Meet the Athletic Staff

Director of Athletics

Katie LaRue

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, LaRue 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.


Assistant Athletic Director

Kelly Chandler



Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information 

Kelly Picardi

Kelly Picardi 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 bachelors 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.  

 Director of Aquatics

Rod Montrie

Rod Montrie began working at Madeira in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland College Park. Mr. Montrie is a five-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year, mostly recently in 2016 and was a recipient of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association's David H. Robertson Award for Coaching Excellence. 


 Athletic Trainer

Katie Grover

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.