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JJ Riley - Technical Director

Grew up on the beaches of Honolulu, Hawaii…sidelined by a surfing injury, discovered volleyball and the rest is history. Recently moved back to Bend after leaving to pursue a collegiate coaching career in 2009. Now back to settle down, raise a family, and continue impacting lives thru volleyball.

Volleyball Playing Background (Setter)
• Played collegiate volleyball at Pepperdine University, received All-American honors and played in the NCAA National Championship match. Played under Marv Dunphy, revered as one of the best coaches in our sport; former USA Gold-Medal Olympic coach and Hall-of-Fame legend.
• Multiple Medals, championships, and All-American awards at Junior Nationals as a player
• Team Captain USA Junior National Team
• Multiple High School State Championships and All-League/All-State honors

Volleyball Coaching Background
• 18 years of coaching experience at various levels which include girls/boys club teams, high school girls, as well as collegiate Men’s/Women’s teams
• 13 years of coaching at the collegiate level (10 of 13 teams ranked nationally)
• Assistant Coach at USC, Pepperdine (Men’s/Women’s) and University of Utah (Pac-12)
• Coached in 2 Final Fours (USC & Pepperdine Men’s Teams)
• Head Coach at Montana State University (DI, Big-Sky Conference)
• Founded OVA (Oregon Volleyball Academy) in Bend, Oregon
• Multiple medals at Junior Nationals coaching Southern California club teams
• Summit High School head coach; led Summit to first ever State appearance
• Have been very fortunate to coach alongside multiple Hall of Fame coaches
• Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration (Concordia University)

Training/Conditioning Background
• 18+ years of training experience (health clubs, private studios, collegiate teams)
• Degree in Sports Medicine (Pepperdine University)
• ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer (other certifications: NSCA, NESTA)
• SAQ Specialist (received specialty certification in the area of Speed, Agility, Quickness)
• Pepperdine Women’s Team Strength and Conditioning Coach
• Worked closely with USC, Utah and Montana State Strength and Conditioning Coaches
• Father was a strength/conditioning coach throughout childhood, learned from a young age principals and benefits of sports training
• Currently providing training for individuals, groups and teams (clients of all ages for all reasons)

Courtney Higlin - Head Coach


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.

Becky Heinrick- Head coach

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialty in Physical Activity and Development from Oregon State University.

Master’s degree in teaching Physical Education/ Health from Concordia University.

Doctoral Candidate (1 year remaining) degree in Education specializing in higher education at Concordia University.

Teaching License from state of Oregon.

 Work: Adjunct Professor at Central Oregon Community College where I teach in the Health and Human Performance Department since Jan. 1999.

Physical Activity Classes: Weight training, Women’s weight training, Circuit Training, Personal training, Kickboxing, Step, Cardio fusion, Boot camp, Stretch and relax, Hiking/ walking, etc.

Health Classes: Health and Fitness, Fitness and First Aid, Stress Management, Nutrition for Health, etc.

Master Teacher: guided students in their practical experience.

Recognized for excellence in teaching, working with initiate the vote campaigns, committed years of service.

 Coaching: Coached at Rimrock Volleyball Club for around 10 years at every level from 10u through 18u, both local and travel. Every team coached has moved up significantly through the season, finishing in the top end. This included local tournaments, Power League, Northwest Jamboree’s, Idaho Classic, Anaheim Summer Soiree, San Jose, etc. Coached both daughters through their club experience and both play collegiately.

This last year started coaching at NPJ, where the team increased skill level tremendously, moving up to win silver bracket repeatedly, plus we had a lot of fun.

Coached at Pilot Butte Middle School through Bend Parks and Rec.


Training/ Certifications/ Clinics (Current and prior):

American Council on Exercise

American College of Sports Medicine

Art of Coaching

Certified CPR & First Aid Instructor including AED and Ped.

Gold Medal Squared coaching clinic

National Federation of State High Schools

Positive Coaching Alliance

Also sat in on college camp sessions (daughters attended) to sponge up every bit of information I could get. Jim Mclaughlin, Keegan Cook, Marv Dunphy, Brent Crouch….

 Philosophy: Fundamentals, good sportsmanship, and fun. Reward success, effort and good attitude. Ensure that all players have opportunity to learn and the support to challenge themselves.



Joel Kent comes to NPJ after coaching the 18 National team at Rimrock for 20 years. We are pleased to announce that Joel will be the Head coach of the NPJ 18 National Central Oregon team. Joel has had an extremely successful coaching career where in 2016 he was named the USAV junior girls outstanding coach of the year. We are honored to have Joel leading our 18 National Central Oregon team and are looking forward to a very successful season ahead.

