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2023 COACHING STAFF 

 

Rick Pruett - Club Director

Coach Pruett has been the Club Director of Midwest Volleyball Power since its inception 11 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 five teams to AAU National Tournaments. Coach Pruett led the 18's Team to a National Championship in the 18's Classic Division in 2015 and in 2022 he led a 15's team to a 15 Club National Championship. 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

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 handles 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 enters her 9th season coaching with MVP United. She has helped guide MVP teams to 2 USA National Qualifier Tournament Championships, 2 USA Junior National Championships, 5 AAU National Championships including a 9th place finish in 2012, a National Championship in 2015, a 3rd place finish in 2016, a 5th place finish in 2019 and a National Championship in 2022. 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.


Lindsey Weatherford / Floater Coach

Lindsey Weatherford comes to MVP with over 20 years of coaching experience across all levels, high school, club and collegiate. Coach Weatherford started her coaching career with the Rapid Spikers Volleyball Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was also the director and team coach at the North Star Volleyball Club in North Iowa and coached for Premier Volleyball Academy in Maumee, Ohio.

 Coach Weatherford is currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to coming to the Cliff, Weatherford most recently was an assistant at Luther College in Decorah, where the Norse were seeded third in the American Rivers Conference tournament, post-season. 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 in Iowa, among others. In 2006, as head coach, she took the North Butler Bearcats (Greene, IA) to compete at the Iowa Girls High School State Volleyball Tournament. 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. 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 with a Coaching Concentration 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.

Lindsey and her husband, Ross, have a son, Maxton and a daughter, Mara.


JACOB BAYNES

Jacob begins his 2nd season coaching with MVP United after spending two seasons coaching high school aged club teams in the Iowa and Minnesota area. He also has coached at various college camps at Mankato State and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Jacob’s playing experience began in high school where he played for North Country Region. From there, he went on to play at Mankato State in Minnesota for their club team before transferring to Morningside. In his first season with Morningside, he was named All Great Plains Conference Honorable Mention.


Marty King

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”.

 


Kam Smith

Kam Smith serves 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.  Kam also assists with planning and facilitating educational opportunities for our coaches.


Erik Krenz

Erik currently plays men’s volleyball at Morningside University. This will be his first season with the Mustangs after playing club volleyball at Minnesota State Mankato.  I have been playing volleyball for about 3-4 years now. . While living in Mankato he coached at a club team there, primarily working with the 15’s age group, but  has also worked various volleyball camps with athletes from ages 5-18 at Minnesota Attack Volleyball Club. He is excited to  share some of my volleyball knowledge and passion with my athletes.


Addison Mertler

Coach Addison is in his third season coaching with MVP United. He is a Boca Raton, Florida native where he grew up playing both beach and club volleyball as a kid. Throughout  high school, he played for Ocean Bay Volleyball Club and Spanish River High School before going on to play collegiately at Lakeland University in Wisconsin. Addison set for the team for 4 seasons.  During his time at Lakeland, Addison was the head coach of Sheboygan South High School, assisted at Wisconsin Volleyball Academy Lake Effect, and head coach at Wisconsin Volleyball Academy’s sand volleyball programs. Addison also has international playing experience, playing for a FASU College USA team in 2019 that competed in Brazil. Addison was recently named the head coach of the Morningside University's men’s volleyball program after spending 2 seasons with Dordt University where he was the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.


Emma Mertler

Emma Mertler is in her 3rd season with MVP. She works as the Recruiting Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for MVP United Volleyball Club. She is originally from the Chicagoland area where she began playing both club and sand volleyball in 4th grade for Ultimate Volleyball Club, and then for Hard Cross Volleyball Club through high school. Emma had a strong career at Lakeland University (Sheboygan, WI), starting in all 4 years for the Muskies. While at Lakeland, Emma served as the Director of Operations and a Head Coach for both Wisconsin Volleyball Academy Lake Effect and Wisconsin Volleyball Academy Beach programs from 2016-2018. Along with club volleyball, Emma was the assistant coach at Lakeland University for the men’s volleyball program from 2018-2020 while receiving her Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership in Athletics.  Emma is passionate about growing the game of volleyball and helping athletes develop their skills while finding their passion within the sport.


Pam Barnes

Coach Pamela Barnes grew up in Storm Lake, where she was a 4 sport athlete. After high school, she ran track and played on the Men's Club Ice Hockey Team at the University of South Dakota. Coach Barnes comes to MVP with 25 years worth of coaching experience from all levels (junior high, high school and college) and this will be her 4th year coaching at MVP. Pam is currently a teacher and softball coach in the Cherokee Community School District.


Mike Prosser

Coach Prosser comes to MVP with 27 years of playing experience. Prior to joining the MVP staff Michael has three years of collegiate coaching experience as an assistant at Morningside College from 1998-2001. Michael has also coached 7 years for other youth volleyball programs. He is USAV CAP 1 Certified, IMPACT Certified and SafeSport Certified Coach. Coach Prosser has been working at the 185th Air Refueling Wing for the past 30 years. He is married to Nikki and they have twin daughters, Ashlyn and Taylor.


Isaac Johnson

​​Isaac is in his fourth season coaching at MVP United. He started playing in beach leagues during high school in Minnesota. He was named an honorary assistant for his high school girls program through junior and senior year.He was recruited by Morningside University’s men’s program, and played for the Mustangs for 2 seasons before medically retiring. He began coaching at MVP United in his freshman year of college, and shortly after began coaching at Dakota Valley High School.


Jorja Gabel

Jorja is in her third season coaching for MVP United. She played varsity volleyball at Bremen High School (Bremen, Georgia) and Loveland High School (Loveland, CO) along with playing beach volleyball for four summers. She was recruited by Morningside University and played for the program for two seasons. Jorja has been coaching at Dakota Valley for the last three seasons.


