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Paula Schwan - NPJ Seattle Director

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. 


Stephanie Papke

After many years of discussions and persuasion), Stephanie brought her experience, connections, and knowledge to Kent Juniors last year.  She is continuing the tradition of excellence with NPJ Seattle in this next season. Stephanie is a former athlete and coach from Puget Sound Volleyball Club. We are excited to have her join our family.

Stephanie is a local player from Auburn HS and Washington State University. She is an All Pac-10 setter, and an All-American and Woman of the Year Nominee from WSU. While at Washington State, they won the Pac-10 Championship and had multiple NCAA DI tournament appearances.  

Congratulations to Stephanie Papke who was inducted to the WSU Hall of Fame in 2019.  

Stephanie has coached successfully with PSVA for over a decade and also at Totem Middle School for the past 6 seasons. Both Stephanie and her twin sister are business owners in South King County.

Stephanie has made appearances at the Junior Girl’s National Championships for nearly a dozen years, while winning the Championship (Patriot Division) in 2015. Welcome to NPJ Stephanie!

Caroline Meines

Caroline has been a staple within our club for over a decade. She has consistently developed the fundamentals of athletes in their volleyball skills, presence on the court, and their ability to work together in a team setting. We have had Caroline coaching our top age groups and more recently focusing on the younger ages to help us create a strong foundation of skills in our successful tradition of training the Gold Medal Squared system we believe in. 

Caroline grew up in Western Washington, attending college at Central Washington University where she competed on the volleyball team. Following college, she returned to the west to raise their two daughters (who have competed in our club) and coach at her alma mater, Bellarmine Prep. Since 2003, she has successfully assisted the program in earning multiple league and district titles as well as three 4A State Championships. Caroline has been a significant contributor to helping many of their HS student-athletes earn college volleyball scholarships and successfully compete all over the county. 

In addition to teaching and being the Head Volleyball Coach at Bellarmine, she coaches in their tennis program as well. Her commitment to engage and support all students to achieve their goals is evident in her approach on and off the court. Growing our club members to bring out the best in themselves and gain high levels of confidence is one of Caroline's biggest strengths.


Derek Edwards

Derek has been coaching volleyball for over 16 years in the Kent area. He started coaching at Kentridge High School in the early 2000s where he was the JV and Assistant Head Coach. After taking a coaching break because of having young kids (which we have had in our club), he returned to coaching Kent Juniors U12s, U14s and boys U16s teams. He also coached at Cedar Heights Middle School for 4 years before moving to Kentlake High School, where he is the current JV Coach.

Derek has a passion for teaching volleyball and creating a community of players who want to learn and grow as players and people. He brings an incredible combination of enthusiasm, drive, and skill development to his coaching style. We are continually impressed with the high levels of energy and patience he brings to coaching the fundamentals of the game. 

Mikaela Ballou

Mikaela is an incredible example of "athlete turned coach". As a young athlete she was a fierce competitor, on and off the court.  She was a dynamic outside hitter who was smart, dependable, and could always be relied on to be a strong leader, teammate, and terminator on the court. Mikaela helped lead her HS team to multiple state tournaments, including a championship match in her senior year at Kentwood HS. 


Following HS Mikaela continued her playing career at Highline College where she started to coach with Kent Juniors. We are blessed to have had her coaching in our club since 2011. She has coached many ages as head coach and assistant from U13s through U17s. All but one of her teams competed at the Girl’s Junior National Championships. She has coached many teams to the top of the Power League ranks as well as PS Regional Championships. She also led her team to earn the PSR Qualifier when coaching 15s.

Mikaela is a driven competitor, and she works hard to pass along that drive to those she gets to coach on the court.

Maria Bahlenhorst


Maria is a KJ alum who always gives back to the community and our KJ family. She currently is a 3rd grade teacher in the Kent School District as well as the Head Coach of Washington 4A state champion Tahoma High School.  

Prior to Tahoma, Maria was an assistant at her alma mater Kentlake HS. She coaches track and volleyball in the Kent community as well. Maria has been coaching some of the top volleyball players within the region under the PSR High Performance program for the past 5 years.  

When we got Maria back into our program (this time as a coach), she continued to drive excellence in everything we do. She is a positive force and molded well into our coaching staff as a trainer who ensured we did everything to continue to stay competitive while keeping every student-athlete's well-being first. She helps us in building players’ confidence and maintaining strong character. 