Pete Santucci- Head Coach


As a kid in southern California, I grew up with volleyball, playing on the court across the street on a regular basis. Beach volleyball was all I played until my daughter Lydia started playing in elementary school. Since then, I have transitioned to indoor play and to coaching.

I have coached at several middle schools, including at High Desert, Seven Peaks, and Pacific Crest here in Bend. In addition, I have coached 12s locals teams for Oregon Volleyball Academy, winning numerous tournaments, and a 14s travel team. This past year I coached Summit High School’s freshman team, which went a remarkable 26-0, losing only four sets all season.

I am a student of the game, relying less on the skills I learned playing beach volleyball and more on the skills I’ve relearned through continual education about the game. This student-coach approach to the game has given me a good understanding of what best helps young players learn the game. So, every player makes marked improvements during a season of play with me.

Along with winning a lot of games, making significant technical improvement, and learning teamwork, my players always have a lot of fun, because I have a lot of fun coaching them. That fun is what has kept me playing the game these past four decades.


Hello North Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club, my name is MacKenzie Durham and I just recently moved to Bend, Oregon with my husband Jake and our giant dog Hayward. I teach third grade at Tom McCall Elementary in Redmond and love living in and exploring the great state of Oregon!
Now a little bit about my coaching background … Most recently I was the Head Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach at Elmira High School in Elmira, Oregon and before that the Freshman Girls volleyball coach at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon. I’ve also had the opportunity to coach club volleyball (12’s and 14’s) with the Webfoot Club in Eugene. I am passionate about coaching and teaching young girls how to improve athletically through positive athletic experiences and to specifically become better volleyball players!
As for my athletic background, I played Division 1 College Volleyball at George Washington University located in Washington, DC on a full athletic scholarship. I was a middle blocker for the Colonials and we competed in the Atlantic 10 Conference. My high school athletic experience included playing volleyball, basketball and track & field at Edison High School, located in Southern California. As for my club volleyball experience I played for the TCA Volleyball club, which is also located in Southern California. I played four seasons at TCA and during my final club season my team won the gold medal in the 18 Open Division at the Junior Olympics in Dallas Texas!
I am so excited to be joining the North Pacific Juniors Club program here in Bend!
Looking forward to a great club season!

Jason Mhyre- Assistant Coach


Jason was always interested in the game of volleyball but it wasn’t until high school that he really began to get serious about playing. This led to him playing on the USVBA men’s club team at Oregon State University and later coaching some high school and middle school volleyball in the Willamette Valley. He took some time away from serious playing and coaching as he and his wife began their family.  When their kids reach the age where they started appreciating the game he was prompted to get back into the swing of coaching again.  He has been the Director of the Outlaw Volleyball Club along with coaching for the last 6 years.  He has also been a volunteer coach with the Sisters High School volleyball program and was the varsity coach for the 2015 season before stepping back to volunteer in order to be able to watch his kids play fall sports.  His philosophy for coaching is to teach young athletes to love the game that has brought so much joy to his life.

Kim Sustare- Head Coach


Much like my club coach JJ Riley, I was sidelined with a swimming injury and decided to try a volleyball camp when I was 11 years old… I fell in love with volleyball at that first camp and I have never looked back. After college, I moved back to Bend in 2013 where I have been coaching High School and club volleyball year round ever since. You may also find me doing one-on-one training and at camps and clinics all over Central Oregon. I hope you will find my passion and commitment to the sport and the girls contagious!
Currently Coaching:
2017- Varsity Offensive Coach– Bend HS – Setter Specialist Coach V/JV/F Programs
Coaching Experience:
2016- Varsity Offensive Coach /Setter Specialist Bend HS – 2016 -5A State Champions
2015 –Varsity Assistant Coach /Setter Specialist Bend HS – 2015- 5A 5th Place State Tournament
2013-2016 – Oregon Volleyball Academy 14u –Power Coach
– My teams are made up of 6th -8th grade girls – all my girls who played club and tried out for their HS team, made either their Freshman or JV team that following year. I want to promote a lifelong love of the game and their teammates. I have now had girls go on to play Varsity/JV at 5 high schools in Central Oregon.
Playing Experience:
2004 –Suns 14- Gold
2005-2009 OVA –Elite (Coached by JJ Riley)
2005-2008 Mountain View HS Bend, OR
2008 – 1st Team IMC – Setter
All-Tournament Team- Setter
2nd place State Championship
1st Team All-State 5A– Setter
Holds record at MVHS for Assists from 2008
2009 – Full ride scholarship to Iowa Western
2011 – NWAAC Player of the Conference – Olympic College
NWAAC Libero of the Year 2011
All-Star NW Team – Libero
I am so grateful to be able to do what I love full time and year round. I want to give back to the sport that has given me so much. I can’t wait to see you all on the courts!