Don Craig

Don is in his 4th season with MVP United. He has over 20+ years coaching volleyball in high schools, AAU, and USAV teams. He has coached teams in local Siouxland Area high schools, and various organizations in Arizona and Southern California. Along with coaching, Don is also a certified official with NFHS and previously with USAVBA. Don says it’s a joy to assist players as they develop their abilities, personalities, character and teamwork through the sport of volleyball.


Morgan Weeg

Coach Morgan is an Arizona native where she played high school and club volleyball for the Arizona Region making national tournament appearances throughout her club career. Morgan went on to play 4 years of college volleyball at Simmons University making it to the conference championship for the first time in school history where she currently holds the schools record for most kills in a season. Morgan is now a full-time graduate student at College of Saint Mary's pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  

Coach Morgan has not only been a player of the game for many years but has 5+ years of coaching experience with ages 10-18. She is starting her third season with MVP. Coach Morgan brings a smiling face, and an energetic personality to the club and is excited to be a part of a great organization to develop young athletes into great volleyball players.


Jess Wolles

Coach Wolles (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. Jess is a currently a teacher in the LeMars Community  School District.  This will be Coach Wolles' 6th year coaching with MVP and her 9th year coaching the sport.


Tyra Blue

Coach Tyra is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She came to Sioux City to play volleyball for Briar Cliff University. She finished playing  with the Chargers in 2021 and was a Grad Assistant for the 2022 season. Tyra has a degree in Marketing with a minor in Legal Studies. She has also been involved in Enactus as a project lead and tutor for Girls Inc. After School Program.


Mary Miller

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 23 years at the High School level and 14 years at the Collegiate level.  Mary is currently a teacher at Dakota Valley High School and has led a very successful Dakota Valley volleyball team to the South Dakota High School State Tournament the past three years.  Mary is married to Scott and has a daughter, Logan.


KRISTI WILSHIRE

Coach Krisiti has been involved in Siouxland athletics for her entire life. She attended Bishop Heelan High School before continuing her education and athletic careers at South Dakota State for her first year. Kristi then transferred to Briar Cliff University and played both softball and volleyball. After college, Krisiti continued in athletics as a coach at South Sioux High school and at Bishop Heelan High School. She has been very active at MVP United coaching camps, lessons, and various teams over the last 10 years.


Ashley Vande Stouwe

This will be Coach Vande Stouwe's 5th season coaching with MVP.  Ashley played 4 years of volleyball at Morningside College and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education. Ashley is currently a preschool teacher at Mary J. Treglia Community House. Coach Vande Stouwe is the head coach for the Sioux City East's volleyball team and was honored as Coach of the Year for the MRAC Conference in 2022. 


Olivia Petersen

Coach Olivia is originally from Harlan, Iowa where she played club volleyball for River City Jrs. for 9 seasons. She also spent time coaching for the club. She is currently in her 3rd year at Briar Cliff University where she is playing volleyball while pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology and minoring in Psychology. Olivia was also named an NAIA scholar athlete in the 2020-2021 season. This will be her 4th season coaching for MVP.


Michelle Morgan

Coach Michelle grew up in Nevada and played club volleyball for Power Points. She played in multiple USAV events throughout her career. Michelle coached with MVP in 2011 and then had a near fatal brain injury in 2012 that took her out of coaching for a while. After her recovery, she resumed coaching youth and then began coaching at the high school level 5 yrs ago. Coach Michelle is currently with North High School where she has been the freshman coach for 4 years. She is the mother of 2, son Brandon (25) daughter Courtney (19). 


TARYN NOTHEM

Coach Taryn grew up in Orange City, Iowa and played multiple sports for MOC-Floyd Valley high school. She is in her second year coaching at MVP United. Coach Taryn just finished her sophomore volleyball season at Briar Cliff University. While at Briar Cliff, she is studying Criminal Justice and Psychology.


Tannah Heath

Coach Tannah is in her 3rd year coaching for MVP. She grew up in Windsor, Colorado where she played all four years at Windsor High School. She also played club volleyball at North Stars and Loveland Volleyball Clubs in the area. Tannah spent her first 2 college seasons at Sheridan College before transferring to Briar Cliff University where she has been named 2 time GPAC All-Conference Honorable Mention. 


Isaiah Baynes

Isaiah played club volleyball in his junior and senior year of high school, while also playing in high level tournaments throughout the year since he was 16. Isaiah went on to play for Mankato State University’s men’s club volleyball team for 3 seasons. While at Mankato State, Isaiah was a coach at girls volleyball skills camps held for girls of all ages. He also helped the women’s NCAA Division 2 teams as a volunteer assistant, and practice player. He is currently in his second season at Morningside University.


BRIDGET SMITH

This is Bridget’s second season coaching with MVP United. She comes from the Omaha area with a ton of training experience. She has been playing volleyball since she was 5, including starting club volleyball with Premier Nebraska Volleyball Club since she was 10 years old. In her club career, she was part of the 2021 USAV 18 Open National Championship team. In Bridget’s high school career, she was named 2x All State Class A Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Star Journal and the Omaha World Herald. She was also All Metro 3rd Team. Bridget also has coaching experience working with her father’s teams at Premier Nebraska Volleyball Club. She just finished her second season at Morningside University.


CLAIRE WILSON

Claire is in her second year coaching at MVP United. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska Claire began playing volleyball at 7 years old and then played for River City Juniors from middle school through high school. During her high school career, she was named First Team All River City Conference in 2 of her 4 years playing. Claire just finished her second season at Morningside University where she plays as a middle blocker and right side hitter.


Kali Angerman - Floater 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.


Monica Chamberlain - FLOATER COACH

This is Coach Chamberlain’s third 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.


MVP United

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