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Coaches and Staff 2018-2019 Season

Kiera Powers, Club Director

I have been playing volleyball since I was 13 years old and still actively play beach volleyball as an adult. I have been involved with coaching youth volleyball for almost 20 years. Even with all of my experience I love that this sport is always changing, allowing everyone (players, coaches, and parents) to learn new things and grow. 

Volleyball provided me with a medium to learn who I was as a kid and who I wanted to be as an adult. Having great coaches (who turned out to be mentors, but I didn't realize that at the time) have had a great impact on me in all aspects of my life; I still use phrases that my very first volleyball coach taught me. I am so happy to be involved with a club that cares about individual player growth both on and off the court.

Philosophy: The only thing that can be guaranteed is the TRY, not the outcome. If players put in the effort they will get better, they will have fun, and they will make memories. 

My husband, Dan, and I have two children, Brody (17) and Addison (5).

Fun facts: I love high fives, I love to bake, and spelling is my nemesis (yes I did have to spellcheck that).

slvolleyball.kpowers@gmail.com


MYKEL LEFFLER, COACH training team Green

I discovered my love for volleyball in Junior High School, starting in a co-ed indoor Spring league and continued playing though high school on the school team and various club teams. My final year of club, my team had the honor to compete in the Junior National Volleyball Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. I also started coaching my last year of Junior High for the same Spring league where I started. After High School, I made the tough decision to focus on academics and graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. During my time at college, I found a whole new world of volleyball playing grass and sand, which was a perfect escape from my studies. To this day, when I'm not busy working, playing volleyball and being out in nature (preferably with my fiancé and dogs) is where you will find me.
 
  • Volleyball experience
    • Indoor - 10 years
      • Player - High School, Various Clubs, Junior National Volleyball Championships
      • Coach - Junior High School, High School, & Club teams, Training Clinics for Setter/Libero/All-around player, private lessons
    • Outdoor (grass & sand) - 4 years
  • Coaching Philosophy
    • Effort is everything - talent is great, work ethic is better
      • Team sports offer so many lessons to help develop critical skills, such as communication, confidence, endurance, patience, community,  and countless others
  • About Me
    • Graduated from the University of Utah - BS: Mechanical Engineering
    • Work at Colvin Engineering Associates - HVAC & Energy Sustainability Design for Commercial Buildings
    • Marrying my wonderful fiancé, Garrett, next summer
    • When I'm not busy working, we're playing volleyball or out in nature with our pups

"The Master has failed more times than the Beginner has ever tied." - Stephen McCranie


Siena Becker, Coach 14 White

Hi All!

My name is Siena and I could not be more excited to be coaching this year! I am from Washington State and have played competitively for over 9 years. I was an assistant coaching for 3 years in Washington and have done private coaching for indoor and beach volleyball. Recently I have taken my own playing career to beach volleyball and have had the opportunity to receive training with Kerri Walsh Jennings’s new platform. I am currently finishing my communications degree at BYU and preparing for law school. I am a big fan of the outdoors, being active, labradoodles, and dark chocolate!

I love volleyball and my passion lies in helping others realize and achieve new potential. Through my years of playing I have come to realize how vital it is to train physical and mental strength. Having experienced many different types of coaching over the years, what I want most is for every athlete to know and experience how invested I am in their personal and team success.  Volleyball has brought an incredible amount of joy into my life since learning to play with a positive attitude and having fun and I can’t wait to share that with you all!


Melissa Fuchs-Powell, Assistant Coach 14 White

 
I went to Pleasant Grove High school and I was the 5A tournament MVP and 5A state MVP in 2012. We won the state championships that year as well. I played indoor volleyball at Central Michigan University where I started her freshman year.
I then transferred to Houston Baptist University and played beach volleyball and indoor volleyball there. I graduated, but had one year of eligibility left so I transferred to the University of Utah for my last year of beach volleyball eligibility.
Currently I play for Kerri Walsh Jennings professional developmental team P1440 as well as am currently a member of the American National Beach Team. 
I love coaching and am very excited to join Salt Lake Volleyball Club!

Nolan Hee, Coach 14 Black

I have been involved with volleyball since I was 13 years old and have years of experience coaching and running camps, mostly in the Pacific Northwest.  I started coaching in 1997 at my high school in Hawaii.  I moved to Oregon for college where I played on the men’s club team, was an assistant for Pacific University’s Women’s team, and continued coaching club volleyball.  I eventually became the Head Varsity coach at Valley Catholic School (Class 4A) in Oregon for 6 years. We made the State Tournament 5 of those years and earned second in state in my last year.  We moved to Utah in 2012 and I have officiated High School and Club volleyball.  I have been away from competitive coaching for quite a few years and am very excited to return to the sidelines. 

