ADAM ELLIS - EXECUTIVE CLUB DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH 18 FOREFRONT

With over 25 years of experience as a development and performance coach, Adam has grown NPJ into the premier volleyball club, in the pacific northwest. NPJ was founded by Adam in 2009 with two teams practicing out of Albany, OR and Lebanon, OR. Today, NPJ has 56 teams across four different locations.

In addition to club director, Adam also serves as the head coach of Salem’s 18 Forefront team, earning several top 25 finishes in Open at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.

Adam’s long-running, and proven, track record of connecting club players with his vast network of college coaches gives you the confidence to pursue your dreams of playing in college. With his help every single NPJ graduate who has wanted to play in college has had the opportunity to do so. Adam’s commitment to helping you receive an opportunity to play goes above and beyond, and with him by your side, the choice is yours. If you’re serious about playing in college, Adam’s the coach that will help make it happen.

Married to Katie Brewington, the couple resides in Sherwood, OR. They are expecting a baby girl in December.

MIKE GEE - DIRECTOR OF VOLLEYBALL & ASSISTANT COACH 18 FOREFRONT

Mike Gee is a volleyball coach, developer, and medal-winning technical coordinator who supports and empowers you to find what works best for you, unlocking new levels of performance that you can measure. Mike is passionate about motor learning and player development, and openly shares all of his knowledge with anyone looking to be a better player or coach. 

This is Mike's seventh year coaching at NPJ, and his 20th year coaching volleyball overall. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. One thing you'll hear him say a lot is, "it's cool to be nice, so be cool."

IZZI SZULCZEWSKI - 18 FOREFRONT ASSISTANT COACH

Izzi Szulczewski is one of the most exciting players you’ll ever watch playing in person. If you’ve ever seen her play, then you know what we’re talking about. Though still a sophomore, playing at Oregon State, Izzi is one of the top rising volleyball coaches in the pacific northwest.

This marks her second season coaching at NPJ, where she also played in her final three seasons of club volleyball. In addition to making you, and everyone else around her, better, Izzi will also make you laugh - a lot. 

In 2019, Izzi was voted both OSAA 6A Player of the Year and Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year.

Ellie Snook - 18 Forefront Assistant Coach

Currently at Portland State University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-time Big Sky Libero of the Year (2020, 2021)
  • All-Big Sky First Team (2021)
  • Two-time All-Big Sky Second Team (2019, 2020)
  • Set the single-season school records for digs per set (5.47 in 2019), aces (50 in 2021) and aces per set (0.42 in 2021)
  • Top-ranked freshman in the nation for digs per set (5.47 in 2019)
  • Five-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week (10/7/19; 1/26/21; 9/13/21; 9/27/21; 10/11/21)
  • Marcia E. Hamilton Classic All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Invitational All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Sky (2019, 2020, 2021)

CLUB

Played for NPJ 2014-19.
 

PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS

Daughter of Dina and Jamie Snook…Mother, Dina, played volleyball at Pepperdine and Linfield College…Father, Jamie, played basketball at Portland State…Sister, Lily, also plays for the Portland State volleyball team…Has two brothers, Jalen and Jackson Snook…Lists hanging with families and friends, listening to music, watching movies and traveling as hobbies/interests…Majoring in business administration: advertising management.