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Girls CLUB News:

10/12/19
We have updated our planned coaching assignments for the upcoming 2019/2020 Club Season below. Take a moment to get to know a little about each of them by reading their linked bios and then come and meet them at one of our upcoming Open Gyms and Open House events in the next month!

10/1/19
Our October events are underway! We will be adding more activities and information as we approach the November Club Season Tryouts! Keep checking back!

**Please note per AIA rules, High School athletes who are currently competing (>Aug 12th) on their school teams are not allowed to participate in clinics, open gyms, or group lessons of any kind outside of their school until their High School season has ended.

Event

Date

Time

Grade Level

Description

4x4 Tourney

October 5 | Sat

4:00-8:30pm

4th-8th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Teams of 4 (coed welcome) compete in pool play and then bracket play. Prizes for winning teams in each division! 

October 19 | Sat

4:00-8:30pm

4th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Advanced Setter Training

October 1 | Tues

6:30-7:30pm

6th-8th

Technical training for players with competitive setting experience. Fine-tuning footwork, body posture, location, and eye work.

October 10 | Thurs

October 24 | Thurs

5:30-6:30pm

6th-8th

Fall Break All Skills Camp

October 7-9 | Mon-Wed

2:00-4:30pm

4th-8th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

All skills review and whole-game practice to hone in on skill improvement, game knowledge and overall success.

OneU Beginner Clinic

October 1 | Tues

6:30-7:30pm

3rd-6th

Small group instruction in the foundational skills necessary to enjoy the game.

October 2 | Wed

October 16 | Wed

October 23 | Wed

5:15-6:15pm

3rd-6th

Open Gym - 12U

October 20 | Sun

October 27 | Sun

3:30-5:00pm

4th-6th

Coach-led warm-up and competitive game play.

Open Gym - 13U-18U

October 20 | Sun

October 27 | Sun

5:00-6:30pm

7th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Open Gym - All Ages

October 13 | Sun

3:30-5:00pm

4th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

October 10 | Thurs

October 24 | Thurs

6:30-8:00pm

4th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Pre-Tryout Clinic

October 15 | Tues

October 22 | Tues

October 29 | Tues

6:30-8:30pm

4th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Skills break-down and whole-game practice in preparation to showcase your hard work for our upcoming Tryout Season!

Small Group Training - Attacking & Defense

October 2 | Wed

October 23 | Wed

6:15-7:30pm

6th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

Focused, skill specific training led by experienced Club One Coaches. Limited in size to maintain Player-to-coach ratio.

Small Group Training - Serving & Passing

October 16 | Wed

6:15-7:30pm

6th-12th (non-AIA HS players welcome)

 

See our FAQ Section below for answers to all your Tryout questions!


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Club One Tryout Preparation & Schedule - more 2019/20 Season details yet to come

Preparation for Tryouts:

  1. Come meet us at a Pre-Tryout Clinic, Open Gym or Club One Open House (TBA).
  2. Register for USAV Membership.
  3. Collect and complete all necessary paperwork prior to tryout (see Documents page).
  4. Register for Club One Tryout (see Documents page).

**See our FAQ Section below for all the details on each of the above steps**

 

Club One AZ Evaluation Criteria

Teams in each of the different age groups will be selected based on the following criteria as evidenced by our staff before and during the Tryout day:

  • Dynamic Volleyball Skills - passing, setting, hitting, blocking, defense, serving.
  • Volleyball IQ - game & court awareness, transition, and knowledgeable execution of volleyball skills in a game situation.
  • Athleticism - speed, strength, agility.
  • Attitude - individually and with others; coach-ability.
  • Work Ethic - effort, determination, desire and competitiveness.

Though prior experience should provide an advantage for many, it is not a requirement to make one of the Club One teams. Our coaching staff will evaluate each player, and team coaches will make selections based on the above criteria, position specifications, and the number of girls that will be carried on each team.

 


 

Club One Teams & Coaching Assignments - 2019/20 Season Proposed Teams/Coaches

We are so proud of the staff that we have a Club One! Some of the best peeps in the world! We hope you have an opportunity to get to know them better as we approach our tryout dates. Below are the teams we are proposing to field this coming season and the coaching staff that we are planning to train them.

Click on the coaches name to see their Bio :o)

Team
Staff

18Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(4-6pm)


Kelsey Girts

Dave Girts

Shelby Babcock

18Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(4-6pm)


Tony Lee

Kayla Banyai


Larisa Ronda

17Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(4-6pm)


Regina Mannix

Arian Bunthanom

Gil Wartell

17Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Michael Shannon

Nathan Saunders

Kayleigh Jarrett

18Silver

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Shannon McMillian

Alexis Hill
 

16Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)



Jordan Neal

Jenn Moore

Tait Neilson

16Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Jacob Kelty

Bri Keller-Galley

TBA
     

16Silver

Proposed practice T/TH
(4-6pm)


Jerry Rosenberg

Jess Dale (Blum)

Lauren Hase

16Blue

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)


Emil (Niu) Rubin

Mahea Rubin

16Red

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)

 


Orlando Carrillo

Sierra Baker

15Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Geoff Horewitch

Klohe Harrion


Jordan Hill

15Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Kris Maglunog

Kennedy Erickson

Dion DeGuzman

15Silver

Proposed practice T/TH
(4-6pm)


Natalie Rockwell

Charity Reischmann

15Blue

Proposed practice T/TH
(4pm)


Kristle Schulz

Megan Morgan
 

14Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(5:30-7:30pm)


Justin Marshall

Brian Wagner

14Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Caren Coe

Kat McCullough
 

14Blue

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)


Mandy Rohde

Brooke Donnelly

14Red

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)


Anna Stone

Catie Speas
 

14Yellow

Proposed practice T/TH
(8pm)


Kathy Zuhl

Kaiessa Sounart
 

13Platinum

Proposed practice
T/TH
(6-8pm)


Tony Lee

Paige Padilla

13Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(7:30-9:30pm)


Mercedes Binns

Shannon Castle
 

13Blue

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)

 


Christy Wilson

Carmryn Marshall
 

12Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(4:30pm)


Cassie Richardson

Christine Winkelman
 

12Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)


Eric Hodgson


Raiyen Fielding

11Platinum

Proposed practice T/TH
(4:30pm)


Shelly Johnson

Jess Murphy
 

11Gold

Proposed practice T/TH
(6pm)


Jenni Keller

Inga Solomonson
 

 


It takes some magic to get all these uniform boxes organized for distribution for sure! How does she do it?

 

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Club One COACHES

Below is our Club One coaching staff. Please take a minute to get to know them - what drives them to coach this awesome game of volleyball, as well as what they enjoy outside of the gym :o)  We are fortunate to have such a diverse and dedicated group of people on our Club One staff!

Learning and Growing Together!

 

 

 

Alexis Hill

Alexis played college volleyball at Concordia University-Chicago her freshman year before returning to Arizona, where she now attends Grand Canyon University and competes on the club volleyball team. Alexis has also coached volleyball for the City of Gilbert and conducted private lessons for kids wanting to improve their skills.

Alexis coaches because she loves helping girls learn the sport and share the love and life lessons that come from sports teams. She joined Club One AZ as a player in 2013 and continued to play for the club until her last season in 2018. She has so many great memories of the Club One AZ family. The support of David, Larisa, and all the coaches throughout her time as a player taught her so much, and she wants to be the same influence on girls’ lives as they were for her.

Outside of volleyball, Alexis enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and going on adventures.

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Anna Stone

A Club One coach since 2016, Anna is an Arizona native whose love of volleyball began around age eight. She attended Fountain Hills High School where she was a three-year varsity starter and two-year varsity captain. She was awarded Second Team and First Team All-State honors in 2009 and 2010, and she holds the FHHS record for most career blocks and single season assists. After high school, Anna attended Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business on a full-ride academic scholarship. During her four years there, she continued to play volleyball at open gyms and on intramural teams. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2015.

Anna has six years of club volleyball playing experience and five years of coaching experience. She is excited to continue sharing her love of the sport as a coach for Club One.

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Arian Bunthanom

Arian has played volleyball since 2008, including four years at Hamilton High School and additional experience as a practice player with the ASU men’s team. He and his team at Hamilton won the state championship his junior year, and Arian was named to the All-Section First Team and District First Team his senior year.

Arian coaches because he loves the game and loves sharing it with people who love to grow and learn. He believes there are certain things you can only learn through sports due to the mental and physical struggles throughout a season, and that using those struggles as a method of learning is extremely powerful for a player’s growth as a person.

Arian joined Club One AZ in 2016 not only because the coaching staff has talented coaches that he (or anyone) can learn from, but also because there is a certain familial aspect to being a part of the club that fascinates him the most. He comes from a culture where family is the biggest value, so to be a part of a club that resonates with his values is critical to who he is as a person and a coach.

When he’s not in the gym, Arian enjoys movies, video games, basketball, playing football, and spending time with friends and family.

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Bri Keller-Galley

Bri is an Arizona native and an alumni of Corona del Sol HS and Arizona State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business . Bri grew up in a volleyball family, starting to play herself at age 7, and fell in love with the sport. She began playing at Club One during our inaugural season in 2010 and joined our coaching staff the following year.

Bri also coaches in our One Beach program, helping run our sand tournaments, and has been an assistant coach for boys program over the years. And because she can't get enough, she coaches both boys and girls volleyball at Corona del Sol. In her free time, she likes to play sand volleyball and games with her friends. Bri is excited to continue teaching young athletes the skills of volleyball and sharing her love of the game with them.

