Hannah Parant Named Alabama Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year


  • Monday, January 8, 2024 — In its 39th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade announced that Mountain Brook High School's Hannah Parant is the 2023-24 Gatorade Alabama Volleyball Player of the Year. Parant is the third Gatorade Alabama Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Mountain Brook High School (Grace Carr 2019-2020 and Sara Carr 2015-2016).

    "The Mountain Brook volleyball coaching staff, the players, and community are so proud of Hannah for being named Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year," Head Coach Mattie Gardner said. "We see her dedication and hard work each day so I’m thrilled that she is receiving the honor of this esteemed award. Hannah has raised the standard for elite play not only for our program but also for the state. She has had a lasting impact on our team’s success over the last four years, and we all look forward to the impact she will have at the collegiate level. Congratulations, Hannah! We love you!"

    The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Parant as Alabama’s best high school volleyball player. The 6-foot-2 senior setter led the Spartans to a 46-5 record and the 6A state championship this season. Parant finished with 1,170 assists, averaging 8.4 per set, a program-record 91 aces and 311 digs. She added 221 kills and 53 blocks. An American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American, she concluded her prep career with the most aces (315) and assists (4,408) in team history.

    Parant has volunteered locally by collecting Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. She also has donated her time packing meals for the underprivileged with Stop Hunger Now, and passes out meals to those in need through her church at Thanksgiving. Hannah has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom. She’s committed to attend the University of Alabama, where she will play volleyball beginning this fall.

    Parant joins recent Gatorade Alabama Volleyball Players of the Year Anna Grace Sparks (2022-23, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School), Audrey Rothman (2021-22, Spain Park High School), Rya McKinnon (2020-21, Hoover High School), and Grace Carr (2019-20, Mountain Brook High School), among the state’s list of former award winners. As part of Gatorade’s commitment to breaking down barriers in sport, every Player of the Year also receives a grant to donate to a social impact partner.

    The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

    **Past MBHS Gatorade Player of the Year Recipients - 12 recipients, 17 Gatorade Player of the Year Awards**

    Charles Wood

    2002-03

    Boys Soccer

    Austin McKee

    2004-05

    Boys Soccer

    Nathan Diel

    2009-10

    Boys Soccer

    Nathan Diehl

    2010-11

    Boys Soccer

    Madeline Morgan

    2007-08

    Girls Track & Field

    Madeline Morgan

    2007-08, 2008-09

    Girls Cross Country

    Leigh Haynes

    2014-15

    Girls Soccer

    Sara Carr

    2014-15, 2015-16

    Volleyball

    Trendon Watford

    2017-18, 2018-19

    Boys Basketball

    Grace Carr

    2019-20

    Volleyball

    Jack Heaps

    2021-22

    Boys Soccer

    Isabel Smith

    2021-22

    Girls Soccer

    Reagan Riley

    2022-23

    Girls Cross Country

    Hannah Parant

    2023-24

    Volleyball