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Played for Onsted high school where she received All-Region and All-Conference. In college, she played for Grand Valley State University where she also received All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American. Abby has been coaching since 2012 where she began at Forest Hills Northern varsity, Grand Valley State University, and presently works at MVA and Davenport University. Her best traits as a coach are that she is passionate about others succeeding. She loves to teach the game and give explanations to athletes no matter the situation. Abby loves coaching because she believes sports teach more than just the technical skills of the sport. It teaches life lessons, teamwork, and communication that can be used later in life once entering a career path. Her favorite quote is “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Abby’s full-time job is coaching at Davenport while also being an administrative assistant. In her free time, she enjoys different restaurants/breweries around GR with friends.

Abby Aiken

MVA Recruiting Coordinator

From Escondido, California where he played for Calvin Christian and moved up to Trinity Christian College. Steve has been coaching since 1999, spending 3 years at Trinity Christian College and 5 years with youth to middle school teams. His best coaching traits are patient, firm but kind, and competitive. Steve loves helping players develop strong fundamentals and see their love of the game grow. Outside of the gym, he is a seasoned HR professional that finds time to coach volleyball and basketball. Over the past ten years he has coached his son and 2 daughter’s teams. In his free time, he likes to travel.

Steve Chase

MVA Staff Coach

Meredith Collins

MVA Staff Coach

Jill Dejonge

MVA Staff Coach

Graduated from Hope College with a stellar volleyball career under her belt. She received MIAA First and Second team honors, MIAA Play of the Week, MIAA Tournament Champions, and currently holds the school record in number of kills in a 4-set match. Katie coaches out on the Lakeshore and loves to share her knowledge and experience with her athletes. The best part about coaching for Katie is being able to witness the moments when it finally “clicks” for a player, whether it is a specific skill or focus point. She is now teaching 3rd grade at West Ottawa and loves to cook or bake in her free time.

Katie Dekker

MVA The Shore Assistant Director

Hailey Delacher

MVA Staff Coach

Kelly Delacher

MVA Director of Coaching

Had standout careers at Grandville High School and Oakland University. With her work ethic and skill, Jessica capitalized on the opportunity to play professionally in Spain for a year after receiving her bachelor’s from O.U. Jessica has shared her knowledge and experience with athletes all over: Oakland University summer camps, Legacy Volleyball Club, youth camps in Spain, and currently as the Varsity Coach at Grandville High School. Jessica’s goal in coaching is to teach her athletes to have a positive outlook on the sport and to fall in love with the game as she has. “The growth and happiness you see in players makes it more enjoyable and keeps me wanting to coach year after year and season after season for the girls.” Outside of athletics, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends camping, playing card games, swimming, or just being together! Jessica also enjoys traveling and discovering new places all over the country.

Jessica Dood

MVA Operations Assistant

Mandi Eden

MVA Staff Coach

Ted Edsall

MVA The House Assistant Director

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 Eversman

MVA Staff Coach

Played for Waverly high school where she received a 4-year varsity letter. She went on to play for Lansing Community College and then to GVSU Women’s club volleyball team. At GVSU, she received D3 First Team All American. Bri has coached for Ledges Volleyball Club, Hamilton High School, MVA, and Forest Hill Central Middle School. Her best skills as a coach are staying levelheaded, relating to players, being approachable and being able to modify coaching styles and drills to match players/skill levels. Bri loves coaching because she can share her passion with others and enjoys showing others how volleyball/sports can shape them in other life situations. Her favorite part about coaching is the joy and satisfaction when something finally clicks, and a player learns or perfects a skill. Bri’s favorite quote is “life is 95% what happens to you and 5% how you react.” Her favorite motivator is her dad because he is the reason why she is active in and out of sports. Bri’s full-time job is a Data Analyst for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services working on infectious disease, focusing on COVID currently. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her kitten. She attempts to go to the gym regularly and participate in volleyball leagues weekly. She recently stated to golf and will be attempting to pick up snowboarding this winter.

Bri Flowers

MVA Staff Coach

Graduated from Hope College and played on their men’s volleyball team. He began his coaching career in 1995 and has accumulated experience, knowledge, and familiarity with the game of volleyball over the years. Volleyball has taken Pete all over the country and given him more opportunities than he could ever imagine. Pete met his wife and life-long friends thanks to the game! Pete looks up to his mentor, Karch, because Karch worked hard to make the most of his gifts, always showed respect, and genuinely wanted to know people as individuals! With everything volleyball and Karch have taught Pete he wants to pass on what he has learned to the next generation. Currently, Pete is a 4th grade teacher in Zeeland and loves doing home improvement projects!

