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Derek Jensen, President & Girl's Program Director

As the Owner and Director of Girl's Programs for Division1 VBC, Derek operates on the belief that training at an Elite level doesn't mean you need to sacrifice care for the individual athlete. Communication and working to build the complete athlete are always his first priorities. 

Before coming on full time with D1, Derek spent his career working in the Sports Operations and Marketing field for the Chicago Sport and Social Club and the Chicago Bears. 

Growing up in the West Suburbs of Chicago, Derek played club for SPVB from age 11-18. His team was consistently ranked top 5 in the country his 15-18U years, taking 2nd at the 2003 USAV Nationals and 5th in 2004 and 2005. 

  • 2005-2009: Member of Loyola University Chicago Men's Volleyball Team
    • 2006-2009: Captain of LUMVB
    • 4 times MIVA Academic All-Conference
  • 2010: Graduated from Loyola University with Masters in Business Administration
  • 2010-2014: Marketing and League Development Manager at Chicago Sport and Social Club
  • 2014/2015: Fan Marketing and Research for Chicago Bears
  •  2007-current: Division1 VBC Head Coach
    • Top Finishes: Boys - 10th place, USAV Open Division. Girls - 
  • 2015-2017: Dominican University Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach
    • 2017 NCAA Elite Eight
  • 2018-present: Junior Volleyball Association Board of Directors

Kris Berzins, Vice President & Boy's Program Director

After 8 years as both an assistant and associate head coach at Loyola University Chicago Men’s Volleyball that included 3 NCAA Final Four Appearances and 2 National Championships, Kris joined D1 as the Director of Boys Volleyball and Vice President in June 2018. Inspired by creating opportunities for young men through the sport of volleyball, Kris’ experience with the U19 & U17 national teams ignited his passion to grow the game at the youth level.

Son of 1984 USA Gold Medalist Aldis Berzins, Kris has grown up around the sport of volleyball all of his life. Walking on to the men’s volleyball team at Loyola as a Libero in his freshman year through an open tryout, he quickly carved out a starting role at outside hitter. After a year and a half years playing professionally overseas, he began his coaching a career joining the staff at Loyola Men’s Volleyball in 2011.

  • 2007-2010: Loyola University Men's Volleyball Team – Outside Hitter
    • 2009-2010 MIVA All-Conference
    • 2010 Captain of Loyola MVB
    • 2010 Volleyball Magazine 2nd Team All-American
  • 2010-2011: Professional Volleyball – Outside Hitter
    • 2010-2011 Panelinios G.S. - Athens, Greece
    • 2011 VBK Worthen - Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 2011-2018: Assistant Coach Loyola Men’s Volleyball
    • 2013-2015 MIVA Tournament Champions – 2013 1st in Loyola History
    • 2014 NCAA Champions
    • 2015 NCAA Champions
    • Mentored eight AVCA All-Americans, the 2015 AVCA Player of the Year and the 2015 AVCA Newcomer of the Year
  • 2010-Present: Coach USAV Boys' High Performance Program
    • 2011-2014 U-19 Boys Youth A1 Assistant Coach
    • 2013-2015 U-19 Boys’ Youth National Team Assistant Coach
      • 2013 FIVB World Championships 16th Place
      • 2014 NORCECA Zonal Championships 1st Place
      • 2015 FIVB World Championships 7th Place (Highest Ever Finish for USA Volleyball at U19 World Championships)
    • 2016-2017 U-17 Select National Team Head Coach
    • 2018-Present U-21 Men’s Junior National Team Assistant Coach
      • 2018 NORCECA Zonal Championships 4th Place
  • 2014: Graduated from Loyola University with Masters in Business Administration
  • 2018-present: Great Lakes Region Board of Directors - Junior Boys' Volleyball Representative

Ben Jacobson, Marketing Manager & Assistant Director

  • Playing Experience: Played for Glenbard West High School, team captain for senior year. 3 years of club volleyball at Sports Performance , and 1 year with Division1 VBC. 
  • Coaching Experience: I have coached 9 teams across 6 years with Division1 VBC, ranging everywhere from Girls 13's to Boys 17's. Prior to joining the staff at D1 I assisted the boys and girls volleyball programs at Glenbard West, offering additional training and head coaching at the freshman level. 
  • Coaching Philosophy: I began coaching volleyball as a way to stay in touch with a sport I no longer had the time or means to play actively, and just as soon as I started I knew that I was hooked. Having the opportunity to give back to a community that meant so much to me while growing up is very special to me, and I count myself fortunate to be able to work in a role that is so fulfilling. As a coach, I make it my goal each season to not only improve the team's level of play, but to develop positive training habits that translate to their lives off the court.
  • Fun Facts: I studied Music at Valparaiso University, and before coming on full-time with D1 I worked as a composer-arranger for various institutions in the Great Lakes area. 