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Brian Wagner

Brian has been coaching high school and club volleyball in Arizona since 2003. He is currently the Varsity girls’ assistant at Perry High School. Brian also started his playing career here in Arizona at Mountain Pointe High School under Fred Mann. In 1999, he and his team won the state championship and Brian was awarded Player of the Year. He went on to play DI college ball, first at Loyola Marymount, and then at Pepperdine University under legendary Hall of Fame coach Marv Dunphy. While at Pepperdine, Brian was a part of a national runner-up team in 2002 and a Final Four team in 2003.

Brian coaches because he loves the sport of volleyball. He loves to encourage young athletes and to challenge them to always find ways to grow, both on and off the volleyball court. Brian chose to coach with and have his daughter play at Club One AZ in 2017 because the vision and purpose of the club is very intentionally bigger than volleyball. In his words, we care about the volleyball (and winning) but we also see that, in the grand scheme of things, the relationships built here can be difference-makers in the lives of the families that call Club One AZ home.

Brian’s #1 priority when he’s not working or coaching is spending time with his wife, Nicole, and their three awesome kids: Kate, Everett, and Grant.

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Brooke Donnelly

 

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Camryn Marshall

 

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Charity Reischmann

Charity has been playing volleyball since she was eight years old and recently started coaching as an assistant at the high school varsity level—at Tempe Prep on the girls’ side and Seton Catholic on the boys’ side.

Volleyball was so pivotal for Charity growing up, and she wants to help the latter half of her generation find the best in themselves through this sport. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because she loves what the club is doing for volleyball in Arizona, and she wants to be a part of it.

Outside of volleyball, Charity enjoys working in student ministries at my church, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

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Caren Coe

Volleyball has been a part of Caren’s life for over 15 years, spanning her transition from playing to coaching. She played club for several years and finished off her high school career at Club One AZ during its inaugural season. Caren then began coaching in 2013 and has had the opportunity over the years to coach club and high school volleyball at several different ages and levels. She also played one season for Missouri Valley College as a DS/L before transferring to ASU to complete her degree.

Caren coaches to grow the game and love of volleyball, as well as to instill teamwork and tenacity. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2016 because she values an encouraging, safe atmosphere that promotes quality volleyball and the importance of process over product, which is exactly what Club One AZ provides.

Outside of volleyball, Caren enjoys spending time with her family and kitties, as well as baking and movie nights.

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Cassie Richardson - Coaching Lead

Cassie played four years of Division I volleyball at the University of Denver from 2010-2013, as both an OH and RS. She successfully recovered from a season-ending ACL injury sustained during the first match of her freshman year and went on to receive the Most Improved Player award her senior year. In high school, Cassie and her team at Corona del Sol High School finished state runner-up in 2009.

Cassie coaches because she believes sport is a powerful tool for building character, teaching discipline, and instilling values in young people. She believes she would not be the person she is today if it weren’t for the lessons she learned through playing a competitive sport—the good lessons, the hard lessons, and everything in between.

After her parents founded Club One AZ in 2010, large portions of Cassie’s summer and winter breaks were spent helping with various admin and coaching tasks at the club. She officially joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2014 and was thrilled to joined the administrative staff full-time in 2019. She has played and coached in many different places and has never encountered a culture as special and purposeful as the one created here at Club One AZ.

Outside of volleyball, Cassie enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their Catahoula dog, Teddy. She also loves hanging out with her family (especially her nieces and nephew!), getting to know God through His Word and His people, and playing pickle-ball :-)

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Catie Speas

Catie played for Club One AZ her junior and senior year of high school before joining the coaching staff in 2019! She has been a setter for eight years and now plays at Scottsdale Community College under Regina Mannix. Catie has been coached by many wonderful coaches across the valley and is excited to use and spread her knowledge of the game.

Catie coaches because she understands it not only helps the ones you’re coaching but also makes you learn in the process. She believes everyone always has something new to learn, whether it’s volleyball skills, communication skills, emotional skills, etc. Club One AZ is by far her favorite club out there. She thinks the club motto “We are One” explains it best: Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a good time with each other. She sees Club One AZ as truly one big family.

When Catie’s not in the gym, she loves to swim, shop, and explore new places she’s never been to.

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Christine Winkelman

Christine started playing volleyball when she was 12 years old and was fortunate to be trained by many Club One AZ coaches before the club even existed! Larisa Ronda was her first volleyball coach in sixth grade, around the same time Brian Wagner and his wife offered to pay her in private lessons for babysitting their kids :-) Jerry Rosenberg was her club coach for both her 14s and 15s years. Things came full circle when she assisted Brian at Club One AZ in 2017 and then Jerry in 2018!

Christine was voted Captain and MVP her senior season at Mountain Pointe High School and went on to earn a college volleyball scholarship. She would also like to be remembered for her intramural coed dodgeball championship victory!

Christine coaches because she knows coaches can make a huge impact on their players, whether good and bad. It's important to her that she can positively influence young athletes while challenging them to compete at a higher level. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2017 and values the club’s stated mission to “build character through the challenges that training and competition provide.” Character is really important to her!

Outside of volleyball, Christine enjoys coffee, pickle-ball, baking, and serving as a personal shopper for her lucky friends and family :-)

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Christy Wilson

Christy has been coaching volleyball at various levels since 2012, both club and middle school, and has led the Aprende Middle School volleyball program since 2017. In 2018, the Aprende team had an undefeated season and ultimately won the championship (against a rival school, no less)! Her club teams have consistently moved up in rankings each year, especially on championship day.

Christy has a deep passion for the game, the fundamentals, and teamwork. She coaches because she cannot play the game that she has loved all her life anymore, so she wants to give her love of volleyball to a new generation. She teaches the TEAM of volleyball, the SKILLS of volleyball, and the FUN of volleyball! Christy joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 because the motto We are One resonates with her—she coaches her teams like they are ONE family, which includes both the kids and the parents.

When she’s not in the gym, Christy enjoys anything outside, especially hiking! She also loves yoga, reading, spinning, and watching sports.

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David Girts

David played four years of indoor volleyball at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and also competed in beach volleyball for five years in both Arizona and California at the Open level. He has been coaching indoor club volleyball in Arizona since 2012, from 12s to 18s and almost every age in between!

David coaches because he loves giving back to the game that has given him so much. He joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2012 and loves the culture. In his words, “We are like family.”

David and his wife Kelsey have two beautiful daughters, Finley and Adalynn, who he loves to spend time with. He also loves sports—watching and playing just about anything. And he’s a bit of a nerd—he enjoys Marvel movies and helping friends build PC's.

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David Ronda - Club Director

David is a native of Santa Cruz, CA, and spent over thirty years living on California’s beautiful central coast. He grew up playing sports year-round, with a special affinity early on for basketball, cross-country, and track. He took his running career to college and competed for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the intermediate and high hurdles. It was during this phase of his life that he honed in on his volleyball pursuits, switching gears from track & field to men’s volleyball at Cal Poly. David has enjoyed coaching the sport for over 15 years and has transferred his love of the game to his three daughters and his son.

Though very competitive by nature, David’s primary desire is for each player at Club One to grow in their skills as an individual within the team environment. He is inspired by many, but loves this quote by legendary coach John Wooden: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” Always looking to learn more about the sport and how to motivate others, David has completed both the beach and indoor coaching accreditation programs sponsored by USA Volleyball (BCAP I & CAP I) and attended numerous coaching clinics.

David and his bride, Larisa, have been married since 1989, and they have four kids who think their dad is pretty awesome - he thinks they are pretty awesome, too :-)

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Dion DeGuzman

Dion was a three year Varsity letter earner at Corona del Sol High School as a DS/Lib for the Aztecs. He earned many other USAV accolades while playing club for Aspire Volleyball Club from his 14U season through 18U.

Dion is currently studying Secondary Education and English as Arizona State University. Though he has many other talents and interests, he loves the sport of volleyball. His desire is to share that passion and knowledge while serving as an inspiration for the players he coaches. He wants to push them to their limit and help them grow as individuals on and off the court. We are glad to have him on our staff!

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Emil (Nui) Rubin

Emil started coaching volleyball in 2009 and a year later received the opportunity to launch a club in the Chandler/Gilbert area. He began coaching high school ball in 2014 and now serves as the Varsity assistant head coach for the Campo Verde girls’ program and as the JV head coach for the Perry boys’ program, where his team enjoyed an undefeated season in 2019!

He also coaches on both the boys’ and girls’ sides at the club level as well, and his teams have enjoyed multiple top-20 finishes. One of the highlights of Emil’s own playing career was finishing second at the men’s club Haili VB tournament in Maui, where his team was also awarded Most Outstanding Team!

Emil coaches so he can share what he has learned over the years, and to see the players grow on and off the court. He joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 because he had an opportunity to be a part of a great organization and jumped on it!

Outside of volleyball, Emil’s “honey-do” list is his hobby :-) and Ohana (Family) is his #1.

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Eric Hodgson

Eric is the Director of Outreach for the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball. He wears many hats in that role: Coaching Education Director, PR-Marketing Director, etc. Eric was instrumental in starting the Arizona Region's High Performance Program from inception until 2012. His job as Outreach Director takes him to places where there is no volleyball, including inner city schools and Native American Reservations. Eric also works with PE teachers, clubs and parents to help educate and develop programs to grow the sport.

In some of his "free time" during the summer, Eric works with Gold Medal Squared conducting camps and clinics for all age levels. His passion for leading camps and clinics has taken him to several countries including Canada, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands. Eric recently served as the US Embassy Sports Envoy to the Philippine Islands.

To say the least, Eric is one busy guy, serving the volleyball community because of his passion for the sport. We are proud to have him on our staff!

