Hallmark Sports Club: 10850 W. Laraway Rd., Frankfort, IL 60423
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Erin Lorenz, M.S. Ed.
815-469-1844 ext. 208
Twenty-year director, Ultimate Volleyball Club. Recipient, USA Volleyball Meritorious Service Award. Former Athletic Director and Head Varsity Coach, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Former director, River City Volleyball Club, South Bend, IN. Lewis University Hall of Fame. Lewis University Impact Player. Junior Olympic gold and bronze medallist. USVBA Prep National Champion. Mother McAuley HS captain. Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University-South Bend.
Boys’ Program Director and Boys’ Recruiting Coordinator
815-469-1844 ext. 207
Three-year director, thirteen-year Ultimate coach. Coached his Ultimate teams to two USAV Jr. Nationals silver medals, five USAV Jr. Nationals Top Five finishes; 14 first-place finishes at National Bid Tournaments, 20 Top Five finishes at National Bid Tournaments, three Asics Jr. Nationals first place finishes, a first and second place finish at SCVA Boys Summer Classic Championships. Men’s camp coach for Pepperdine University and Carthage College. Fourteen-year teacher. Named All-State player at Oak Lawn H.S., and Two-time NAIA College All-American.
College Recruiting Advisor, Coach 18-Gold and 16-Gold
Five-year Asst. Women’s Coach, Elmhurst College; helped guide the Bluejays to NCAA Final Four finish in 2012. Coached his 2014 Ultimate 18’s to 7th place finish at AAU Nationals in Open Division. Former Asst. Varsity Coach, Chicago Christian H.S., instrumental in their 2010 IHSA State Championship. Former head varsity coach, Mt. Carmel High School. Played two years on the EVP beach pro-circuit tour. Former men’s varsity player, Lewis University, NCAA Final Four finisher. Nine-year Ultimate coach.
Boys’ Program Coordinator
Six-year UVC coach. Current Head Varsity Coach at Moraine Valley Community College; coached her college team to second in conference. Coached Ultimate 13 Gold to a second-place finish at AAU Nationals in 2016 and 15 Gold to a 10-1 record and ninth-place at AAU Nationals in 2017. Placed fifth at USAV Jr. Olympics in 2008 as an athlete for Ultimate. Played four years of collegiate volleyball and holds records for assists in a season and is second in career assists at Southern New Hampshire University.
Kerry Shannon, J.D.
Girls’ Program Coordinator, Coach 17-Blue and 15-Gold
Former Asst. Coach, Women’s Volleyball, Lynchburg College, VA. Four year coach, Clash Volleyball Club. Asst. Director, Ultimate Beach Volleyball Program. Played for Merrimack College, MA. First-Team All-State player for Osbourn Park HS in VA, also named All-Region, All-Conference Player; reached State Elite Eight. Sixth-year Ultimate coach. Law Degree from DePaul University.
Ultimate Girls’ Setting Coach and Age Division Supervisor; G15-18 Setting Director and G15 &16 Master Coach
Ten-year Asst. Coach, Elmhurst College; 2012 CCIW champions, regional champions, NCAA Final Four. Helped coach Bluejays to five consecutive appearances in NCAA tournament. Asst. Coach, Washington and Jefferson College, 2007. Won the league division championship playing for Durham University in England. Won national championship and named MVP playing for Northumbria National team. Played for Elmhurst College, named AVCA All-American, two-time CCIW Player of the Year, Hall of Fame.
G17 & 18 Master Coach
Head Women’s Coach, Roosevelt University. Six-year coach for the Lakers, leading them to a CCAC Final Four finish. Twelve-year Asst. Coach at Illinois Institute of Technology; registered four 20-win seasons. Ten-year coach, 2nd City Volleyball Club.
Girls’ 12’s-14s Full-Season Teams Supervisor & Girls Short-Season Program Supervisor
Leland (Lucky) Wagner
Girls’ Short-Season Program Coordinator
Fourteen-year UVC coach. Wagner qualified his Ultimate teams for USAV Junior Olympics in 2010 and 2009 and led his 2010 team to a first-place finish at the Mideast National Qualifier. He played for University of Iowa men’s club team, as well as Flyers VBC. Wagner was named to Chicago Tribune’s Illinois Top 25 high school players and was an All-Conference player for Stagg High School. He is currently Assistant Principal at Cass Junior High and is a certified, experienced fitness instructor.
