Surprise Volleyball Academy: Coaches 2014-15

Club Director, Coach Jimmie Beard
Coach Jimmie
Club Director, Coach Jimmie is heading into his 7th year as club Director and is going into his 8th season coaching for Surprise Volleyball Academy. Prior to his involvement in SVA, he has been playing and coaching various youth and adult sports programs at a competitive level for over 20 plus years. Jimmie is going into his 4th season serving as the Freshman volleyball coach at Valley Vista High School. Previously, he was the Head Coach at Paradise Honors High School, putting together their first team. He played collegiate club level volleyball in Germany from 1983 through 1986 while serving in the military. While there he enjoyed two seasons with the Hanau Hornets, winning the V Corps Championships in 1985, and one season with the Frankfurt Falcons while playing second setter and defensive specialist. He also played and coached his intramural volleyball team in the off season and led them thru two undefeated seasons. Playing and coaching continued upon returning to the United States which led to several undefeated seasons for his travel team playing throughout the Southeast.
Upon moving to the Phoenix valley in 1994, Jimmie continued to volunteer his time towards coaching and teaching youth sports, which included, baseball, softball, soccer, football, martial arts, and of course, volleyball. He continues to lead athletes to achieve their fullest potential.

Certifications: USAV Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) Level 1, USAV IMPACT, NFHS, AAU


Assistant Director, 17/18's Ambush & 14's Krush, Coach Vicki Turrell
Vicki
Assistant Director, Coach Vicki Turrell is going into her 4th year with SVA and has over 25 years of coaching experience with grade levels ranging from 1st through college age players. Recently, she had led the SVA 17's Ambush team to  a USAV AZ Region Championship Bronze Division Champion finish and coached the SVA 13's Khaos team for the festival.  They finished as a Contest Winner with a 7-4 record in this tournament.  In 2011,  she coached the  18s Ambush team to a silver medal finish in the USAV AZ Region 18s Championship Gold Division.  Prior to the last few seasons Coach Vicki coached for Arrowhead Volleyball Club for 6 years. She has had the pleasure of coaching the number one team in Arizona for the 12’s in 2008. She has experience coaching all age groups in club volleyball.   Under Coach Vicki's reign at Millennium High School for seven seasons, MHS became one of the top teams in the state of Arizona, Region Champs the last 5 of her 7 years, and consistently made a showing in state playoffs. In 2005, the MHS team finished fifth overall in the 4A State Division I Tournament and in 2004 the team finished in the top 4.  She resigned from the position to spend more time with her own kids. 
Coach Vicki's collegiate career was finished at Grand Canyon University as a defensive specialist.  Prior to that she played volleyball and softball for Aurora University in Illinois for 1 year and Kankakee Community College for her Freshmen and Sophomore years.  She was a setter her first 3 collegiate seasons and throughout high school.
Certifications: USAV Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) Level 1, USAV IMPACT,  NFHS, CPR 


17s Attack, Coach Heather Craft
Heather Craft

 

Coach Heather Craft is in her sixth year as a volleyball coach.  She is currently the assistant Varsity Coach at Millennium High School.  She was the varsity coach at Desert Edge High School for 4 years. While there, she led the team to the school's best season records. Heather played at Millennium High School as a setter/opposite hitter and her team finished in the top 4 in the state. She continued playing at Arizona Christian University for 3 years, 2 years as a setter and 1 year as an outside hitter. Her team was region champions and competed at the National tournament all three years. Heather has a passion for volleyball and loves being able to share and develop that passion in the young ladies that she coaches.

 

Certification - USAV IMPACT, NFHS, CPR 



17s Attack, Assistant Coach Elizabeth Alford
Liz

Coach Liz Alford will be in her 2nd year with SVA.  She played four years with Parker High School with three years at the varsity level.  Coach Liz earned Most Valuable Player and All Conference in 2005 and 2006 as well as the senior all star and 1st team all state awards.  She continued her career in college beginning at Phoenix College.  She was an honorable mention all conference and her team finished 4th in the Nation.  She moved over to Pima Community College and earned Honorable Mention All-American.  She finished her career as a player with one year at Northern Arizona University.  Coach Liz has coached club teams in her hometown of Parker, AZ as well as assisting with coaching the Varsity team at Parker High School every time she goes home to visit.  She loves coaching and everything about volleyball. 

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



15/16's Warriors, Coach Megan Rude
Megan

Coach Megan is in her 2nd year with the SVA coaching staff.  She has coached eight of the last nine years.  Her coaching experience comes from the following clubs: Verrado Volleyball Club, Westside Volleyball Club, Club Arrowhead and Litchfield Starlings.  She has coached levels from 12's - 16's.  In the middle of her club coaching experience, she fit in as a volunteer coach for Agua Fria High School working with all levels.  She also has provided individual technical training in different positions as well.  One of her highlights as a coach was with the Verrado Volleyball club.  She took her team from a 72nd ranked position to a 3rd place finish in the Club A Gold Division.  She was also the 5th graders coach at St. Thomas Aquinas elementary school in 2006.  Her career as a player began as a 12 year old first with recreational ball and then on to club ball with Zia and Azone 'till she was 18.  Coach Megan played high school ball at Millennium as the starting setter for four years at the varsity level.  She then moved on and played for two more years for South Mountain Community College as the starting setter there too.   

Certification: USAV IMPACT



15/16s Warriors, Assistant Coach Hannah Cluff
Coach Hannah has played for SVA the last three years for Ambush.  She has experience as an Outside Hitter, Middle, and a Setter.  She is excited to continue her volleyball career with SVA as an Assistant Coach.  Her high school career was played at Willow Canyon.

