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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

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.  

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. Under Coach Montrie’s guidance, Madeira has remained at the top of the Independent School League, winning the ISL pennant in 2003 and 2016, and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association State Championship five times - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Coach Montrie also garnered VISAA Coach of the Year accolades on five separate occasions, and in 2007, was selected as the recipient of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association's David H. Robertson Award for Coaching Excellence. In 2015, he and the 2003 Swim and Dive team were inducted into the Madeira Athletics Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Coach Montrie has led the Snails to 25 consecutive winning seasons, 24 consecutive top-ten state finishes, six individual and twelve relay All-Americans, three VISAA Swimmers of the Year, one All-Met Swimmer of the Year, and over 50 All-League, All-State, or All-Met swimmers. He has also helped over 25 Madeira swimmers advance to compete at the collegiate level. Coach Rod Montrie has solidified himself as a staple of success for Madeira Athletics, and has become a fixture in the swim community in the DMV.

Athletic Trainer

Katie Grover

Katie Grover joined the Madeira Athletics staff in the fall of 2016, after four years at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.  Prior to Madeira, she also 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, daughter Kierstin, and Siberian Huskies Mauer and Kota.