“Coaching is releasing a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

The JVA is pleased to announce the 25 individuals honored with the 2022 JVA Junior Club Service Award. This award recognizes the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs who have been active in junior volleyball for at least 20 or more years. Seven recipients have coached for thirty or more years! We are incredibly grateful to these individuals for their service to junior volleyball.

“Coaching is more than just x’s and o’s. It is mentorship, guidance, and patience,” said JVA Director of Member Development, Lisa Wielebnicki. “This year the JVA is pleased to announce these 25 astounding award winners that have shown all of these key traits of a coach. Thank you for your countless hours of dedication and leadership towards these growing student athletes as we are truly grateful for you.”

The honorees will be celebrated during the JVA Annual Gathering on Wednesday, December 14th at 4:45pm in Omaha in conjunction with the AVCA Convention. Click here to RSVP for this event.

This award is presented by 431 Sports, the Official Team Dealer of the JVA that offers the best product selection, customer service and exclusive benefits and rewards to volleyball clubs. Recipients will receive a $50 gift card plus free shipping to the JVA store on behalf of 431 Sports.

Congratulations to the 2022 JVA Junior Club Service Award Recipients!
Jerry Aldridge
Jerry AldridgeTraining Director / Head Coach
AVA of Texas
Houston, TX
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 5-Time Medalist at GJNC. 15 Open Runner-Up at Volleyfest Girls National Championships. 10th place finish in 2022 USAV GJNC National Division. 3x Lone Star Region Regional Champion. his 2017 team was ranked #1 in the country (AES/Prep Volleyball) at regular season’s end and finished the 2017 post-season ranked #2 in the country.
Kimberly Argiri-Slone
Kimberly Argiri-SloneMaster Trainer / Coach
Monsters Volleyball Club
Macomb, MI
25 years of service
Notable Accomplishments:
Jennifer Baklenko
Jennifer BaklenkoHead Coach Oaks 16-Gold
Oaks Volleyball Club
Thousand Oaks, CA
33 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 15’s team at ITVC qualified for USAV Open Nationals, Thunder Elite Beach Players played beach volleyball at Pepperdine, Hawaii, GCU, UW, Boise State, and Cal Berkley
Ramon Borrero
Ramon BorreroLead Coach
Sky High Volleyball
Crystal Lake, IL
26 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Certified as Level 2 Coach by the FIVB in 1989, Co-Founder Gigantes VBC, Head Coach at the University of Puerto Rico, Carolina campus, Head Coach of Guaynabo “Mets” Pro Team, Qualified many boys/girls teams to USA Jr. Nationals, Head coach for Sky High
Kelly Emerson
Kelly EmersonCo-Director
North Alabama Spikers’ Association
Huntsville, AL
24 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Coach all age groups from 11U-18U, many top 10 finishes and tournament championships, also a High School Coach with appearances in Alabama State Playoffs 10 of the last 12 years.
Stacey Ferguson
Stacey FergusonCoach
Twin Rivers Volleyball Club
Alton, IL
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments:
Jim Freeman
Jim FreemanResource Coach /Former Head Coach
Triangle Volleyball Club
Morrisvile, NC
31 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Freeman began his tenure with Triangle volleyball club in 2004 and has coached teams in the 13s, 14s, 17s, and 18s age groups. In 2015, he led 18 Blue to its first double qualification season winning the Disney Qualifier and finished 3rd at Big South. The following season, 18 Blue repeated the feat, winning Beast of the Southeast and finishing runner up at NEQ. Freeman helmed 18 Black for three seasons, where he coached two youth National team participants, and notched an open level qualification in the 2019 season. Throughout his career Freeman has coached hundreds of collegiate athletes, including several NCAA national champions and multiple NCAA All-Americans.
Lisa Hormann
Lisa HormannVolunteer Coach
Team Pineapple
Angola, IN
30 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Individual season & career record holder of aces @ IPFW|Member of the first GLVC Championship winning team in 1984. Inducted into the Purdue Fort Wayne Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Won many big club volleyball tournaments. Most notable thing about Cheeks is the infectious energy she brings to the gym (even if she is the oldest one there and has worked a grueling day).|She will give the same time/effort from the worst player in the gym to the best. She is just passionate about coaching and changing people’s lives!|She is a great role model for young athletes. Her teams always have chemistry and energy and are just as fun to watch as she is when she’s coaching!
Chas Kennedy
Chas KennedyClub Manager
Top Flight Volleyball Club
Elgin, IL
30 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Head/Assistant Coach, 3 Open Division AAU National Championships. Head/Assistant Coach, Final Four US National teams. 6X Head Coach, AAU/US National Elite 8 Open Division teams. 5X Head Coach, USA National Open Division Qualifying teams. 13X Head Coach, USA National Qualifying teams. (All divisions)
Geoff Kiessling
Geoff KiesslingDirector and Coach
Dallas Premier VBC
Dallas, TX
30 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 2015 16 Open National Championship Finalist, 2016 16 Open National Champions
Phillip LaQuinta
Phillip LaQuintaMaster's Coach
Memphis Metro VBC
Bartlett, TN
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: CAP II Certification, Coach Various 14 to 18 Year old teams, with Top 20 Finishes at USAV; JVA, and AAU Tournaments. Twice with a 14 and 16 year old teams won the Delta Region Championship. Has mentored over 30 coaches within the Memphis Metro Organization. He achieved all this while serving on Active Duty for 33 years.
Beverly Lineberger
Beverly LinebergerHead Coach, 13 Black
Triangle Volleyball Club
Morrisville, NC
