Adam Ellis- club director/Head Coach 18 National Team
Last Coached: North Pacific Juniors 18 National Team
Coaching background: I began coaching in the Willamette Valley at Mid Valley Volleyball Club in 2004. During my five-year tenure I coached all levels of competitive volleyball including women’s 14’s, 16’s, 17’s and 18’s. Concurrently from 2006-2008, I was hired as Head Coach for the Lebanon High School Volleyball Team where I led the team to a League Championship, followed by a top 5 finish in the State Championship Tournament. In 2007 I led the Warriors to a second consecutive state playoff appearance. In 2008 I was hired as Head Coach for the Oregon State Women’s Club Team, proudly leading them in 2009 to a 3rd place finish in the nation. In 2009, I founded the North Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club and was head coach for 18U. In 2010, I was re-hired at Lebanon High School as Varsity Head Coach. North Pacific Juniors 18 Black Head Coach 2010-2011 Season. North Pacific Juniors 16 Black Head Coach 2011-2012 which finished 3rd in CEVA region, and competed in platinum all season. North Pacific Juniors 18 National coach 2012-2013 who finished 5th in the CEVA region. North Pacific Juniors 18 National coach 2013-2014 who finished 2nd in the CEVA region, and competed in platinum all season.
Playing background: I started playing volleyball in California when I was a freshman in high school. I played 4 years of varsity as a setter, as well as playing club volleyball for 3 years. When I was a senior my high school team won an NCS championship, and my club team took 5th at junior nationals. As well as playing indoor six-man volleyball, I also play two-man sand volleyball, and have been playing semi-professionally for 7 years.
Philosophy: *In Club handbook
Traci Stephenson has extensive experience coaching volleyball at all levels. She is entering her 4th year as the Head Volleyball Coach at Chemeketa Community College where she has made it to the NWAC Championship Tournament three out of the last four years. Stephenson started her coaching career at Gresham High School, her Alma Mater, and at the club level for Oregon Northwest Juniors (1996-2001), also where she played club volleyball for five seasons. She then went on to spend another five years with Salem Volleyball Club (2004-2009). Traci coached at Willamette University where she was the Asst. Coach for the Bearcats for two seasons (2007-2008). In 2010 Coach Stephenson was added to the staff at Chemeketa Community College. Stephenson coached as an assistant for the Storm for one season and then took over the program in 2011. Coach Stephenson attended Western Oregon University where she studied physical education and health. Traci has been married to Scott Stephenson for 12 years and has two children Rhyan and Hannah, ages 10 and 7. Coach Stephenson still plays competitive sand volleyball and is a premier sand player in the state.
I have been involved in the sport of volleyball for 30 years,
either playing or coaching. Started playing at Thurston High school and
then club ball at the University of Oregon. I continue to play
recreationally in Eugene and occasionally in competitive men’s
tournaments in the area.
I started coaching for
Kidsports in Eugene. After a year, moved into coaching club for
Storm-N-West, coaching the third 14’s team. Coached two years with them
and then co-founded Emerald City, coaching the top 16’s team. After two
years, started another club named Webfoot Juniors and coached the 18’s
top team. Three years of running that club, merged with Cathy Nelson
and coached the top 14’s team. Spent 12 years with Webfoot focusing on
14’s and 16’s until last year when I was with the 18 silver team.
the same span I have coached at various levels at various high schools.
I started at Pleasant Hill High school as their JV2 coach. I moved to
Sheldon high after a year. After a year as Sheldon’s JV coach, I got
the varsity head coach position at Willamette high school. I was there
for 6 years, followed by a year break. I then coached the JV team at
Thurston high for two years and decided to take a break again until
last year, when I volunteered to assist the varsity team at Lebanon
Jeff White-head coach 15 national team
Currently Coaching: Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) – Assistant Coach
Coaching background: 2 years with South Albany High School (SAHS). 7 years assisting under Jayme Frazier at LBCC, North Pacific Juniors 18U Assistant Coach – 2009-2010 season. North Pacific Juniors 18 Black Assistant Coach 2010-2011 season. North Pacific Juniors 17 Black Coach 2011-2012 Season. North Pacific Juniors 16 National Coach 2013-2014 Season.
Playing background: Intramural Champion team at OSU. Invited to play on the Practice team for OSU, and I played on the Scout Team for LBCC. I also play sand volleyball, and have competed in NPBVA tournaments.
Philosophy: Create an atmosphere where committed, disciplined and competitive athletes can learn to generate confidence by recognizing and remembering success while they overcome doubt by recognizing and limiting repetitive failures. In this atmosphere individual athletes can work on personal and team oriented goals simultaneously. They learn to take control of their game (and their lives) instead of being a victim and just letting things happen to them. They learn to find security in their commitment to the team while the team finds identity in it’s commitment to the individual.
I also played Track and Rugby in college as well as coaching basketball for SAHS. Three of my family members have played collegiate volleyball.