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Fred Mann

Fred has been deeply entrenched in the Arizona Volleyball community for well over 20 years. He is currently in his 6th season as the Perry Girls Head Volleyball Coach. He previously lead the boys and girls programs at Mountain Pointe HS to a combined eight State Championships! Fred lead the Pride boys to State titles in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2009 and the girls to the 2001 Championships. Most recently, Fred lead the 2018 Perry girls Beach Volleyball team to the State Title!

Fred serves as a guidance counselor overseeing the STEM program at Perry HS. Born and raised in South Africa, he served a two-year mandatory military service in the Parachute Battalion and went on to play as an outside hitter in college for a National Championship team. Fred then moved to the US in 1991 at the age of 25 where he continued to play beach volleyball until 1995. Fred and his wife Angie, have three children, Levi, Kaylee and Morgan. Welcome to the team!

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Gil Wartell

Gil is Florida native and an avid volleyball enthusiast. Although only introduced to sand volleyball in high school, he immersed himself in both indoor and sand (rec, intramural, men’s club) while pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida. Since relocating to Arizona, Gil has continued to play recreationally and competitively in a plethora of events around the valley. Though his passion for volleyball has not abated, he wishes he could still jump in like he used to!

Gil has been with Club One since 2014, but he has been coaching at the club level since 2003. During that time, he has worked with all club age groups as either an assistant or head coach, making 6 trips to USAV Junior Nationals, including one with 17 Platinum in 2014. Additionally, his time coaching at Desert Vista High School (two-time state runner-up), Chaparral High School and now Corona del Sol High School has exposed Gil to invaluable insight and mentorship from diversely experienced coaching staffs. Gil’s analytical background makes him extremely attuned to details in applying these lessons learned, specifically in executing proper fundamentals in every facet of the game. His favorite aspect of coaching is the opportunity for continuous professional growth, which derives from an insatiable hunger for learning more effective techniques and strategies, along with the fresh challenges and potential that each new season’ athletes bring to a team.

Outside of volleyball, Gil enjoys spending time with friends and family and performing music with various ensembles, including the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.

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Geoff Horewitch

An Arizona native, Geoff grew up in Chandler and played four years of high school volleyball at Corona del Sol. He also played club volleyball for Platinum, Team AZ and Primitive. While at Corona, he earned a varsity letter for volleyball and another for swim & dive.

After graduating, Geoff attended University of Arizona and was a manager for the women’s Division I volleyball team all four years. At Arizona, he was able to work with some of the best players in the nation, alongside coaches Dave Rubio, Steve Walker, Dana Burkholder and Chris Gonzalez. Geoff also played on the Arizona men’s club team for one season. During his junior and senior years, he was an assistant coach for the UA women’s club volleyball team. During his senior year, Geoff was an assistant coach at Rincon High School in Tucson for the boys’ volleyball team when they took second in state.

Geoff graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S.E. in Physical Education. After coaching the boys’ and girls’ JV teams at Marcos de Niza High School for four years, he joined the coaching staff at Corona in 2014, where he is currently the head coach for the CdS Boys program while heading the Girls JV team as well. There is no such thing as too much volleyball for Geoff!

During his time away from the court, Geoff enjoys going mountain biking.

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Inga Solomonson

Inga is an Arizona native and grew up in Mesa. She graduated from Mesa High School in 2008, where she played two years on the JV volleyball team and two years on Varsity. She also played club volleyball during high school and went on to compete in college—two years at Chandler Gilbert Community College and two years at Arizona Christian University. Inga received the Most Improved Player award both seasons at CGCC. During her playing career at ACU, she and her team qualified for the national tournament and took second place.

Inga coaches because she loves the sport of volleyball and loves to see girls grow from the beginning, transform into athletes, and succeed in a team environment. She chose to join the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2017 because the club is a family—the most welcoming community of volleyball she’s ever been involved in.

When she’s not coaching, Inga enjoys playing sand volleyball, working out, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Jacob Kelty

Jacob is an Arizona native who started playing volleyball as a freshman in high school. One of the things that inspired him to learn the sport was watching his sister, an All-State volleyball player in high school and later a libero/DS at Arizona State University. Jacob played on the varsity team for Basha High School for three years and earned All-Region honors his junior and senior seasons.

After graduation, he moved to California to play at Golden West College in Huntington Beach as a libero/DS. He and his team won the Junior College Championships that year, but Jacob decided to return to Arizona and continue his studies at Grand Canyon University. He recently completed a Biology degree a GCU, and he plans to attend PA school and eventually work as a dermatologist.

Jacob began coaching in 2012 and has been with Club One since 2013. He also coaches the girls program at Phoenix Country Day High School in Phoenix, AZ.

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Jenni Keller

Jenni has been part of Club One since the beginning in 2010, coaching and lending a hand in a variety of ways.  Born and raised in Elmhurst, IL, Jenni was always active in sports and fell in love with volleyball in the sixth grade. She competed in high school and continues to play indoor and on the sand when she gets a chance. Jenni coached YMCA ball for several years and in 2006, with the assistance of others, started the Tempe YMCA TYgers AZ Region team, serving as club director and head coach for three years. Besides coaching, she works as an executive administrative assistant at the Western Refining, and enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

Jenni enjoys seeing players learn the sport and witnessing their excitement when they learn a new skill or reach one of their goals. Her goal is to be a positive coach, helping to develop the mental and physical skills of her players.  She continues to be a cheerleader to her daughter Bri (also a COV coach) on and off the court!

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Jennifer Moore

Jenn was born in Wurzburg, Germany, but came to the states a few years after and was raised in Michigan. She started playing volleyball at ten years old, and fell in love with the sport. Jenn played all four years on her high school varsity team as starting libero, earning First Team All-State honors each year. Jenn's club team earned bids to Junior Nationals each of the four seasons that she played. She also coached 12s, 13s, and 15s team while there.

After graduation, she went to play at SC4, a community college in Michigan, helping them defend a national title as their starting libero. Jenn went on to play three more years at Oakland University, also as a libero. She joined the Club One staff in 2016.

In her free time, you will find Jenn training in the sand and traveling for beach volleyball tournaments. Besides coaching indoors, Jenn is on the One Beach staff. She's excited to share the love and knowledge she has for the game, while growing it in others.

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Jerry Rosenberg - Coaching Lead

Jerry has over 30 years of coaching experience and has been with Club One since 2010. His proficiency at developing skilled players is well known throughout the AZ Region, as he has trained some of the best players to come out of Arizona over the span of his career. Jerry values hard work and determination, always looking for overall improvement — from one practice, one game, one tournament to the next. He is a great asset to Club One, with an eye for quality skill mechanics that is not easily matched. Along with his team coaching duties, Jerry helps in setting the standard of skills excellence across our coaching staff.

Jerry has two daughters and, when not coaching, works for American Airlines as a flight attendant. He has friends all over the country, it seems, because of it!

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Jessica Murphy

Jessica was born in California, but spent most her life growing up in Colorado before moving to Arizona in 2010. She is a graduate of Corona del Sol High School and currently studies Speech and Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University.

Jessica started playing club volleyball in 2010 and also played 4 years in Corona del Sol's volleyball program where she was a starting middle on the 2016 State Championship team.

Jessica is excited to share her knowledge of the game with other girls who have the same goals as she did when she was their age. In her free time, Jessica likes to cook, craft and hang out with her friends, family and dog.

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Jess Dale (Blum)

Volleyball and sports have always been a part of Jessica’s life. She began playing volleyball in 5th grade and continued playing through junior high, high school, club, and college, where she practiced with the Arizona Christian University team. Jessica has a degree in Behavioral Health and has worked with adults and children. She started coaching in 2018 and has absolutely loved every minute of it!

Jessica believes coaches can have such an important impact in a player’s life. She coaches because she wants to help players learn the game inside and out, as well as grow as individuals and as teammates. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 because the club has such a positive and uplifting environment—always so welcoming. She sees Club One AZ as one big family that constantly supports and encourages each other.

Outside of volleyball, Jessica loves to be around friends and family. She enjoys traveling around the world with her husband and going country dancing with friends!

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Joaquin Santa Cruz

Joaquin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and has coached with Club One since 2011. He graduated from Westview High School in 2009, a three-year letterman for the school's varsity baseball team, earning All-Region honors in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, Joaquin was a part of Litchfield Park Juniors Boys 18U volleyball team as a setter, and in 2009, he played for Zia Athletic Club as a defensive specialist and outside hitter.

Joaquin accepted a scholarship to play Men's Volleyball at Ottawa University in Surprise, AZ this past Fall and is preparing now for his first season with the Spirit while studying Business Leadership and Management there.

During his free time, Joaquin enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and his dog, Oakley. He is excited to be part of the Club One family and loves sharing his knowledge of volleyball with Arizona's up-and-coming athletes!

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Jordan Hill

Jordan started coaching volleyball at her alma mater high school in Tennessee for two years before moving out to Arizona. During her senior year of high school, she and her team won the division championship, and during her second year of coaching at the school, they won it again!

Jordan coaches because she thinks volleyball is a great tool for learning many life lessons, and she loves to teach. She gets such a great feeling when she sees a player finally master a skill in a game that they have been working on for so long, and that feeling keeps her coming back. Jordan joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 and thinks the club is such a fun family to be a part of—everyone is so helpful and so nice to interact with.

One of the things Jordan loves to do outside of volleyball is decorate a room—she has lots of fun browsing through furniture and different art pieces, even if she’s not buying anything!