Zoe Theobald, Assistant Coach 14 Black

I started playing volleyball 12 years ago and have always primarily been a front row hitter specializing in middle block and outside hitter. I played at the varsity level in my high school years, and played year round ball with Arizona Volleyball Academy and Arizonas Club Summit club teams. I continued to play volleyball through college, playing sand volleyball at BYU Hawaii and intramural games at BYU. Post college I continue playing and competing in various pickup tournaments across the valley.

I graduated from BYU in Business, which led me to my current role managing a Customer Success team for Thumbtack, an online marketplace for service providers, where I’ve been for 3 years. It’s at Thumbtack where I discovered my love for development, coaching to success, and rallying teams around a goal, all of which make me so excited to do the same with my team here at SLVC!


Marc Zilka, Coach 16 Green

My name is Marc Zilka and I have been coaching Volleyball for 6 years.  I played intramural club volleyball while at the University of Minnesota, and took several classes in Physical Education and volleyball.  I have also played in several coed adult recreational leagues.  My coaching experience is both at a recreation and club level.  I began coaching Volleyball 6 years ago in a recreation league to help my daughter gain skills and a love for the game.  We attended practices and camps at Sky Islands, a club team in Tucson Arizona.  This was foundational in helping me learn how to better approach the game from a mental and physical aspect.  I was fortunate enough to coach with Salt Lake Volleyball Club last year with the 15’s team.  I also had the privilege to coach the 13’s team in the Las Vegas tournament where we finished 5th.  I have coached a sand volleyball clinic, several volleyball camps with Salt Lake Volleyball Club and Murray Recreation, and multiple 1 on 1 sessions.

              My coaching philosophy is to develop a life-long love for volleyball in my players by continuing to build on their knowledge and skills of the game.  Volleyball is the ultimate team sport and requires not only tactical skills but also the ability to be a good teammate and provide positive support no matter the outcome.  I have a no apologies policy – I don’t want the girls to apologize for a “shank” or miss hit – even the best of the best have shanks or a missed serve, if they are giving 110% effort to their team that is all that I ask for.  Skills will improve, but without effort – no matter how good the skill, it will be wasted.  Success is defined in many ways – I define success as improving and gaining positive momentum from the first practice to the last tournament game.  I have an “open door” policy.  I want the girls to approach me if and when problems arise, we can talk through it and come to a resolution together.  It is an important life skill to allow these girls to approach a coach about any problem and be able to resolve it.  I am also a positive coach and very passionate about the game, having fun while working hard is what makes volleyball a great sport and I am very lucky to have the privilege of coaching it.


NATHAN MCKINNEY, COACH 17 Green

My love of volleyball came from my first volleyball camp at age 10. Since then, I played outside hitter for four years in high school in Southern California and I continue to play whenever I can now, whether it’s recreationally or through city leagues. 

I have coached kids as young as the age of 7, all the way up to assisting the BYU-Hawaii’s women's volleyball team while attending college. Currently I am the assistant coach of the East High girls volleyball team.

When I’m not coaching or playing volleyball, I love spending time with my wife. We don’t have kids yet, but really want a corgi! We are both lovers of all things LOTR, HP and Disney. 

I’m so excited for this coaching opportunity. Going into this season, my philosophy is that win or lose, there’s always something to learn.


Amanda Gubler, Coach 18 Green

Hello everybody! My name is Amanda Gubler, I am 24 years old and currently live in South Jordan. I am originally from Vegas, moved to Arizona in 7th grade and then moved to Utah after high school to pursue a Bachelors in Nursing. I am currently still in school at Eagle Gate College and will graduate with my BSN in May of 2019. I am engaged and will also be getting married in September of 2019. I have two dogs, no kids and enjoy spending my free time camping and hanging out with friends and family.

I started playing Volleyball when I was 7 years old. I have played club since I was 12 and had an amazing club career. I was on the top travel team for my club from my 12s year to 18s year and enjoyed every minute of it. I started as an Outside Hitter and when I got into high school I started playing Libero. I was on Varsity all 4 years at my high school and was a captain my Junior and Senior year. I was also 1st team all-region and 1st team all-state as a libero my Junior and Senior year. I got offered to play collegiate volleyball at Grand Canyon University as well as Glendale Community College but decided that I just wanted to focus on school full time instead (Which I regret the most). I coached the boys’ volleyball team at my high school as a Junior and Senior and immediately started coaching when I moved to Utah. I have coached at Riverton High School for 3 years now, currently I am the JV coach there. I have coached club for 5 years, and this will be my second year with Salt Lake Volleyball Club.

Coaching Philosophy: To provide players with concrete fundamental skills in order to set them up to succeed in their volleyball career while also investing in the player individually to set them up for success in life as well. Teamwork, Time, and Commitment are important for factors that I enforce to my teams.

I truly love coaching, I enjoy building relationships with the girls while getting to share all of my knowledge about volleyball. I was blessed with amazing coaches during my volleyball career who have been great mentors to me. I strive to be a good mentor for my players as well and I want them to enjoy volleyball as much as I do, as well as expand their talent and skills. I am looking forward to another great club season!