26 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Bev joined Triangle in 2009 and has served as the head coach of 13 Blue, 14 Blue and 13 Black. In 2014 Lineberger received Triangle’s Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award, which is presented to the coach who best demonstrates exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of Triangle VBC. Bev guided 2020 13 Black to three [3] top 10 finishes in national events before the season was cut short prior to qualifier competition. Led 2019 14 Blue to a 1st place finish at MAPL Hampton in the Red Division [13s-14s]. Bev organized and ran with great success the Cary Parks and Recreation volleyball skills sessions, summer camps, and league program from 1996-2012.
Sherry Looker
Sherry LookerHead Coach/Board Member/Club Secretary
Southern Minnesota Volleyball
Rochester, MN
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Sherry has been a Head coach for a 12 year old to 18 year old team yearly for the past 22 years for Southern Minnesota Volleyball. Her teams have finished .500 or greater for most years. Last season, was highlighted by five top 3 finishes in tournament play. She has been Secretary for past 23 years of Rochester Youth Volleyball Association.
Chuck Morris
Chuck Morris15 National Head Coach
Champion Volleyball Club
Winston Salem, NC
38 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 8 Regional Championships|Qualified and coached in 8 National Championships|USAV referee since 1984|Jr. National Referee 1987|Referee/Scorers Clinician 8 yrs.
Jitka Okolicany
Jitka OkolicanyFounder
Memphis Metro VBC
Bartlett, TN
27 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: I have been coaching volleyball for over 25 years. Memphis Metro President and founder 1998 – 2020. Led teams to top 3 finishes in National Championship in Orlando 2013-2015. I have been privileged to coach players of all age groups and levels during my career. Consistently producing highly skilled, competitive players who continue their volleyball career way past high school level.
Rochell Otto
Rochell OttoSite Director and Coach
One Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI
24 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: This will be Rochell’ 3rd year coaching at ONE Wisconsin. She has been the Northern Lightning Club Director and Club Coach for the last 11 years. She has coached the 11U, 12U, 13U, and 14U club teams. Due to lack of facility for her Northern Lightning teams, she has decided to continue her love for coaching at ONE Wisconsin. Rochell has also coached at the high school level since 1998. She coached in Oconto for 7 years as a JV Coach and Varsity Assistant and she has coached in Oconto Falls for the last 15 years with the last 7 as Head Varsity Coach.
Dan Palmer
Dan PalmerDirector
MidAmerica Volleyball Association (MAVA)
Louisville, KY
30 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Won AAU Nationals in the Open division 8 times, Placed over 300 players in college on scholarship, Won JO’s 3 times in the Open division, Medaled in both AAU nationals and Junior Olympics more than 13 times.
Jack Petty
Jack PettyChairman of the Board of Directors
Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club
Chapel Hill, NC
24 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Founded CHAVC|Treasurer for 20 years|Achieved 501(c)(3) status for CHAVC|CAP II certification|Coached four different age groups|Continued to serve on the board after moving from NC to IL two years ago
Glenn Pike
Glenn PikeOwner
MidAmerica Volleyball Association (MAVA)
Louisville, KY
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments:
Blake Rawlins
Blake RawlinsAssociate Director
Lincoln, NE
23 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: “Helped Top Select become a top 25 club, – head trainer / coach educator
– were not ranked before he arrived
– helped change training format / fundamentals
– 2015, coached first team to qualify in Open
– had 20+ players in the NCAA tournament this year that he coached”
Jacqueline Richards
Jacqueline RichardsHead Coach, Practice Scheduler, and Travel Coordinator
Huntsville, AL
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 2014 2nd AAU West Coast Volleyball Nationals, 2nd AAU Volley One Grand Prix 2013 AAU Super regional champs in Nashville and Birmingham, Bluegrass Champions, 2nd in New Orleans AAU Super Regionals and 2nd SRVA Regionals 2007 2nd place Big South Qualifier 2006 team finished 3rd at USA Nationals Regional champions 2005, 2006, 2007
Michelle Rizan
Michelle RizanOffice Manager, Tournament Director, Tournament Board of Directors, and Club Liaison
Louisiana Volleyball
Covington, LA
23 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Efficiently helps to run an organization that has had up to 520 players in clubs in two states and 6 separate cities. Traveling to all areas to host parent meetings, clinics, etc. Directs many tournaments with 100-200 teams. Has helped so many starter clubs learn how to run their club as a gesture of being kind and being a true team player. She doesn’t get paid for helping other clubs….but loves to teach the new club directors how to register teams, enter tournaments use AES, etc.
Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb15 Adidas Assistant Coach
AVA of Texas
Webster, TX
22 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Jennifer has coached at every club level. She helped her team Qualify for Nationals last year in the 14s division. She has been our Youth Developmental Director as well.
Kynette Williams
Kynette WilliamsExecutive Director
Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club
Knoxville, TN
21 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: 2022 JVA World Challenge bracket winner – 17 Coach K|2021 AVCA Diversity Award Recipient|2022 AAU Nationals Top 10 gold bracket finisher – 17 Coach K|2021 AAU Nationals Top 10 gold bracket finisher – 17 Coach K|Numerous tournament championships over the years|Every athlete that has come through our program through their 18 season has received the opportunity to play at the next level.
Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff ZimmermanDirector
Prodigy Volleyball
Memphis, TN
23 years of service
Notable Accomplishments: Started with one team and has grown to as many as 20 teams using local schools to practice.|JVA World Champions, 2017Club Level|St. Louis Pres Cup Champs 2019 Club Level

About the Junior Volleyball Association
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events. The organization was formed in 2006 with a primary focus of being a voice for junior volleyball club directors and coaches, and to this day is the only organization that is focused entirely on youth and junior volleyball.