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Coaching Experience

2016 - 2017
Head Coach, Girls 16 Reef
Asst. Coach, Girls 18 Reef
Kraken Volleyball Club, Seattle, WA

Summer 2016
Assistant Coach, Future Select National Skills Program
USA Volleyball High Performance, Grand Rapids, MI

2015 - 2016
Head Coach, Girls 15 Atomic
Asst. Coach, Girls 17 Atomic
Kraken Volleyball Club, Seattle, WA

2014 – 2015
Head Coach, Girls 14 Atomic
Head Coach, Girls 16 Steel
Kraken Volleyball Club, Seattle, WA

2013 – Present
Coach / Instructor
Kraken Volleyball Club, Summer Youth Camps, Seattle, WA

Lead instructor for the Kraken Volleyball Club summer camp for middle school and high school students in August 2014 as they prepared for the school season.

2013 – 2014
Head Coach, Girls U18's
Kraken Volleyball Club, Seattle,
WA
Head Coach of Kraken VC 18s in the inaugural season for the club.

2005 – 2008 
Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Women's Volleyball
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

In my final season with the Pioneers, prior to moving to Seattle, I helped the team go from last place in the Northwest Conference in 2002 to 3rd place in 2008. During my time at Lewis & Clark, I coached players and teams into the school record books for match, season and career performances in kills, blocks, aces and assists. Additionally, I worked closely to recruit student-athletes to attend Lewis & Clark College, attending several of the top club tournaments across the country to seek out talent with the right traits for Lewis & Clark.


2002 – 2005 
Assistant Coach
Women's Volleyball

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
Began working with a team that had been in the bottom 2 of the Northwest Conference for multiple seasons, including defeated seasons. Improved our level of play each year with existing student-athletes and began recruiting high school prospects that could make an immediate impact in our program.

2000 - 2002
Assistant Coach
Girls Varsity Volleyball
Meridian High School
With no other volleyball opportunities, I worked with the head coach to assist in all aspects of practice as well as managing pre-match warm-ups and in-match statistics.

Certifications

2011
Gold Medal Square Level 1

2005
IMPACT


Camps

2016
USA Volleyball High Performance Coaching Clinic
Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinic
University of Washington, Seattle, WA




Playing Experience

2008 – Present
Seattle Volleyball Club
Setter / Libero / Outside Hitter

Competing in USAV, NAGVA, and local leagues.
 


Where are you from?

Spent the first 18 years of my life in Meridian, ID and then moved to Portland, OR to attend college at Lewis & Clark College.

What position do you like playing the most in volleyball?

Setter



Who is one volleyball player (athlete) that you are inspired by and why?

Two players that are inspiring to me as an athlete and a coach. Courtney Thompson - her drive to never give up despite numerous times being told she's too short to play at whatever level, she has persevered and worked hard and is realizing dreams of generations of US Women's volleyball players. Getting to see Courtney play and win the Gold in the 2014 Women's World Championships in Milan, Italy was probably the my top life experience. Amanda Gil - she battled back from injuries that would have made the majority of players hang up their court shoes for good to take the court for one season with the University of Washington. Even when she was back on the court, it wasn't without great pain everyday of practice and matches that she fought to return as the best blocker in the nation.

Why do you play volleyball?

Growing up in Idaho, I didn't have the opportunity to play competitively. But once I started being able to do so while I was in college, I began to understand my draw to the game and now fully appreciate that volleyball is the best team sport you can play. There is a lot of action on every point. Even for a team sport individual improvement very noticeable and tangible to your team success. Everyone has a chance to be a hero at any moment.



Why do you coach? What excites you about coaching?

I coach for the "Eureka!" moments that players have when they have been working hard at improving a skill. From the first time a player makes an overhead serve over the net to the hitter putting together their entire approach and terminating a ball or the player getting a dig they didn't think was in the realm of the possible a few weeks ago. I live for those moments to celebrate with players and help them understand that mindful effort in practice, dedication, and pushing your mental boundaries are worth it - not just in volleyball but also in life.

What do you value most in your players?

I value an attitude that is striving for continuous improvement, a mentality that we will never give up and a heart that is willing to expend everything on the court.



What is your most embarrassing volleyball moment?

I try to forget the embarrassing moments, but I'm sure there are many from going to set a ball and having go right through my hands and hit me in the face or slipping and falling as I'm approaching to hit for no apparent reason.