This will be Coach Courtney's first season with SWVC and her third year coaching JO volleyball. She played at Midview High School all 4 years, JV for 2 and Varsity for 2. Courtney also played 6-7
years of JO volleyball at Spirit and Maverick volleyball clubs. She was a setter, then turned into a DS/Libero. Courtney works as a registered nurse in the operating room at Fairview Hospital. and still plays in many competitive volleyball leagues and tournaments in the area.
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This will be Coach Keith's first season at Southwest Volleyball Club. He comes with years of playing and coaching experience across 4 different states. He played as an Outside Hitter for Elyria High Boy's Club Team (Ohio) and for Syracuse University's Men's Club Team (New York). After college he transitioned to play the Setter position for the Pure Aloha
Men's Club Team (USAV-Hawaii). Keith began coaching after joining the Teach for America Corps in Memphis, TN at Fairley High School. When his teaching assignment was over he moved back to the Cleveland area and kept coaching at various high schools spending one season each at: Oberlin, Elyria Catholic, Laurel, Bay Village and Lakewood High Schools. During this time he coached many J.O. teams, became IMPACT Certified and now has experience working with every age level. After moving to Hawaii in 2015, Keith was asked to coach at University Laboratory School where he assisted both the Boy's Volleyball Teams (in Spring) and Girl's Volleyball Teams (in Fall). He helped build both programs to their most recent successes, each winning their respective Finals Consolation-Match to take 3rd Place in the D-II Hawaii High School State Volleyball Tournaments (2018-2019). Keith moved back to the Northeast Ohio area in the later half of 2019 where he could be closer to his family. Most recently he co-coached a 10U team with his sister as they finished 7th overall in the OVR. He is the Varsity Assistant Coach at Fairview Park High School for the 2021 season.
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 played all 4 years as a setter. She currently holds the school record for assists at Ursuline College as well as a conference record for assists in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Throughout college, Coach Kate has coached several years of club volleyball at both Eastside Cleveland Juniors and Maverick Volleyball Club. Currently, Kate is an Intervention Specialist at Midview High School and serves as their head varsity volleyball coach.
Alex is in her third year with SWVC. Alex is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is currently a math/science teacher at Garfield Heights middle school. Alex started her volleyball career at Center middle school where she set numerous serving records. She also played JO volleyball at
SWVC under Coach TR Harker for 4 years which included multiple tournament championships and top JO rankings. Alex played volleyball at Strongsville and was a three year starter playing back row for the Mustangs, including a regional finalist her junior year. Alex was also all district in softball her senior year. In 2021 her 12U team finished 5th in the OVR championship and was ranked 6th in the state. Her team had five gold tournament championships and a runner up and 3rd place finishes in two top JVA tournaments at Cedar point. She is currently the 7th grade head coach at Strongsville middle school and the varsity assistant coach at Garfield Heights HS.
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Greg is in his 3rd year with SWVC as an assistant coach for his daughter Alex. He has been coaching for 40 years in many sports including basketball, soccer and football but mostly in baseball and softball. He has coached in many national tournaments and has coached state championship
teams in travel ball. In 2021 the 12u SWVC American team finished 5th in the OVR winning five tournaments, placing second once and third twice. He is a foot surgeon in Strongsville, married to Kathy a retired teacher and has two children, Brad, also a podiatrist and Alex who is also a teacher.
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, 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.
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
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 Jack is in his 2nd year assisting at Southwest Volleyball Club. He attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where he played intramural volleyball, and is currently finishing up his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. Jack has been playing adult volleyball for 4 years
where he continues to enthusiastically learn more about the sport. He also assists at many SWVC open gyms and clinics.
Coach Tanya returns to Southwest after taking time off to enjoy watching her daughters play for Southwest. She has 8 years of experience coaching volleyball, 3 years at Southwest coaching 11s, 12s and 13s, and 5 years coaching CYO volleyball. She has coached at many youth volleyball camps and clinics over the years. She remains an avid volleyball player both indoors and on the sand. She started playing volleyball at age 12, played 3 years of Varsity Volleyball for Lorain High School and 4 years of club volleyball at Kent State University.
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 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.
Coach Courtney has been an assistant coach at SWVC for 10 years and she is looking forward to her first season as a head coach. She started playing and fell in love with volleyball at a very young age (all thanks to her mom being a coach). While in high school, she played for Maverick and MCVBC, mainly as a DS at the American level. Courtney graduated from the University of Akron in 2012 and currently works as a project assistant at a large law firm in downtown Cleveland. She is also going into her 2nd year as the JV coach for Brooklyn High School
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
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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David has 9 years of high school coaching experience. He spent 7 years with St. Joseph Academy, 1 year as an assistant and 6 years as the head coach of the Freshman team. He was then the coach of the Strongsville Freshman team for two years. In his time at Southwest, David has coached 15-17's at both the American and National level. He led his 15's team to a championship at the MEQ qualifier in the Select division. Most recently he was the assistant for the 17 National teamed that earned a bid to Nationals in Las Vegas.
Coach David is in his 7th year with Southwest. David started playing volleyball in the 7th grade and continued through high school. He was a 3-year varsity starter for St. Edward High School as a DS, and is still an active player in adult sand leagues and tournaments.
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 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.
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
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.
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; 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.
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
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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Coach Mal is entering Southwest this year for her first year on the coaching side of things, but she herself played for the club for 5 years. Coach Mal went to Amherst Steele High School where she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. She then went on to play 4 more years of volleyball at
the collegiate level for The University of Mount Union. She coaches youth volleyball and has coached one year of JO at the 14 American level.
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
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 Kim will be entering her 5th year coaching at Southwest. She has coached 13s, 14s, 15s, and 16s at Southwest. She also is the club director for the Olmsted Falls Volleyball Association, a feeder program for OFHS for 10-12 year olds. Kim is currently the Varsity Assistant Coach
at Olmsted Falls High School where she has coached for 14 years. She played volleyball for Olmsted Falls High School and for 2 years at Muskingum College. Kim has two children, Tyler (Kent State University) and Kylee (upcoming junior at Olmsted Falls).
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 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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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
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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This is Coach Jenna's second season with Southwest Volleyball Club. Last season she assisted on the 18 national team team with Coach Harker. She played JO volleyball for 5 years and was a setter on the Tallmadge High School
volleyball team. She also played one year of club volleyball at the University of Akron. She still plays adult volleyball and has officiated volleyball for as long as she can remember. She currently teaches marketing and business at Strongsville High School and is also the freshman coach there.