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2010-2011 Teams

 

Meet the Coaches

Brian Lund

 

Brian Lund
12s Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I have been playing volleyball around 20 years and am still an active player in the USVBA.  I have coached at various levels of high school ball for the last 14 years. The first 7 years at John Marshall (1 year as a volunteer, 2 years Junior Varsity and 4 years Varsity) and now my current home of Lourdes for the last 7 years.  (1 year of 9th grade, 1 year of 10th grade and just finished my 5th year as Varsity coach)  I have run 4-6th and 7-8th grade camps for the Lourdes school system.   This is my second year with SMV.   I moved up to work with the 12-1's this year after working with the 12-2's and 12-3's last season.  I am looking forward to another great year.
I am a RYVA coach because: I really enjoy teaching and coaching volleyball.  It never gets old to see players advance their skills and confidence over the course of the season.  That makes all the time and effort well worth it.

Ashley Bjorge

 

Sara Duxbury
12-2 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I have enjoyed playing and watching volleyball since I was in high school.  In college along with my teaching degree I decided to get my coaching degree, so that I was able to introduce the sport to others who wanted to be competitive in volleyball.  I had been a head coach at Dover-Eyota from 1986-1988 and was an assistant coach at Mayo in 1989.  In 1990-2001 I was the head coach at Chatfield finishing my career with over 300 varsity wins.  In 1996 I was selected the Section One Volleyball Coach of the Year.   Even though I stepped down as a varsity coach to raise my family I continue to be active in the Minnesota State High School League by being the Section One Representative.  In 2007 I attended the Final Four NCAA Volleyball Championship matches which inspired me and excited me about getting back into coaching the sport. I was an assistant coach for the 14 Elite Southern Minnesota Volleyball Team in 2008-2009.
I am a RYVA coach because:  I enjoy working with kids who have a strong desire to be the best they can be.   It is fun to work with kids as they demonstrate their hard work and dedication in practice and games so they are successful with their own individual goals.  I look forward to being a part of the SMV program this year.

 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Ashley Good
12s Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: This is my first year coaching with SMV. I have been playing volleyball since I was in junior high. I played for Rochester Lourdes High School and SMV, and then played intramurals in college.
I am a RYVA coach because: I enjoy playing volleyball and teaching others to play. I am excited to work with the 12s teams and watch them learn to enjoy the sport and develop new skills.

Greg Herbert

Greg Herbert
14-1 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I have been playing volleyball for around 20+ years. I began playing after I got burned out playing hockey.  This is my fifth year coaching with SMV.  I began coaching with RYVA when my daughter decided that volleyball was the sport she wanted to focus on and chose to play for RYVA.    In prior years I have coached teams at the 14’s, 15’s, and 16’s age levels. This is my second year coaching the 14-1’s and I thoroughly enjoy it.
I am a RYVA coach because:  I love Volleyball and coaching…To the point that even though my daughter is now done with her high school and JO volleyball career, I have stayed to continue coaching.  The reward for me is seeing the players that I have coached in the past play every fall for their respective school teams and succeed both on an individual and team level.  Volleyball at RYVA has made such a positive impact on so many girls through the years and I am so proud to be a continuing part of it…That, and it’s just plain fun and exciting!!!!

 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Rich Anderson
14-1 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Ashley Bjorge

 

Kourtnee Vehrenkamp
14-1 Volunteer Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: This is my second year coaching. I had a blast last year. I have played volleyball since I was 7 years old until last year when I had surgery on my wrist due to a torn ligament and fluid.
I am a RYVA coach because: I have played for RYVA for 4 years so I figured that I should coach for RYVA.

