life programs. As a coach, LaRue has successfully developed winning programs with strong cultures. During her tenure as Mercersburg Academy’s head girls’ basketball coach, the program re-established itself as a competitive force.  In 2016, Mercersburg had its most successful season in program history, winning its first-ever Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association championship, and LaRue was voted Public Opinion Coach of the Year. Prior to her time at Mercersburg, LeRue led her first basketball team at Asheville School to the Carolina Athletic Association Conference finals, upsetting the No. 1 seed along the way. Her players have earned many post-season honors and she has supported numerous athletes through the collegiate recruitment process.

LaRue was an all-state athlete in both basketball and volleyball in high school. She played Division I college basketball at Charleston Southern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, then pursued an MBA at Winthrop University while serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team and assistant to the athletic director in marketing and facilities management.

Katie Grover

Athletic Trainer

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Katie Grover joins the Madeira staff after four years at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.  Prior to being a Saint, she worked as the head athletic trainer at Vinton County High School in Ohio and the assistant athletic trainer at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland.  Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Lynchburg College and her Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University.  Currently she is serving as the membership chair for the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Katie considers herself a lifelong learner and in her free time likes to craft and spend time with her husband Curtis, son Ridge, and Siberian Huskies Mauer and Kota.

Kelly Picardi

Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information

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Kelly came to The Madeira School in the fall of 2015 as the Head Varsity Volleyball and JV Basketball Coach, and joined as an Assistant Athletic Director in the fall of 2016. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Kelly attended Hillcrest High School, where she captained and help lead the Rams to their first and second state championship titles. Kelly continued her volleyball career at Furman University, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Health Science and was a four year starter and two year captain. During her collegiate career, she helped lead the Paladins to two Southern Conference championship titles and NCAA Division I tournament appearances and was named a part of the SoCon All-Conference team three consecutive years. In 2012, she was inducted into the Hillcrest High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Following graduation, Kelly became the Head of Game Operations at Furman University, then pursued a career in sales management and marketing in Southwest Virginia. Kelly also coaches volleyball with Virginia Elite volleyball club in McLean. She loves the Madeira community, and is always excited to help students and athletes alike pursue opportunities to excel both on and off the court or field.
Kelly lives in Herndon, Virginia with her husband, Rob, and in their free time they enjoy traveling the world, hiking, playing recreational sports, and enjoying the adventures of everyday life. 


Kelly Chandler

Assistant Director of Athletics

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Kelly Chandler comes to The Madeira School after receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Kelly served as the head lacrosse coach for Ultimate PA 2022 and the volunteer assistant at The Agnes Irwin School, where she helped lead the Owls to a 2016 Inter-Ac Championship and Runner-Up in PAISAA. During her time at Vanderbilt University, Kelly was a four-year starter on the varsity women’s Lacrosse team, helped lead the team in scoring for the 2016 season and was named to the All-Big East second team. Kelly attended Episcopal High School, and is excited to be returning to the D.C. Metro area and the Independent School League. Through her experiences, Kelly has developed a personal passion to make a difference in the lives of others, specifically adolescents and young adults. Kelly views education and experiential learning as the best means to make an impact, and is excited to facilitate that growth within the Madeira community.