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
Emily Blankespoor has been with MVA since 2015, has been coaching since 2012, and was an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference standout at South Christian HS.Emily just finished her 4th year as a member of the Calvin College volleyball team where she was a team captain.One of her best traits as a coach is her ability to foster relationship building.Her Calvin coach and Aunt, Amber Warners, has been her mentor and biggest coaching influence and she strives to embody and promote the same positive team culture that she has.Emily is set to graduate this spring with a sports management degree and is getting married in July!
Katelin Broughton started coaching with MVA in 2016. She started her coaching in Pennsylvania in 2009 after being an All-Conference setter at Summit University and an All-District MVP at Mansfield High.Katelin is a fundamental coach who focuses on team bonding and character building components as coaching volleyball is so much more than a sport to her.When she is not coaching Katelin is a full-time nanny and is working on starting an in-home daycare.
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.
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 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.
Chelsea Clapper started coaching with MVA in 2008 and is a Rockford HS and GRCC volleyball alumna.She enjoys that coaching has allowed her to take a step back and see things from a different point of view, but her extensive playing experience also allows her to coach and describe things in a way that clicks for players.Chelsea also loves seeing girls from different backgrounds and personalities bond and come together throughout a club season.She works full time at Spectrum Health on a GI unit, loves Dave Matthews Band, spending time outdoors and traveling with her daughter Charlotte and their lab Leo!
Kali Crawford is a 2016 graduate of Northview High School where she was an All-Conference setter.An MVA alumna with four years as an athlete in the program, she went on to play at Lindenwood University and is now a part of the Aquinas College volleyball team.Kali has been coaching at MVA since 2016 and is a strong positive motivator.She loves coaching because she has had great coaches that shaped who she is, and hopes to have the same impact on her players.Kali is motivated by a strong desire to be the best version of herself and brings that to the court every day.When she’s not studying or playing volleyball, Kali loves running, baking, or doing anything crafty.
Amanda Glaza is an MVA alumna who spent four years in the program as an athlete. She has been coaching for us since 2013. She played at Rockford HS where she was a Class A State Champion and then went on to play at GRCC and GVSU. While there she collected MCCAA All-Conference, NJCAA All-Tournament team, and GLIAC All-Academic Team honors. As a player at MVA/GRCC, Amanda found great mentorship in Mayme and Chip and hopes to do the same for her players. Her favorite quote is “you can always control two things; your attitude, and how hard you work” and drives her team to be inspired by those same words. For her day jobs Amanda is a Student-Athlete Navigator and Assistant Volleyball Coach at GRCC.
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 considers himself a student of the game and loves the science behind it.Jacob also works in real estate in Grand Rapids and has a photography business on the side.
Mary Konsoer-Rose is a Forest Hills Eastern graduate, has been a coach there since 2012, and has been with MVA since 2015. She ran track at Cornerstone University and still loves running races today.Mary strives to make her athletes strong, loving, motivated individuals on and off the court.She pushes her athletes outside of their comfort zone to help them create situations where they have to problem solve and work hard to reach their goals.Mary is a full-time underwriter, enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, dog, and pig (yes…pig).
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.
Jordan McCulloch joined the MVA staff in 2015 and is a former Davenport University Men’s Volleyball player. He was the 2nd assistant at Ferris State for 4 years and is a current assistant for the Aquinas Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams.Jordan has a passion for learning new techniques and improving on different methods of coaching.He loves that coaching allows you to help instill strong values in players, as well as teach the game he loves.Jordan is a full-time coach, but he also drives for Lyft and runs a YouTube series on the side.
Rick Schroeder is the Head Women’s and Men’s Coach at Aquinas College and has been with MVA since 2015.Rick comes to Michigan via California where he played at Orange Coast College, UC Santa Cruz, and was an All-Conference player and a national runner up.Rick has been coaching since 2006 and has extensive club, high school, and college experience.Rick’s favorite quote is by John Wooden, “Worry about what you can control, instead of what you cannot”.He loves motivating young athletes to set goals and find ways to achieve things they didn’t think was possible.Rick is newly married and enjoys a variety of activities, such as bowling, disc golf, and hiking with his wife and their dog.
Aspen Stuedemann is new to MVA in 2018 but brings her extensive playing expertise to our coaching staff. She was an All-Conference, All-Region selection at Seneca HS (IL) and an alumna of the Ferris State volleyball program. Aspen has been coaching since 2014 and enjoys helping teams build relationships and mental toughness. She is passionate about shaping strong, independent, confident women and showing them the value of hard work. Aspen is a substitute teacher and a photographer who loves to read and travel.
Anna Tollefson joined the MVA staff in the fall of 2017 as the Assistant Director.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 2011, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Molly Boyer is a former All-Conference player from Marcellus HS and joined the MVA staff in 2016 after coaching for Aim High and Forest Hills Eastern Middle School.She is a dedicated coach who enjoys helping athletes better their talents, and themselves, and hopes her knowledge and experience have a lasting impact on her athletes.Molly is a Davenport University graduate, works full time at The Campbell Group, has two dogs, and loves reading and snowboarding.
Kendra DeJonge is a current member of the GRCC volleyball team where she is a second team All-American, All-Region, All-Conference, and Conference Freshman of the year.Kendra is a former Rockford HS athlete where she gained All-Conference and All-State HM awards.An MVA alumna who spent six years in MVA as an athlete, she is just starting her coaching career here at MVA in 2018 and her strength in working with younger athletes lie with her patience and communication skills.Kendra’s life is all volleyball all the time, but when she does get a minute away she enjoys spending it outside with her friends and family.
