Hopkinton High alum Emma Sweetapple now Hillers’ girls volleyball coach

When considering the next steps before graduating, coaching hadn’t really occurred to Emma Sweetapple. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2015, the former Hopkinton High star was offered a role as the Hillers’ freshman coach.

Thus began her journey.

Sweetapple took the offer and held that position for a year before becoming the JV coach for the past six years, all seven while serving as a college assistant.

“I’ve always loved the sport, but never really thought about coaching,” Sweetapple said on the phone last week. “But I’m really glad I did it because it’s become one of my biggest passions.”

Not only did Sweetapple play for longtime Hopkinton varsity coach Margie Grabmeier, but she also worked closely with Grabmeier during her time as an assistant. And both Sweetapple and Grabmeier knew full well that there would come a time when the latter would call it a career.

Emma Sweetapple, Hopkinton High School Volleyball Coach, Girls Volleyball, Jan. 24, 2022.

That time came at the end of the 2021 fall season, one in which the Hillers went undefeated and won a Division 2 state title.

Lake:Hopkinton girls volleyball team rally to beat Westborough in Div. 2 state championship

It didn’t take long for the vacancy to be filled. Sweetapple was officially named as Hopkinton’s new head coach on January 14.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.