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Jordan Neal

Since he started coaching volleyball in 2011, Jordan has led 30 different teams at all levels of competition, both boys and girls. His club teams have earned National Championship bids five times and have been ranked Top 50 nationally four times. Since 2015 he has led the Highland High School girls’ volleyball program as the Head Varsity Coach, and he also serves as the Assistant Varsity Coach on the boys’ side.

Jordan has a passion for guiding athletes through the opportunities that volleyball provides to build character and relationships. He loves seeing athletes embrace the challenge of being coached and also challenge themselves to be their best.

Jordan joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 and is so thankful to have the opportunity to align his passion and skill with an organization that is so evidently committed to character and whole athlete development. He believes Club One AZ has a truly uncommon culture, with unique emphasis on training coaches and athletes to be experts in their field, and also great people :-)

Outside of volleyball, Jordan loves spending time with his amazing wife and young son. He also enjoys reading, exercising, watching The Office, and golfing.

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Justin Marshall

A Club One coach since 2011, Justin is a native Arizonan who has taken every opportunity to enjoy the year-round sunshine and be involved in sports. His love for sports started with baseball when he was four years old. He played many years of Little League baseball and was recruited to a club baseball team that won a National Championship and two State Championships. While in junior high, Justin discovered volleyball and it has been his passion ever since. He was a three-year varsity player at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, playing defensive specialist for two years before changing positions to be the starting setter his senior year. He was selected to the All-Region First Team and was awarded All-State honorable mention his senior year.

Since high school, Justin has focused his attention on the sand game and earned his AAA sand rating in Arizona. He is currently the beach volleyball coach at Corona del Sol high school. Justin’s coaching philosophy emphasizes more than just volleyball skills; he tries to instill life skills within his players as well by showing them that positive communication, hard work and passion can take you far in life.

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Kaiessa Sounart

Kaiessa started playing club volleyball when she was 12. She came to Club One AZ for her 14s year and has never left! Kaiessa also played at Corona del Sol High School for four years, where she and her team finished state runner-up two years in a row. She currently plays college ball at Scottsdale Community College under Regina Mannix and is studying Exercise Science to become a Physical Therapist.

Kaiessa coaches because she wants to share her love for the sport with others and inspire young girls. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because she loves the people here and the atmosphere they create. She truly believes in the club’s vision.

Outside of volleyball, Kaiessa loves staying active and being outdoors. She also loves live music and spending time with her family.

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Kat McCullough

Kat is an Arizona native and 2017 graduate from Queen Creek High School. She played varsity volleyball all four years there and was second team all region libero her senior season. Kat has played for Club One for 5 years and loved every minute of it!

Kat is currently playing for Benedictine University in Mesa, AZ as their setter while studying pre med. She is excited to be able to give back to the program she has spent so much of her time with. It is her goal to impart knowledge and skill delvelopment to her players in order for them to beome the best competitors possible. Kat strives to encourage teamwork and hopes to be an inspiration to young women who share her love of volleyball.

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Kathy Zuhl

Kathy has been coaching volleyball for over 25 years, both at the club and high school levels. She also served as the director of WeCan Volleyball Club in Michigan from 1996-2016.

Kathy is passionate about volleyball and loves coaching young athletes. She hopes to inspire everyone to be the best they can be. After relocating to Arizona in 2019, Kathy was looking for a club to coach with and found Club One AZ. She is excited to be part of a program that has high standards for their coaches and players, has a passion for the game and kids, and has a winning formula for success both on and off the court.

Outside of volleyball, Kathy and her husband enjoy being around family and friends—they have 2 beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys playing euchre, reading, and playing pickle-ball.

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Kayla Banyai

Kayla has played volleyball for 13 years and has a passion and love for the game that has continued even after college. During her high school playing career in Arizona, Kayla and her Hamilton team finished state-runner-up twice and in the Final Four once, while her club teams placed first 2x and second 1x at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships. Kayla went on to play at Central Washington University as a RS/DS. After graduating from college, she coached club in Flagstaff for a year before joining the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019.

Kayla coaches because she wants to pass on her love for the game to the next generation. Volleyball was a huge outlet for her in life and she wants it to be a safe place for other kids as well. She values Club One AZ’s perspective of “We are One”, in that the club wants players to receive the same training at each level, rather than each coach having a different way of doing things.

Outside of volleyball, Kayla enjoys watching hockey, being with friends and family, and going country two-stepping on the weekends.

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Kayleigh Jarrett

Kayleigh played college volleyball first at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was named captain as a sophomore and was awarded NCAA DII Defensive Player of the Year. While in Tennessee, she also assistant coached on various high school travel teams at a volleyball club in Nashville. After three years at TNU, Kayleigh then transferred to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California for her last year of college ball.

Kayleigh coaches because seeing the game develop in youth is something she craves to be a part of. She also coaches because the opportunity to mentor so many fantastic athletes is the best opportunity in the world. Kayleigh joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because she had heard nothing but fantastic things about the club’s culture and development of players.

Outside of volleyball, Kayleigh loves to play golf and spend time with her Frenchie, Torrey.

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Kayla Stark

Kayla is practically a native of Arizona, as she has lived here since she was two years old. When her older sister, Cassie, started playing volleyball in junior high, Kayla wanted to play, too, of course! She found it so much fun, she played all through her school years—in high school at Corona del Sol, and more recently in college at LeTourneau University, graduating in 2016.

Volleyball has been a big part of the Ronda family, and Kayla was part of Club One AZ’s inaugural season in 2010, back when it was named Barcelona Volleyball. Kayla's favorite part of Club One AZ is the family atmosphere it provides for coaches, players, and their families. She says it still feels like home when she walks in the gym, even after completing her club playing career many years ago! Kayla enjoys helping with various open gyms, clinics and tryouts, giving a smiling face at any Club One AZ event she has the opportunity to be at.

Outside the gym, Kayla works as a Project Manager for a digital marketing agency in Tempe. She enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Phil.

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Kennedy Erickson

Kennedy played indoor volleyball all four years at Highland High School and also participated in the first three years of sand volleyball at Highland, where she experienced a state-runner-up finish in the program’s inaugural year. During her senior year on the indoor team, Kennedy served as team captain, an experience that both taught her how the mentality of a team very much determines their success and humbled her into the There is no “I” in TEAM mindset. After graduating in 2017, she stayed on to coach at Highland, first as an assistant and now as head coach of the Freshman team. She has also coached both boys’ and girls’ club teams.

Kennedy coaches because she appreciates the opportunity to learn and teach teenagers how the game of volleyball (and really any team sport) can benefit their characteristics as a person, build confidence, and challenge them in a safe, competitive and supportive environment. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because the vision and views of the club are direct, realistic, and motivating. Club One AZ challenges all involved to improve skill, attitude, mindfulness, and selflessness, and that is both something she admires and the environment she wants to be around.

Outside of volleyball, Kennedy loves to play and watch sports, spend time with her family and friends, watch movies, listen to music, and enjoy learning through her college studies.

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Klohe Harrion

Before coaching at Club One AZ, Klohe had coached volleyball at both the club and YMCA levels. She also competed as a volleyball athlete for three years at Angelo State University, a DII school in San Angelo, Texas (ram’em!) She and her team made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament every year, and during her last season with the Rams they were Lone Star Conference Tournament Champions!

Klohe coaches because volleyball has opened so many doors for her and really shaped her to be the person she is today. She would love to impact girls the same way her own coaches have. Klohe joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because she has always noticed the togetherness of the club, even back when she was playing club in Arizona, and thought it was awesome! Also, because Club One AZ is so big, she feels there is plenty of opportunity to find your niche.

When she’s not coaching, Klohe absolutely loves trying out local restaurants and sites. Even though she was born and raised in Arizona, it wasn’t until she got back from college that she realized there is so much she didn’t know about her home state! Klohe also works for an awesome company, plays in women’s volleyball leagues, and reads quite a bit when she has time.

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Kelsey Girts - Associate Club Director

Kelsey has been the head coach for the 18 Platinum team since Club One began in 2010. Her teams have consistently over performed under her leadership, winning the AZ Region National Qualifier the past three seasons - culminating to visits to the Girl's Jr. National Championships in Minneapolis, MN, New Orleans, LA and Dallas, TX respectively.

Kelsey was born in Wayne, Nebraska and lettered on the state semi-final team her freshmen year before her family moved to Littleton, Colorado. She went on to play her last three years of high school volleyball at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton where she was a three year starter and named first team All-Conference for both her junior and senior years. She played club volleyball for both Colorado Juniors and Juggernaut Volleyball Club while in Littleton, and her 2005 Colorado Jrs team won the National Division at JO's. Kelsey earned a scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball at the University of Buffalo in New York where she was a four year starter and earned numerous MAC Conference honors. In addition to continuing her competition indoors, she has become quite an accomplished beach volleyball player, qualifying to represent Arizona in the Barefoot Wine ProAm held in Florida. She looks forward to building a positive learning environment that will prepare her athletes for college and beyond.

Kelsey earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education in May of 2010 and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified Personal Trainer. Kelsey is employed at The Boeing Company as a Health & Fitness Specialist performing personal training and nutrition consultation while delivering all of the Well Being programs for their Mesa site employees. Outside of volleyball Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband David Girts, baby girl Finley, and their two dogs Harlow and Blue.

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Kris Maglunog

Kris is excited to start his 5th season coaching at Club One! He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Horizon Honors - 2A State Champions in 2016, and back-to-back Region Champions. Kris received the Region Coach of the year awards in 2015 and 2016, and the 2A Conference Coach of the Year Award in 2016. He is also going into his third season as the Beach volleyball coach at Horizon Honors, his team finishing in the final four last year!