Boys Technical Advisor
Club Billing Administrator
Beach Program Coordinator
Digital Media Director
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Girls’ Staff Coaches
18-Gold Coach, Marco Quintana: See bio above.
18-Gold Asst. Coach, Abby Nelson: Former Asst. Women’s Coach, Lewis University. Head Coach, Mt. Carmel HS. Former girls coach, Marist HS. Played professional volleyball in Italy. Played for University of Illinois; held hitting percentage record her sophomore year. High School All-American for Marist HS; two-time All-State, three-time All-Area, three time All-Conference. Former coach and player, 1st Alliance VBC; finished fifth at USAV Nationals Open Division. Coached University of Illinois and Marist HS camps.
18-Blue Coach, Sean Blackwood: Two-year Head Varsity Coach, Crete-Monee High School. Five-year Ultimate coach. Former coach, girls and boys teams at Lincoln-Way East High School. Former coach for Lincoln-Way Central High School. Two-time Conference Champion and All-Conference player for Lincoln-Way Central. Played for St. Xavier University Men’s Varsity team.
17-Gold Coach, Stewart Solomon: Cal State Dominguez Women’s Asst. Coach, 2008. Ten-year coach at Southern California Volleyball Club. Coached his SCVC teams to a first-place finish at AAU Junior Nationals in 2015. Captured a second-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2014, and a second-place finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2013. JV Girls’ Coach, South High School, Torrance, CA. Former Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Peninsula High School. First-Team All-League player at Peninsula High School. Played collegiately for El Camino College, and was named All-Conference.
17-Blue Coach, Kerry Shannon: See bio above.
17-Black Coach, Michelle Kirby: Fourteen-year club coach; qualified her Uno VBC team for USAV Junior Olympics. Also coached for Club One. NCAA All-American player for North Park University. Played club for 2nd City VBC and Bottom Line VBC. Four-year varsity player for Andrew High School; two-time All-Conference setter. Fourth-year Ultimate coach.
16-Gold Coach, Marco Quintana: See bio above.
16-Blue Coach, Mallory Frankovich: Five-year Ultimate coach; former coach for Lockport Elite VBC. Played collegiate ball for St. Francis University. Named All-Region, two-time All-Conference and led the nation in digs at Joliet Junior College, NJCAA. Two-time All-Conference for Lockport High School.
16-Black Coach, Paul Urba: Twenty-two-year club coach has coached for Neris VBC, Lions VBC, Celtic Force VBC, Chicago Jrs. and Uno VBC. Certified NCAA official, USAV official, and IHSA official. Thirty-year player; played professional volleyball in sixteen countries.
16-Navy Head Coach, Terri Pasko: 21 years of coaching experience. Eight-year sophomore coach at Shepard HS, four-year Marian Catholic HS coach at freshman, sophomore and asst. varsity levels, former sophomore coach at Thornton Fractional South H.S. Ten-year coach at Heritage Middle School. Former coach for Indiana Ultimate VBC and Diamond Elite VBC. All-American player for Lewis University, inducted into the Hall of Fame, 2nd place at NCAA Nationals, 3rd place at AIAW Collegiate Nationals, MVP of AIAW State Tournament.
16-Navy Asst. Coach, Jenna Pasko: Former assistant coach for girls’ 16’s at Diamond Elite VBC. Plays collegiately for Purdue Northwest, NCAA DII. MVP and IHSA Regional Champion at Thornton Fractional South High School.
15-Gold Coach, Kerry Shannon: See bio above.
15-Blue Coach, Michelle Kirby: See bio above.
15-Black Coach, Ryan Thomas: Fifth-year Ultimate Coach. Second-year Head Sophomore Coach, Bishop McNamara High School. Played for Clarke University, qualified for Men’s NAIA National Tournament. Former player, Marist High School; team ranked top ten in nation his senior year. Eight years of successful coaching at St. Germaine, Noonan Academy, and St. Linus schools.
15-Navy Coach, Kelly Wheeler: Former Girls Head Varsity Coach at Perspectives High School in Chicago. Captain and First-Team All-American player at Spanish River High School where she won two State Championships. Played for Northwood University where she was Team Captain, All-Conference and All-Regional player. Played club volleyball at Second City and Florida Gold Coast. Doubles beach volleyball player.
