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Portland Coaches

2024 NPJ Portland Coaches


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Nate Gorman - 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 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.

Eric Leibbrandt - NPJ Portland Director of Volleyball

Eric Leibbrandt spent multiple season as a full-time assistant coach at Portland State University. 
During his time as an assistant coach, Leibbrandt and the Vikings’ staff have led the Vikings to three 20-win seasons (2012, 2013, and 2017) and a pair of Big Sky Conference regular season championships (2012, 2013). 
Prior to his elevation to assistant coach, Leibbrandt, spent several years with the Vikings as a student assistant. In all, he has been a part of the program for all five regular season championships under Head Coach Michael Seemann as well as a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.  
Leibbrandt graduated from Portland State with a degree in Political Science in 2011.


Adam is the Senior Director/Founder of NPJ, and also serves as the head coach of Salem’s 18 Forefront team. Since 2017, NPJ 18 Forefront has become a perennial power with five top 25 finishes or final rankings in the country. 

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 and Lebanon, OR. Today, NPJ has more than 70 teams across four different locations.

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.

Last December, Adam and his wife Katie Ellis had their new baby girl, Charlie. The three of them live in Sherwood, OR.

Courtney Shaffer - NPJ 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."


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."