Kris was born in Houston, TX and moved to Mesa at the beginning of middle school. He attended Skyline High School and played 3 years of volleyball there. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with an education degree and has been teaching math at Horizon Honors ever since! His goal as a coach is to share his love and passion for the game, while setting high standards of teamwork, leadership, and effort. He believes that perfect effort = perfect outcome.

Kris married the love of his life, Belle, in March of 2016. They have a daughter, Luna, born January 2017, and a dog Lucy! Off the court, you can find him spending time with his family or on the golf course!

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Kristle Schulz

Kristle has been playing volleyball since she was twelve years old. In high school, she played for Xavier College Prep and was part of their back-to-back-to-back (!) State Championship-winning Varsity teams. She went on to play club volleyball for the University of Arizona (Bear Down!), where her team took second place at nationals. Kristle started coaching for Club One AZ in 2015, and in 2018 she was fortunate enough to go with a group of COV coaches to a Gold Medal Squared clinic in Houston. She has learned so much already and knows she will only learn more with each coming season.

Kristle coaches because she was fortunate enough to grow up with coaches who valued fundamentals and taught everyone on the team all the skills regardless of height (which really helped her when she was no longer the tallest on the team!) She wants to bring that same mindset to her teams and instill in them a love of the game that lasts the rest of their lives.

Kristle coaches for Club One AZ because she sees the club deliver on its mission statements and mindset by focusing on “process over product", hiring coaches who genuinely care about their teams, and building a community of like-minded individuals. So her question is, Who wouldn't want to play/coach for a club like that? :-)

When she’s not coaching, Kristle enjoys playing volleyball (duh!), getting outdoors, reading, and watching superhero movies.

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Lauren Hase

Lauren has been playing volleyball since she was 12 years old and recently started coaching the sport. Her many years as a player give her insight into what’s happening from the player’s perspective.

Lauren coaches because she loves the game and always wants to be involved with it. She also loves seeing the progress of the players she coaches and their passion for the game. Lauren started playing for Club One AZ when she was 15 and has always loved the environment and the club’s mindset on playing.

Besides volleyball, Lauren also loves music, reading, and her family!

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Larisa Ronda - Club Director

Larisa is a multi-tasker, who keeps God, family, and physical activity, as main courses on her daily menu. She has been coaching volleyball for over 14 years and looks forward to each season and the opportunity to grow the game, one kid at a time. She has a passion for quality skills training, as well as character building. She feels that sports are a wasted experience if there isn't learning and growth on all fronts: skills, character, and relationship building.

Larisa's athletic career spans several decades in various sports, including high school and club volleyball, as well as softball, which she carried into college, playing at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Most recently, her competitive bent has led her to more individual sports such as running and hiking. Her experience qualifying for the Boston Marathon taught her more about perseverance, goal setting, and hard work than all her other sports experiences combined!

Larisa is the mother of one fun-loving, problem-solving son, and three wonderful, volleyball-playing daughters. When not multi-tasking to keep the wheels turning at home, work, and Club One, she can be found visiting with her husband, David, or trekking up and down the trails of South Mountain Preserve – her home away from home.

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Lisa Naughton

Lisa is a native of Southern California. She grew up in the South Bay and began playing volleyball in the 5th grade. She attended Cal State Northridge on a Volleyball Scholarship.

After college Lisa taught Health and Physical Education at St. Bernard’s High School, her alma-mater. She served as the Head Volleyball and Softball coach as well as the Assistant Athletic Director while there.

Prior to relocating the family to Chandler Arizona in 1994 she worked as the Administrative Assistant for Paul Westhead, Jay Hillock and John Olive in the Men’s Basketball Office at Loyola Marymount University.

In 1994 Lisa moved to Arizona where she and her husband ran Ident-A-Kid Services of America. When her daughter Christy began playing volleyball in middle school, Lisa naturally fell back into the volleyball flow assisting various clubs throughout the valley. Eventually her work with the clubs allowed her to step into her current position with the Arizona Region as the Registrar. We are thrilled to have Lisa on our staff and know that her tenure will continue to make us better :o)

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Mahea Rubin

Mahea started coaching volleyball in 2013, while also enjoying a playing career on both the NAU Indoor Club Team, where she played Libero, and the NAU Beach Club team, where she and her partner were ranked the #1 girls doubles team in the program. In her playing career, she has won several intramural and tournament championships, and she was named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, among other awards and recognitions.

Mahea coaches because she only wishes to share her passion for the game that has shaped her into the person she is today. She hopes to inspire all of her players to be better people, both on and off the court, and to make an overall positive impact on their lives. When she joined Club One AZ in 2018, it didn’t take long for her to notice that everyone here truly is a family, working together as one. She appreciates how David & Larisa take good care of their staff, as well as their players, and she has never felt so welcome into a program as a new coach.

Mahea loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, binge-watching TV shows, and hanging out with her dogs :-)

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Mandy Rohde

Mandy played at Mesa Community College as a setter/DS and started coaching right out of college. She returned to coaching again several years ago, both at the Y and with club. Committed to continuing her education as a coach, she has completed the Gold Medal Squared coaching clinic and is also CAP I certified with USA Volleyball.

Mandy coaches because she loves the game of volleyball and want to help young players develop their skill while also maintaining their love of the game. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 because the club’s mission and values align very closely with her own personal values. She believes that sports can help us teach our children important and valuable life skills that will help them grow into good and productive people in our society and community.

Outside of volleyball, Mandy enjoys reading and spending time with her three kids, even the two that don't play volleyball. ;-)

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Megan Mittendorf

Megan is the current Varsity volleyball coach at Apollo High School. During her high school playing career, she competed at Arcadia High School as a MB/RS and was one of the top blockers in Arizona during her junior and senior years. She also played intramural volleyball in college and is excited to be back into volleyball now as a coach!

Megan coaches because she loves working with kids and has a passion for the sport—coaching combines the two! She hopes to help athletes develop skills both on and off the court. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because she had heard and read about the club’s values of community and culture and wanted to be a part of the experience.

Besides being a volleyball coach, Megan is also a high school teacher. She loves being outdoors to go on adventures, from four-wheeling to hiking. She also enjoys trying new restaurants!

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Megan Morgan

Megan grew up playing volleyball, soccer and running track, but she loved volleyball the most. In high school, she played as a middle and outside for school and club ball in Tucson, AZ, and was awarded Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year both her junior and senior years. After deciding not to play college volleyball, Megan played club sand at NAU and started coaching in Flagstaff before moving to Chandler and joining the coaching staff at Club One AZ in 2017.

Megan coaches because she wants to share her love and passion for the sport with players! She loves the culture of Club One AZ and the values it has for the players. She has noticed many clubs forget about the development of athletes as young adults in addition to volleyball skill, and she believes Club One AZ fosters a healthy environment for athletes to develop in all aspects.

Megan is an ASU alumni with a degree in Genetics, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is now pursuing a degree in nursing and hopes to obtain her Masters in Nursing as well. She has a Shiba Inu dog who she is beyond obsessed with, and in her free time she likes to play volleyball with her friends and boyfriend (who she met playing volleyball) or hang out with her family!

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Mercedes Binns

Mercedes was born in Orlando, Florida, but moved to Southern California during her high school years where she first began playing volleyball. A 2011 graduate of South Pasadena High School, she earned First Team All Rio-Hondo League honors in 2009 and 2010. Merecedes played for Club West through her high school years and earned a scholarship to play volleyball at Arizona State University as a middle blocker. She had a stellar career at ASU, playing for Jason Watson, and finished her time there ranked No. 8 on the All-Time list with 331 total blocks.

It was during this time at ASU that Mercedes desire to share this sport with others began to blosom. She began coaching clinics and in 2012 started coaching club as well. Mercedes joined the Club One coaching staff in 2014 and appreciates the love and care the organization provides to each and every player's family. She is excited to see the growth this season will bring!

Mercedes now works for TEKsystems in Phoenix, AZ as a Human Resource representative.

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Michael Shannon

Michael has been coaching volleyball since 2013 and has had opportunities to coach at many different levels for both boys and girls. He has coached both competitive and recreation middle school teams and has recently been coaching both the boys’ and girls’ freshmen teams at Perry High School. Michael was not a college volleyball player…but he was a Division I college hockey player at Niagara University! During his freshman year, he and his team won their conference and earned an at-large bid to the national tournament, ultimately finishing eighth in the nation.

Over the years, Michael has come to love the game and challenge that is volleyball. He coaches because he enjoys working with players and teams to develop individual skills that promote stronger and more competitive teams. Michael joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018 because the club has a family environment that encourages players to develop as athletes and people.

Outside of volleyball, Michael is a teacher and has found a love for working with others and helping them grow as people. He also enjoys DIY projects and carpentry, cycling and other work-outs, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Natalie Rockwell

Natalie has been coaching volleyball since 2004, both at the club and high school levels. For the last 5 years she has coached boys and girls varsity volleyball at small schools in the Valley. The highlight of her coaching career so far was taking a small school team to the CAA state semi-finals in 2017.

Natalie is passionate about coaching dynamic and technically solid volleyball. She loves the sport, and she loves teaching. Passing on her passion and joy for the game to new generations of players is the most rewarding thing she has ever done. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because the club shares her values, namely integrity and competitive skill-building.

Natalie is a professional photographer outside of the gym, so she loves to go on road trips and organize fun editorial photo shoots. She also reads a ton, hikes, paddle-boards, rides horses, paints, and ballroom dances.