Paris McFall, Operations Manager & Assistant Director

  • Playing Experience: Downers Grove South High School (Outside & Middle) - 3 yrs, 1 yr captain . Tigers Volleyball Club (Middle) - 1yr. Sports Performance Volleyball Club (Rightside) 2yrs. Carthage College (Rightside) - 1 yr. Robert Morris University IL (Rightside) 3 yrs, 3 yr captain, 3 yr all conference first team, 3 yr all academic first team, 3yr offensive player of the year, 2017 Top 5 in kills, blocks, aces in the NAIA, 2017 CCAC conference player of the year, 2017 NAIA All American, All time school leader in kills and blocks
  • Coaching Experience: Sports Performance Volleyball Club - 3 yrs (15's/16's) , Rosary High School - 1yr (Freshman), Benet Academy - 3 yrs (Freshmen, JV and Varsity Asst) conference champs 2 yrs, and I have been coaching for D1 since 2015.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach to bring out the best in each of my athletes whether that's on or off the court. I believe in teaching transferable skills that can benefit an athlete well beyond my time with him/her. I live for the "lightbulb" moment, when an athlete finally understands or performs a skill that has taken them however long to get. Volleyball has given me and shown me so much already and I want to give that back to the kids every way I can. My coaching style is to better not only your child's skills but to develop their IQ to process more than the basics. Ive learned and seen how crucial it can be during big matches for a player to have the ability to break down whats going on and do the best thing to make themselves and their team succeed.
  • Fun Facts: Originally born in Oak Park, I moved and grew up in Downers Grove. I've performed in 3 musicals while in high school along with being in select vocal groups throughout my high school career. I've played basketball and football while at DGS but never got hurt until my 3 week of playing volleyball. I have played every position but libero.

Peter Maniscalco, Supplemental Training Manager

  • Playing Experience: Club: D1, 2010 Nationals 5th place, HS: Notre Dame College Prep, College: Loyola University Chicago, Carthage College (2014 National Semi-Finalist) 
  • Coaching Experience: D1 17-2s, D1 14s, D1 18-1s, North Central College Men's & Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach. 
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because of the relationships I made along the way playing in club and college, and because I want to give back what I was taught along the way. I coach in hopes to improve an athlete on and off the court, and to grow the game of volleyball. 
  • Fun Facts: Current Loyola Univeristy Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach.

Kevin Moore, Girl's Program Master Coach


  • Playing Experience: Pace Bootlegger VBC, Juniata College (1998 DIII National Champions)
  • Coaching Experience: USA Volleyball High Performance Championships- 7yrs, Youth National Team Asst. Coach 1 yr, High Performance Championships Head Coach 2yrs, George Mason Mens Asst. Coach 2yrs, Juniata Head Men's Coach 4yr (Conference Coach of the year 2 times), Loyola University Women's Associate Head Coach 2 yrs., current Northwestern University Women's Assistant Coach
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because I'm passionate about teaching and working with athletes. As a coach I would describe myself as a student, constantly learning from the incredible coaches and players I work with on a daily basis.
  • Fun Facts: I grew up in Rochester, NY, have a 4 year old daughter and currently live in Roscoe Village with my wife Jennifer & dog Tinder.

Adam Beck, Boy's Program Master Coach


  • Playing Experience: Maine East Varsity 1991. (29-2)
  • Coaching Experience: 2015-2016 - Master Coach Division1 Volleyball Club, 2009-2013 – Head Coach Division1 Volleyball Club (5th in 18 Open in 2010), 2008-2009 - Head Coach SPVB B17 Mizuno (29th 17 Open), 2002-2005 – Head Coach SPVB B17 Mizuno (5th in 17 Open ’03, ’04, ’05), 2004-2005 - Assistant Coach SPVB B18 Mizuno (5th in 18 Open), 2003-2004 – Consultant SPVB B16 Runbird (16 Club National Champions), 1998-2000 – Men’s Assistant Coach Loyola University Chicago, 1995-1997 – Men’s Assistant Coach Loyola University Chicago, 1993-1995 – Assistant Coach SPVB B18 Mizuno (11th in ’93, 5th in ’94, & Bronze Medal in ’95 in 18 Open)
  • Coaching Philosophy: I got into coaching years ago because I loved the sport but wasn't good enough to play at the college level. I met a very great coach in Gordon Mayforth when he was at SPVB and was fortunate to learn from him and follow him to Loyola and help start that program. Now having coached over 20 years it's amazing how much volleyball has given me. I'd like to think I am the type of coach most guys would like to play for and try and create a competitive environment in the gym.  
  • Fun Facts: Tournament Director/Facility Manager – Palos Courts, Founder of Palos Point Series in 2005 - 48 teams in 18/17’s in ’05…80 teams in ’15, WCPL Coordinator – Schedule matches and sites for over 440 teams spread across 7 divisions, Adidas Windy City Qualifier Site Manager, Seeding Committee - USAV Boy’s Junior National Championships, Seeding Committee – Boys Winter Volleyball Championships, USAV Meritorious Service Award - 2013

