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2021 COACHING STAFF

Please check back for updates!  Coaching assignments are tentative and may change until all rosters are finalized after tryouts!

Rick Pruett - Club Director / 18 White Head Coach

Coach Pruett has been the Club Director of Midwest Volleyball Power since its inception 9 years ago. Coach Pruett also took over the reigns as the Head Volleyball Coach for College of St Mary in Omaha, NE for the 2017 season.  His impressive resume includes 18 years of collegiate Head Coaching experience, 24 years of USA Junior Olympic Coaching and 6 years of High School Coaching experience. Coach Pruett is a USAVB CAP 1 Certified, IMPACT Certified and SafeSport Certified Coach.  In addition, Coach Pruett is PAVO certified and officiates NAIA and NCAA DI and DII matches.

Coach Pruett has accumulated over 500 wins at the Club/AAU Level, and 400 wins at the Collegiate/High School level.  Coach Pruett's extensive resume has led 7 teams to the USA Junior National Tournament with a team finishing as high as 9th place in 2012.  Under the direction of Coach Pruett, Midwest Volleyball Power has taken four teams to AAU National Tournaments. Coach Pruett lead the 18's Team to a National Championship in the 18's Classic Division in 2015. He also led two Midwest Volleyball Power Club Teams to National Qualifier Tournament Championships: 17's Division at Show Me Qualifier in 2013 & 18's Division at Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in 2014.


At the Collegiate level, Coach Pruett guided 2 teams to National Tournament appearances. Consistent excellence was a hallmark for Dakota Valley's Volleyball Program with the leadership of Coach Pruett. Coach Pruett's guided the Panthers to a Class A South Dakota State Championship in 2013, a 3rd place finish at the State Tournament in 2014, a 4th place finish in 2015 and another State Championship in 2016.  He was recognized as SD Region IV Coach of the Year in 2016. Coach Pruett believes in teaching the fundamentals of the game and instructs with an enthusiastic style that provides players with a fun, positive learning experience on and off the court. Coach Pruett has coached 19 All-Americans and has seen over 20 of his former players become high school or collegiate coaches.

Melissa Smith - Director of Volleyball Operations / 18 White Assistant Coach

Melissa Smith, the Director of Volleyball Operations, has played an integral part in growing Midwest Volleyball Power into the successful organization that it is. As Director of Volleyball Operations, Smith will handle day to day volleyball operations, including hiring and developing coaches, organizing all aspects of the volleyball program, in addition to planning and facilitating on-site volleyball tournaments, camps and clinics. Smith will also enter her 8th season coaching with MVP United. She has helped guide MVP teams to 2 USA National Qualifier Tournament Championships, 2 USA Junior National Championships, 4 AAU National Championships including 9th place (2012), National Champion (2015), 3rd place (2016) and 5th place (2019). She also previously served as an assistant for the Dakota Valley volleyball team for 3 years and helped guide the team to a State Championship in 2016.

Kam Smith - Volleyball Coach & Advisor

Kam Smith will serve as the Program Development Advisor for MVP United. In addition to the successful business management that he will provide, Kam is a student of the game and will help our athletes break down specific skills to progress their development in lessons and team training.  In addition to working with our athletes, Kam will assist with planning and facilitating educational opportunities for our coaches.

Kali Angerman / 18 Red Head Coach

Coach Angerman attended East High School and continued her volleyball career at Barton Community College before transferring to Morningside College.  While at Morningside, she led her team to a 70-10 record and was a two time NAIA All-American. Coach Angerman is also on Midwest Volleyball Power's Board of Directors.  Kali currently works as a Family Support Worker in Sioux City, Iowa.

Brittni Olson / 18 Red Assistant Coach

Coach Olson grew up in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Brittni is an MVP Alumni, and had the opportunity to attend nationals in Atlanta and New Orleans.  Coach Olson is currently a junior at Morningside, studying general psychology and she is a 3 year starting middle for the Mustang volleyball team.

Mary Miller / 17 Red Head Coach

Coach Miller comes to MVP with 30 years of playing experience.  She played for Dubuque Wahlert High School and Briar Cliff College before beginning her teaching and coaching careers.  Mary is Impact Certified and has coached 21 years at the High School level and 14 years at the Collegiate level.  Coach Miller founded Tri-State Volleyball Club in Sioux City, IA in 1997.  Mary is currently a teacher at Heelan High School and has led a very successful Crusader volleyball team to multiple Iowa High School State Tournaments.  Mary is married to Scott and has an 13 year old daughter, Logan.

Jerry Stanwick / 17 Red Assistant Coach

Trevor Schirman / 17 White Head Coach

The 2020 season will be Coach Schirman's 5th year coaching with MVP.  Coach Schirman was head coach of the Briar Cliff women's volleyball team for six years but is now exclusively coaching the Briar Cliff Men's Volleyball Team. Schirman took the men's team to its first-ever NAIA Men's Volleyball Invite in Des Moines, Iowa in 2018 where the Cliff went 1-2 in pool play and were 16-6 overall on the season. The Chargers climbed all the way to the third ranked team in the nation during the year. 

Schirman was born and raised in Hawaii.  He graduated from Punahou High School, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1986 and was the No. 1 high school volleyball recruit in the nation.  Schirman went on to play collegiately at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was the national freshman of the year.  The three-time first team all-American was named the national player of the year in 1989.  Schirman graduated from UCLA in 1990 and went on to compete as a member of the USA volleyball team from 1990-1993.  He then played within the Italian and Greek Professional Indoor Leagues from 1993 until 1995.  From 1990-95, as his playing and travel schedule allowed, he served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at UCLA.

Morgan Weeg / 17 White Assistant Coach

Marty King / 16 Red Head Coach & Skills Trainer

Marty King will serve as a Master Coach for MVP United. Coach King enters his tenth season coaching for MVP.  Under the director of Coach King, six MVP United teams qualified for USA & AAU Girls Junior National Championships, 2 teams won ASICS Show Me National Qualifier Championships, and an AAU National Championship was captured in the 16 Club Division in 2016. Coach King was an assistant coach for four years with Morningside College after joining their coaching staff in 2009. As Master Coach for the United Sports Academy, King will work closely with the directors to lead and implement training plans for individual and team development throughout the season. King will also focus on the unique physical demands of volleyball and the importance of not just training “muscles” but also “movement”.

 

Kayla Harris / 16 Red Assistant Coach

Don Craig / 16 White Head Coach

Brianna Eaton / 16 White Assistant Coach

Emma Mertler / 15 Red Head Coach

Sara Jensen / 15 Red Assistant Coach

Kyle Cox / 15 White Head Coach

Volunteer Assistant for Colorado State University Women's Volleyball

2019-2020 Briar Cliff Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

2019-2020 Briar Cliff University Men's Volleyball Athlete (Setter)

2020-2021 Morningside Men's Volleyball Athlete (Setter)

Toria Andre / 15 White Assistant Coach

Emily Tolkamp / 15 Blue Head Coach

Julie Foley / 15 Blue Assistant Coach

Pam Barnes / 15 Silver Head Coach

Chloe Johnson / 15 Silver Assistant Coach

LINDSEY SMITH / 14 Red Head Coach

Lindsey Smith is a 2018 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she received a degree in Sports Administration. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and is also competing for the Golden Eagle Beach Volleyball team.  Lindsey graduated from Dakota Valley High School in North Sioux City, SD in 2015 where she was a 3-time All-Tournament Team selection for the Panthers at state as well as the Conference Player of the Year and Miss SD Class A Volleyball her senior year. Lindsey played for MVP for 5 years and Cobra for 1 year. In her time with MVP, Lindsey competed in 5 USAV/AAU National Championships, winning the 18U Classic AAU Championship her senior year and being recognized as the Tournament MVP. Lindsey continued her volleyball career as a UNK Loper and was the starting setter for the Division II powerhouse for 4 years. UNK captured 3 Regular Season Conference Championships, 3 Conference Tournament Championships, and advanced to the NCAA DII Tournament all 4 years during her tenure at UNK. Lindsey is a 3-time 1st Team MIAA All-Conference selection, All Central Region selection and an AVCA All-American. 

Taylor Janicek / 14 Red Assistant Coach

Ashley Vande Stouwe / 14 White Head Coach

This will be Coach Vande Stouwe's 3rd season coaching with MVP.  Ashley played 4 years of volleyball at Morningside College and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education. Currently, she is an assistant coach at East High School and preschool teacher at Mary J. Treglia Community House. She has 7 years of club volleyball coaching experience. She is originally from Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Olivia Peterson / 14 White Assistant Coach

Laura Groseth / 14 Blue Head Coach

Ryley Rolls / 14 Blue Assistant Coach

Jess Becker / 13 Red Head Coach

Coach Becker grew up in Sergeant Bluff, IA and graduated in 2014. Jess has played, coached and officiated volleyball for multiple years. She was a member of MVP teams from her sophomore through her senior year of high school, qualifying for nationals each year. Jess played at the collegiate level at Morningside College as a DS and a libero. Coach Becker is currently a senior at Morningside College, where she is studying elementary and middle school education. Jess has coached Dakota Valley's freshmen team and also assisted with their JV and varsity teams in addition to coaching 10-14 year old club teams. This will be Coach Becker's 3rd year coaching with MVP and her 6th year coaching the sport.

Josie Reid / 13 Red Assistant Coach

Elisabeth Tramm / 13 White Assistant Coach

Elisabeth Tramm recently joined the Briar Cliff Women's Volleyball Program as a graduate assistant for the 2020 season. Tramm had a successful career as a setter at Waldorf College, where she holds the school record in career assists and was an all-conference and all-region performer.

Tannah Heath / 13 White Assistant Coach

Megan Malenosky / 12 Red Head Coach

Pypr Stoeffler / 12 Red Assistant Coach

Jorja Gable / 11 Red Head Coach

Natalie Semin / 11 Red Assistant Coach

Traci Kollbaum

Coach Kollbaum comes to MVP United with 11 years of coaching experience.  Traci has coached at Dakota Valley High School and Elk Point Jefferson High School and has led multiple teams to state appearances.  Coach Kollbaum's current high school coaching record is 236-70.  As a player, Traci played for EPJ, where her team won the state title in 1997.  She played in four state tournaments and continued her collegiate career at Mount Marty College.  Traci is a behavioral coach for the Sioux City Community School district. She is married to Allan and has two kids, Presston and Bentlee.

Monica Chamberlain

This is Coach Chamberlain’s second season with MVP.  Chamberlain is originally from Grand Island, Nebraska where she attended Grand Island Northwest.  Following high school she continued her volleyball career at Central Community College Platte Campus in Columbus, Nebraska.  Chamberlain then was recruited to play for Morningside College in 1999-2000. Coach Chamberlain majored in education while playing volleyball and running track for the Mustangs.  Monica received her undergraduate degree in Education in 2002 from Morningside and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from Wayne State College. She has been coaching high school and club volleyball for the past 15 years.  Recently, she accepted the head volleyball position at North High school for the upcoming 2019 season. Coach Chamberlain is currently a special education teacher at North Middle school. She and her husband have 3 children-Sidney, Kal, and Lyndi.

Jerry Plathe / Floater Coach

Coach Plathe enters his 3rdt year coaching with MVP for the 2021season. He brings with him 28 years of successful coaching experiences at the Semi-Pro, College, High School, Middle School and Youth levels. Over the past 4 years Coach Plathe has developed a real passion for the game of volleyball and is excited to contribute and help build on MVP's winning tradition. Coach Plathe currently teaches and serves as the Activities Director at South Sioux City Middle School. He is married to his wife of 19 years and has two children, Aaron who is 17 and Lexi who is 14.

MIKE PROSSER / Youth Development Trainer

MVP is excited to have Coach Prosser as a Floater coach for the 2021 Club season.  Michael comes to MVP with 27 years of playing experience. Prior to joining the MVP staff Michael has three years of collegiate coaching experience as a volunteer assistant at Morningside College from 1998-2001. Michael has also coached 6 years for other youth volleyball programs. He is IMPACT certified and has his Cap-1 certification. Coach Prosser has been working at the 185th Air Refueling Wing for the past 27 years. He is married to Nikki and they have twin 14 year old daughters, Ashlyn and Taylor.

Theison Anderson / Skills Trainer & Floater Coach

Theison Anderson recently took over the reigns as the Head Coach for the Morningside Men's Volleyball Program.  Prior to coming to Morningside, he was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the highly successful University of Nebraska-Kearney women's volleyball team. Anderson was familiar with the Loper program having served as a practice player for two seasons prior to taking on the Grad Assistant role. 

A Ravenna native, Anderson was a member of the RHS Bluejays basketball and cross country teams. He was part of three state championship basketball teams and, individually, was named all-state.

Kayla Ruff / Skills Trainer & Floater Coach

Kayla Ruff is the Assistant Volleyball Coach for both the Men's & Women's Volleyball Programs at Morningside College.

Kayla’s collegiate volleyball career consisted of a stint at Division I Western Illinois University before finishing her with three years at DII Missouri Western.  She graduated with honors, majoring in Health and Exercise Science and minoring in Psychology.  On the court, she earned all-conference honors all three years at MWSU, specializing in defense and playing in the libero position for all 99 matches in her career as a Griffon.  She concluded her career as the season digs record holder, with 705, and checked in at second on the career digs leaderboard with 1,768 digs.

Kayla completed her master’s degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration through the University of Mary.

Lindsey Weatherford / Floater Coach & Skills Trainer

Lindsey Weatherford took over as the head coach of the Briar Cliff women's volleyball team in 2019. The Cliff went 13-18 in that time and picked up a key win over Morningside and took sets from multiple ranked teams. Three Charger athletes were named all-GPAC in 2019.

Prior to coming to the Cliff, Weatherford most recently was an assistant at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has coached at the college and high school levels as both an assistant and head coach in her career with stints at Waldorf College and Kirkwood Community College, among others. Her most recent head coaching job at the collegiate level was at Wentworth Military Academy (Missouri) where she was the first-ever coach in program history and led the team to an 18-8 record in her second year and a national ranking. Her coaching experience dates back to 1999, when she was a coach for the Rapid Spikers Volleyball Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Weatherford played volleyball and basketball collegiately at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Special Studies in Physical Education/Wellness with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Weatherford also has a Master's in Education from The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education Cross-Categorical K-12 from Pima College in Tucson, Arizona.

Brian Chamberlain / Floater Coach

Stephanie Soprano / Floater Coach