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Seattle Coaches

2023 NPJ Seattle Coaches

All coaching assignments are tentative and subject to change

NPJ Staff

ADAM ELLIS - EXECUTIVE CLUB DIRECTOR

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.

Paula Schwan - NPJ Seattle Director & 17 National Head Coach

Paula newly took on the exciting challenge of being the director of former club Kent Juniors, now NPJ-Seattle.  Paula has coached club for the past 26 year, the last 14 years with Kent Juniors where she played a significant role of leading our program to great heights as one of the region's premier coaches.  In addition to coaching at high levels in club, Paula has coached the past 16 years with USA Volleyball and in 2018 was the Head of Delegation for the Men's Junior National Team competing in Peru. For the past 5 years, Paula has served as the Director of the PSR High Performance program and served as the Head Coach of the PSR Semi-Pro Team through its tenure. Traveling around the country with these programs has allowed Paula to continue to increase her VB network and gain relationships with college coaches.  

Paula played college volleyball before she got into coaching where she coached 3 seasons at a local college. Paula has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (specializing in forensic psychology).

In Paula's successful tenure, she has led teams to numerous regional championships, tournament wins, and several earned bids to the National Championships in all divisions. This success includes one championship win at the GJNC (Patriot Division). Paula's love and knowledge of the game is infectious, and she loves to share it with all those who are present in the gym with her. Her preparation, practice structure, and game plans help every student-athlete strive to be better and gain the ability to compete at the next level. 

 

Kurt Schwan - NPJ Seattle Assistant Club Director

The past several seasons, Kurt has assisted with our 17s and 18s teams.  This year he moves into the position of Assistant Club Director in Seattle.  Kurt will assist with oversight of our teams, player/parent guidelines, chaperones, communication, social media, facility management, tournament management, and team travel. 

Kurt has spent more than a decade as an involved parent of his two daughters as they competed in the regional and national youth volleyball programs, in college, and one is currently a professional athlete. Kurt has also worked with the regional HP teams while his wife, Paula (our Seattle Club Director) ran the program.

Kurt carries a strong commitment to safety within our program and comes from a competitive background in basketball, having played in college. In his free time Kurt spends time with family and travels as time allows.

Kurt looks forward to his new role as Seattle's Assistant Club Director Coach and continuing to learn from the excellent staff and coaches in the NPJ-Seattle program.

Courtney Shaffer - NPJ Assistant Club Director & NPJ Bend Director

Courtney has been coaching with NPJ since November of 2014 and she has been in a Director role since 2017. She has coached at all levels from our developmental programs to the 18s platinum division. 

Last coached 2020 18 National Bend.

Courtney moved to Bend in June of 2017 and she lives there with her husband Brenden, daughter Sophie, and their dog Axel.

"My goal as a coach and Director is to have my athletes walk away with knowledge, technique and passion for the game while having a fun and memorable experience."

courtneyshaffer@npjvolleyball.org

Nate Gorman - Director of Operations & NPJ Portland Director

Nate started his volleyball career by playing internationally in Europe as a junior, and continued that love for the sport playing as an adult in both the Seattle and Portland areas until his body failed him, and he turned to coaching to fill that hole in his heart.

Nate joins the NPJ family as both the Director of Operations and the Club Director for NPJ Portland.  He brings with him vast experience directing both youth development and club programs as a co-director for YVBA (Youth Volleyball Association). During his 12 years at YVBA, Nate helped grow their club program to one of the CEVA region's top clubs, coaching multiple teams into the top tier (gold), across multiple age groups.

Nate is a avid competitor and a lifelong student of the game.  Constant evaluation and improvement of one's skills and knowledge is something he tries to implement in his daily life, and instill in the players and coaches around him.  He lives in Beaverton with is partner Sarah, daughter Oakley and dog Grayson.

Mike Gee - Director of Volleyball

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."