Jeff Patton, Girl's Program Master Coach

  • Playing Experience: Started playing in 7th grade. Played all 4 years in high school spending 3 years on Varsity. Also played club for Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC) with a top finish of 11th in open at nationals. Played 2 years for Orange Coast College (OCC) a community college in Southern California making it to the finals my Freshman year. Junior year I transferred to and play for Loyola University Chicago making it to the Final Four my senior year in 2013.
  • Coaching Experience: I am currently in my 5th year of coaching for D1. The teams I have coached are: 1st year- Boys 17 Black and Girls 17/18 Green, 2nd year- Boys 18 Green and Girls 16 Green Elite, 3rd year- Assistant coach for all teams, 4th year- Girls 16 Green Elite Top 30 at Nationals, 5th year - 13 Green Elite. I also coach for Northwestern University Women's team.
  • Coaching Philosophy: For me coaching goes beyond the skills of the game. I learned a lot about the in and outs of life through playing sports and I hope to do the same with the players on my team. If my players walk away at the end of the season better people than when they came in then I know I had success. As a coach I preach to my players two things: 1) Do your job.I feel that if everyone takes care of what is expected of them then they can come closer as a group. 2) Do things the right way. Bad habits can form quickly but if we are able to do things the right way more often then we can have more success.
  • Fun Facts: Currently coaching and am a former high school counselor. I am from Auburn California which is a small town outside of Sacramento. I have my Masters Degree in Sport and Health Psychology.


Andrea Graves

  • Playing Experience: Setter/RS at Romeoville High School (4 years) and Oakton Community College (2 years) - Also competed in Collegiate Softball at Fullerton College and Aurora University
  • Coaching Experience: I coached 2 years of Speed and Agility clinics in California. This is my 5th season coaching Club. I coached 14's one year at Impact and this is my 4th season with the 15s program at D1 (2 seasons of Regional and 2 seasons of Elite). In 2017, 15 Regional took 1st place in the JVA 15 Club Bronze Division.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I started coaching because I sat back one day and realized that some of the most influential people in my life were my former coaches. In addition to them helping me develop my skills and knowledge of the game, they helped me to become who I am today. Sounds cliché, but their guidance, advice and belief in me helped me in ways that I never understood when I was their athlete. And, I hope that I can provide that same support for the players throughout the gym.
  • Fun Facts: I'm a Group Benefits Advisor with Cottingham & Butler, the Arbonne lady and a dog lover. Any free time I have is typically spent playing volleyball or softball, and spending quality time with my family, friends and Kobe (my pup). I unintentionally fill up almost every minute of life. :]

Becca Stoczynski

  • Playing Experience: I played four years on the Varsity High School volleyball team at Hoffman Estates High School. I played club volleyball at North Sideout for 6 years. I also went on to play volleyball in college at the University of Illinois Springfield.
  • Coaching Experience: While in college, I coached at a local club in Springfield called Springfield Elite. My first year, I coached the top 15s girls team, and my second year, I coached a 14s girls team. Last year I coached one of our 14's Girls teams, and this year will be my second season with D1.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I love coaching volleyball because it allows me to stay involved with a sport I really enjoy. I also love working with kids and watching them grow as athletes. I am the kind of coach that continually encourages the players to put forth their best effort, and to always stay positive! I believe having a positive attitude will allow all athletes to succeed!
  • Fun Facts: I am from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, which is where I currently live. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield with a degree in Criminal Justice, and currently work downtown Chicago with SMS Assist.

