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2020 MVA Coaches

Abagail Aiken has been with MVA since 2012, is an MVA alumna athlete, and was an AAU All-American. She continued her career as a standout player at Grand Valley State University and is currently there as an Assistant Coach. While at GVSU Abby garnered a host of awards and helped her team reach the Division II Elite Eight. Abby was an All-American and multiple time All-Region, All-Conference, and GLIAC Player of the Year awardee. Volleyball has provided a lot of opportunities for her to grow, as a player and person, and she enjoys giving back and helping others experience those same opportunities. Abby is a Lead Coach and Assistant Tournament Coordinator for MVA and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in adult and higher education at GVSU. When she’s not studying or in the gym, Abby loves exploring new food and restaurants in GR

Abby Aiken

MVA Staff Coach

Ashlin Aiken is an Onsted HS alumna who played for HVVC in her youth and at Ohio Dominican University.She joined MVA in 2019 and has been working at the MSA Fieldhouse since 2016.Ashlin's favorite part of coaching is being able to help young players grow and how rewarding it is to see athletes progress in their skills after putting in the hard work.She hopes to instill the same joy, fun, and love for the game that she discovered.Ashlin has a BS in Exercise Science from GVSU and in her spare time enjoys working out, watching crime shows, and spending time with her kitten Clark.

Ashlin Aiken

MVA Staff Coach

Kelsey Barton

MVA Staff Coach

Ali Burgess became an Assistant Director at MVA in 2018 and manages MVA lessons, camps & clinics, and events.She has been with MVA since 2014, and has coached a variety of levels ranging from 12s to 16s, Competitive to Elite. Additionally, she is the JV coach at Byron Center, and is a Marysville HS alumna.Ali’s strengths are inspiring athletes and motivating teams to work together to improve.She believes there is unlocked potential in every athlete, and seeing their growth as they experience different situations is her favorite part of coaching.Ali has her BA in Spanish Language Arts & Communication from GVSU is a die-hard Yogi, loves Starbucks, and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and adventures

Ali Burgess

MVA Staff Coach

Cindy Cavanagh

MVA Staff Coach

Joey Cha is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois, but moved to Grand Rapids to attend GVSU.He was a member of the GVSU Men’s Volleyball team where he was a team captain.Joey started with MVA in 2016, is a currently coaching at East Grand Rapids and has also coached at West Catholic and Northview High Schools. He brings unrelenting positive energy and motivation to the gym every single day. His favorite quote is “nothing worth having comes easy” and instills that in his players to help them succeed on and off the court.In his free time, Joey dabbles in singing, playing guitar/piano, and enjoys cooking.

Joey Cha

MVA Staff Coach

Tabitha Cecil joined MVA in 2019, but has been coaching since 2013, after being an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference standout at Forest Area HS and a member of the GVSU Club Volleyball program. She drives home skills on the court that also apply in daily life and brings her energy, encouragement, and personal drive to her coaching. Volleyball is also a personal form of therapy for her, as it allows her to focus solely on the game and its dynamics no matter what else is going on. Tabitha has her BA in Education from GVSU and enjoys all outdoor activities in northern Michigan with her family and friends.

Tabitha Cecil

MVA Staff Coach

Katie Cole

MVA Staff Coach

Libby Cole

MVA Staff Coach

Olivia Cooke

MVA Staff Coach

Kali Crawford

MVA Staff Coach

Jessica Dood is an MVA alumna who has been coaching since 2013. She had an outstanding playing career where she was All-State at Grandville HS, All-Conference at Oakland University, is 7th on the 1000+ kill list at Oakland and played professionally in Spain. While Jessica loves playing the game of volleyball, one of the reasons she retired from her professional career was to pursue coaching so that she can help younger athletes fulfill their goals of being great volleyball players too. Her extensive playing career allows her to understand the game from both the coach and player perspective and drives her to share her knowledge and love for the game with every athlete she comes across. Jessica is a full time Physical Therapy Tech and is pursuing a Doctorate in PT. In her free time, she loves to help coach her sister Zoey at MVA and keeps her competitive spirit alive by playing in coed 4’s leagues and tournaments.