15-Red Coach, Nakeyta Clair: Former coach, Oxford Premier VBC. Coached Stanford University camps. Played professional volleyball in Sweden. Played for USA Volleyball’s U.S. Collegiate National Team. Two-Time AVCA All-American at the University of Mississippi, NCAA D1; two-time AVCA All-Region, four-time starting middle and captain, All SEC Team, named to SEC All-Freshmen Team. IHSA All-State player and three-time All Conference for Rich Central HS.
15-Green Coach, Stephenee Yancy: Head Coach, Kankakee Community College. Former coach, Lions VBC. At Western Michigan University, named NCAA D1 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. Named to the 2013 USA Volleyball Junior National A1 Team. University of Illinois-Chicago Female Athlete of the Year, 2015. Two-time NCAA D1 Horizon League Player of the Year. Chosen by USA Volleyball for US Collegiate National Team. Played professional volleyball in the Prerov Czech Republic. Played for Ultimate VBC, AAU All-American.
15-18 Staff Coach, Alicia Gonda, M.S.: Former Asst. Coach, St. Ambrose University Women’s and Men’s Varsities. Collegiate All-American and Academic All-American; played for St. Ambrose University. Former Assistant Varsity Coach and Freshmen Coach, Providence Catholic High School. Played for Providence Catholic HS. Sixteen-year club coach. Coach Gonda has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University.
Boys’ Staff Coaches
Boys’ Setting Coach Connor Wexter, M.A.: Former Ultimate player and four-year UVC coach. Three-year Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach at Loyola University Chicago. Four-time AVCA All-American at Carthage College. Graduate Assistant Coach at Carthage College, earning his Master’s Degree in Education. Coached the Boys’ Future Select A1 Team at USAV High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and coached Select A3 camps in the USAV High Performance Program.
18-Gold Co-Coach Joe Hovanes: See above.
18-Gold Co-Coach Kyle Klaver: Six-year UVC coach. Current Boys’ Head Varsity Coach and Girls’ Assistant Coach at Providence High School. Played for Lincoln-Way East, where he earned All-Conference, and was named Player of the Year by the Star Newspaper and First Team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Former Ultimate player, winning a silver medal at the 2004 USAV Junior Olympics. Played collegiately for Carthage College. Coached his 17 Gold team to a ninth-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2014.
18-Blue Coach Matt Marrone: Fourth-year club coach; former three-year coach for D1 VBC. Led his club team to a fifth place ranking in club division at USAV Jr. Nationals. Played collegiately at Milwaukee School of Engineering. All-Conference setter at Shepard High School.
18-Black Coach Dan Busch: Nine years of club coaching experience. Boys’ Freshman Coach and Boys’ Varsity Assistant Coach at Lincoln-Way North High School from 2007 to 2016, earning a second-place finish at the IHSA state tournament in 2013. Played collegiate club volleyball for Olivet Nazarene University and Trinity Christian College.
17-Gold Coach and Technical Advisor Troy Vidovic: Five-year UVC coach. Thirteen years of club coaching experience, including two years as a club director. Coached three athletes named IHSA Player of the Year, nine Fab-50 players, and over thirty Division One collegiate players. Worked with USAV High Performance Program. Coached Ultimate 18 Gold to a second-place finish in the 2015 Palos Point Series. Coached Ultimate 18 Gold to a fifth-place Open finish at 2016 Junior Nationals.
17-Gold Coach Josh Scaletta: Seven-year UVC Coach. Qualified every club team he has coached for the Open Division of Boys’ Junior Nationals. Coached UVC 17 Gold to a first-place Open finish at the 2016 Chicago National Qualifier.Three-year Varsity Assistant Coach at Marist High School. Three year Boys’ Head Coach at Argo High School. Girls’ Head Coach Morton High School. Played four years at Brother Rice High School, making two IHSA State appearances. Named 2007 Chicago Sun Times Player of the Year. Played four years of club volleyball for the University of Illinois where he earned a 2009 NIRSA National Championship and was named 2009 NIRSA Setter of the Year.
17-Blue Coach Tony McAndrew: Nine-year club volleyball coach. Junior Varsity Coach at Providence High School. Two- year Varsity starting setter at Providence Catholic, winning two Regional Championships and earning All-Conference in 2000. Four-year starting setter for Dominican University, finishing first in the nation at NIRSA Nationals and earning tournament MVP in 2004. Named First Team All-Conference at Dominican. Continues to compete in Men’s USAV, finishing third in AA at USAV Open Championships.