BJ Wegner

  • Playing Experience: St. Ambrose University (Team Captain, All Conference First Team 2004, All Tournament Team 2004, All Conference Second Team 2003), Lindenwood University (Third Place NAIA National Tournament 2001, Third Place NAIA National Tournament 2000, Ace Service Leader NAIA National Tournament 2000), Lincoln-Way High School (Team Captain, Top 50 Players in Illinois 1999, All-State Selection 1999, All-Conference Selection 1998), Club (Team Captain, Fifth Place USAV Junior Olympics 1998)
  • Coaching Experience: D1 Volleyball Club, 2014-Present Girl’s 14 Elite, 17 Elite, 16 Elite (Louisville Gold Finish), 18 Elite (Louisville Gold Finish). Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School, 2013-Present Head Girl's Coach. Powerhouse Volleyball Club, 2011-2014 Boy’s 18’s Elite, Girl's 16 Elite and 17 Elite. Whitney Young High School, 2010-2012 Boy’s Freshmen and JV, Girl's Freshman. Ultimate Indiana Volleyball Club, 2006-2008 Club Director/Girls 15 Elite and 16 Elite Ultimate Volleyball Club , 2005-2008 Assistant Director/Boy’s 15’s and 17’s and Girl’s 16’s. Lincoln-Way East High School, 2005 Boy’s Freshmen. St. Ambrose University, 2004-2005 Women’s Varsity Assistant. Xtreme Heat Volleyball Club, 2003-2004 Boy’s 16’s.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because the sport has given me so much throughout my life and I want to be able to give back. I enjoy the process of bringing a group of individuals together to accomplish a single goal as one team. I like to think that I am a positive coach and that I give good feedback to players in practice and gameplay that can help bring their game to the next level.
  • Fun Facts: I am currently a High School PE teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School. I am also the head Girl's Volleyball coach.

Christopher Rusznica

  • Playing Experience: Reavis Highschool, CVC and D1 club. Robert Morris University and Alderson Broaddus University
  • Coaching Experience: 16 Elite Green D1 Southside boys, 16 Regional Green Boys, 14 Elite White Girls. I have been coaching at D1 for 3 years
  • Coaching Philosophy: The reason I coach Volleyball is I want these kids to have a chance to understand where 100% focus and hard work can get them. This for me doesn't just apply to volleyball but also into everyday life. If I can show them the understanding of this not only will they be good volleyball players, but also good students and workers. My philosophy is focusing on the players and showing them that the foundation of sustained success is a mentality of continuous improvement which will lead to growth and learning. Everyone in the gym is a key contributor and have to get everyone to help each other succeed. As long as we have the right priorities and direct positivity in both ways where we can support each other constructively and positively then we will see bondage and the will to learn/ get better for the players.
  • Fun Facts: I work as a freelance artist and currently live in Burbank, IL.

Hannah Nelson

  • Playing Experience: High School: Millard West, Omaha NE, Middle/Right Side (3 year Letter Winner, 3 year Varsity Starter, Academic All American 2008, Team Captain 2008), Club: X-Treme VC (15s-18s Middle/Right Side), DePauw University (Middle, 3 year Starter, 3 year Letter Winner, Team Captain 2012).
  • Coaching Experience: I have been coaching with D1 since 2014 in that time I have coached both high school and middle school girls and boys teams.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach because I love volleyball and I miss playing! Coaching allows me to get back in the gym and work with other coaches and players who love the game. I am not the kind of coach who puts all the focus on winning, I am proud of the team who leaves it all on the floor win or lose.
  • Fun Facts: I am originally from Omaha, NE and went to college in Indiana. I have been in Chicago since 2014 and currently work at Weber Shandwick as healthcare publicist. In addition to coaching and playing volleyball, I enjoy running and cooking.

Ivan Zelic

  • Playing Experience: Maine South High School 08-12, Adversity VBC 10-12 Junior & Senior Year High School, DePaul Club Volleyball 2012-16, 2017-18 currently ranked 14th - Club president/Captain 2016
  • Coaching Experience: Division 1 VBC 2016-present, Guys 14's Middle School, 15 Regional Green, 18 Elite Grey and Girls 14 Regional White
  • Coaching Philosophy: I began coaching volleyball because I wanted to pass on the love and passion of the sport to youth just as my coaches had done so to me. The sport is truly a team sport and there cannot be a weak link on the court or else the entire group fails. That being said, I try to over inform each player with their responsibilities and their teammates so that everyone can work as a coherent unit on the court. One of my favorite coaching mottos is: If you think practice is boring... compare it to sitting on the bench!
  • Fun Facts: Graduate Student at DePaul, anticipated graduation in 2020. I'm from Park Ridge, IL.