Larry Priestly

 

Larry Priestly
14-2 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer for several years while my kids were growing up.  This is the seventh year I have been coaching volleyball with SMV/RYVA and am a CAP I certified coach.  I have been embracing the challenge of bringing
young players into the sport by coaching 12's and 14's during this time with our program.  I coached for the Lourdes Junior High program for four years.  I have been playing at all levels in the Rochester volleyball leagues for many years - both indoor and outdoor.
I am a RYVA coach because:I have always loved the sport of volleyball. I started coaching volleyball as an assistant when my daughter started playing.  Since then I have enjoyed teaching our young girls not only the fundamental skills of the game, but also life experience.  My goal is to spread the love of the game, the team work, ethics, and attitude. My hope is that every player can take away a personal appreciation of the game and continue to enjoy volleyball for life.  I try to teach
winning - not always measured by points on the scoreboard, but by personal accomplishment and growth as well as interpersonal skill development.  The most rewarding part of coaching is seeing the growth of each individual as well as growth of the team as a unit.  As an extra bonus, the athletes I coach always teach me a great deal too.  

 

Leslie Elvert

 

Leslie Elvert
14-2 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I began playing volleyball in 5th grade. I played on school teams through high school. Playing at the MN State Tournament was a highlight my senior year. I played intramurals during college and have played in Rochester leagues nearly every year since.
I am a RYVA coach because: My daughter has been in SMV for the past couple of years, and I've seen how terrific this club is and have much respect for the SMV program, philosophy and coaches. Being an assistant coach is an opportunity for me to share my passion for volleyball with young players while being mentored by a great coach.  I am excited to help the players develop as individuals and as a team.

Sara Heim

 

Sara Heim
15-1 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I've played volleyball since I was in 5th grade.  I played for Wabasha-Kellogg High School then at Ripon College, starting all 4 years as the Libero, and broke school records for number of digs.  I've coached the younger clubs at Wabasha-Kellogg while I was a player myself.  Then, while attending college in Ripon, I was the head coach for the 16's and 15's division.  I joined SMV last year (assistant coach 16 gold) because I remembered how great of a program it was when I was a player, and wanted to contribute to the success of the prorgram.  I have also gained experience as a volunteer coach at RCTC this fall.  I am coaching the 15-1’s this year.
I am a RYVA coach because: I am an RYVA coach because I want to share my love of the sport with current athletes.  I've also been a player learning from many different coaches.  I want to combine the strengths from each coach to become the best coach and mentor that I can be for these younger athletes, to help them grow as a player and a person. 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Jen Henke
15-1 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Melanie Lane

 

Melanie Lane
16-1 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I am a St. Charles native and alumni where I was an active athlete in the volleyball program and Junior Olympic programs. My experience with SMV started when I was a senior as a part of the 18 Elite team.  I am a 2007 graduate of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa where I played volleyball for three years before graduating with a BA in Communications. I just finished my fourth season as the Assistant Coach at Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC).  This is also my fourth season with SMV, and I am also active in other RYVA programs as a coach for youth clinics and camps.  In May, I will graduate with my Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Sports Management through Winona State University.
I am a RYVA coach because: Volleyball is usually the best part of my day.  The most rewarding part of coaching is watching my athletes set goals for themselves, overcoming those goals and advancing to levels they never thought they could.  Growing up, the best mentors I had were a few special volleyball coaches. I only hope to be as much a positive influence in young women’s lives as I’ve had coaches in the past make a difference in mine.

 

Rick Lane

 

Rick Lane
16-1 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:I was involved with the St. Charles Club Volleyball before joining SMV eight years ago.  I started coaching at SMV when my daughter played.  Now I am fortunate enough to be able to coach along side her.
I am a RYVA coach because: I love the competition and the game of volleyball. I enjoy working with each girl to see them improve each practice and each tournament.  There is nothing better than to see the look in an athlete’s eyes when the light bulb goes on and you know they finally get what you have been coaching.  It is extremely rewarding to watch a group of young athletes come from different schools and towns, bond together to create new friendships and create a high-level completive unit.  