17-Black Coach Matt Hunt: Boys’ Varsity Head Coach, Oak Lawn Community H.S 2013-Present. Former five-year Boys’ Assistant Coach, Oak Lawn Community H.S. Two-year Head Girls’ Sophomore Coach at Bloom Township H.S. Former five-year Girls’ Assistant Coach, Oak Lawn Community H.S. Former five-year Head Coach, Simmons Middle School.
16-Gold Coach Rhyen Staley, M.A.: Third-year UVC coach with over twenty years of coaching experience at all levels, ranging from grade school to NCAA Division I. Former Associate Head Coach for Quincy University. Coached UVC 16 Gold to a fifth-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2017. Currently in his twelfth season as Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Joliet Catholic Academy. Assisted JCA’s Girls’ Varsity, finishing second in the state in back to back seasons. Played collegiately at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne under Hall of Fame coach Arnie Ball, serving as the starting setter for three years. Earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lewis Univ.
16-Blue Coach Matt Murphy: Two-year Ultimate Coach. Current Boys’ Coach at Lincoln-Way Central High School. Played at Lincoln-Way East High School, where he served as captain and won Conference and Regional Championships. Former Ultimate player who qualified twice for Boys’ Junior Nationals. Competed collegiately for University of Iowa Men’s Club Team.
16-Black Coach Ryan Vozenilek: Two-year Ultimate Coach, seven-year SPVB coach. Assistant Boys’ Varsity Coach, Joliet Catholic Academy. Played for Men’s professional PVL Great Lakes Lightning team. Three-time national champion as a player at College of DuPage. Played club volleyball for SPVB. Standout player for Hinsdale Central HS, named All-American and Fab 50 Player.
15-Gold Coach Stewart Solomon: Ten-year coach at Southern California Volleyball Club. Coached his SCVC teams to a first-place finish at AAU Junior Nationals in 2015, a second-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2014, and a second-place finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2013. Former Assistant Coach at Cal State Dominguez. Former Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Peninsula High School in California. First-Team All-League player at Peninsula High School. Played collegiately for El Camino College, and was named All-Conference.
15-Blue Coach Omar Sanchez: Eight-year UVC coach. Three-year Men’s Assistant Coach at Grand View University, making three NAIA National Semifinal appearances. Former volunteer assistant coach for women’s team at Indiana University. Played for nationally ranked Lewis University men’s team; 2012 NCAA Division I National Semifinalist and conference champion. Played for Ultimate VBC.
14-Gold Coach LaKisha Cameron, M.A.: Four-year Ultimate Coach. Former seven-year Head Coach at Joliet Jr. College. Former coach, Sports Performance VBC. Played for University of Illinois-Springfield, earning two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Academic All-American, and Team Leadership Award. Former Assistant Coach, Harper College. Earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.
14-Blue Coach Amanda Chamberlin: Five-year coach for Ultimate Volleyball Club. Six-year club player for Ultimate, qualifying for Girls’ Junior Nationals. Team setter for Manchester College in Indiana. Competed for Wilmington High School.
14-Black Paul Chmura: Two-year UVC coach. Former Ultimate player, where he earned USAV All-American honors and placed fifth at Boys’ Junior Nationals. Competed for Sandburg High School, where he holds the career kill record. Named All-Conference, All-Area, All-State and AVCA All-American. Ninth in IHSA history for career kills. Coach 14 Black to a second-place finish at the 2017 Dennis Lafata National Bid Tournament.
13-Gold Coach Lucy Sanchez: Ten-year UVC coach. Guided the boys’ 14-gold team to a fifth-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2011. Coached 14 Gold to a fifth-place Club finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2016. Former USAV/AA Player.
13-Short Season Coach Tony Sanchez: Eleven-year UVC coach. Seven-year Boys’ Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Plainfield North High School. Two-time Mexico Junior National Champion, one-time runner up, and two-time bronze medal winner. Three-time top five finisher at the Mexican Men’s Nationals in the Open Division. Two-time USAV National Champion in the Adult A Division.
Ultimate Girls and Boys’ Coach
Stewart coached girls and boys for ten years at Southern California Volleyball Club before recently moving to our area. Coach Solomon led his SCVC teams to a first-place finish at AAU Junior Nationals in 2015. Stewart’s teams won back-to-back silver medals at the Boys Junior Nationals in 2013 and 2014. He is a former Assistant Coach at Cal State Dominguez, and former Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Peninsula High School in California. Stewart played collegiately for El Camino College where earned All-Conference honors, and was named First-Team All League at Peninsula High School in California.
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