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Coaching Bios

MVA 2019 Season Coaching Staff

National & Elite Coaching Staff

Abby Aiken

Head Coach | 17 National Black

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

Abby Aiken

Jaimie Brandon

Assistant Coach | 15 Elite Blue

Jaimie Brandon

Ali Burgess

Co-Head Coach | 16 National Black

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.

Ali Burgess

Joey Cha

Head Coach | 15 National Silver

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.

Joey Cha

Betsy DeVries

Assistant Coach | 15 National Black

Betsy DeVries is a former Calvin College player where she was MIAA MVP and a Final Four All-Tournament selection.She has been coaching since 2007, was an Assistant at Calvin College, various middle schools, and was the North Pointe Christian Varsity Coach for 4 years. Betsy is a teacher first, and as such she implements positive instruction into her coaching.She believes in the team aspect of volleyball and how it teaches discipline, teamwork, and fun; skills that translate well in life beyond sports!Betsy and her husband Mike have 3 children (Sarah is an MVA alumna and coach, Alyssa is a current player!) and enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.

Betsy DeVries

Jessica Dood

Head Coach | 14 Elite White

Jessica Dood is an MVA alumna who has been coaching since 2013.  She had an outstanding playing career where she was All-State at Grandville HS, All-Conference at Oakland University, is 7th on the 1000+ kill list at Oakland and played professionally in Spain.  While Jessica loves playing the game of volleyball, one of the reasons she retired from her professional career was to pursue coaching so that she can help younger athletes fulfill their goals of being great volleyball players too.  Her extensive playing career allows her to understand the game from both the coach and player perspective and drives her to share her knowledge and love for the game with every athlete she comes across.  Jessica is a full time Physical Therapy Tech and is pursuing a Doctorate in PT.  In her free time, she loves to help coach her sister Zoey at MVA and keeps her competitive spirit alive by playing in coed 4’s leagues and tournaments.

Jessica Dood

Amanda Glaza

Assistant Coach | 18 National Black

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.

Amanda Glaza

Megan Haas

Head Coach | 13 Elite Black

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 is a teacher who still loves to play volleyball and has a goal to visit all 50 states!

Megan Haas

Jacob Huston

Head Coach | 15 Elite White

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 was a member of the Central Michigan Men’s Volleyball Team, considers himself a student of the game and loves the science behind it.Jacob works at a physical rehab center I operations and enjoys traveling, he spends the rest of his free time on his boat with friends and family.

Jacob Huston

Megan Jezak

Head Coach | 13 Elite Blue

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.

Megan Jezak

Megan Kulak

Head Coach | 14 Elite Blue

Megan Kulak joined MVA in 2009 after playing at Byron Center HS and Grand Rapids Community College.She has been coaching high school since 2011, was an assistant coach at GRCC, and is the current Varsity coach at West Catholic HS.Megan brings her constant communication, positive energy, and motivation to her athletes every day.For her, the best part of coaching is being able to share experiences and passion for volleyball with a new generation of athletes.Megan is a development assistant and special events coordinator at West Catholic, she has a B.S. in Social Work from GVSU, and loves to read and bake in her free time.

Megan Kulak

Sarah Kulfan

Head Coach | 17 Elite Blue

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.

Sarah Kulfan

Riley Kwiatkowski

Head Coach | 14 Elite Teal

Riley Kwiatkowski

Carlson Ngong

Assistant Coach | 17 National Black

Carlson Ngong joined MVA in 2018 after coming to the US from Bamenda Cameroon.He was a member for the GVSU Men’s volleyball team and credits his college coaches for taking a chance and helping him develop in volleyball and life.Carlson is an inspirational coach who uses his own journey and experiences to help players see the best in themselves and encourage them to reach their full potential.He believes in the development of players on and off the court, and drives the principles of hard work, teamwork, and the willingness and ability to learn every day.Carlson has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from GVSU and works on the eCommerce team for Meijer.In his free time, he loves to read, continue learning, and playing volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Carlson Ngong

Anna Tollefson

Head Coach | 15 National Black

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.