 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Randy Ayshford
16-2 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Ashley Bjorge

 

Crystal Schmitz
16-2 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I have been playing volleyball since 5th grade.  I played in grade school, high school and  Junior Olympic volleyball for 5 years.  I currently play both co-ed and women's rec league here in Rochester and have for the past 5 years. This is my third year coaching with SMV.  I have previously coached at the 14's level and am excited to be working with the 16-2s this year.  I have also helped out with a number of RYVA clinics and camps.  This past year I coached the RYVA 8th grade girls team for the first time as well.
I am a RYVA coach because: I loving coaching volleyball first of all because this is the game I love.  I can't get enough of it and I just love to be around the sport.  Being both coach and mentor to these girls is an amazing experience.  I love being able to see the girls grow as both individual players and as a team over the year.  Knowing what a positive influence my J.O. coaches had in my life and how important volleyball has been to me since, I hope to be a small part of a similar experience for these girls now.  I feel privileged to be a part of the SMV coaching staff where I get to work with some amazing coaches and learn from their experience.   

 

Deb Hegerle

Deb Hegerle
17-1 Elite Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I played volleyball at Osseo High School and the University of Minnesota – 4 years. I was one of the original 6 founders of MVI Camps
and played many years with USVBA. My coaching experience includes B-Squad Coach – Wayzata HS, Varsity Coach – Cretin Derham Hall HS, Northern Lights – 16-1’s, 18-1’s (6 years), and 9th Grade Coach – Kasson Mantorville HS. This is my 5 season with SMV and I’ve enjoyed working with all the great people and promoting VB in SE Minnesota.
I am a RYVA coach because:I love working with young ladies, not only on the court teaching them the game, but also the off court time when I can get to know them on a personal level. I enjoy watching the hard work in practice pay off when a team plays together and succeeds…which is not always measured by wins. I enjoy the conflicts that arise amongst members of a team because that’s an opportunity to help them learn how to deal with conflict which is a part of everyday life.

 

Laura Otto

 

Laura Otto
17-1 Elite Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: This is my third year as an assistant coach for SMV and I have been playing volleyball for 13 years.
I am a RYVA coach because: I feel like there is always something to learn when playing volleyball and coaching gives me another perspective on the sport I love.  I have continued to learn new things about the game and about myself in my experience coaching and I hope to continue to expand my knowledge this year.  I also enjoy mentoring the players of the teams I have coached.  Some of my volleyball coaches and teammates were the  most influential people in my youth and I hope to give back what I have gained from knowing these people.

Ashley Bjorge

 

Dave Bowman
17-1 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: UofM VB Club member 1979-82, staff member at Spikeworks in Mpls 2000-03 (an indoor/outdoor sand volleyball warehouse), MSHSL Girls VB Official 2000-present, NCRUSAV Provisional Referee 2009-10. Predominately a beach player since college.
I am a RYVA coach because: My family moved to Roch this past July from Savage.  My wife, Lisa, is a midwife at The Mayo Clinic, and we have two hopefully aspiring volleyball players Adrian(4) and Natalie(3).Power volleyball runs in my family.  In college, I was introduced to the game by my older brother, Bob, whose daughters both played on the UofM women's team, and whose son is also a very skilled player.  Transitioning from playing to refereeing to coaching has been a goal of mine for quite a while and I'm grateful to RYVA for giving me this opportunity. 

 

Amber Zitzow

 

Amber Zitzow
18-1 Elite Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Ashley Bjorge

 

Tori Ristau
18-1 Elite Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: This is my second year with SMV 18-1s, and I am very excited to be back. I am a 2008 graduate of Fillmore Central High School where I had the privilege of playing on the varsity squad for four years. After high school I went on to play at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. However, suffering from a knee injury I was unable to play and transferred closer to home where I then played for the Rochester Yellowjackets for two seasons. I have experience both at the setting and defensive specialist positions. As well as playing I have also had experience coaching with the Fillmore Central and Kenyon-Wanamingo JO Programs with the 14's and 16's age divisions.
I am a RYVA coach because: I am a RYVA coach because I absolutely love the sport of volleyball. It's one thing to have played it for many years, but to be able to help and see young women grow on the volleyball court is amazing. Also, having recently been through many of the same goals and obstacles as the young ladies I coach, I am able to offer a sense of mentorship that I hope has a long lasting affect. If I can only be half as successful as some of my previous coaches, I am guaranteed to make a difference in the lives of the players I coach.

