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.
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.
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.
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 is a teacher who still loves to play volleyball and has a goal to visit all 50 states!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cassidy Schumacher is an MVA and Grand Haven Alumna, she has played at Winthrop University, GRCC, and will be studying and playing at Hope College in the fall.Cassidy has been coaching since 2017 and enjoys challenging her athletes both mentally and physically in positive ways.She credits volleyball for teaching her many hard life skills that she couldn’t have learned anywhere else and is passionate about passing along her love of the game and helping cultivate strong, fearless, and outgoing individuals.When she’s not playing or studying Cassidy loves spending time on Lake Michigan, hanging with family and friends, and crossfit training.
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!
Kara Tonneberger is an Allendale HS graduate where she was a four-year captain and has been coaching since 2016.She is an engaging, high energy coach who loves getting into a match and finding positives in every point.Kara wants to coach so she can help young women continue to become better versions of themselves on and off the court.She drives to instill the belief that they have the power to achieve anything they set as a goal and loves to see them achieve it!She credits her mom coaching her and teaching “positive attitude, positive results” in all situations.Kara is majoring in Elementary Ed at GVSU and works at the Amway Grand.
Mykayla Vallad is an MVA alumna who joined our staff in 2018.She is a former Rockford HS standout and a current member of the nationally ranked GRCC volleyball team.Mykayla loves coaching youth and teaching kids and brings her energy and communication to the court.She is motivated to help athletes ensure they are getting better every single day.When she’s not studying, playing volleyball, or coaching Mykayla spends her free time with her friends, family, and dogs and sneaks in some games of Fortnite.
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.
Julia Walker has been coaching since 2014 she is an Oxford HS alumna where she was a scholar athlete and an All-County honoree. She continued her career as a member of the Alma College varsity volleyball program and the GVSU club volleyball program. Julia is a high energy, positive, and competitive coach. She loves being able to take her skills and experiences and personalize it for each individual athlete. Julia knows that volleyball allows for athletics, competition, friendship, communication, teamwork, and most importantly fun, to be combined all in one place. Julia is a Financial Services Professional and loves to hike, spend time outdoors, play in leagues, travel and read motivational books.
Rebecca Warnecke comes to MVA after being a captain at Badger HS (WI) and a member of the Iowa State University club team.She brings her energy and enthusiasm to the court every day and wants to help each athlete to learn and improve on their strengths and weaknesses.Rebecca loves that volleyball allows you to shine individually while using those talents to come together and succeed as a team.She is passionate about being a positive influence and role model to young women and help them be better versions of themselves on and off the court.Rebecca is a Doctor of Chiropractic and serves on several health care organizations nationwide to better the realm of musculoskeletal health care.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Jackie Kwapisz joined the MVA staff in 2018 and is a former captain at Lake Shore High School. She loves coaching because it allows you to see athletes hard work in practice payoff in matches. Jackie enjoys the challenge of finding the best individual method for each player to learn and improve. She is patient, positive, and consistent and uses these traits to lead by example. Her favorite quote is “attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” because the fast-paced nature of volleyball requires positive attitudes from the entire team in order to be successful. Jackie is finishing up a B.B.A in Business at GVSU and loves to snowboard.
Emma Pachulski is a 4 year MVA Alumna and joined the coaching staff in 2018. She is a Saranac graduate where she was an All-State, All-Region, All-Conference outside hitter and is a current member of the nationally ranked GRCC volleyball team. Emma is an energetic, outgoing coach who strives to make the time athletes spend in the gym some of the most enjoyable of their lifetime. She loves to witness athletes’ self-victories and growth. Emma loves dancing, singing, and playing various instruments. She somehow makes time outside of her busy schedule to take on an acting role in the GR Civic Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia.
Teran Peerboom is a former All-Conference player at Rogers HS and has been coaching since 2012 with the last three years at the varsity coach on at Rivertown Christian. She holds high expectations for her athletes but uses kindness and encouragement to help them succeed. Teran’s favorite part of coaching is helping foster an athletes mental toughness, so that they work hard, stay positive, and never give up. She knows that those skills will breed success on and off the court. Teran spends most of her time with her husband Timothy and two kids Luci and Luca. Together they enjoy hiking, traveling, kayaking, and spending time on the beach.
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.
Haydn VanDenBerg has been coaching with MVA since the Spring of 2017.She comes to us from Calvary Schools of Holland where she acquired MVP and All-Conference awards.Haydn loves coaching because it enables her to continue to stay involved in the game she loves.Influential coaches over the years have helped shape who she is today, and she wants to have the same impact on her athletes.She believes whole heartedly in the power of positive reinforcement and recognition for players.Haydn is a pre-law student at GVSU, is a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority, and aspires to be a sports agent.
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!