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Nathan Saunders

Nathan has been coaching volleyball for over eight years at both the club and high school levels in Arizona. He has coached boys’ and girls’ volleyball at Chandler High School since 2014, where his men’s Varsity team enjoyed a state runner-up finish in 2017. In the 2018-2019 season, he was the Graduate Assistant Coach for the men's volleyball program at Grand Canyon University. A volleyball player himself, Nathan competed on the San Diego City College team in 2012.

Nathan coaches to share his passion for the game of volleyball and to help be alongside these athletes as they grow and develop in their own lives. There are many reasons why he chose to join the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019, but mainly he was looking for a volleyball club with a strong direction and a growth mindset. The club’s vision and mission align strongly with his own as a coach and will help Arizona volleyball achieve the level he desires the sport to be at in this state.

Outside of coaching, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, as well as helping out at his church and their local community center. He also watches a lot of volleyball, too :-)

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Orlando Carrillo

Orlando has been coaching volleyball for over 11 years at the high school and club levels, both in Hawaii and Arizona. He also enjoyed playing two years for a men’s club team in Fullerton, CA. In 2017, he coached his club team to a Region Championship win and also to a first runner-up finish in the Fiesta Festival tournament. Orlando currently assists at Campo Verde High School.

Orlando’s goal in coaching is to deliver, commit, and understand players’ needs in the quest for excellence, not settling for less than the best. He seeks to create superior value by exceeding expectations with growth, development, and enjoyment of volleyball. His reason for joining Club One AZ in 2018 can be summed up in one word: Ohana.

When he’s not coaching, Orlando loves family time, golf, hanging with friends, and chillin on the couch watching sports.

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Paige Padilla

Paige was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. She started playing softball as a youth, but in sixth grade fell in love with volleyball - joining Club One soon after. She has played on five Club One teams since the age of 12, and if you can't find her in the gym you will probably find her out on the sand courts as part of the One Beach Select group.

Paige attends Perry High School and will be graduating with the 2018 class this spring. She intends to play volleyball at the collegiate level while studying to become a physical therapist!

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Raiyen Fielding

Raiyen has been coaching volleyball since 2016, working with a variety of age groups and levels on both the girls’ and boys’ sides. She joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2018.

Raiyen coaches because she loves to help the kids reach their full potential in the game. She finds it extremely gratifying to watch them become the players she knows they can be, and to be a part of that transformation is amazing. She sticks with Club One AZ because it is a club that truly cares about its players, and the staff are passionate about the game, which is something she can relate to.

When she’s not coaching, Raiyen is busy being a full-time student at ASU, where she studies Environmental Science. She hopes to work with sea lions and seals in a rescue/rehabilitation center. Her passions outside of volleyball include anything having to do with the ocean and animals!

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Regina Mannix

 

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Ryan Wrublik - One Beach Director

Ryan is a native of Arizona, growing up in Wickenburg. As the son of an active volleyball player and coach, Ryan has been playing volleyball since birth. While attending Arizona State University, Ryan began to play Beach Volleyball very competitively, earning a AAA Beach rating in Arizona and a AA rating in California. He started coaching the freshman girls team at Shadow Mountain High School in 2011 and coached the varsity team there for three seasons before devoting that time to running the Club One Beach program, where he has served as Director since 2015.

Coach Ryan lives in Gilbert with his wife Kara, son Grant, and 3 fur babies (2 dogs & 1 cat). He still enjoys playing beach volleyball competitively but spends a majority of his time with his family and coaching. He also has a strong passion for learning and growing and spends any time left over reading, writing, and studying how to better understand people, leadership, and how to better teach and motivate.

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Sara Ramirez

 

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Shannon Castle

Shannon started coaching volleyball in 2015 at a charter school in Goodyear. In her first season with the middle school team, they went undefeated and ultimately won the championship! They have enjoyed multiple top three finishes since then.

Coaching has allowed Shannon to fall in love with the game of volleyball in a way she never knew as a player. She has found coaching to be the most rewarding position she has ever held. Shannon joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because the club values the person behind each player. She believes as coaches we hold a large responsibility to instill not only volleyball skills but quality characteristics within each athlete.

Outside of the gym, Shannon works as a second grade teacher. She is an avid coffee consumer and spends her free time with friends and family!

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Shannon McMillian

Shannon is a volleyball dad who couldn't be kept out of the gym. After watching his daughter Kayla play for so many years, he couldn't wait to share his passion for the game with others.

Shannon returns to Club One for his 6th season as the 17/18 Blue Head Coach. What he enjoys most about coaching is seeing the smile on an athlete's face when they achieve something they never thought was possible. “I firmly believe an athlete should be challenged and pushed beyond their current abilities with the understanding that failure is a necessary tool for learning and growth.” Beyond developing sound skills and a strategic understanding of the sport, Shannon focuses on building a team culture grounded in strong principles and philosophies. At the base of that culture is an understanding that trust is something we EARN through our ACTIONS and devotion to others.

We are thrilled with the passion and attention to detail the Shannon brings to his teams and look forward to having him back!

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Shelby Babcock

 

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Shelly Johnson - Coaching Lead

Shelly is really looking forward to sharing her love for the sport with again this season. Her motto: "Let's build great volleyball players and have a blast doing so!!"

Shelly Johnson comes to us with coaching experience spanning almost two decades at many different levels. Most recently, she was the head volleyball coach at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado (2002-2007). While there, she led the team to their best season in school history and earned their first berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Her success throughout her stint was largely due to key impact players, tallying six All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selections, two All-Region team players, and two members of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team. While in Colorado, she coached for the nationally known club - Juggernaut Volleyball Club. Prior to CSM, Shelly spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Wayne State College (NE). Her main responsibilities were recruitment of high school and junior college athletes, along with assisting with all on-court duties. Shelly has served as Club Director and coach at USAV Pick Six Volleyball Club, head coach at Carl Sandburg College, in Galesburg, IL, and assistant coach at Galesburg High School.

As a player for the Wayne State Wildcats, Shelly was an NAIA All-American in 1990. A four year letter winner and currently still holds eight Wildcat records. Her 1990 team was recently inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame. While playing she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and earned her Master's of Science in Education while coaching. Chandler, AZ is the place she calls home with her husband, Brian, and two children, Owen and Ainsley.

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Sierra Baker

Sierra grew up in Maryland in a family of volleyball players, so she has played volleyball her whole life! She competed for Velocity Volleyball Club and has assistant coached at other clubs in the CHRVA region. During her senior year of high school, Sierra studied abroad in Adelaide, Australia and played for Brighton Secondary School, where she and her team took second in the country! In college, Sierra played club volleyball at Arizona State University. She recently started coaching seventh grade volleyball at Gilbert Classical Academy.

After growing up playing volleyball, Sierra now coaches because she wants to teach kids how to play and how amazing the sport is! She chose to join the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because of the great community and awesome staff and players.

Outside of coaching, Sierra works at Gold Bar Espresso in Tempe. She also loves to go on hikes and hang out with friends.

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Tait Neilson

Tait has coached both boys’ and girls’ high school volleyball since 2013, first at Mountain View High School and now at Highland High School, where his teams recently enjoyed back-to-back undefeated seasons. He has coached boys’ club teams since 2010, with two region championship wins so far, and started coaching club on the girls’ side in 2018. During his own high school playing career, Tait was awarded Region MVP and named to the All-State & All-Region First Teams his senior year.

Tait coaches because he loves volleyball and wants the athletes he coaches to love volleyball as well. He also coaches to make the athletes he works with better people and players. He joined the Club One AZ coaching staff in 2019 because of the unity that everyone has in the organization and the dedication that is shown by everyone to always improve and progress.

Outside of volleyball, you can find Tait hanging out with his wife and four-year-old daughter. He also loves playing guitar, basketball, camping, watching Arizona sports, and working out.

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Tony Lee

Tony and his family moved to Arizona in 2014, leaving the sun soaked shores of Southern California. While in So Cal, Tony enjoyed coaching all ages at Coast Volleyball Club. After 7 years he took a seat on the board of directors for Sunset Volleyball Club, where he was focused on creating a platform for players to coninue their love of indoor or beach volleyball.

Tony was the Head JV coach at Hamilton High School for a number of years and started their Beach Volleyball program in 2016.

Tony is a avid reader and loves to learn. His favorite quote is "Always protect the team!"". He was married in 2000 and has two great kids, Austin and Kayla Lee.

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Learning and Growing Together!

Investing in our coaches so they are at the top of their game is a priority for us at Club One. It is our commitment to exellence that drives our insatiable appitite to learn from the best of the best. We choose to not settle for the status quo.

Each of our coaches has minimally completed the USA Volleyball's required IMPACT (Increased Mastery & Professional Application of Coaching Theory) and SafeSport training as part of the US Olympic Committees commitment to promoting a safe and positive training environment. Additionally, we regularly send groups of our staff to Coaching Clinics and USA Volleyball sponsored Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) courses each year. This is a dedicated bunch who want to continue growing in the sport that they love!

Below are just a handful of the happy trainees/coaches that we have sent over the years.

- David Ronda, Director

 


Tom Lynch, founder Way of Champions.
Author, Sports Phycologist and teacher of Transformative Leadership and Culture Develeopment in Sports.


Thanks for the tip Coach Ryan! Your staff & I really took
a lot of great content away from this Way of Champions Conference.

 


Thanks to Baylor University Head Coach Ryan McGuyre for hosting another awesome
Gold Medal Squared Clinic lead by Chris McGown. We had 10 of our coaches there!