Jessica Dood

MVA Staff Coach

Lyndsey Dyer

MVA Staff Coach

Hannah Dykema is a current member of the Cornerstone University Volleyball team and is a former South Christian standout where she was All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State Honorable Mention. She is also an alumna of MVA who spent her senior year with the program.She joins the MVA staff in 2018 and is ready to bring her wealth of experience to a new generation of players.Hannah loves coaching because she can combine her abilities in leadership and teaching with her passion for volleyball.She is studying pre-occupational therapy and loves being outside.

Hannah Dykema

MVA Staff Coach

Kari Edens

MVA Staff Coach

Emily Farwell

MVA Staff Coach

McKenna Friedt

MVA Staff Coach

Pete Goers

MVA Staff Coach

Kelly Grant

MVA Staff Coach

Cindy Hogan

MVA Staff Coach

Jacob Huston has been coaching since 2013 in the Muskegon Catholic Varsity, JV and MS programs, and joined MVA in 2017.Jacob brings his strengths in adaptability in game situations to the floor.He loves working with enthusiastic athletes and is motivated by kids who want to learn and grow as players and teammates.He was a member of the Central Michigan Men’s Volleyball Team, considers himself a student of the game and loves the science behind it.Jacob works at a physical rehab center I operations and enjoys traveling, he spends the rest of his free time on his boat with friends and family.

Jacob Huston

MVA Staff Coach

Lauren Jonker

MVA Staff Coach

Stacy Kalsbeek

MVA Staff Coach

Olivia Keelean

MVA Staff Coach

Sam Kemperman

MVA Staff Coach

Kolby Kloosterman

MVA Staff Coach

Megan Kulak joined MVA in 2009 after playing at Byron Center HS and Grand Rapids Community College.She has been coaching high school since 2011, was an assistant coach at GRCC, and is the current Varsity coach at West Catholic HS.Megan brings her constant communication, positive energy, and motivation to her athletes every day.For her, the best part of coaching is being able to share experiences and passion for volleyball with a new generation of athletes.Megan is a development assistant and special events coordinator at West Catholic, she has a B.S. in Social Work from GVSU, and loves to read and bake in her free time.

Megan Kulak

MVA Staff Coach

Sarah Kulfan is a Grandville HS and GRCC volleyball alumna.She has been with MVA since 2008 and has also been coaching at Grandville for many years.Sarah describes volleyball as a part of her and when she is not in the gym it feels like something is missing.She enjoys watching an athlete work through obstacles, find a way to be successful, loves that each game is different, and that there is always a new situation to adapt and learn from.Sarah is a full-time kindergarten teacher, an avid equestrian, volunteers with Camp Beechpoint (a horse program for inner cities) and loves to beach camp.

Sarah Kulfan

MVA Staff Coach

Riley Kwiatkowski

MVA Staff Coach

Beth Loehfelm

MVA Staff Coach

Haley Loehfelm

MVA Staff Coach

Emma Lynn

MVA Staff Coach

Amy Matthews

MVA Director

Maggie Miller joined MVA in 2018 after being an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference player at Frankfort HS and the team MVP at Alma College. She is both enthusiastic and patient and leads by example every day. Maggie credits her first coach for impacting her entire athletic career, for not just making her a better volleyball player, but a better person as well. She hopes to be the same positive influence for her athletes and give them an environment to develop confidence and love for the game. Maggie is a full-time finance professional and loves participating in all kids of sporting events. She enjoys photography, coffee, and is getting into triathlons!