Ashley Bjorge

 

MiKayla Valvick
18-1 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Sherry Looker

Sherry Looker
18-2 Head Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: Hi my name is Sherry Looker. I have coached at SMV for 9 seasons, primarily at the 14's level, with some 12's experience as well. I have always had a passion for sports, especially volleyball and
basketball, playing both during high school, college, and a major portion of my adult life. My oldest daughter got me interested in coaching back when she was in 6th grade.  She played in the USYVL which was a beginner's volleyball league.  Parents were welcome to join in, learn the basics and develop a sound fundamental instructor perspective of the game.  I then began to be involved in Rochester Youth Volleyball the same year in the winter.  Again the scenario was similar, we have kids, we could sure use some parents to help with the programs. So under leadership of Bob Koerner and Randy Ayshford, I gained experience as a coach for 12's and then I settled into coaching the 14's for the past 7
years. The game of volleyball has transitioned into a game of positions, defensive and offensive strategies.  There has been Olympic and European and Japanese influence into much of our game as it is played today.  It is incredible and so exciting to watch professional and aggressive volleyball from 14 years old and up thru the ranks, to college and Olympic volleyball. As I was out there in my early years as a coach, I was inspired to learn more of the game today to become a better coach, so I have a rather sophisticated library, and have attended many volleyball clinics regionally, including clinics by Dennis Amundsen(ex Gopher setter coach,
and Twins pitching coach), Pat Powers(Olympian player), and Walt Weavers MVI clinic in Apple Valley.  My aspirations are to continue teaching the game of volleyball, and keep learning.
I am a RYVA coach because: As I continue to grow as a coach, I realize that there is more than one way to do it, and be successful at most volleyball skills, and when you watch others play or watch others coach, you can gain an appreciation for all the unique ways.  So as a coach, it is so important to be open-minded, to enjoy doing what you do, to like the players, and be yourself, and hopefully impart some of your wisdom and leadership skills onto them, as well as role modeling. Over the years, I did coach both my daughters, but of the years coaching, I have had more teams where neither of my girls played on my team.  I felt fulfilled to be able to accomplish teaching young lady athletes about the game of volleyball and about life lessons.  It's not always winning, but how you played the game, or being honest on that call, paying attention reffing or doing the scorebook, representing your team, your town, and your club are more important.  It's also not always about winning, but sometimes about losing gracefully. Coaching is challenging when you have a full time job.  My full time job is working with cancer patients and giving chemotherapy.  There it is about life or death. The days are fulfilling at work as well. So sometimes I come to volleyball to get away from my work, to have an
outlet, to exercise, to just be me, outside of work. Volleyball has provided that for me. Also, I have some of the nicest friends through our club.  It's an awesome thing to have coaches that are experiencing the same sort of issues as yourself, or the ups and downs that go with coaching. So if you ask me why I coach, it's because I love it, I love the girls,
the gym, the lessons that you learn every day to be a better person.  

 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Kathryn Kuecker
18-2 Assistant Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because:

Ashley Bjorge

 

Danielle Freetly
Volunteer Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: Varsity Team Captain for Rochester Lourdes High School volleyball team
I am a RYVA coach because: Playing volleyball any way that you can is a great.  Helping out with a team or coaching a team is a lot of fun because you can share the information that you know with people who may look up to you.  It also pushes your own skill limit as a coach because you are demonstrating the correct way to play.  You can be both beneficial to yourself and your team. 

Ashley Bjorge

Claire Friedoff
Volunteer Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience: I have played both SMV and high school volleyball.  I started SMV in seventh grade and continued for 4 years.  I played for Lourdes four years, two on varsity, and was a senior captain this year.
I am a RYVA coach because: Although I don't have the time to join a team, I still wanted some involvement with volleyball.  I really enjoy coming in for practices and helping the girls improve their skills, as well as just being around the game.  I am happy to offer my skills to help coaches whenever they need an extra set of hands.

 

Ashley Bjorge

 

Lauren Herbert
Volunteer Coach

Volleyball/Coaching Experience:
I am a RYVA coach because: