Salem Coaches

Adam Ellis- Club Director/Head Coach 18 Forefront Team

The North Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club is Adam Ellis’ dream come true. Coaching in the CEVA region since 2004, he always wanted to create a nationally recognized volleyball club and last season he achieved that goal leading NPJ 18-1 Forefront to a CEVA Regional Championship and a Bronze Open finish in USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Dallas. But bigger than that, is his love for the game at all levels. So NPJ hosts non-travel teams for 10s and 12s and club-level teams for girls that just want to play.
Adam recognizes talent and has a vast network of college coaches to call upon. Every NPJ girl that wants to play college volleyball has found an opportunity to do so. With his energy level and commitment, former NPJ players now want to come back and coach for the club. The NPJ Family will expand into Bend this season.

His experience coaching high school, collegiate and beach volleyball make him a sought-after coach on the West Coast. He grew up playing in California as a setter, finishing 3rd in USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. And he’s won a few dollars playing professional beach volleyball. Married to Katie Brewington, the couple reside in Sherwood with their fur babies Sadie and Rosie.


Philosophy: *In Club handbook


Mike Gee- Director of Volleyball/Associate Head Coach 18 Forefront Team

Mike Gee enters his 17th year of coaching and third season with NPJ. His teams have seven top 10 finishes at USAV Girls’ Junior Olympics (now called Girls’ Junior National Championships) including three in Open. In 2017, he helped NPJ 18 Forefront win the CEVA Regional Championship to go along with a top 20 finish at nationals. Prior to coaching club at NPJ, he coached at Golden Bear Volleyball Club in Berkeley, California. Mike coached multiple teams each of his seven years with the club, and always assisted with Golden Bear 18 Forefront. Between 2006 and 2008 Golden Bear 18 Forefront made three consecutive trips to nationals in 18 Open. In 2006, 18 Forefront finished 5th, and in 2007, they finished 13th.  In 2008, all three of Mike’s teams qualified for Junior Nationals. His 15’s team placed 27th in 15 Open, his 17’s team won the bronze medal in 17 American, and his 18’s team finished 5th in 18 Open. Also in 2008, Mike led Golden Bear 18 Forefront to its first ever NCVA Regional Championship. In 2009, he won the silver medal in 18 American. In 2010, he and the team qualified up a division and won the silver medal in 18 National. To date, Mike has coached 14 years of club volleyball and 67 of his former players have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division I level, nine went on to Division II, and five went Division III. Eight more players went on to play NAIA and Junior College. Seven of his former club players played professionally, one on the beach.
In five years of coaching high school girls’ varsity volleyball his teams won five conference titles, four NCS Championships, and made three appearances in the CIF Northern California Finals. In 2006, he helped coach Campolindo High School to its first State Championship title in school history. In 2009, he was selected as the Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year.
From 2011-2016, Mike coached NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. He spent three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, and three more at University of Central Florida. In 2014, the UCF Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship earning them a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Mike helped five of his former college players move on to play overseas at the professional indoor level, and two of his players currently play professional beach volleyball.
Mike is an active USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Pipeline coach and has worked countless tryouts, holiday, and summer programs since 2005. In 2017, he served as assistant coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. The team traveled to Argentina and placed 7th at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship. In 2010, he served as an assistant coach during the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team tryouts, but did not travel with the team that year. The team went on to win Gold at the FIVB U18 NORCECA Continental Championship.
A complete novice in the sand, Mike was carried by beach standout, Courtney Higlin, last summer as the duo finished 3rd at Seaside… in the coed novice division.
Philosophy: Life doesn’t require that you always win at everything in order to be successful; it simply asks that you always give your best.

Turner Waskom- Assistant Coach 18 Forefront Team

Turner’s legend proceeds him the way lightning proceeds thunder. Turner’s passport requires no photo. Bigfoot once took a picture of Turner. Dolphins love swimming with him. Ghosts sit around the campfire telling Turner stories. Police often question him, just because they find him interesting. And prior to joining NPJ, Turner was the Exec Director of the Oregon Volleyball Academy based in Bend, where he helped grow the club into one of the top clubs in the region and had several teams qualify for USAV Nationals. He and his wife Jill were also the head volleyball coaches at Summit High School and Mountain View High School in Bend. They took coached both programs to the state finals, where they won two state championships at Summit, played in 6 state finals and coached 5 of their players to 5A Oregon Player of the Year. In his spare time, which is none, Turner enjoys embracing the Dark Side and becoming proficient in his use of The Force.

Hannah Bell- Assistant Coach 18 Forefront Team
Hannah Bell

 Katie Herber- Assistant Coach 18 Forefront Team

Played at Western Oregon University for 4 years (1992-1995), in those four years the
teams placed 3rd, 5th, 2nd, and 3rd in the NAIA National Championships. Katie still holds
several records at WOU(prior to NCAA DII): 1st in digs for a season with 769, 1st in
service aces in a match with 8, 2nd in digs per match with 45, and 3rd in Career digs with
1911. Katie began her coaching career at Western Oregon University as an assistant for a
year in 1996. After one year off, started coaching at Sprague High School in 1998 as the
Junior Varsity coach. From 1999-2010 continued to coach at Sprague as the Head Varsity
coach, and in those years participated in the state playoffs 10/12 years, 3 conference
champs, and named Coach of the Year twice. Took one year away from volleyball in
2011. Became the Head Varsity Coach at West Salem High School in 2012 where in 5
years, claimed 2 conference champs, placed 6th in State twice, and named Coach of the
Year twice. Retired from High School Volleyball at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Started working with NPJ during the 2017 club season. Katie has been married 20 years
to Erich Herber (Current Head Track & Field Coach at West Salem High School), and
together they have two children Isaac 15, and Ian 10.
To help develop a sense of work ethic, accountability, honor and desire to be a team
player while using the game of volleyball as a tool.

Jason Corwin- Head Coach 18 National Team

Currently Coaching Northwest Christian University Head Coach

Coach Corwin started coaching volleyball at Waldo Middle School right here in Salem, Oregon in 1999.  He has coached at Springfield, Thurston, and Cottage Grove HS.  He also was the head coach of the Oregon Tech Volleyball team in the Cascade Collegiate Conference from 2009-2014.
Jason has coached club volleyball from 14’s to 18’s in both Eugene and Klamath Falls area..  Coach Corwin teaches at Lincoln Middle School in Cottage Grove, Oregon as a 7/8th grade PE/Health teacher.  He has grown up in the Willamette Valley, has 2 children (22 & 16), and is a veteran of the Air Force.

Dan Stephens- Assistant Coach

I have been a Concrete Contractor for 26 years here in the Willamette Valley area. I learned to play volleyball in Alberta Canada where I played 2 years of high school volleyball and returning to Oregon I began playing mens club volleyball when I was 20 years old.
Assistant Varsity coach for Santiam Christian 2008-2009
Head Coach for Mid Valley Volleyball Club 2008-2010
Assistant Coach for Boss Volleyball Club 2014
25 years of men’s club volleyball
Still actively playing sand volleyball
Have coached many sand volleyball clinics and have coached Washington State University team and skills camp 2014 and 2015. I have coached youth baseball, basketball and football and spent 3 years on the Linn-Benton Pop Warner board one year as Commissioner.
Building and development of basic volleyball skills along with proper speed and agility training to round out a complete volleyball player.
I have been married to my wife Tina for 26 years and have two adult kids, Tye 22 and Tani 21.

Traci Stephenson- Head Coach 17 National Team


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.

Sydney Blakinship- Assistant Coach

Currently Playing: Western Oregon University as a middle blocker

Coaching Background:
Two years as an assistant coach at Capital City Elite Volleyball in Salem, Oregon. Three years coaching various college camps at Western Oregon as well as Willamette University. In 2016-17 club season coached the NPJ 18’s Black team as an assistant.

Playing Background:
Three year Varsity Starter at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. Senior year was co-captain, all conference and team offensive MVP. Played for T.E.A.M Hiki No Volleyball Club located in Portland. In college, went to University of Alaska Anchorage. After a red shirt season at UAA transferred to Western Oregon University. Sophomore season (2015) finished with a .321 season hitting percentage, ranking 8th in school history. Junior season (2016) finished first on team and ranked 9th in GNAC Conference with a .271 season hitting percentage. Three time GNAC All Academic selection. Currently ranked 3rd in school history for career hitting efficiency (2017).

Jenny Hatfield- Head Coach 16 White Team
Jenny Hatfield

Currently Coaching: West Salem Assistant Varsity Coach

Playing Experience: I started playing volleyball in 8th grade. I moved to Oregon going into high school where I started playing at Sprague High School here in Salem. I played 4 years at Sprague, 2 of those years being on Varsity. I was on a league championship team and was named 2nd team all-league in the 2008-09 season. I also played club volleyball for 3 years. I was recruited to play at Corban University here in Salem starting in 2009. I was a 4 year starter as a Warrior playing as an outside hitter my freshman year, and a middle blocker my sophomore through my senior year.

Coaching Experience: I am currently on my second season of coaching volleyball at West Salem High School. This will be my first year of club coaching, and I am so excited for it!

Other Experience: Volleyball is not the only sport I am involved in. While I was in high school I also played 2 years of Softball and competed on the Track team for 2 years. I continued Track and Field into college where I competed as a heptathlete. I competed in the NAIA National Championships 2 times and in my Senior season I finished 14th in the nation for the Javelin. My love of track and field also continues as I am the Javelin coach at Sprague High School during the spring.

Personal: I graduated from Corban in 2014 with a degree in Social Studies Education and am currently working as a Special Needs Instructional Assistant at West Salem High School where I work in a DLC classroom. My husband, Jordan Hatfield, and I are going on 2 years of marriage. He graduated from Corban in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science. He works as a strength and conditioning coach for Dynamic Strength and Performance where he trains developing high school athletes, collegiate athletes, and combat athletes to perform at a higher level. He coached football at Cascade High School for a season. He has also returned to Corban to coach Track and Field. It is safe to say that our little family is rooted in athletics.

Stephen Stone- Head Coach 16 National Team

Currently coaching: Lincoln High School, Varsity
Last coached: NPJ 16-1 National Team

My coaching began in 2008 in my first year of college in New Zealand. Whilst not playing I continued to coach 16s and 18s at the high school I attended. Our coaching staff coached to a national championship for our boys program in 2009.

I got to America in 2013 and began my club coaching season as well as coaching at McMinnville high school.

Successful years at OJVA for the 2013 and 2014 seasons were important stepping stones for my coaching career with the 16-3 team. In both seasons we finished ahead of our 16-2 team at regionals.

2015 I coached the 18-2 team at OJVA winning 4/5 power leagues that season. We had every senior that season play for a college at varying levels.
2016 I enjoyed another year with OJVA with another finish “in the teens” with a 16-3 team beating 42 other 16-1 or 16-2 programs.

I have been the head coach at Lincoln High School for the last 3 Years 2015,16,17 school years. We began with a 2nd place finish in league, following up in 2016 with my first league title with Lincoln and also received the leagues coach of the year award. Our 2017 season has begun with a 14-0 start to the season.

I am super excited to be on the NPJ team for coaching this 2017 season.

My playing experience covers 13 Years. Since I was 13 years old I have played for 4 national age group development teams U17x2 U18x2, and travelled to Australia, Singapore, and Japan upon playing for the men’s National team in 2013. At 2013’s national tournament I received the best blocker award on the “star six” players for players represented at New Zealand’s premier tournament.
I continue to play national and regional tournaments for indoor and beach volleyball in the Portland area and beyond.

Denee Newton- Assistant Coach

Denee Newton started playing volleyball for Rosie Honl when she was in 7th grade. There, she played high school for Rosie Honl at Crook County High School.
There she was first team all league as a sophomore junior and senior – and all tournament as a senior.
Denee played for Rimrock Volleyball Club for Joel Kent for four years and still stays close to those central Oregon connections.
Denee played for Corban University for two years but surgery on both knees ended her career and lead her to coaching. In 2005 she coached webfoot until getting a teaching job at South Albany High. She coached at SAHS from 2010-2016. Last fall was her first season as head coach at Philomath where they grabbed the league title- she got coach of the year her first head as head coach there.
She also has a 7 and 3 year old daughter that are often in the gym with her and keep her busy!

Mindy Wilmes – Head Coach 16 Black Team

I have played volleyball for 10 years and have been coaching for two. I graduated from Canby high school in 2015 where I was a varsity starter all 4 years. I played several different positions in high school from outside, middle, right-side, and setter. I received first team all league my senior season, junior season second team all league, and my sophomore year I was honorable mention. While playing in college, I played right side. I attended the College of Southern Idaho (2015-2016) during my freshman year of college. While playing for CSI, we won the Division 1 NJCAA National Championship. I transferred home to Linn-Benton Community College (2016-2017) my sophomore year of college. While playing at LBCC, I received southern region offensive player of the week during week 8 of the season. I also received the NWAC Academic Excellence Award in 2016, and NWAC All-Star second team. I helped lead my team to the NWAC championship game where we placed second in the NWACs for 2016. I was apart of the LBCC team to receive the 2016-2017 AVCA Academic Excellence Team award. My overall record playing at the collegiate level is 80-5. I have coached several camps in high school and in college at CSI. For the 2017-2018 club season I was an assistant coach for the 15 Nationals team. I have been an assistant coach at Linn-Benton for the past two seasons (2017 and 2018). I am currently a full time student at OSU completing a double degree in HDFS and Elementary education, fall of 2019 I will start my year of student teaching. I am planning on attending Western Oregon to get my masters in Special Education in 2020.

Sam Gould- Head Coach 16 Orange Team

I have been playing volleyball for 14 years and am still actively playing whenever I can in many different co-ed leagues around Oregon. I played for 4 years at West Albany High School, 2 of which were on the varsity team where we received a 2nd place 5A state finish in 2011, and then a 1st place finish in 2012. My playing experience also includes 6 years of club volleyball, most notabley on the BOSS 18-1 team for the 2011 season where we competed in platinum for the majority of the season.

I began my coaching experience by volunteering my time at the boys and girls club coaching 6th grade for one season and then 8th grade for two seasons. I then began coaching at DSK where I spent four years coaching year round academy for ages 8-18. Throughout my time there I also coached many athletes in private lessons for a range of different volleyball skills. DSK was also where I began my club coaching career. I spent the 2013 season assisting their 14-1 team, and then went on to head coach their 16-2 team for the next two seasons. After my four years at DSK I was asked to run a new volleyball academy program at the YMCA in Albany where I was responsible for head coaching all practices for athletes at many different levels ages 7-16. I then moved on to coaching at NPJ for the 2016 club season where I assisted the 17 national team. After the 2016 season I relocated to Newport OR where I spent a year teaching high school biology and assisting their varsity volleyball team. I am excited to be back in the valley now where I will be teaching high school science at Lebanon High School and head coaching their JV volleyball team.

Telia McDonald- Head Coach 15 National Team

Coaching Experience:

Telia McDonald has experience coaching volleyball at all levels. She started her coaching career coaching at the club level for Washington County Juniors and Idaho Elite while playing college volleyball. She then returned back to Texas to coach middle school volleyball and basketball along with club volleyball. She coached for Xtreme Volleyball Club in Houston, Texas where she finished 3rd place at Junior Nationals in 2013 (2009-2013). Also while in Houston,

Telia coached at Wharton County Junior College where she was the assistant coach for the pioneers for four seasons (2009-2013).

McDonald just completed her 4th season as the Head Volleyball Coach at Auburn Mountainview High School in Washington where she has finished 5th place & 7th place at the state championship in 4A (2014-2018). This will be her first season at NPJ!

Playing Experience:

Telia McDonald started playing volleyball in 7th grade in College Station, Texas. She attended A&M Consolidated High School were she was a 4 year starter for volleyball as a middle blocker. She played club volleyball for Brazos Valley Juniors and was recruited to play volleyball in college. McDonald played two years at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and then got a scholarship to continue playing at Boise State University. She was a 4 year starter for both schools as an outside hitter.

Other playing experience: McDonald was a 3 year starter for basketball and 4 year athlete for track in high school. She had offers for both basketball and track but volleyball is truly her passion.

Personal: Telia graduated from Boise State University with a degree in biology and currently working on a master’s in educational leadership at University of Oregon. She recently finished up my 4th year of teaching special education at Auburn Mountainview High School in Washington and taught 5 years in the Houston School District. Her husband, Michael McDonald, played football and graduated from Purdue University. He also has a master’s from Boise State in Kinesiology. Michael is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Oregon State Football and they are excited for their new journey in Oregon.

Kelli Backer- Assistant Coach 15 National Team
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My volleyball experience began as a player at South Albany High School with Coach Steve Pensinger, where I played on a state placing varsity team as a setter.  I then played at Western Oregon under head coach Judy Lovre.  As a senior at WOSC, we took third in the nation for NAIA.  I learned many of my coaching strategies from the two quality coaches I was lucky enough to play for in high school and college.

I have coached many levels over the last 25 years.  I began coaching for the South Albany Club team right out of high school.  I then coached for a year at Western Oregon State College with Judy Lovre while I finished my degree.  After college, I got my first teaching job at West Albany High School, where I became the head volleyball coach in 1996.  I have been the head coach for 13 years at West Albany, taking a small break in the middle to start my family.  During my 13 years, we have been to the state tournament the last 7 consecutive years, and won the Class 5A State Championship the last 2 seasons.  I have also been coaching club ball for the Mid-Valley Volleyball Club the last 3 years at the 12U and 14U divisions.

Volleyball is my passion, and I use it to teach young women life skills through the best sport on Earth.  I believe that through volleyball we can teach our young women to be confident, contributing members of society.

Hannah Whipple- Head Coach 15 Black Team

I am a junior at Oregon State University, studying Kinesiology. While going to school I am also a student manager for the women’s Volleyball team at OSU. Before that I was the manager for the volleyball team at Chemeketa Community College during the 2015 & 2016 seasons. I played volleyball for nine years, four of those at West Salem High School, and two of those seasons in club. This will be my third season as a coach here at NPJ. I have previously coached 16 black and 13 Elite. I am looking forward to another great club season!

Michael Seemann- Head Coach 14 National Team

Michael Seemann is in his 12th season at the helm of the Portland State volleyball program in 2018 after spending two seasons as the associate head coach with the Vikings.

Under Seemann’s guidance, the Vikings have reached new heights. They made their ever first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance during the 2008 season with a return appearance in 2010. The 2010 Portland State squad became the first in school history to win both the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles.
As a player, Seemann competed for numerous club teams from Wisconsin to California.

Seemann graduated from Portland State in 1999, with a degree in communication studies.

Courtney Higlin- Assistant Coach 14 National Team

Currently Coaching- Head Varsity Coach at West Salem High School
Since I was young volleyball has always been a drive of mine. Starting in elementary school moving my way up to middle school and then playing at West Salem high school. My freshman through senior year I played on varsity. Aside from school ball I was involved with club volleyball for 5 years as well.
After  I graduated from West Salem High School in 2013, I continued my volleyball career as a setter/captain for Chemeketa Community College where we placed 5th in the NWAC conference.
My goal as a coach is to have athletes walk away with knowledge, technique and passion for the game while having a fun and memorable experience.

Dan Santos- Head Coach 14 Black Team

I grew up in Brazil and played every sport I could at my high school. Volleyball was a fun pastime that I enjoyed occasionally. In college, I found a couple of friends who also liked the game and we formed an intramural team that won the championship every year while I was there. That is where I found my passion for the game.

After college I moved to Tacoma, WA and started playing doubles on grass and sand. I had a sand court put in where I worked and started running tournaments there. Through those connections I was asked to help coach at Curtis HS, which started my official volleyball coaching career. I was the JV coach for 4 years, prior to moving to Gig Harbor and then to Portland.
With a little encouragement, I started coaching at Sunset HS and coached there as an assistant for 5 years, also starting my club coaching experience with Suncats, ABC Apollo, and the last 5 years with TEAM Hiki No. I’m now in my 9th year of club to go along with 12 years of high school coaching.

Volleyball has taught me a lot about life and has provided a wonderful training ground for my own children, all of whom love the game and have played for several years. I’m excited to join the NPJ coaching staff and have the opportunity to share my passion for this great sport through teaching and coaching it to developing players.

Claire Davis- Head Coach 14 Orange Team

Currently Coaching: Central High School- Head Coach

Playing Background: 4 year starting varsity setter and right side hitter at Corbett High School in Corbett Oregon. Made second team all-league as a sophomore, and first team all-league as a junior and senior. Due to a shoulder injury my volleyball career ended after high school.

Coaching Background: Assistant coach for Mt. Hood Volleyball Club’s 12’s black for 2 years, and assistant volleyball coach for Mt. Hood Volleyball Club’s 14’s black team. JV II head coach for one year. In 2018, became the head coach at Central High School. Heading into my fifth year of coaching, my second year at Central High School.

