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This will be Coach Kate’s first season at Southwest Volleyball Club. She played 4 years of high school volleyball at Riverside High School, in Painesville, Ohio. Throughout high school, Kate played club at Eastside Cleveland Juniors

This will be Coach Kate’s first season at Southwest Volleyball Club. She played 4 years of high school volleyball at Riverside High School, in Painesville, Ohio. Throughout high school, Kate played club at Eastside Cleveland Juniors at the American and National level. After high school, she attended Ursuline College where she was a 4 year starter (setter). She currently holds the school record for assist at Ursuline College as well as a conference record for assists in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. 

While at Ursuline, Kate earned her bachelors degree in Special Education: Mild to Moderate. She is currently an intervention specialist and the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Midview High School. During the 20’-21’ season, Kate was an assistant coach at Midview.  Prior to moving to Midview, Kate spent one year (19’-20’) at Fairport Harding High school as the Varsity  Volleyball Coach. She also has coaching experience with Maverick Volleyball Club where she coached at the 12 American level. 

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Coach Alex is in her second year with SWVC.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is a math teacher at Garfield Heights Middle School. Alex started her volleyball career at Center Middle School in Strongsville where she set numerous serving records. She also played JO

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volleyball at SWVC under coach TR Harker for 4 years which included several tournament championships and top JO rankings. Alex played volleyball at Strongsville High School and was a three year varsity starter playing back row for the Mustangs, including a regional finalist her junior year. Alex was also all district in softball her senior year. Since then she has helped coach numerous volleyball camps and clinics for Strongsville High School.

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Coach Debbie is in her 13th year with SWVC; Brooklyn High School Varsity Coach; Maverick Volleyball Coach 2006-2010; Brooklyn High School JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant Coach (2007-2009); Garfield High School, JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant Coach (2006); over 26 years’ experience,

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coaching middle school through high school levels. Her 17A team finished 5th in the state in 2011, her 17A team finished 4th in the state in 2012. In 2013, her 18’s finished 7th in the state with two gold wins; in 2015 her 15's were 15th in the state with 5 Gold finishes; In 2016 her 16’s had 4 Gold finishes and were ranked 30th in the state; in 2017, her 17’s team started season with a 3rd place finish at the JVA Rock event, won the NC Power League, 4 Gold wins for the year, and ended up ranked 2nd in the state, in 2018 finished the season 23rd in the state, and were 5th at the Indy Qualifier; in 2019, her team finished 19th in the state, finishing in the gold in most events.

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Coach Emily is in her 2nd year coaching at Southwest Volleyball club, previously coaching 12 Elite. She recently earned her master's degree in technology from Kent State University and works as a Project Engineer at a construction management company. Emily (setter) played 7 years of JO

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volleyball with 5 of those years being at Southwest. She has played both at the National and American levels and has played on teams that qualified for Nationals. She also played varsity at Strongsville HS, lettering two years. She has coached numerous camps and clinics and remains an avid adult volleyball player.

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Coach Amy has coached for SWVC for 15 years; Played four years for Saint Joseph Academy, was part of the inaugural SWVC team and played for 7 years; coached at Saint Joseph Academy for 11 years; has coached every age level at SWVC winning OVR championship numerous times, and had #1

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ranked team in Ohio on 7 occasions; most recently her 12's were ranked #1 in state in 2020, with seven #1 Gold finishes in a row;  for 2021, her 13 National team finished the year ranked 6th in the OVR, 6 Gold wins, two Gold runner ups, and 3rd at Windy National Qualifier, her team also earned a National Bid for USAV championship in Las Vegas. Amy is  is CAP1 and Impact certified, and is an Assistant Director for Southwest Volleyball Club. 

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Coach Ashley is in her 10th year with Southwest. She played JO volleyball for 7 years, both at the American and National level, 2 of these years for Southwest, three-year varsity starter at Strongsville High School (DS / Libero) and is still an avid adult player. Previously she was the JV Volleyball Coach

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at Strongsville High School for 3 years and worked for 6 years as a certified official in the Ohio Valley Region / USA volleyball. She was an assistant coach for her first two years at Southwest and has spent the past 8 years as a head coach for 13s-17s teams at both the American and National levels. Most recently; in 2019 her 15 National team finished 12th in the state, in 2020 her 16 National team was ranked top 10 in the state and in 2021 her 17 National team was ranked 10th in the state and earned a bid to play in the USA Volleyball National Tournament. 

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Coach Lannan is in her 5th year with SWVC, a graduate of Kent State University with a B.S. in Applied Engineering and currently works as a quality process engineer. She is from New Philadelphia where she played HS volleyball at state ranked Tuscarawas Central Catholic and New Philadelphia

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High School, primarily as a setter and outside hitter. After playing eight years of JO for multiple clubs, Lannan coached a 14s team for Tuscarawas Volleyball Club in 2014. Lannan assisted with our 14 elite team in 2018, which finished #1 in the state, 5 Gold wins, including the NCPL and the OVR championships, and 5th at the Indy qualifier; in 2019, her team finished 35th in the state, finishing in the Gold numerous times, and played in many 15’s events.