Jen Hoffman

  • ‚ÄčPlaying Experience: I played volleyball my Sophomore and Junior years in high school as well as Club Volleyball all years of high school from age 15-18. I played college ball at Oakton Community College for 2 years and went on to play two additional years Chicago State University. Getting a Full Division I scholarship to play is my most exciting achievements as an athlete. Fun Fact: In middle school my coach tried to make me a setter (all 3 of my sisters are setters), but when she realized my hands aren't pretty... (ok they are awful) and I could hit extremely well, she switched me to an OH.
  • Coaching Experience: I have coached for 3 different clubs - all ages from 12-18. This will be my second year with D1.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I have always and will always love this sport - the game, the excitement, the skill it takes. Being good at something is always fun, but being able to help someone get better at something you LOVE is even better. It is beyond rewarding to see the "click" when a player makes a correction and has success from something you have helped with. I am so glad to be a part of such a great organization and wonderful group of people in my favorite community - the volleyball world!
  • Fun Facts: I currently work at a private company downtown where I am the Director of the Accounts Receivable department. I have been here for 2 years and have made some great accomplishments in my career path. I took a time out from coaching a few years ago to focus on my career and have made it to a spot where I have some additional free time and am able to coach again :)

JoAnna Hoffman

  • Playing Experience: John Hersey High School: All Conference Club: Circus, Rolling Thunder & Northside Out University of Illinois Springfield: Player of the Year Junior Season, Floor Captain Junior Season & Team Captain Senior Season
  • Coaching Experience: Springfield Elite: 16’s & 17’s , 2 Years Sacred Heart Griffin High School: Freshmen & Jv back to back undefeated seasons, 2 Years. D1: 14 Regional Black Girls & 14 Regional Boys, this will be my second season with D1.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because I’ve loved it ever since I started playing when I was 12 years old. Volleyball has shaped who I am today and I want to share my knowledge and passion for this game. My goal as a coach is to show athletes that through discipline, hard work and dedication improvement is attainable.
  • Fun Facts: I am from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and I have 4 sisters who names all start with J and we all play volleyball!

Kevin Luu

  • Playing Experience: Played for Addison Trail High School (captain, honorable mention). Played club for Ipv and Pipeline. During college I played at Robert Morris University.
  • Coaching Experience: I worked with Indian Trail Jr. High for 4 years, and have coached three seasons with D1 on the Boys side and two with the Girls Program. 
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because of the relationships I made along the way playing club as well as college. I want to share the passion and knowledge for the game to the younger generations. The coaches that I have looked up to has gotten me where I am as well as made me who I am today. I coach to give back and hope to impact the athletes as much as my coaches have on me. I would consider myself as a pretty laid back coach. As long as the athletes are staying focused and working hard, the results will come.
  • Fun Facts: I am from Addison, IL but have been living in Chicago for school. I have played every position on the court throughout my volleyball career, including middle my 18s year of club. I was recuited as a setter then became a libero my sophomore year of college.

Laura Kluk

  • Playing Experience: High School - Palatine High School varsity 4 years (Captain-senior year). Club - Sports Elite Volleyball Club.  College - North Central College (3 time all conference, freshman player of the year for CCIW, captain- senior year)
  • Coaching Experience:  I coached at IPV volleyball club for 1 year coaching 16 year olds, and I just completed my first season with D1 coaching one of our 15's teams.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because I miss the environment of being in a gym. I like to have a good time with my team and love to keep it fun. I'm an encouraging coach and always cheering them on during the game.
  • Fun Facts: I am currently applying to Physical Therapy school while working as a rehabilitation tech at a physical therapy clinic.

Libby Hurdelbrink

  • Playing Experience: Started playing volleyball at school in 5th grade and began club in 8th grade. Coaches award 7th grade. Played for Pacific VBC in Southern CA 8th-11th grades (middle, outside hitter, right side) which practiced out of Moorpark College, then Channel Islands VBC which practiced out of Ventura College (right side). Played for La Reina (outside hitter, coaches award) and then Newbury Park High Schools (right side/opposite, best passer award sophomore year)- Conference champs & State quarter-finalists both my Junior & Senior years. Earned a scholarship awarded to volleyball players with academic excellence. Went to Moorpark College (right side, setter), a CA community college, where I was nominated & voted co-captain my sophomore year. Earned the Dave Klinzing Memorial Scholarship awarded to athletes with academic excellence. Transferred to Loyola University Chicago where I played club as a setter for two years.
  • Coaching Experience: D1 VBC girls 13s 2017, 2018. Whitney Young Sophomore (JV) Boys 2016 head coach- 2nd place in City. Andrew Jackson Language Academy (a CPS elementary school) 5th & 6th grade girls head coach- undefeated and 1st place in League 2016, 2nd place 2015. Westlake VBC girls 16s assistant coach, Southern CA. Northwest Juniors VBC girls 16s head coach, WA. Voted Coach of the Month. Classic VBC girls 16s co-coach, Southern CA Siblings' boys and girls grade school teams, Southern CA
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because I love this sport. It was a lifeline of sorts for me, the way I made friends when moving across the country and changing schools as a kid. I believe volleyball is and always should be a positive experience for everyone involved- players, parents, and coaches. It teaches so many lessons: getting along with others, staying positive, brushing things off, persevering, working smarter & together not necessarily harder, the importance of clear communication, exhibiting respect, being kind, and so much more! I expect a lot from my players and hold them to a high standard while helping them learn from those lessons and become better people in the process. I continue to coach at D1 because the community is incredibly positive and supportive- I hope that shines through in every aspect and interaction you have with us!
  • Fun Facts: Special Education Teacher originally from Ohio. My favorite color is purple, I don't drink coffee, and I'm allergic to eggs and cats!

Mario Jez

  • Playing Experience: Glenbard East High School (3rd place in state tournament), Sports Performance 3 years club experience as a player, 2006 Palos MVP, Loyola University Chicago 4 years, received Coach's Award 2010
  • Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach 17 North Side 2009, Head Coach 16 North 2010  (qualified for Nationals finishing in top 20), Head Coach 16 North 2011 (qualified for Nationals finishing in top 15), Head Coach 18 North 2013 (qualified for Nationals finishing in top 20)
  • Coaching Philosophy: I coach volleyball because I want to be a role model for young players who want to play volleyball at the collegiate level.  I have been playing volleyball for over 15 years, and I do not get to compete as much at the same club or college level.  I am passionate about coaching because it allows me to stay within the high level of competition and train young athletes for this level of competition. 
  • Fun Facts: I was born in Poland, and I am fluent in Polish.  I am living in Glendale Heights with my wife, Karlee Jez. I am a Senior Flavor Lab Technician at Edlong Dairy Technologies. My goal is to become a Flavorist specializing in dairy flavors. 
  • Current Division1 Team: North Boys 17 Green

Melanie Gorter

  • Playing Experience: I attended Palatine High School, played club for Rolling Thunder and went Central College in Pella, Iowa for my bachelors. I have played and coached with Bring It Promotions during the summers in Maribor, Slovenia since 2015.
  • Coaching Experience: I have coached girls and boys varsity volleyball in Chicago Public Schools for the past 9 years. I have coached club teams aging from 12's to 17's all within the Chicagoland area. This will be my second year working with D1.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I always knew I would coach volleyball. My passion for teaching and watching others learn, grows more and more when I see athletes fall in love with this game right before my eyes. As much as I strive for team success on the court, developing the person who comes off the court is the bigger responsibility. GO D1!
  • Fun Facts: I teach PE at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago. During my summer breaks, I work as social media coordinator, tour guide and co-tournament director for Bring It Promotions throughout Europe.

Tim Falknor

  • Playing Experience: Played for Sports Performance (16's), Rolling Thunder (17's), and Adversity (18's) year. Buffalo Grove HS. 4th in State as team captain (05-06). Played for Laon, France for one season. Setter for the Iowa Icemen of the former Premier Volleyball League (2012-2016). Setter for the Chicago Icemen (Semi-pro team) (2017-Present)
  • Coaching Experience: Assistant coach to Buffalo Grove High School boys varsity team in (08-10). Finishing 2nd and 3rd in State. Coach at D1 VBC (2013-present). In order: 14's, 16-2's, 17-2's, 18-1's, roaming coach, 18-2's.
  • Coaching Philosophy: I continue to coach volleyball for more than just passion for the sport. As a coach you have the opportunity to coach not only athletes, but individuals. I had a lot of great mentors in and out of the athletic world growing up and know how important those relationships can be to someone trying to figure out their place in the world. I try to be the coach that instills the attitude that there is fun to be had, but first work must be done. If everyone stays focused and disciplined on the task at hand the fun will come naturally.
  • Fun Facts: Currently I am a PE Teacher and Adjunct at Wolcott School, Chicago. A private school in West Loop, Chicago.