Troy Shorey- Head Coach 13 National Team

Currently Coaching- Head Varsity Coach at Crescent Valley High School

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

Kelsee Sorensen- Head Coach 14 White Team

I started playing volleyball as a setter in the 3rd grade for the Boys and Girls club and I continued to play through middle school and into high school at Sprague. I played club volleyball from 14’s through 18’s.

My coaching career began when my little sister started playing for the Boys and Girls Club. I coached multiple grades at the Boys and Girls club over three years. I assisted for two seasons of club and head coached for 14’s and I coached for Sprague High School as a freshman assistant for two seasons.

I just moved back from living down in Southern California for a year. I recently got engaged! I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, volunteering, watching sports and hiking. I look forward to coaching club again!

Haylee Savage- Head Coach 12 National Team

Coaching Background:
My coaching began in 2016 where I coached for Cowlitz Volleyball Club. In my two years there I assistant coached the 18-2 team, and then was the head coach of the 14-1 team the following year. Currently I am the junior varsity coach at Crescent Valley High School.
Playing Background:
I was a two year starter at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Oregon. I was captain my junior and senior year, honorable mention setter junior year, first team all league setter senior year, and helped lead my team to a fourth and fifth place finish at the state tournament. After high school I continued my athletic career at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. In my time at LCC I was a two year starter and awarded NWAC setter of the week 8/11 times my sophomore season, second team all league, first team all NWAC, and an NWAC champion. In my two years we made it to the NWAC tournament both years. In 2015 finishing in the top eight, and winning the NWAC Championship in 2016.

Ellie Belton- Head Coach 12 Black Team

Coaching background:
I have coached at various kids camps in high school and college. Last year was my first year coaching at NPJ and I was the assistant head coach for NPJ 12 Black.
Playing background:
I have been playing team sports for almost my whole life. I played competitive volleyball, basketball and softball throughout middle school and high school in Corvallis. My freshman year I played middle for the freshman team. Sophomore, Junior and Senior year I started as a middle and right side and we placed at the state tournament each year. I was awarded first team all league as a right side my senior year. I also played club at NPJ for two years and had a blast. After high school I moved to Salem to continue my volleyball career and further my education at Chemeketa Community College. My freshman year we won an NWAC championship. I am currently in my 9th year of playing volleyball and will graduate from Chemeketa in the spring of 2019.

Jacque Walker- Head Coach 11 National Team

An All State athlete in volleyball, basketball and track graduated in 1985 from La Grande High School.  She attended Warner Pacific College in the fall of 1985 and helped lead her team to the National Christian College Championships where she was named an Honorable Mention All American.  She then transferred to Oregon State and was on the Oregon State Volleyball team through 1986 before an injury ended her collegiate career.  She then transferred to University of Oregon and was an all-star club, grass and sand player and began coaching at North Eugene High School for two years.  She coached the JV team at La Grande High School for two years and then moved to Salem as an Assistant Coach for Willamette University’s  Volleyball team in 1992. Jacque also coached two seasons with Emerald City Volleyball Club.  She spent two years as the Head Coach at Sprague High School and started Salem Volleyball Club through the Boys and Girls Club where it stayed for four seasons.  In 1996 she became the Head Coach at North Marion High School and turned the program around with three consecutive years of state qualified teams.  She took time off with her family until 2012 and began coaching again.  She ran her own club for one year and then coached a 14U team with Salem Volleyball Club last season.  This is her first season with NPJ!

Coach’s Responsibilities:

  1. Provide each player and her family a handbook of protocol and schedule of practices and competitions
  2. Establish policies for supervision, training and coaching conduct
  3. Provide a communication tree for all families and players
  4. Prepare a schedule of drills and objectives prior to each practice
  5. Teach proper technique and fundamentals to all players.
  6. Teach and model proper strategies for optimal individual skill and team play
  7. Communicate clearly to each player her role on the team and redirect her efforts when they stray from the mission
  8. Balance hard work, FUN, and discipline during all practices and competitions
  9. Provide a positive and trusting environment for all players, including opportunities for reflective discussions and competition debriefing
  10. Lead by example: present as a positive role model for all players both on and off the court.
  11. Support and encourage all NPJ teams to play with confidence and commitment to winning
  12. Prepare each athlete to respond appropriately to a variety of situations that occur both on and off the court.