Pete Goers

MVA Staff Coach

Lauren Hazekamp

MVA Staff Coach

Grand Haven high school and Grand Rapids Community College volleyball alum. Lauren began coaching in 2017 for Grand Haven high school men’s volleyball club team for a year and coached 5th-6th grades camps for 2 years. She began coaching with MVA in 2018. Lauren’s best ability as a coach in understanding the game with years of experience and able to keep the play positive. Coaching has been a high light in Lauren’s life, because she loves showing young athletes how great a sport volleyball can be. Laruen’s greatest motivator when she was an athlete was her team. Outside of MVA she is a Junior at Kuyper college studying Marketing and Business.

Lauren Jonker

MVA Staff Coach

Has been coaching since 2010 and joined the MVA staff in 2017. She is a former Hope College volleyball athlete as well as a GR Christian alumna where she held their record for most kills in a match. One of Samantha’s favorite parts of coaching is building relationships and pushing kids to be the best they can be. Sam has coached an array of ages and levels and especially enjoys training pin-hitters to be an asset from anywhere on the court. Aside from being a coach, she is a high school math teacher and a devoted dog mom to her red labradoodle, Clifford.

Sam Kemperman

MVA Staff Coach

Has been with MVA since 2009. Sarah is a Grandville high school and Grand Rapids Community College alum. Sarah began coaching in 2008 for MVA and has worked with all levels for the past 10 years. Sarah’s best traits as coach is understanding and remembering what it was like to be a student athlete, and now that she is a teacher, she can understand the learning process. Sarah will not hold back when it comes to being loud! Sarah’s purpose for coaching is that after the long days, of practices and traveling, she asks herself why. It’s at the end of the season when she gets a letter, or a message from a player who says, “I was thinking about what you said…” and she remember that her ultimate goal is for our athletes to see what their potential is, and that being a good human outweighs being the best athlete. Sarah’s favorite quote is, “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” Outside of coaching, Sarah is a first-grade teacher and loves camping with her horse. .

Sarah Kulfan

MVA Staff Coach

Emily Lachmann

MVA Staff Coach

Rockford High School graduate and will be attending Lee University starting Fall of 2020. She began coaching with MVA by helping with camps and clinics! With her positive and encouraging demeanor she relates well with the athletes she coaches. Volleyball has played a huge role in Payton’s life and she wants to give back to the game that taught her so much. When she is not giving back to the game, Payton loves attending Youth Group, hanging out with friends, and being a Mental Health Awareness advocate.

Payton Milo

MVA Staff Coach

Cortney Naber

MVA The Shore & The House Director

Played for Niles North high school and Velocity Volleyball where he received the Most Improved award. He advanced to play for Calvin University where he was the captain for two years. Ryan coached for GRC middle school and MVA. His best traits as a coaching are versatility, maximizing strengths, and teaching how to play smart. Ryan loves coaching because she can stay involved and pass knowledge to others. Ryan enjoys the team atmosphere that volleyball provides which makes it even more fun.

Ryan Ng

MVA Staff Coach

Katie Price

MVA Staff Coach

Comes to us from Comstock Park High School where she was team captain, MVP, and 4-year varsity starter on the volleyball team. She began coaching in 2013 and has focused her coaching abilities on youth programs (8th grade and below). With strong communication skills, patience, and an understanding that every athlete is unique in their own way, Lisa has established a solid foundation with her teams to help them grow within the game. Showing her athletes that they are capable of more than they think is one of Lisa’s favorite parts of coaching! She is a Dental Hygienist and loves spending time with her family and pets! In her spare time, Lisa plays instruments, knits, gardens, and golfing!

Lisa Rapson

MVA Staff Coach

Played for Lapeer West where she received an Honorable Mention. She assisted with 7th and 8th grade, Grandville freshman coach, and currently coaches for MVA. Her best coaching trait is her knowledge on defense. Kelsey loves coaching because she gets to help athletes become leaders and learn how to handle their emotions after an amazing win or a tough loss. She wants to help them learn how to take responsibility for their actions and watch their confidence grow, then hopefully by the end of the season they have create a lifelong relationship. She believes the athletes motivate her to be a better coach and think of innovative ways to help them. Outside of coaching, Kelsey is an insurance nerd for Priority health. She has two dogs named Scooby and Ziva.