Anna Tollefson

Eno Umoh

Head Coach | 15 Elite Blue

Eno Umoh has been coaching since 2009 and came to MVA after a standout career at GVSU.  Eno was a middle hitter where she earned All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference honors.  She is 3rd on the GVSU career block list and 2nd on the career block assists.  Eno has developed a great ability to break down and teach skills to athletes of all ages.  Having not received formal volleyball training until her first year at GVSU Eno understands the process and how to be patient with athletes if they get frustrated while learning.  She loves to coach because her life has been so positively impacted by her coaches and teammates and instills the lessons she learned in her everyday life.  Eno is a neuro rehabilitation case manager and is working on completed her MBA.  She enjoys traveling, hanging with friends, and binge-watching Netflix.

Eno Umoh

Tyler Vanheukelom

Head Coach | 16 Elite Blue

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.

Tyler Vanheukelom

Craig Vlietstra

Head Coach | 14 National Black

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.

Craig Vlietstra

Mayme Vlietstra

Head Coach | 16 National Black

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.

Mayme Vlietstra

Chip Will

Head Coach | 18 National Black

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.

Chip Will

Dayle Wood

Head Coach | 15 Elite Teal

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.

Dayle Wood

Lauren Wieber

Assistant Coach | 14 National Black

Lauren Wieber has been coaching at MVA since 2015 and is an alumna of Kenowa Hills HS, GRCC and played at Benedictine University respectively.During her career Lauren was an All-American, All-Region, All-Conference athlete and a recipient of the JVA Athleader award.She loves coaching because of how rewarding it is to work with youth athletes.She relates to them well, as she has been in the exact same spot in their journey and can help guide them through the tough times.Lauren is a very driven and keeps herself busy as a full-time student and working a full-time job.When she gets a few down moments, she is tacking house projects and loves spending times with her dog!

Lauren Wieber

Regional Coaches

Ashlin Aiken

11 Regional

Ashlin Aiken is an Onsted HS alumna who played for HVVC in her youth and at Ohio Dominican University.She joined MVA in 2019 and has been working at the MSA Fieldhouse since 2016.Ashlin’s favorite part of coaching is being able to help young players grow and how rewarding it is to see athletes progress in their skills after putting in the hard work.She hopes to instill the same joy, fun, and love for the game that she discovered.Ashlin has a BS in Exercise Science from GVSU and in her spare time enjoys working out, watching crime shows, and spending time with her kitten Clark.

Molly Boyer

17 Regional

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.

Molly Boyer

Chuck Erbe

17 Regional

Chuck Erbe

Hannah Dykema

14 Regional

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 Dykema

Hannah Galloway

13 Regional

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.

Hannah Galloway

Lauren Jonker

12 Regional

Lauren Jonker

Maggie Miller

13 Regional

Maggie Miller joined MVA in 2018 after being an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference player at Frankfort HS and the team MVP at Alma College.  She is both enthusiastic and patient and leads by example every day. Maggie credits her first coach for impacting her entire athletic career, for not just making her a better volleyball player, but a better person as well.  She hopes to be the same positive influence for her athletes and give them an environment to develop confidence and love for the game.  Maggie is a full-time finance professional and loves participating in all kids of sporting events.  She enjoys photography, coffee, and is getting into triathlons!

Maggie Miller

Sarah Pittman

14 Regional

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.

Sarah Pittman

Bri Tilton

12 Regional

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!

Bri Tilton

Marissa Villarrubia

16 Regional

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.

Marissa Villarrubia

Jamie Wellet

16 Regional

 

Jamie Welletcomes to MVA as a three year All-Conference, All-District, All-Region standout at Coldwater HS and a current member of the GRCC volleyball squad that finished 6thin the Nation in 2018.  She loves coaching because there are so many different life and individual skills that go into becoming a successful volleyball athlete.  Jamie’s coaching motivation is her desire to impact young athletes to grow and improve the way her coaches did for her.  When not coaching or playing volleyball Jamie, loves to compete in other sports, enjoys drawing, and spending time with her twin sister Jasmine.

