Southwest’s 2021 Coaching Staff
11 Elite: Jessica Gonzalez is not new to SWVC, she assisted her father Joe Gonzalez in 2016. This will be her first year at SWVC solo. She is entering her second year as Clearview High Schools Junior Varsity coach (13-10 in her first year). Other previous experience includes coaching Langston Middle Schools 7th and 8th grade team (record 13-3) in 2015 and 14 American at Spirit VBC in 2019-2020 with all gold finishes including a second place finish. Her experience includes playing since she was 12 years old both on the beach and indoors. She went to Elyria High School then played junior college for two years at LCCC where she was a national runner up for the 2014-2015 season.
12 Elite: Alex Wiemken 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 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.
12 Elite: Emily Harker is in her first full year coaching at Southwest Volleyball club. She is a recent graduate from Kent State University (Architecture) and is currently working towards her masters in Construction Management there. Emily (setter) played 7 years of JO volleyball with 5 of those 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.
13 National: Amy Rubino has coached for SWVC for 14 years; Played four years for SJA & 7 years for SWVC. SJA’s current JV coach; SWVC’s 16’s in 2007, finished 5th place out of 189 teams; 2008 she finished 4th out of 252 teams; Amy’s 14A team was ranked 1st in 2009; 14 American team finished 3rd in the state in 2010; in 2011 her 14A team finished 10th in the state; her 15A team finished fourth in the OVR in 2012; her 15’s were ranked 13th in 2014; coached 11’s and 17’s in 2016; in 2017, her team finished 3rd in the state with a 3rd place finish in the NC Power league, 6 gold finishes and one gold win; in 2018, her 15's finished ranked #1 in the state, 4 Gold wins including the NCPL, 9th at Indy out of 128 teams, and winning the Gold at the OVR championships; she is CAP1 and impact certified. for 2019 her 16’s finished ranked #1 in the state, 2nd at NCPL, 9th at the Indy qualifier, and were 5th at OVR championships; she is CAP1 and impact certified.
13 Elite: Kristen Smith 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 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 3rd year as an official and earned her Provisional ranking at the end of last season. This past JO season she coached the 18 Elite team for SWVC.
14 National: Jennifer Hickey, in her 2nd year with SWVC, 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 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. Six of Jen's eight children are volleyball players and she enjoys sharing her love of the sport
14 National Assistant: Kelsey Mason is in her 5th year with SWVC, a recent grad from Dayton, is math teacher at Olmsted falls. Kelsey played high school volleyball at North Royalton, JO for Southwest (15-17’s); played club volleyball in college; and is the 7th grade coach for Olmsted falls (15-2 record last year); 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.
14 Elite: Paul Kearns is in his 10th year with SWVC; was Magnificat’s varsity assistant coach, freshman coach for 7 years, moved over to be assistant varsity coach at Avon HS. His 18R team in 2012 finished #1 in the state; winning 3 Gold’s; in ‘13 his 17 elite team finished ranked 4th in state. In 2014, his 18’s finished ranked 2nd in the state out of 83 teams, Gold runner up at the Indy qualifier out of 80 teams, President Cup champion and earned a bid to play in the National championship in Minnesota; in 2017, his 14’s finished ranked 5th in the state, 6 gold finishes and one gold win, 5th place at Indy & 3rd at Regionals; in 2018, ranked 2nd in the state, 4 gold wins, 5 gold runner ups, including the OVR championship; in 2019, his 15N team, finished ranked 22nd in the state, 5 th at the NCPL, and 9 th at the Chicago qualifier.
15 National: Joe Gonzalez is in his 8th year coaching for SWVC, comes with tons of experience, 30 years playing experience (Indoor & Outdoor); 3 years USAV; 7 years J.O. Experience with Advance; 7 years Advance Skills clinic Trainer; Former J.V. Coach Elyria catholic; current Varsity Assistant Lutheran West; 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, 3 rd in President’s Cup, 9th at both Bluegrass and Indy, 2nd at Chicago qualifier, and finished up 5th in the gold at OVR championship.
15 Elite: Matt Darnell in his 2nd year with SWVC, began his coaching career in 1999 at St. Mary of the Falls. His well-rounded volleyball coaching experience includes coaching 12's and 13's at Advance Volleyball Club, 13's and 14's American at Spirit, Rocky River High School freshman team coach, 14's and 15's American at CVC and North Ridgeville High School freshman team coach. Presently, he is the JV coach at North Ridgeville High School.
16 National: Ally Lewandowski Reiter is in her 5th year with SWVC, graduate from University of Mount Union and is currently a school teacher. Ally has played volleyball for over 12 years, playing in high school at Amherst Steele High School - three varsity player, libero starting position as a senior and at UMU on their club/intramural teams. Currently, she is on Avon coaching staff; and coached at Amherst Junior High in 2016. Her 12’s did very well in 2017 finishing 11th in the state with five Gold finishes, in 2018 her team was 3rd in the state, with 2 gold wins, and 2 Gold runner ups, 3rd at the Cleveland rock event and they were gold runner ups in the NCPL national division, and made the Gold every event, finished the season 3rd in the OVR championships; in 2019, her team finished 3 rd in the state, and were Gold runner ups in the OVR championships.
16 Elite: Lannan Dick is in her 4th 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 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.
17 National: Ashley Harker, is in her 8th 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. She graduated from Kent State University and also 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 6 years as a head coach for 13s-16s teams at both the American and National levels. In 2018, her 16 American team was #1 in the state with 3 Gold wins including the OVR championship; in 2019, the 15 National team finished 12th in the state, and finished up 5th in Gold at OVR championships. Although this past season was cut short, the 16 National team was off to a great start and ranked top 10 in the state.
17 Elite: Jordan Kolarik is in her 3rd year with SWVC, and currently the varsity coach at Firelands High School, where she also teaches social studies. Prior to taking over in 2017, she spent one season as the 8th grade coach at South Amherst Middle School and four seasons coaching freshman and junior varsity at Maple Heights High School. This will be Jordan's 7th year coaching J.O. volleyball. She previously coached at AVC. There, Jordan coached levels 14-17 American and assisted with an 18 National team. Her teams were consistently successful; in 2017 her 17 American finished the season ranked 8th in the OVR; in 2019, her 17’s were ranked 28th in the state, normally finishing in the gold, and were Bronze runner up champions at the OVR championships.
18 Elite: Debbie Hall, in her 12th 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 25 years’ experience 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.
18 National: TR Harker who is SWVC's director, is also currently the Head coach at Strongsville High School and is in his 16th year of coaching JO volleyball. TR is IMPACT, CAP I and ASEP certified and he also works as a certified Official in the Ohio 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 5 different teams that have qualified to play in the USA Volleyball National Tournament. The Southwest teams TR has coached have consistently finish in the top 10 overall with several of them finishing #1 in the state, while in turn these teams have won tournaments at just about every venue.