Hannah Galloway is a Tecumseh HS and GVSU club volleyball alumna where she as a first team All-State and first team All-American respectively. She joined MVA in 2018 where she brings her patience, kindness, and respect to her coaching. Hannah loves coaching as it allows her to give back to the sport she loves and hopes to foster that same love for the sport in her players. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outside and is finishing her degree in Allied Health/Nursing at GVSU.
Lauren Helsen is a former All-Conference, All-Regional, All-State standout at Coopersville HS.She continued her career playing at GRCC where she was All-Conference, All-Region selection.Lauren has been coaching with MVA since 2016 and one of her strengths is her ability to relate with players since she is still a player herself.She enjoys coaching young players who are just being introduced to volleyball and hopes to help them gain a love for the sport. Lauren is a nursing major, likes reading Harry Potter, and enjoys vacationing at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Megan Jezak joined MVA in 2017 and is a former player for Holt High School.She uses persistence, constructive criticism, and goofiness to create a positive, safe, and challenging environment for her players.She strongly believes in the ability of sport to develop an individual’s leadership and teamwork skills throughout life.Megan is a social media intern for GR Now, an advertising/PR/marketing student at GVSU, enjoys photography, and is a huge MSU fan.
Samantha Kemperman has been coaching since 2011 and joined the MVA staff in 2017. She is a former Hope College volleyball athlete as well as a GR Christian alumna. One of Samantha’s favorite parts of coaching is getting to know new groups of players and helping them reach their potential. She loves volleyball because of its fast pace and the need to be vocal and operate as a team. Sam is a math teacher and the JV Coach at West Catholic HS. She enjoys low key days where she can binge on Netflix and talk walks with her labradoodle Clifford!
Destiny Kuzee is a 2016 Morley Stanwood graduate where she was an All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State volleyball athlete.She is a current player at Davenport University and has been coaching with us since she graduated High School.Destiny loves coaching younger athletes because their “ah ha” moments are profound and seeing their progress over the year is incredibly motivating.She coaches by the quote “be willing to do the small things and you’ll be making the big things happen”.Density is majoring in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy and is looking forward to her internship at Spectrum Health.
Beth Loehfelm brings over 28 years of volleyball coaching experience to MVA, where she has coached since 2007.She has coached youth, club, varsity, and national level athletes throughout Michigan, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and the Cayman Islands.Beth is Temperance Bedford alumna and continued her volleyball career at The Ohio State University, Marshall University, and on the Cayman Islands National team.She has coached at Northview HS, Forest Hills Central HS, and the GVSU Women’s Club team where she was a NCCS Coach of the Year finalist.Beth has her BS in Exercise Science from Ohio State and is a certified personal trainer.She currently is a realtor in Grand Rapids and an adjunct professor at GVSU.Beth and her husband, Erik, have four daughters who are also athletes and coaches for MVA.
Kayla Salyer is new to the MVA staff in 2017 but is a former player with the program.She is currently a member of the GRCC Volleyball team and was an All-Region and All-Conference player at Coopersville. Kayla loves that volleyball allows you to “leave it all at the door” and knows it can be a great stress reliever as well as an influential atmosphere to help athletes develop strong leadership skills.Kayla is a business major, enjoys binging on Netflix with her roommates, and going on family outings when she can fit it into her busy schedule.
Meghan Scanlon has been coaching with MVA since its inception in 2007.She was a Jenison HS standout and completed her career at GVSU.Meghan has coached around the area for over a decade, including high school, youth teams, and as a setting coach at GVSU.Being around volleyball her entire life, Meghan has developed a passion for coaching that goes well beyond the court.She balances fun and competitiveness to help her players enjoy the game while continuously improving.Meghan loves to read, is a self-proclaimed science nerd, and is obsessed with her dog Charlotte.
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!
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.
Nicole Ybarra joined MVA staff in 2017, but has been coaching in the club and high school scene since 2015.A Kalamazoo native, Nicole played for Parchment HS and was also a member of the club volleyball at Michigan State.Nicole instills in her players that mistakes part of the learning process and will help them grow as players.She believes that a positive attitude and encouragement will always lead to positive results.With her daughter Kayden in MVA, her son playing travel baseball, and her husband also coaching travel sports, much of their family life revolves around sports and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Jenea Born comes to MVA in 2018 via Goshen, IN where she has been coaching since 2015. She loves seeing athletes improve and fall deeper in love with the game. Jenea enjoys coaching because it allows her to teach athletes not just volleyball, but about life skills and building relationships as well. Jenea is a student at Calvin College, a member of their swim team, and is a certified lifeguard and swing instructor.
Demi Kuzee started at MVA in the spring of 2017, completed her High School career at Morley Stanwood and is a current player at Davenport University.She has been running youth volleyball camps since high school and has been a part of our 12U program since.Demi enjoys giving back to kids what she received when she was little, and loves helping them achieve their goals.She enjoys seeing her words become actions and working with athletes who want to learn something new.Demi’s favorite athlete is Kerri Walsh, she loves playing all different sports, and horseback riding.
Sarah Pittman joins MVA in 2018 as a graduate of Gross Ilse HS where she was the team MVP. She loves volleyball because it is such a team sport and you must rely on your teammates to reach common goals. Sarah works hard to provide constant feedback and foster team chemistry to help teach players to succeed within a team. Sarah is a student at GVSU, a member of their club volleyball team, and enjoys spending time with her two kittens that she rescued.
Emma Summerfield has been coaching with MVA since 2016 after playing college volleyball at Grace Bible College. She is an alumna of the MVA program and is motivated by seeing improvements and results in each of her players and loves the relationships that can be fostered, on and off the court, within a team.Her main strength is her ability to stay positive in all situations.When she’s not coaching Emma is lifeguard at the YMCA, enjoys reading, and playing the piano.