Jamie Wellet

Jasmine Wellet

15 Regional

Jasmine Wellet has been coaching with MVA since 2018.She attended Coldwater HS where she was an All-Conference, All-District, All-Region honoree as well as holding the career dig record.She is a current member of the 6th ranked GRCC volleyball team with her twin sister Jamie.Her wide playing abilities, paired with her passion for helping others improve, drives her desire to coach.Volleyball has shaped a large part of her life and she exited to continue that path through coaching.Jasmine uses her free time to watercolor, hand letter, and spend time with her twin, family, and cats.

Jasmine Wellet

Dayna Wood

15 Regional

Dayna Wood is a former member of the Grant HS, GRCC, and Aquinas volleyball programs where she was a All State, All Region, and All Conference 4 sport athlete.She joined the MVA staff in 2017 and is a part of the Grant HS coaching staff.Dayna loves coaching as there is always something new to learn or a new way for a skill to be presented.She is encouraging, detail oriented, and is motivated to help all athletes find ways to better themselves and their game.Dayna works at the Spectrum Health Lemmon Holton Cancer Pavillion and enjoys hunting, fishing, and competing at different sports, with her sister Dayle, in her free time.

Dayna Wood

Kendra Zwart

18 Regional

Kendra Zwart joined the MVA staff in 2017.  She is a Unity Christian HS and Cornerstone University Alumna where she was a three time All-American, three-time WHAC Player of the Year, and was number one in the nation for NAIA in total blocks and blocks per set during her senior season.  Kendra’s extensive playing experience along with her patience and competitiveness helps drive her coaching style.  She loves helping players set goals, encourage them to work hard, and help lead them to achievement.  Kendra credits her former coaches for seeing her potential and having belief in her, even when she couldn’t see it.  Its an honor for her to be able to encourage and bring out the best in others in that same way.  In her spare time Kendra loves to spend her time with her family and friends, watching movies, and hanging at the beach.

Kendra Zwart

Competitive Coaches

Jenea Born

14 Competitive

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.

Jenea Born

Alexis Bremer

11 Competitive

Alexis Bremer

Tabitha Cecil

13 Competitive

Tabitha Cecil joined MVA in 2019, but has been coaching since 2013, after being an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference standout at Forest Area HS and a member of the GVSU Club Volleyball program.  She drives home skills on the court that also apply in daily life and brings her energy, encouragement, and personal drive to her coaching.  Volleyball is also a personal form of therapy for her, as it allows her to focus solely on the game and its dynamics no matter what else is going on.  Tabitha has her BA in Education from GVSU and enjoys all outdoor activities in northern Michigan with her family and friends.

Tabitha Cecil

Ally German

12 Competitive

Ally German has been coaching since 2016 and comes to MVA as a Fruitport HS graduate where she was All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and a member of the Dream Team.  She is a current member of the Nationally ranked GRCC Volleyball Team where she was All-Conference.  Her best ability as a coach is to instill both technique and love for the game in young athletes.  Ally knows that the team aspect of volleyball allows a perfect environment for athletes to play hard, improve, learn from each other, and create lifelong friends.  When she is not playing volleyball or coaching, Ally is studying to become a medial assistant and spending time in her hometown of Muskegon during the summer.  Her favorite hobby is fishing and she loves to get out on the water to catch some monster fish!

Ally German

Jennifer Karsten

12 Competitive

Jennifer Karsten joined MVA in 2018 after coaching our volleykids and Loy Norrix HS since 2005.  She is an East Grand Rapids alumna where she was also the team MVP and played her college ball for the WMU club volleyball program.  Jennifer credits volleyball for helping gain confidence and grow tremendously during her youth.  She is excited to get to share that love of the game with players and other coaches alike.  Her favorite part of coaching is seeing each player grow as an individual in their confidence and ability and how those improvements can help a team.  Jennifer is a financial accountant of Mosaic Properties & Homes and loves going boating with her husband and their two little girls.

Jennifer Karsten

Mackenzie Wichtman

14 Competitive

Mackenzie Wichtman has been coaching since 2016 and is a Kalamazoo Central HS alumna where she was the team MVP and captain.She loves to coach because she believes that everyone deserves to play and wants to ensure that every athlete she comes across gets the opportunity to love the game.Mackenzie loves that volleyball provides an environment for athletes to learn concentration, discipline, hustle, and fun.She is a GVSU student, an official, and loves to turn up some music and dance!

Mackenzie Wichtman