My Name is Angie Mason-Smith and I have 14 years coaching experience at both the High School and Club level. Because of a professional career in collegiate athletics, I moved around a lot and this afforded me the opportunity to also coach and be apart of a lot of great volleyball programs. I started coaching at Corvallis High School in 2003. My first year was with the freshman team and my second year I took over as Head Coach and coached for two more years. When I moved to the bay area, I coached a 16s team for Vision Volleyball Club. I moved back to central Oregon for one year in 2010 and was able to assist and coach JV for my best friend Randi Viggiano as she took over the Culver HS program and for Rimrock Volleyball Club. After that season, I moved to Seattle, Washington to complete my Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership and work at the University of Washington. Volleyball and Coaching has always been in my blood and with an already packed schedule, I added coaching at one of the top High School programs in the state of Washington. At Eastside Catholic I was the Freshman/Assistant Varsity Coach in 2011 and took over the program the following year as Head Coach. In 2013 I was named conference Coach of the Year and Seattle Times All-Area Coach of the Year. I also coached Club for Island Thunder (Two years top 16s and one year 17s). In 2014, I returned to Central Oregon after the birth of my son for a slower pace of life. The last two years, I coached for OVA and I am extremely excited to be apart of the NPJ family. I have devoted a career to athletics, coaching and mentoring youth with integrity and life skills through sport.


Jason was always interested in the game of volleyball but it wasn’t until high school that he really began to get serious about playing. This led to him playing on the USVBA men’s club team at Oregon State University and later coaching some high school and middle school volleyball in the Willamette Valley. He took some time away from serious playing and coaching as he and his wife began their family.  When their kids reach the age where they started appreciating the game he was prompted to get back into the swing of coaching again.  He has been the Director of the Outlaw Volleyball Club along with coaching for the last 6 years.  He has also been a volunteer coach with the Sisters High School volleyball program and was the varsity coach for the 2015 season before stepping back to volunteer in order to be able to watch his kids play fall sports.  His philosophy for coaching is to teach young athletes to love the game that has brought so much joy to his life.


Originally from the Bay Area, Kate has been a high-level volleyball coach for 12 years at both the high school and club levels in both California and Oregon. As a player, Kate played for top teams for the Empire Volleyball Club, was a top high school player in the Bay Area and played collegiately for Trinity College in Hartford CT. As a dual sport athlete in college in both volleyball and softball, Kate holds Trinity records in each sport: Career Kills, Career Attempts, Kills per Season, top 10 in both digs and aces and single season strike out record as a pitcher in softball. Kate was able to play internationally for a summer in college as well, competing against teams from Ireland, England, New Zealand and the National Team for Barbados. In California, Kate coached the Varsity program at both The Branson School and Marin Catholic High School. At Marin Catholic, her team won the MCAL Championship in 2008, earned 3 North Coast Section DIV Championships, one NCS Runner Up and two top 8 NORCAL State Finishes. Kate was one of the founding coaches for the Absolute Volleyball Club, coaching top teams in the 12, 13, 15, and 18’s age levels. Both her 15Black and 13Black teams have qualified and participated in the Junior Nationals in 2009 and 2010, with her 13Black team finishing 23rd in the Nation. Kate has coached 8 teams for Absolute, earning 5 Gold Division finishes, 3 Silver finishes, 2 top ten finishes at Far Westerns in Reno, 2 top 15 finishes in Orlando’s AAU Tournament, and all 8 of her Absolute teams earned top 20 finishes at Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier. Here is Oregon, Kate was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Bend Senior High for three seasons; IMC Champions in 2014, and two 5th place and one 6th place 5A State finishes in three years. Kate has also coached the 18’s for the Oregon Volleyball Academy, earning a top 24 finished at both Spokane and Reno and finishing in the CEVA’s Silver Division in 2015. The last two years, Kate has acted as the Recruiting Coordinator for OVA through Bend College Bound, a group established by her and her husband here in Bend, to help athletes through the recruiting process in any sport. Currently, Kate is the Head Varsity Coach at Mountain View High School finishing her third season with the Cougars; finishing 3rd in the IMC her first two years and coached her team to the first second round State birth in over four years, finishing 12th overall in 5A. Outside of volleyball, Kate acts as one of the four School Counselors at Mountain View.

Jessie Armstrong- Head Academy Coach


My name is Jessie Armstrong and I have been coaching for the last 18 years. My coaching career began at age 17 in Flagstaff, AZ. I realized I was passionate about the sport but more importantly what the sport can teach young girls about life. During college I coached for two different clubs in Southern Oregon. When I relocated to Bend, I coached the JV team at Bend High School for three years and was one of the first coaches on staff with Oregon Volleyball Academy. While coaching with OVA I coached both travel and local teams ranging from 12’s to the top 18’s. I served on the board for OVA as well as starting the Academy Program in 2015. Outside of the gym I have led a Leadership and Team Building program for the OVA travel teams and coaches called ELEVATION LEADERSHIP.