KELLI BACKER- HEAD COACH 16 Black team
Jordon Hoffnagle- head coach 14 national team
“I have been involved in volleyball for many years, starting my competitive involvement with club in Spokane at the age of 10. I went to Mt. Spokane High School where I was the starting captain setter for two years, leading the school to their first state appearance in school history in 2008, and received league recognition/awards my senior year. In 2009-2012 I went to Whitworth University where I was a 4-year starting setter (2009-2010) and defensive specialist (2011-2012); I was elected captain for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and we won back-to-back conference championships and competed in the DIII NCAA Tournament (making it first and second round).
I began my coaching career as a head coach for a local club in Spokane, WA in 2009; since then I have coached one to two teams per season ranging from developmental U10s through competitive U18s. I also assistant coached one season at Whitworth University following my career as a player. I am currently the JV coach at Lebanon High.
As a coach I strive to grow the most technical, disciplined, and passionate players possible.
KACEY URRUTIA (SETZER)- HEAD COACH 14 BLACK
I have been involved in competitive volleyball for quite a few years. I began playing volleyball at the age of 11. I went to Lebanon High School where I was the starting captain setter, leading our team to our second consecutive state playoff appearance (2007 season). During this time, I also played 4 years of club volleyball for Mid-Valley Volleyball Club.
I am entering my 6th season coaching club volleyball (4th season at NPJ) I have coached a variety of top 14’s and 16’s teams. During the same time span I coached at Lebanon High School. I was the Varsity Assistant for 3 years (2008 season-2010 season) and was the JV head coach (2011 season) the following year.
Jorden Swanson (Burrows)-
Currently Coaching: Lebanon High School Varsity – Head Coach- 2012 and 2013 Season
Coaching background: North Pacific Juniors 16 Black Head Coach 2010-2011 Season. North Pacific Juniors 18 Black Head Coach 2011-2012 Season. As a student athlete I have coached at WOU volleyball camps as well as Lebanon High School camps.
Playing background: Four year varsity setter 2003-2007 at Lebanon High School. Here I earned all league honors including 2nd team, 1st team and league MVP. As well as 2nd team all-state in 2007. I also played for Webfoot Jrs. Volleyball club for six years. I played 4 years as a setter for WOU volleyball team who won our first Div. II conference championship in the 2008 season.
Ed Clarkson started playing volleyball at the age of 15, after many years of soccer and baseball. His high school experience included playing for one of the top clubs in Northern California, Tri-Valley. Clarkson traveled to Long Beach, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque to play in the Junior Olympics.
Unsuccessful with growing over six feet tall, Clarkson continue playing grass tournaments and adult leagues just for fun. It is there where Clarkson was asked to coach a friend’s daughter on a Boys and Girls Club team. Having been bitten by the coaching bug, Clarkson continued coaching his oldest daughter, Quinlan.
Once Clarkson established himself as a Boys and Girls club coach, he stepped into the high school realm. He coached two years at South Salem High, three years at North Salem High and just started this year as the JV coach at Sprague High School.
Clarkson is now on his fourth season as a club volleyball coach and is excited to be with the NPJ family. Clarkson continues to work on foundation skills with young volleyball athletes and will be working with his 23rd Boys and Girls Club team this fall. This 2015 fall volleyball season will be the first of Clarkson’s Boys and Girls Club and Southside 12u players reaching the high school age. He really looks foreword to seeing former players playing in the Greater Valley Conference.
Assistant Coach 16 National Team
I started playing competitive volleyball at age 12 and continued to be involved in volleyball throughout my youth. I played club at Roseburg Volleyball Club, Webfoot Jrs. and Glide Volleyball Club. I was a four-year varsity starter at Sutherlin High School, playing middle and right side. After high school I played 2 years at Umpqua Community College. My sophomore year of high school I started my own club volleyball program in Sutherlin, volunteering my time to assemble and coach an elite 12’s team. Each year my club grew in numbers and popularity for the opportunity to play competitive volleyball in a small town. By my first year of college I was planning and running practices for three different teams during the club season. For the 4 years Sutherlin Volleyball Club existed, the teams consistently finished in the top 32 of the 12 and 14U divisions. In 2014 I merged my club with a new club in the Roseburg area called Volleyball West. Through the new club I had the opportunity to collaborate with another coach and travel to Chicago, Illinois where we shadowed the club director and owner of Sports Performance Volleyball, one of the biggest volleyball clubs in the country. I received my Associate’s degree in 2015 from UCC and now I’m a student at Western Oregon University, where I am studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Management. I am currently coaching the freshman team at West Albany High School. As a coach I strive to build a competitive environment while maintaining a positive atmosphere for players to learn and grow.
- Provide each player and her family a handbook of protocol and schedule of practices and competitions
- Establish policies for supervision, training and coaching conduct
- Provide a communication tree for all families and players
- Prepare a schedule of drills and objectives prior to each practice
- Teach proper technique and fundamentals to all players.
- Teach and model proper strategies for optimal individual skill and team play
- Communicate clearly to each player her role on the team and redirect her efforts when they stray from the mission
- Balance hard work, FUN, and discipline during all practices and competitions
- Provide a positive and trusting environment for all players, including opportunities for reflective discussions and competition debriefing
- Lead by example: present as a positive role model for all players both on and off the court.
- Support and encourage all NPJ teams to play with confidence and commitment to winning
- Prepare each athlete to respond appropriately to a variety of situations that occur both on and off the court.