 


Great trip to Houston for this clan as we took in 3 days of training from National Team coaches
Luke Slade, Chris McGowen and Mike Wall.



Another trip to University of Washington for a Gold Medal Squared Clinic to glean insights
from a group of the most successful coaches in the game today. Hosted by UW Head Coach, Jim McLaughlin.



And from the Gold Medal Squared Clinic hosted by Arizona State University and Head Coach Jason Watson!
We had a great time!

 

Great group of Club One coaches at a Gold Medal Squared Clinic hosted by University of Washington - with legends
Marv Dunphy, Carl McGown, Jim McLaughlin, Rob Browning and more!

 

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ALUMNI NEWS

Class of 2017/18

So proud of the class of 2018! These Seniors (and a couple of Juniors!) really worked it hard this year. It was a joy to watch them complete at this year's Girls Jr National Championships in Southern California. Contratulations to all for reaching your goals!


18 Platinum

  • Rylie Arms (1) | Post University, CT
  • Kayla Subbert (6) | Sacramento State University, CA
  • Brianna Lopez (4) | Northern Arizona University, AZ
  • Claudia Wilson (12) | Sacramento State University, CA
  • Alyssa Wissinger (3) | Boise State University, ID
  • Kylie Fisher (11) | Southern Conneticut State, CT
  • Emma West (5) | Montana State University, MT
  • Serena Caspersen (2) | Montana State University, MT
  • Halle Razo (np) | New Mexico State University, NM

 


18 Gold

  • Lauren Lipinski (15) | Chestnut Hills College, PA
  • Tristan Barta (11) | Arizona Christian University, AZ
  • Audrey Brown (2) | Westmont College, CA
  • Lexi Hill (5) | Concordia University, IL
  • Nikasha Patel (7) | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Paige Padilla (20) | Benedictine University, AZ
  • Allie Wade (9) | Texas A&M IU, TX
  • Madison Koath (19) | Smith College, MA
  • Allison Bartolone (21) | John Carrol University, OH
  • Mara Meehan (12) | Arizona Christian University, AZ

A great group of gals! Can't wait for you all to return for our next Alumni Invitational!

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4th Annual Alumni Invitational

12/21/17
Always a privilage to see our Alumni back in the gym with us! Thanks to each of you for making the effort to leave a lasting legacy - Leave It Better lives on!!



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Class of 2016/17

Another fantasic season for our Seniors on the 18Platinum team. Victors in the AZ National Qualifier and the Fiesta/MLK Classic along with a 2nd place finish at the Ohio Valley NQ, these girls earned an Open At-Large Bid to this year's Girls Jr National Championships in Dallas, TX. Congratulations ladies!

  • Alexa Smythe (7) - Montana State University, Billing, MT
  • Erica Ronda (11) - University of San Francisco, CA
  • Katie Murphy (6) - Furman University, SC
  • Lauren Forte (15) - University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Camryn Tucker (13) - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX
  • Brooke Boiseau (12) - California State University, Bakersfield, CA
  • Kiley Tonge (8) - New Mexico State University, NM
  • Jordan Schumacher (16) - University of New Orleans, LA
  • Julia Talarico (1) - Gonzaga University, WA

 

And a big shout out to the Seniors on our 18Gold team for their 2nd place finish in the Fiesta/MLK Classic as well as strong finish in the AZ National Qualifer!

  • Amanda Page - attending NAU
  • Keelan Nelson (12) - Briar Cliff University, IA
  • Kate Preudhomme (9) - Messiah College, PA
  • Kat McCullough (3) - Benedictine University, AZ
  • Thalia Korecky (11) - South Mountain CC, AZ
  • Victoria McCarty (8) - Yavapai College, AZ
  • Rae Falla - attending MCC
  • Brooke O'Meara - attending NAU
  • Jess Murphy - attending ASU

Thanks to each of you for Leaving It Better! We look forward to have you come back and visit us next year!

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3rd Annual Alumni Invitational

12/20/16
What a privilege to host so many returning players for our 3rd Annual Alumni Invitational over the December break. We started the fesitivies with a Q&A session on Recruiting where we heard stories and advice from many of our Alumni. Then we warmed up for some friendly competition with our Alumni playing our top 16-18U teams. What fun to see that our "Leave It Better" motto is so well represented!

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Class of 2015/16

Another fantasic season for our Seniors. Victors in the AZ National Qualifier and the AZ Region Championships along with a third place finish at this year's Girls Jr National Championships in Milwaukee, WI. Congratulations ladies! We look forward to have you come back and visit us next year!

  • Caitlain Sammons (7) - Benedictine University, AZ
  • Skylar Wine (9) - University of Pacific, CA
  • Emma Wright (10) - Wichita State, KS
  • Hayden Warnock (3) - California State University Northridge, CA
  • Olivia Fairchild (16) - Fordham University, NY
  • Kristen Largay (8) - American University, DC
  • Madyson Rahn - Williams Jessup University, CA

And to our other Seniors: Alexis Reeves, Baylee Fechter, Brook Hunt, Cassie Aguirre, Makena Smith, Nicolette Savage and Sarah Adams. Thanks to each of you for leaving your special mark on our program!

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2nd Annual Alumni Invitational

12/22/15
Thanks to all who joined us for our 2nd Annual Alumni Invitational during the December break! What a privilage to see so many of our graduates again and for them to give back to the program that they were so instrumental in creating. Our "Leave It Better" motto is alive and well!

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Class of 2014/15

Wow, another fantasic season for our Seniors. And so happy to see so many of our Alumni back with us on their school breaks and summer vactions. Next year's Alumni Invitational is going to be really competative :o)

  • McKenna Woodford (5) - Washington State University, WA
  • Kendall Gray ( 13) - Metro State, CO
  • Paige Rupiper (9) - University of Idaho, ID
  • Hannah Martinez (4) - Fort Lewis College, CO
  • Allison Askew (6) - University of New Mexico, NM
  • Sam Boever (2) - Northern Illinois University, IL
  • Erin Gesiki (14) - Grand Canyon University, AZ

Additionally, we graduated Maggie DeMore. Maggie will be attending UofA this Fall. We can't wait to hear about all their great experiences when the come back to visit!

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1st Annual Alumni Invitational

12/18/14
We want to thank all our Alumni for supporting our 1st Annual Alumni Invitational. It was a huge success and really showcased our moto "Leave It Better"
. We had Alumni from each of our 4 years of graduates. We expect this to be a highlight for our girls each year as our Alumni come home to share with us what they have been doing to "Leave It Better".



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Class of 2013/14

We are proud of all our graduating seniors! This group of seniors has chosen to combine achedemics with athletics this next school year and will be representing Arizona volleyball well. Wishing them the best and hoping they come back each summer to grace us with their presence in the gym. Thanks gals!

  • Shelby Babcock (6) - Seattle University, WA
  • Heather Ball (14) - Long Island University, NY
  • Taylor Garner (10) - Benedictine College, KS
  • Sam Gelfan - Chestnut Hill College, PA
  • Kaxandra Naranjo - Colby Community College, KS
  • Kelsey Park (3) - Yavapai College, AZ
  • Kayle Park - Yavapai College, AZ
  • Alexis Patterson (4) - University of Nevada, Las Vegas NV
  • Jenny Thompson (1) - Arizona Christian University, AZ
  • Chloe Weber (15) - Eastern Washington University, WA

Additionally, we graduated the following athletes. Looking forward to hearing all about their experiences.

  • Isabella Neuzil
  • Stacey Poppe
  • Marile Stapleton
  • Emily Wulzen

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Class of 2012/13


18Platinum Seniors ready to head off to college! From left to right:

  • Lexi Noriega - University of Texas, Dallas TX
  • Megan Budd - Colorado Christian University, CO
  • Bri Keller-Galley attending ASU
  • Mia Rivera attending ASU
  • Chrissy Pociask - Yavapai College, AZ
  • Not pictured is Alex Lukac - Chadron State, NE

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Class of 2011/12


From left to right:

  • Sarah Shebel - Felician College, NJ
  • Danielle Cipolletti - Goldey-Beacom College, DE
  • Kayla Ronda - LeTourneau University, TX
  • Nicolette Sawicki - Southeastern University, FL
  • Valerie Clauss - South Mountain CC, AZ
  • Erin Miller - Holy Family University, PA
  • Alexa Jimenez - Benedictine University, AZ

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Class of 2010/11


Gladymar "G" Echeverria - Fort Lewis College, CO


Caren Coe - Missouri Valley College, MO

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COLLEGE RECRUITING

Playing volleyball after graduating from High School is a reality for more and more girls if that is their desire. Club One is committed to providing opportunities for players to receive the exposure they need to take advantage of those opportunities. In our inaugural season we were thrilled to see our two senior graduates go on to play in college. Each year since we have helped all our athletes pursue their desire to continue playing at a level that best fits them. See them all in our Alumni section above.

If playing in college is part of an athletes goals, it is important for player and parents to understand that there are steps that must be taken by the student-athlete in order to get the recruiting process started. That’s why we put together a reference document and “to do” list to help you navigate the process and get the ball rolling (see the Recruiting Checklist and the College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide at our Documents page). Additionally, we have contracted with UniversityAthlete to provide our HS travel team players the tools they need to search, contact and manage their communications with college programs all across the country.

What will Club One do for the student athlete? Club One will come alongside athletes and families who have expressed an interest in playing in college in a variety of ways:

  • Club One has contracted with UniversityAthlete as a single point of contact for players. Athletes are able to create an on-line profile, conduct school searches, and make contact with college coaching staffs.

