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
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.
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.
Megan Haas brought her talents to MVA in 2015 after being an All-Conference and Offensive MVP player at Lakeview High School.She loves coaching because it allows her to pass her love for the game on to younger players. Her favorite coaching quote is “the two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort” and her strengths lie in instilling this in her players and pushing them to be their best.Megan still loves to play volleyball and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dayle Wood joined MVA in 2015 after playing at Grant High School and Aquinas College where she was the Champion of Character Award recipient in 2016 and 2017.Dayle’s coaching mentor taught her essential lessons, wisdom, and helped build character on and off the court and it motivates her to instill these items in her players.Her favorite part of coaching is when an athlete has their light bulb moment and they start to understand the game.Dayle is a chiropractic assistant, loves going on spontaneous adventures, and playing ping pong with her sister.
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 Dykema is a current member of the Cornerstone University Volleyball team and is a former South Christian standout where she was All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State Honorable Mention. She is also an alumna of MVA who spent her senior year with the program.She joins the MVA staff in 2018 and is ready to bring her wealth of experience to a new generation of players.Hannah loves coaching because she can combine her abilities in leadership and teaching with her passion for volleyball.She is studying pre-occupational therapy and loves being outside.
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.
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.
Brooke Nicholson is a current member of the Cornerstone University volleyball team and a former GR Catholic Central All-Conference player.She joined MVA in 2017 and loves volleyball because of the passion and hardwork it requires.Her favorite part of coaching is seeing the girls improve, work together, and most importantly have fun.She strives to bring energy and communication to her team every single day.When she’s not playing, coaching, or studying, Brooke enjoys all varieties of sports and physical activity and ehanging with her friends.
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.
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.
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.