15/16s Rage, Coach Tonya Lee
Tonya

Coach Tonya Lee was born and raised in Peoria, AZ. She played volleyball on the varsity team for 3 years at Centennial high school.  She went on to play at Glendale Community College and Grand Canyon University playing Middle Blocker.  Coach Tonya then coached for Zia Athletic Club for 5 years for the following age groups: 14, 15, 16, and 18's.  Last year, she coached for Finer Points coaching the 18-1's team.  She has coached high school for 6 years: 1 year at Phoenix Christian and 5 years at Valley Vista HS.  Coach Tonya has coached dozens of girls who have made it on scholarship to play volleyball. 

Certifications:  USAV IMPACT, NFHS, and CPR



15/16s Rage, Assistant Coach Jolene McAlister

Bio coming soon.

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14s Mayhem, Coach Alyssa Montoya
Alyssa

Coach Alyssa Montoya is returning to SVA for her 3rd year of coaching.  She was the assistant Coach for the 16's Rage team.  Her high school career was through Millennium as a defensive specialist for the varsity team for 3 years.  Coach Alyssa gained her experience through the following clubs: Arizona Primitive, Arrowhead, and AZVC as well.  She is currently attending Grand Canyon University and studying to be a History Teacher. 

Certification: USAV IMPACT


14s Mayhem, Assistant Coach Ellie Sausedo

Coach Ellie Sausedo is joining SVA for her first year of coaching.  She has volunteered as a coach for Peoria High Schools Youth Volleyball Camp for 2 years.  Her high school career was at Peoria High School as a middle/outside hitter for the varsity team for 3 years.  While being on varsity, she earned an award for Offensive Player of the Year for 2 years.  Coach Ellie also gained her experience from 3 successful years with Club Arrowhead.  She is excited to share her passion and love for volleyball with all of the girls she coaches! 

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



14's Krush & 17/18's Ambush, Assistant Coach Breann Turrell
Bre

Coach Breann Turrell comes back to us as an assistant coach for the 14s Krush and 18s Ambush teams .  She played for SVA 18's Ambush team for 2 years.  In 2011, she was a part of the USAV AZ Region 2nd place finish in the Championship Division as a setter.  Prior to playing at SVA, Coach Bre played for Arrowhead for 6 years starting at the age of 10 years old.  She has enjoyed and have made lifelong friends through her experiences with club.  Her high school career was through Millennium.  Coach Bre's  first task of coaching was for the Illinois Heat for a 12's team. 

 Certification: USAV IMPACT



13's Khaos, Coach Mike Moreno
Mike

Coach Mike Moreno will be in his 3rd year coaching with SVA.  He is a former coach for Lake Pleasant elementary school for the girls team.  He played for an intramural competitive indoor team at Scottsdale Community College and played in various beach leagues and tourney's throughout his career.  He coached for Madison Meadows elementary school for the 7th & 8th grade boy's team and led them to an undefeated season in 1994.  Coach Mike has 20 years experience in coaching different teams among the following sports: basketball, baseball, and indoor/outdoor volleyball teams.         

Certification: USAV CAP 1 



13's Khaos, Assistant Coach Rhiannon Polak
Rhi

Coach Rhiannon is in her 2nd year with SVA coaching the 13s.  She played for Millennium High School and Varsity for three years.  She played sand volleyball for four years and club for five years.  Coach Rhi's experience in club started out at Litchfield Park and then played for Zia her 15-18's season.  She played as an outside hitter, opposite, and setter through her career.  She also played with White Tanks for the Festival Tournament one summer.  She is looking forward to the upcoming season and her venture as a coach.

Certification: USAV IMPACT



13s Snipers, Coach Dez Lopez
Dez

Coach Dez Lopez is excited to start her third year with SVA.  She has been the assistant coach for 14s Krush and  the coach for the 14's Mayhem team the last couple of years.  She has love and passion for the game, with having played volleyball since she was 12.  She played in Middle School and in High School at Haltom High in Texas, and she likes to get the occassional sand volleyball game in too.  She has been a huge sports fanatic all her life and she knows how to find the right balance of hard work and fun.

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



13's Snipers, Assistant Coach Molly DeLeon
Molly

Coach Molly Deleon has played volleyball for the last 10 years.  She is a graduate of Millennium High School.  Coach Molly is in her second  year coaching with Trivium Prep Academy.  She is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Math.  She teaches at Agua Fria High School.  She loves to play sports: softball, volleyball, and swimming.  She is all about fun but still keeping things competitive. 

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



11/12's Sabatoge, Coach Heather Webb
Heather Webb

Coach Heather Webb joins the coaching staff of SVA for her 2nd year with 11 years of experience as a coach. She is currently the Junior Varsity Coach at Valley Vista High School.   Her coaching career consists of junior high and high school volleyball at Valley Vista, three years coaching a 12's team for Phoenix North Valley Club, and 2 years as a volunteer coach for the City of Surprise Recreational League.  She played for Cactus High School at the Varsity level for three years.  She continued her career in adult leagues.  She is currently a Guidance Counselor at Valley Vista High School  and has 15 years of experience in the educational field.

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



11/12's Sabatoge, Assistant Coach Lori Luzier

Coach Lori Luzier is very excited to pursue her passion for coaching as an SVA staff member!  She brings to the court several years of coaching experience at the high school level, coaching both Freshman and JV.  Coach Luzier began her coaching career at her alma mater, Cactus High School where she coached JV athletes.  After coaching at Cactus for several years, she pursued a job change and joined the coaching staff at Valley Vista High School.   Coach Luzier is the lead guidance counselor at Valley Vista High School and has 15+ years experience in high school education.

Certification:  USAV IMPACT



Coach Matt Overfelt

Bio coming soon.

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