Kelsey Rogers

MVA Staff Coach

Andrew Rush

MVA Staff Coach

A Milan high school alum who received the Jerry Cooke Award for Leadership and Dedication, also receiving All Coaches Team in Huron League Conference. Madi began coaching in 2018 as the assistant coach for U14 national team at Huron Valley Volleyball club in Saline, MI. Her best trait as a coach is being compassionate, technically sound, honest, encouraging, and competitive. She loves coaching because she can make difference in a player’s life both in and out of the gym. Madi’s love for volleyball stems from the structure, commitment, and teamwork skills that she can share with her athletes. Madi drives to improve and always wants to do what is best. She is a full-time student at Grand Valley State University and studying health care management. When she is not in class, she is hanging out with her friends, reading a Harry Potter book, or watching any kind of movie.

Madi Sansone

MVA Staff Coach

Began coaching with MVA in 2019. Baseball player in high school, Aaron began playing beach volleyball at 18. In college, Aaron played for GVSU club volleyball. Aaron began coaching in 1997 for Grand Haven Varsity, JV, 8th grade, and GVSU women’s club volleyball team. Aaron loves coaching because he can form relationships and build a team, especially as athletes grow over the years. Aaron’s favorite quote is “life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover and reveal who you are.” Aaron is a math teacher at Grand Haven high school. Aaron loves being outside, camping with his family, and traveling to National Parks. Aaron is a huge music fan, he loves going to concerts and festivals.

Aaron Smaka

MVA Staff Coach

Emma Summerfield

MVA Staff Coach

Has been with MVA since 2017. Taylor played women’s varsity volleyball at Kenowa Hills high school, accepting All-Conference and MVP award during her time. She began coaching in 2017 West Catholic High school as the freshman head coach and moved up to be JV head coach recently. As a coach, Taylor believes in being supportive and helping her players. It is important to be tough, but it is also important to know when to be light. Taylor’s favorite part about coaching is mentoring the athletes and help them progress through the season(s). Taylor’s love for volleyball sprouts from teamwork and mental toughness. Taylor’s favorite quote is “do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Outside of MVA, Taylor works as the Development Database Manager at West Catholic high school. In her free time, Taylor likes to attend concerts and spending time with her golden retriever, Daisy.

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 Coach

Ashley Vanderjagt

MVA Staff Coach

Played for DFFO and Impact Dynamic in high school where she was State Runner Up in 2013. Jenna played for Hope College where she was the team captain and received MIAA Honor Roll. She has coached for Impact Dynamic, Aces Zeel Volleyball Club, and Zeeland Christian School. Jenna’s best abilities as a coach in creating unique, individual relationship with athletes. She has a background in the sport and can share her past knowledge. Jenna loves coaching because it is a way for her to pay forward what her coaches have done for her. Through out her career, she has had many positive experiences due to her coaches and she hopes to do the same for her players. She loves volleyball because it me her who she is today, it gave her lifelong friends and valuable life lessons. Her favorite quote is “present over perfect,” which is a good reminder to stay in the moment and to find joy in the little things. Her greatest motivator has been her teammates. Outside of the gym, Jenna is a first-grade teacher at Zeeland Christian and likes to go to coffee shops, the beach, and Target. She likes to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Jenna VanderLaan

MVA Staff Coach

Jimmy VanderWall

MVA Staff Coach

An MVA Master Coach, the MVA Recruiting Coordinator, and an Assistant Director for MVA. 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 Heights 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

Has been coaching since 2002 where she began her career in Illinois and then creating MVA in 2009. Her best skill as a coach is that she has an eye for detail. Mayme love coaching for the “Aha” moments. She finds joy in helping athletes work on something and then it finally comes together. She believes a good coach will make their players see what they can be, rather than what they are. In Mayme’s free time, she takes her daughter to all her sports, she reads a lot, and watch her guilty pleasure- MTV’s The Challenge.

Mayme Vlietstra

MSA Athletic Director

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 Staff Coach

Emily Williams

MVA Staff Coach

Dayle Zelenka

MVA Staff Coach

Kendra Zwart

MVA Staff Coach

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