I played as a setter in high school and played collegiately at Southern Oregon University as a defensive specialist. Our SOU team won their first ever conference title and made two appearances at Nationals.

Gale Putnam- Head Coach

My volleyball experiences are many and at this point in my career I might not remember them all but here are a few highlights!

Coaching Experience

Club Teams:

  • Oregon Volleyball Academy – 14U Local Team Head Coach
  • Oregon Suns – 14U Local Team Head Coach
  • High Desert Volleyball Club – 14U Local Team Head Coach
  • Deschutes Volleyball Club – 14U Local Team Head Coach

(Coached the entirety of each clubs existence beginning 1989 to 2017)

School Teams:

  • Pilot Butte Middle School – Head Coach 7th and 8th grades 2004-2014
  • Bend Senior High School – Junior Varsity Coach 1989-2001

(Oregon Coaches Association Assistant Coach Year 1997-98)


  • Piper Volleyball Camps – Coach Grades 3-12
  • Oregon Sun Camps – Coach Grades 3-8
  • Bend Metro Parks and Recreation – Coach Grades 3-8

Coaching Clinics & Courses

  • Art of Coaching Volleyball Clinic
  • Art of Coaching Comprehensive Course
  • Art of Coaching Teaching Beginners Course
  • Art of Coaching Beginners Bring Your Own Parent Course
  • AAU Positive Coaching Alliance Courses
  • Gold Medal Squared Clinic
  • Guy Enrique’s Coaches Clinics and Team Camps
  • American Coaching Effectiveness Program Level 1
  • USA Coaching Accreditation Program 1990 Level 1 Course
  • USA Coaching Accreditation Program 1991 Level 2 Course


Coaching Profile:

2007-2008- JV assistant coach for Jurupa Valley High School, Mira Loma, CA
2010-2011- Freshman Head Coach for Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
2011-2012- 14’s Academy Head Coach for Oregon Volleyball Academy
2012-2013- Assistant 14’s National Coach for Oregon Volleyball Academy to Turner Waskom, Bend, OR
2013- Present- 14’s Elevate (Silver) for Oregon Volleyball Academy, Bend, OR
2012- Present- JV Head Coach for Bend Senior High School, Bend, OR

Coaching Highlights:
Assisting Bend High’s Varsity to a 5A State Victory in 2016
Coaching Bend High JV to a 28-1 season- 2016
Coaching Bend High JV to an undefeated season- 2014
Coaching OVA’s 14’s Elevate (Silver) through a season from 76 ranked- 33 ranked- 2016

Me: Fun, Fast paced, and Fierce.
I began playing volleyball in Bend, OR when I was 12 years old and quickly fell in love! I played outside hitter for Bend High School for 4 years, Captaining my teams 3 of 4 years in that program and receiving a First Team All Conference. I played Club ball here in Central Oregon for both Rimrock and the Oregon Suns as an outside hitter and Libero. After high school I headed down south to southern California and played as an outside hitter for Riverside College for 2 years. I then took a year of exploration and took residence in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Traveling and playing volleyball any chance that I could get. Moving back to the states I knew that I needed to give back to the sport that gave so much to me. I currently live in Bend, OR with my husband Dylan and our two dogs Gus and Henry.

Randi Viggiano- Head Coach


My name is Randi Viggiano and I am the Varsity coach at Culver High School and have been for the past 7 years. My husband and I took over the program in 2010 and since then have coached our team to 4 top 3 finishes including a state title in 2012 and a second place finish in 2015, as well as a 4th and 5th place finish. We have also won 6 league titles and produced the Conference POY each of those years. I have been named conference COY since 2011 and State COY in 2012. Additionally, I have coached club for Rimrock Volleyball Club, OVA, and now am the top 18’s coach for NPJ in Bend. Coaching volleyball is my passion. I am a school counselor by trade and love helping kids learn life skills through the game I grew up loving.

Ann Rivera - Assistant Coach/ Beach Coach


Coaching Experience: I have coached teams on and off for over 20 years indoor, beach, in the U.S and internationally. My favorite team to coach was the highly motivated 16’s boys in Switzerland with only one player who spoke English. In the past 5 years, I have mostly trained teams on the beach and have done camps and clinics for beach skills. My main focus these days is working with teams and individuals on their mental game. I am a certified Sports Mental Coach and really enjoy helping athletes to unlock their true potential.
Playing Experience: I played at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Ca, and was MVP of the league. I had the fortune of playing with Misty May on Asics Tiger club team. I received a full ride to Pepperdine as an outside hitter and went on to play professionally in Switzerland, Spain, China and England for 5 years after college. After my return to the States, I played on the AVP pro beach tour for 4 years.