Maria graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education from WSU as well as a Masters in Learning and Technology with a Physical Education endorsement. We are so excited to have this incredible, talented, and giving coach in our program for her 4th season.   

Her coaching philosophy: “My coaching style is a lot like my teaching. Build relationships, instill confidence, and help players reach their goals on and off the court.”

Kurt Schwan

Kurt has been a force in our program for over a dozen years. He spent a decade as an involved parent of two daughters who excelled in our program. In addition, Kurt assisted with oversight of our team reps, chaperones, player guidelines, tournament director, tourney registration, and team travel.   The past couple seasons, Kurt has assisted with our 17s & 18s teams. 

Paula, Kurt's wife, runs the Puget Sound Region HP Program. Kurt has watched his two daughters compete in the regional and national programs, in college, and one is currently a professional athlete. Kurt works with HP National teams in which he became involved in as an Assistant Coach the past few seasons. In addition to his strong organizational skills and on-court training, Kurt's extensive use of statistical and video analysis helps our teams evaluate and improve in an objective way. Our training methods rely on this important feedback.

Kurt is a Police Commander and carries a strong commitment to safety within our program. He comes from a competitive background in basketball having played in college. In his free time Kurt spends time with family and travels around to support two of his daughters still competing at high levels.

Kurt looks forward to his role as an Assistant Coach and continuing to learn from the excellent coaches in the NPJ-Seattle program.

Carlye Hupp

Carlye joins NPJ-Seattle as an Assistant Coach for our 18s. We are excited to have her on board. Carlye brings 23 years of club coaching. As a Kentridge HS graduate and former Kent-Meridian HS and Kentlake HS coach, we believe she is back home. While at Kentlake, Carlye has helped the Falcons to two 4A State Championships and assisted dozens of their players go on to play at top college programs.

Carlye has coached multiple ages with PSVA as well as served as one of their Recruiting Coordinators.  As a coach she has made multiple successful appearances at the GJNC - Girls’ Junior National Championships. Carlye is Head Coach, for the past 18 years, at Maywood Middle School where she teaches.  

We are thrilled to continue to add experience and proven success to our team with the great addition of Carlye Hupp.

Maile (Golden) Toeaina

Maile played club volleyball for Kaumali’i Manaloa Volleyball Club (Honolulu), Ho’o Ikaika Volleyball Club (Kauai), and Kamehameha Volleyball Club (Honolulu) from 1983-1988. She graduated from Waimea High School on the Island of Kauai in 1988, where she participated in volleyball, basketball, swimming and track & field. Maile was inducted into the 1988 Nissan High School Hall of Honor and Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year. She was recruited by the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the coaching of Dave Shoji where she played from 1988-1991.

Under the tutelage of Richard “Longy” Okamoto, Maile began coaching club volleyball for Kaumali’i Manaloa Volleyball Club in 1990-1993. In 1994, she married herhusband, Andrew Toeaina, and they moved away from Hawaii to be a part of Soul’d Out Christian Center in San Francisco. In 1997, theymoved to Kent, Washington and have served faithfully for 20 years in ministry. They have 3 daughters, Alyx (UW track & field), Sarah (UH basketball), and Kendyl (undecided 10 yr old).In 2017, Maile’s family stepped out in faith and birthed The HotSpot Church in Kent, WA.

Maile has coached volleyball for over 12 years in the Kent area. She started coaching in 2006-2009 for Kent Meridian HS, where she was the JV and Assistant Varsity Coach. After taking some time off of coaching, due to a new daughter, she returned to coaching at Kentwood HS as the Freshman Team Coach and JV Coach. She is currently in her 3rd year of club coaching here in the State of Washington.

Maile has a passion for teaching volleyball and creating players who want to learn and grow as players and young adults. She brings an incredible combination of enthusiasm, fun, and skill development to her coaching style.


Chad Roberts

Chad loves teaching the game of volleyball. He is passionate about helping players operate at the edge of their abilities and seeks constant growth from his teams. He received his Bachelor's degree and teaching credential from San Diego State University and after teaching for three years, changed to a career with Costco Wholesale. He has worked for Costco for more than 20 years and has spent much of his career in staff development, training, and leadership. His background in teaching and training allows him to deliver technical instruction in a clear and understandable way for players. 