  • The Club One Recruiting Guide in our Documents section was designed to walk you through the entire process and includes a simple checklist to follow.
  • As club directors, we have worked through the process with all three of our daughters (Division I at University of Denver, Division III at LeTourneau University and Division I at University of San Francisco) and are available for consulting with those desiring additional direction.

Communication between the Club, Coaches, Athletes and Families is key and Club One is ready to partner with you to meet your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What do I need to do to be prepared for Tryouts?

A: Below are the detailed steps to follow:

  1. Come meet us at a Pre-Tryout Clinic, Open Gym or Club One Open House (see schedules above).

We are offering a number of opportunities for you and your daughter to prepare for tryouts, meet our staff, and get all your questions answered. We offer Pre-Tryout Clinics to work on specific skills, Open Gyms to allow your daughter to put those skills into practice in a controlled game-like environment, and an Open House period for us to evaluate their skills and answer questions about Club One and where we see that your daughter may fit in our club. Take advantage of any and all of these opportunities to help us best determine the best fit for them on a team at Club One.

Study the AZ Region web site and study our web site. We want you to be well informed so you may make an educated decision on where you want your daughter to play volleyball before tryouts begin.

**We have posted our team Player Fees on our Documents page for your review**

  1. Register for USAV Membership.

Each player must be registered with USAVolleyball in order to tryout for a club team. The fee for membership is $55 and you will pay this to USAVolleyball during the on-line registration process. If you are a returning player, you need only Renew your membership. If you are a new player, you will need to create a new Membership.

To determine what age division your daughter is able to play based on USAV Age Eligibility guidelines, use the easy calculator at the AZ Region site. Players should tryout for the youngest age group team they are eligible for. The club tryout process and evaluation process will allow coaches to determine if it may be appropriate for an athlete to "play up."

**You should print your Registration Confirmation and Membership Card at the end of the registration process**

  1. Collect and complete all necessary paperwork prior to tryout (see Documents page for copies).

There are many “t’s” to cross and “i’s” to dot to ensure a smooth start to the Club Volleyball season. Below is a list of the forms that you will need to have filled out and ready to submit during tryouts in order to be placed on a team. Please start now so you can ensure you get all the signatures done (your’s and your daughter’s in many cases). These forms are located on our Documents page as well as the AZ Region web site.

  • Signed USAV Medical Release From.
  • Signed USAV Concussion Acknowledgment Form.
  • Signed SafeSport Acknowledgment Form.
  • Club One Registration/Tryout Form confirmation
  • Copy of USAV Membership registration.
  • Copy of your daughter’s birth certificate (not needed if you are a returning player).
**Bring all these completed forms with you to the tryout to ensure a smooth process**
  1. Register for Club One Tryout (see Documents page).

When you register for Club One Tryout, please complete all fields prior to submission. You will need to enter your USAV Membership number on the Registration/Tryout Form, so be sure to complete that first. The tryout fee is $30 (or $50 for late registration) and includes a Club One practice t-shirt.

**Early registration closes at 5pm on Nov 9th for 11U-14U tryouts, and 5pm on Nov 16th for 15U-18U tryouts**

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Q: What's Included in Club One Player Fees?

A: Club One has made every effort to be very straight forward in our pricing structure, so that there are NO SURPRISES. Player Fees are ALL-INCLUSIVE, meaning, we have built in all associated costs and you will know day 1 what your fees will be for the season. Player Fees do vary depending on the team's age level and whether it is a travel or non-travel team.

Once a player makes a team and accepts that offer (at the culmination of the tryout process and teams are formed), there will be an initial Commitment Fee paid to Club One AZ. The Player fee payment may be made in full at the conclusion of tryouts (with an associated discount) OR, starting in December, monthly payments will begin and go through April or May (depending on the team).

Some teams that earn a bid for post-season summer play, or who opt for additional tournaments, will incur additional fees if these tournaments are not already slated on their schedule (Jr Nationals Championships, AAU Championships, Festival, et al). Payments can be made by Cash, Check, Auto Bank Payment, or Debit/Credit Card (there is an additional convenience/transaction fee for CC payments).

What is INCLUDED in the Player Fees?

For ALL teams, the Player Fees include:

  • Uniforms, which minimally includes: Two practice shirts, two pair of Spandex, two jerseys, socks, back pack, warm-up pants and jacket.
  • Gym Rental at Arizona’s premier indoor volleyball facility, Court One Athletics, with additional space as needed.
  • AZ Region Tournament Entry Fees.
    • Club and Championship Division Teams: Region Power Tournaments (6) and Region Championship.
    • Open Division Teams: Region Power Tournaments (5) and Region Championship.
  • AAU Player Membership
  • Coaches’ Salaries (minimum of two USAV Impact Certified coaches per team).
  • Continuing Education for Coaches.
  • Player Referee and Scorekeeping training.
  • Administrative costs.

Travel Team Player Fees ALSO include:

  • Additional Travel Jersey.
  • Sports Performance Training (SPT) 2/week with House of Speed trainers at Court One Athletics.
  • Additional Practice time 1-3 times a month depending on team/time of season.
  • Positional “Tutor Time” Training.
  • Leadership & Success Coaching for 15U-18U Travel teams
  • "Rcruiting Tools” for 15U-18U Travel team players (University Athlete).
  • All in-season travel tournament Entry fees.
  • AZ National Qualifier entry fees.
  • All Airfare for tournaments requiring Air Travel during the regular season Jan-May.
  • All Hotel fees.
  • All Rental Car fees and Parking, when needed.
  • Chaperone Travel and Hotel expenses for Two Chaperones per team.
  • Coaches Travel and Hotel expenses, and daily tournament per diem.
  • Seeding Prep tournament in late December.
  • Specific National Championships expenses:
    • 18Platinum and 18Gold — All expenses associated with USAV GJNC in April is included in the player fees.
    • 17Platinum, 17Gold, 16Platinum, 16Gold, and 15Platinum — With the exception of air travel, all other expenses associate with participation in AAU National Championships in June is included. Should a USAV GJNC Bid be earned, these fees will be applied to that tournament instead, with any differences in expense assessed at the time of hotel booking for USAV GJNC.

What is NOT covered in the Player Fees?

  • Player tournament food, both local and travel. (Though we try to book at hotels that provide breakfast, we cannot guarantee it.)
  • Expenditures for souvenirs and/or outings during travel tournaments.
  • Transportation associated with driving-distance tournaments (e.g. Las Vegas and SoCal).
  • Baggage Fees, when required by the airline, are up to each player.
  • Additional tournaments any team may opt to participate in. There are various tournaments offered throughout Arizona - during the regular and post-season (e.g. Festival) - that teams may choose to enter, at coach’s and parent’s discretion.
  • Fees associated with travel and participation in the USAV Jr National Championships (GJNC) or AAU National Championships in Orlando may not be included (as indicated). The associated costs for participation and travel in these tournaments will be assessed in March/April and invoiced separately in May/June (as indicated).

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Q: When and Where are Practices?

A: All teams practice a minimum of two times a week primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Fridays at Court One Athletics, in Tempe. Most practices are 2 hour blocks, between the times of 4pm and 9:30pm. Teams with 1.5 hr T/Th practice times will have additional Friday practices approximately 1/month. Additional gym space may be secured to be used throughout the season for regular and extra practices as needed.

 

Q: Do Travel Teams Practice More?

A: Yes, Travel Teams will often practice 3 time per week, especially the first half of the season. Generally, Platinum & Gold teams will have an additional Friday practice 2-3 times a month. Once travel begins and the tournament schedule becomes more rigorous, the Friday practices taper a bit to allow the student-athletes to keep up with schoolwork, travel demands, etc.

Travel Teams will also have an additional 30 minutes of Sports Performance Training (SPT) every Tuesday and Thursday (over and above their court-time practice), Tutor Time and Leadership & Success Coaching.

 

Q: What is Sports Performance Training?

A: SPT, as we call it, is sport-specific physical training, geared toward increasing the athlete's speed, agility, strength, vertical jump, and overall stamina and physical condition. Club One has certified personal trainers on staff who work alongside House of Speed trainers at Court One Athletics to put together weekly training regiments for all Travel Team athletes. SPT training is scheduled either before or after team practices. For athletes doing SPT prior to their practice time, there will be a 15-20min recovery-time window, where athletes are encouraged to re-fuel with some protein and carbs.

SPT is mandatory for all travel team players, and the cost of SPT is already built in to their player fees.

All non-travel players have the ability to opt-in to a SPT session that coordinates with their practice schedule as space allows. The additional fee associated with is paid directly to House of Speed.

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Q: What is Tutor Time?

A: Tutor time is position specific training held in groups of 2-3 teams. A lead (master) coach for a specific position/skill will take a group of 4-10 players through 30 minutes of on-court, age specific, technical training. Each player will attend tutor time 3-6 times per month dependent on age and position.

 

Q: What is Leadership & Success Coaching?

A: Kelsey Girts, our Associate Club Director and Certified Academic Leadership and Success Coach, will work with our HS Travel teams throughout the year to develop mental tools, team adaptations, and on and off court strategies to accelerate and elevate the team's volleyball success. Some of the topics that will be covered during our Success & Leadership Coaching sessions include:

  • Team dynamics.
  • Common goal setting and achievement.
  • Leadership and team cohesiveness.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Visualization and resilience through adversity.

 

Q: What tournaments will each team play in over the season?

A: See the Documents page for an overview of each teams Proposed Tournaments, Tournament Desciptions and Player Fees. The AZ Region Website will show the overall USAVolleyball Tournament schedule for Region Power tournaments, National Qualifiers, and Post Season play.

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