Maggie Miller

MVA Staff Coach

Autumn Monsma

MVA Staff Coach

Cortney Naber

MVA Director

Teran Peerboom

MVA Staff Coach

Sasha Poland

MVA Staff Coach

Katie Price

MVA Staff Coach

Briana Raasio

MVA Staff Coach

Lisa Rapson

MVA Staff Coach

Hannah Rasch

MVA Staff Coach

Katie Rietberg

MVA Staff Coach

Allison Roehr

MVA Staff Coach

Kelsey Rogers

MVA Staff Coach

Betsy Ronda

MVA Staff Coach

Leah Sanchez

MVA Staff Coach

Rick Schroeder

MVA Staff Coach

Aaron Smaka

MVA Staff Coach

Emma Summerfield

MVA Staff Coach

Brianna Tilton joined the MVA staff in the spring of 2017.She is a Forest Hills Central grad where she was Honorable Mention All-Conference setter.An alumna of the MVA program, she is currently a student at GVSU and a member of the Women's Club Volleyball Team.Brianna is a coach for FHN Middle School and the FHC Freshman squad.She enjoys teaching her players more than just the volleyball skills, but life lessons that are useful off the court too.Bri's favorite coaching quote is "make yourself better than you were yesterday" and she strives to help her athletes do just that.Brianna is the oldest of four and is a huge Iowa Hawkeye's fan!

Brianna Tilton

MVA Staff Coach

Anna Tollefson joined the MVA staff in the fall of 2017 and is the MVA Director of Volleyball Operations. She has been coaching since 2004 and has trained a variety of ages from youth to varsity at Forest Hills Central, Grandville, and East Grand Rapids.Anna has also been the coach of the GVSU Women’s Club team since 2010, was the 2014 NCVF Division I Coach of the Year, GVSU Student Life Coach of the Year, and was a GVSU Women in Sports and Physical Education Honoree.She is passionate about cultivating strong, independent, problem solving women who have a passion for sport and recreation.Anna loves seeing former athletes become coaches and how it shows they have developed, and will pass on, the passion and love for volleyball.She grew up in Kalamazoo where she was a 4-sport athlete for Kalamazoo Central HS and Mattawan HS.In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her golden Maizey.

Anna Tollefson

MVA Director

Taylor Tuttle

MVA Staff Coach

Eno Umoh has been coaching since 2009 and came to MVA after a standout career at GVSU. Eno was a middle hitter where she earned All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference honors. She is 3rd on the GVSU career block list and 2nd on the career block assists. Eno has developed a great ability to break down and teach skills to athletes of all ages. Having not received formal volleyball training until her first year at GVSU Eno understands the process and how to be patient with athletes if they get frustrated while learning. She loves to coach because her life has been so positively impacted by her coaches and teammates and instills the lessons she learned in her everyday life. Eno is a neuro rehabilitation case manager and is working on completed her MBA. She enjoys traveling, hanging with friends, and binge-watching Netflix.

Eno Umoh

MVA Staff

Tyler Vanheukelom has been with the MVA staff since 2015.He has been coaching since 2006, has been a part of Grandville MS, Allendale, South Christian, East Grand Rapids HS, and is currently an Assistant Coach at Aquinas College.Tyler’s strengths are adding energy and knowledge to a gym and getting to know each player individually.He loves seeing that connection and how it helps a player accomplish more than what they thought possible.When he’s not coaching Tyler enjoys road tripping with his girlfriend Cami and their dog Earl.

Tyler Vanheukelom

MVA Staff Coach

Gerrit VanKlaveren

MVA Staff Coach

Carson Vestergaard

MVA Staff Coach

Marissa Villarrubia is a graduate of Plainfield East HS (Romeoville, IL) who continued her volleyball career at the University of Dallas and GVSU club team and joined the MVA staff in the spring of 2017.She credits her court vision and awareness in helping her be a successful coach.Her favorite part of coaching is when you see the joy of a player accomplishing a new skill they have been working on.She believes volleyball can bring a lasting sense of purpose and friendship to a person's life, as it did for her.Marissa is a patient services rep at Spectrum Health's Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine office and loves exploring the new restaurants and ventures in Grand Rapids.

Marissa Villarrubia

MVA Staff Coach

Craig Vlietstra is an MVA Master Coach, the MVA Recruiting Coordinator, and an MSA Fieldhouse Building Operations Coordinator.He has been with MVA since 2009 and is an integral part of the club management. Craig has been coaching since 1994 and has extensive college coaching experience. With stints at Michigan State, GVSU, Michigan Tech, Judson University, Siena Heights, and Glen Oaks CC, his college coaching career is highlighted by the 2005 National Championship season at GVSU. He currently spends time as an Assistant Coach for Cornerstone University. Craig is an alumni of Western Michigan University and Siena Hieghts and holds a BA in Business and a MA in Organizational Leadership.Craig and his wife Mayme met while coaching in Illinois, and were married and moved to Michigan in 2009. When not in the gym Craig enjoys reading, watching football, and spending time with Mayme and their daughter Ana.