Chad coached for Boost VBC for the past six years and regularly competed in the top flights of Puget Sound Region’s power league, battled in tournaments up and down the west coast, and led his U14s team to PSR’s National bid in 2018. 

In addition to the indoor game, he has coached beach for six years. He has taken great joy watching his teams win local tournaments at Alki, compete and win at Seaside numerous years, and earn a bid to compete at the AVP Beach Nationals in Hermosa Beach. 

As a dad of two girls, Chad is committed to helping girls discover a confidence in who they are which extends to the court and beyond.

Mikayla McClain

Mikayla has been working with students and student athletes in the area for the last five years and is passionate about helping youth find their purpose. Mikayla works as a youth pastor in the community and has been active in the Tahoma School District as an advocate for high school and middle school students. Working with the Tahoma Volleyball program over the past four seasons, Mikayla has been a part of the coaching staff that has led to four consecutive state placings, claiming the state title in 2019. Mikayla’s ambition has been to see every player develop their competitive edge, grow as a teammate, and perform at their highest capability. Mikayla’s head coaching record stands at 32-1.

Kayla Hanus

Kayla has been coaching club since 2011, when she began her club coaching career in college. After graduating in 2014, she spent her club coaching years at Pacific Coast Volleyball Academy. Kayla is the current Head Coach at Kentwood high school and has been there since 2018. She also graduated from Kentwood in 2010 playing volleyball for the Conks for all 4 years. 

Kayla was a setter throughout her volleyball career. She moved on from Kentwood to Walla Walla Community College where she had great success in her two years there. Her team went on to place 2nd in the NWACC championship in 2011. Coach Hanus was then named to the All-American Team for the 2011 season. From Walla Walla, Coach Hanus moved East and played her final 2 seasons at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. She led the conference in aces per set her junior year and broke the school record for assists in a match her senior year. This is where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. 

Kayla’s teaching background began in 2014, working for Kent School District as a Para-Educator before moving on to teaching English and Art at Meeker Middle School while earning her Masters in Ed degree in Special Education. When accepting the coaching position at KW, she also accepted a teaching position within the Special Ed. Department.  She currently teaches at KW and loves being back in the hallways that she was in years ago as a student. 

Kayla enjoys being a mom to her dogs, Rico and Selena, spending time with her very large extended family, crafting, and of course playing volleyball when she can.

Brianna Bautista

Bri graduated from Bethel HS in 2008, where she started all four years as a defensive specialist. She continued her volleyball career in the competitive GNAC conference at Saint Martin’s University, starting all four years as a defensive specialist.  

Throughout her career at SMU, Bri was fortunate enough to assist alongside her former coaches at Puget Sound Volleyball Academy in the U16, U17, and U18 age groups.

After graduating from Saint Martin’s University, she joined Graham Kapowsin High School Volleyball program where she coached for three years. Eager to become a head coach, Bri made a transition to Reach Volleyball Club where she coached the U17/U18 team for four years. In her 8th year of coaching club volleyball, Bri is enthusiastic about teaching the game and building relationships with her athletes.

Bri believes in individually developing and challenging every athlete in a way that brings out their own abilities and talents. As a coach, her job is to teach the technical and fundamental elements of the sport with consistency. She believes through volleyball we develop life skills that can be applied long after the game is over. Bri hopes to share with young females the life lessons the sport has given to her over the years.

When Bri is not teaching the game of volleyball, she is in her classroom teaching a class of 5th graders!

Kelsie Cornett

Kelsie’s love and passion for volleyball quickly grew when she began playing in elementary school, and that passion continued as she played club throughout the Puget Sound region. After graduating from Sumner HS in 2015, she continued her playing career at Green River College where she was a two-year setter and captain. Kelsie was honored with MVP her sophomore year in 2017. While playing collegiately, she began her coaching career. Kelsie finds much joy in passing on her passion for the game to the younger generation of players. She has coached club teams between the ages of 14s to18s. After graduating from GRC, Kelsie returned to the program as the Assistant Coach where she is beginning her fifth season in the coaching role.

 After completing two years at GRC as a student athlete, Kelsie transferred to PLU and graduated with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She is now a special education teacher and will be creating and implementing an elementary program within her school! This holds a special place in her heart as it is where her volleyball career began.

Kelsie is looking forward to being a part of this new journey while instilling confidence, drive, and carrying on the passion of the game. 

Kyle Densley

Kasey Yost

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