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Coach Joe is in his 9th year coaching for SWVC, comes with tons of experience, over 30 years playing experience (Indoor & Outdoor); 4 years USAV; 8 years J.O. Experience with Advance; 8 years Advance Skills clinic Trainer; Former J.V. Coach Elyria catholic and Varsity Assistant at Lutheran West;

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Current junior varsity coach at Strongsville HS; Impact, CAP1; avid adult volleyball player; Joe’s 17’s were ranked tenth in 2014, and in 2015 his 18's earned a bid to Nationals in New Orleans, were ranked 1st in the state, 6 Gold wins, President Cup champions, and OVR championship Gold winner. In 2016, his 16’s had 9 gold finishes, one Gold win, 6 Gold runner-ups and ranked 5th in the state; in 2017, His 17’s won the Pres Cup, 5th place finish at Indy national qualifier; finished ranked #1 in the state; in 2018, his 18N team finished 6th in the state, one gold win, 3 gold runner ups, made gold in all events, Gold runner up champ at Indy Qualifier, earned a bid to nationals playing in Anaheim; in 2019 his team finished ranked 12th in the state, 3rd in President’s Cup, 9th at both Bluegrass and Indy, 2nd at Chicago qualifier, and finished up 5th in the gold at OVR championship.  In a shortened 2020 season his 14N team were took 2nd at Winterfest, 5th at Presidents Cup and 1st in the North Coast Power League with an end of season OVR ranking of 7th. 

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Coach Kelsey is in her 6th year with SWVC, a graduate from the University of Dayton, and a math teacher at Cuyahoga Heights High School. Coach Kelsey played high school volleyball at North Royalton, JO for Southwest (15-17’s), played club volleyball in college, and still actively plays sand 

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volleyball. She coached middle school volleyball at Olmsted Falls for 4 years and is currently the head volleyball coach at Cuyahoga Heights High School after being the JV coach for one season. She coached our developmental 11’s team in 2017 and finished with three Gold finishes. In 2018 the team finished 14th in the state, and finished the season 3rd at OVR championship. In 2019 her team recorded 64 wins, with only 4 losses for the entire season, they were 1st in the state, won 7 events, including Dayton president’s cup, and won the Gold at the OVR championships. She coached our 13 American team in 2020, and assisted our 14 National team in 2021 that finished 9th in the state with 3 Gold wins.

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TJ is in his 8th year coaching at Southwest, most recently serving as an assistant for our 13 National team that qualified for Nationals. Previously he coached our 2019 16 National team that also earned a bid to Nationals.

TJ is a former high school and college outside hitter, playing 

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for the Slippery Rock University men's club while serving as a student assistant for the women's NCAA Division II team. He spent three years as a paid assistant there before serving as the head coach at Tiffin University for four seasons. He is currently a certified OVR Regional Referee and volleyball trainer.

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Coach Jen is in her 3rd year with SWVC and  lives in North Olmsted.  She played for Mercer Island High school outside of Seattle, Washington where she grew up.  She was a three year vasity player going to the state semi finals 2 of those 3 years. When not playing indoors she spent her spare time

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playing volleyball on the beaches of the Puget Sound.  Jen played volleyball at Franciscan University and upon graduation, coached the Franciscan team for two seasons.  She has coached CYO for 15 years at all different grade levels and also coached 16's at AVC. During the 2019-2020 season, Jen's 13 American team finished 8th overall.  During the 2020-2021 season Jen's 14 National team finished 10th with two second place finishes and three Gold Championships. Six of Jen's eight children are volleyball players and she enjoys sharing her love of the sport.

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Club Director
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Coach TR, who is SWVC's director, is also currently the head coach at Strongsville High School and is in his 17th year of coaching JO volleyball. TR is IMPACT, CAP I and ASEP certified and he also works as a certified Official in the Ohio

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Valley Region of USA Volleyball. He played in high school and then on the Kent State men’s club team as a setter, and as a Libero, and has been playing high level adult volleyball ever since. TR has coached every age in JOs from 12s to 18s and has also coached 6 different teams that have qualified to play in the USA Girls Junior National Championship. He was voted high school GCC conference Coach of the Year in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Entering his 13th year at SWVC, the Southwest teams TR has coached have consistently finished in the top 10 overall, with several of them finishing #1 in the state and winning tournaments at just about every venue.

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Coach Kristen played high school volleyball all 4 years at Strongsville High School. Throughout her high school years she was fortunate enough to play JO volleyball at Southwest and AVC both at the American and National levels. She then continued on to play 4 years at Slippery Rock University

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where she played as a Right Side. She graduated from Slippery Rock in May of 2016. After college she wanted to stick with the game of volleyball and became a certified official in the Ohio Valley Region / USA Volleyball. She is going into her 4th year as an official and earned her Provisional ranking at the end of last season. This past JO season she coached the 13 Elite team for SWVC.