Craig Vlietstra

MVA Director

Mayme Vlietstra has been the Director of MVA since 2011, and joined the MVA family as a coach in 2009. Her extensive knowledge as a competitor and coach brings a wealth of knowledge to MVA. An All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference standout in high school with years of nationally competitive club experience playing at Sky High, upon graduation she took her talents to the DI University of Missouri-KC varsity team and the University of Illinois club team, where she was an All-American. Her coaching career began in 2004 and she has coached both boys and girls across a variety of ages and levels. During her seven years as an integral part of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club and three years with the men’s and women’s programs at Waubonsie Valley HS, Mayme met her now husband Craig while coaching together. In 2009, she moved to Michigan and worked as an assistant coach at GVSU for two years and began her career with MVA. Mayme’s favorite part of coaching is when an athlete has their “ah-ha” moment.When something they have been working on suddenly clicks and you can see the pride, joy, and sense of accomplishment in their eyes.Her passion is for young women to understand what it means to rely on, count on, and believe in one another.When she’s not chasing her daughter Ana around the gym, Mayme enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and being a less traditional soccer mom.

Mayme Vlietstra

MVA Director

Rylie Walters

MVA Staff Coach

Erin Webb

MVA Staff Coach

Tracy Westra

MVA Staff Coach

Chip Will is a founding member of MVA, a Master Coach, and the MVA Tournament and Events Director.Chip has been at GRCC since 2006 where he led the program to a National Championship in 2012.Throughout his tenure he has had seven additional national tournament appearances.Prior to GRCC Chip was the varsity coach at West Catholic and Forest Hills Northern, where they made an appearance in the Class A State title game in 2007. He then moved on to GVSU where they had three national championship berths.Chip is a Ferris State alumnus and was a member of their men’s tennis team.A die-hard Michigan fan, Chip enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Tracy and their two kids Logan and Harper.

Chip Will

MVA Directors

Shannon Winicki

MVA Staff Coach

Dayle Wood joined MVA in 2015 after playing at Grant High School and Aquinas College where she was the Champion of Character Award recipient in 2016 and 2017.Dayle’s coaching mentor taught her essential lessons, wisdom, and helped build character on and off the court and it motivates her to instill these items in her players.Her favorite part of coaching is when an athlete has their light bulb moment and they start to understand the game.Dayle is a chiropractic assistant, loves going on spontaneous adventures, and playing ping pong with her sister.

Dayle Wood

MVA Staff Coach

Dayna Wood is a former member of the Grant HS, GRCC, and Aquinas volleyball programs where she was a All State, All Region, and All Conference 4 sport athlete.She joined the MVA staff in 2017 and is a part of the Grant HS coaching staff.Dayna loves coaching as there is always something new to learn or a new way for a skill to be presented.She is encouraging, detail oriented, and is motivated to help all athletes find ways to better themselves and their game.Dayna works at the Spectrum Health Lemmon Holton Cancer Pavillion and enjoys hunting, fishing, and competing at different sports, with her sister Dayle, in her free time.

Dayna Wood

MVA Staff Coach

Lauren Wieber has been coaching at MVA since 2015 and is an alumna of Kenowa Hills HS, GRCC and played at Benedictine University respectively.During her career Lauren was an All-American, All-Region, All-Conference athlete and a recipient of the JVA Athleader award.She loves coaching because of how rewarding it is to work with youth athletes.She relates to them well, as she has been in the exact same spot in their journey and can help guide them through the tough times.Lauren is a very driven and keeps herself busy as a full-time student and working a full-time job.When she gets a few down moments, she is tacking house projects and loves spending times with her dog!

Lauren Wieber

MVA Staff Coach

Adrien Yondo

MVA Staff Coach

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