Katelyn Baker

Title: Coach

Katelyn Baker graduated from Plainfield South High School in 2005. While playing for the cougars, she earned Most Valuable Player twice, a member of the All-Conference team three times, Fox News Prep Athlete of the Week, Herald News top ten player picks twice, and Gatorade Player of the Year. During this time she also played for UNO Volleyball Club out of Joliet. They went around the country competing in many tournaments and finishing in the top half every time. They also qualified to go to the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, ended up placing in the top five. After High School, she received a scholarship to play volleyball at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. There Katelyn went to two NCAA tournaments and won conference twice. After two in a half years there, the University decided to get rid of her major. She transferred to Lewis University and is now studying Sports Management. Katelyn just finished coaching for the Plainfield North Tigers JV team and ended the season with a winning record.

Rudi Balich

Title: Coach

Rudi Balich is going on her 4th year in the Chicago land club volleyball scene. As a native of the South side of Chicago (Go White Sox!), she played high school at St. Ignatius, and began her club career as a member of Lions. From there, went to Sports Performance in Auroua, IL. In college she furthered her playing career at Winona State University in Minnesota.

At WSU, Rudi got her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a math emphasis and a Coaching minor.Throughout her four years in MN, she coached a club volleyball team called WAV (Winona Area Volleyball). Leaving college, she (luckily) found a job teaching at Santa Lucia School in Chicago. During that time she taught a plethora of grades ranging from 3rd- 8th.

During those two years she went back to her Alma mater, St. Ignatius, where she coached their Freshman A team. She also coached for Powerhouse at the 14 and 16 age levels.

Currently, she works as a full time college coach with Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. This is her 2nd year at Club One. Last year, she coached the 17's team to a 10th place finish at Nationals and is currently coaching the 18's team.

Matt Calpin

Title: Coach

Matt Calpin started playing volleyball in 7th grade at Bethany Lutheran School in Naperville . Matt went on to play at Naperville Central High School where he played all four years on his high school team, with three of them being on the Varsity team. Matt also played club volleyball, mainly at Sports Performance. During this time, Matt played for Club 1 director Brie Isaacson during his 17’s year of club where they finished 3rd overall in the Junior National Tournament.  After graduating from Naperville Central in 2002, Matt received a volleyball scholarship and went on to play at Lindenwood University as an outside hitter. Although this is Matt’s first year of coaching club, he is not new to the volleyball scene.

Mary Carroll

Title: Coach

Mary Carroll graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2009 where she helped her team to a state championship in 2007. Mary played under Club 1 director Brie Issacson. She started playing club at 15, playing for both Avalanche Volleyball Club and Sports Performance.

Currently Mary is a sophomore at Lewis University where she is on the Women’s volleyball team. The past two seasons Mary has helped her team to two NCAA tournament appearances, two regular season conference championships, and one conference tournament championship. She is an outside and right side hitter at Lewis. At Lewis, she is majoring in Psychology.

This is Mary’s first year coaching club but she is not new to coaching or club volleyball environment.

Brittany Engelman

Title: Coach

My name Brittany Engelman, I am 24 years old and have been playing volleyball for the past 14 years. I started playing in grade school and fell in love with the game. At the age of 12 I began playing club volleyball for Unlimited Volleyball Club and then for Chicago Jrs. VBC in high school. I played all through high school. I played my freshman thru junior years at Providence Catholic and finished my senior year at Joliet West High School in 2006. Following high school I played for Joliet Junior College as a setter and right side. I currently play in indoor and outdoor leagues across the Chicago land area.

My home is in Joliet. I work as an Insurance Sales Rep for State Farm.

This is my first year coaching at Club 1. I am very excited to work with all of the great coaches. I will strive to help the girls reach their highest potential as players while emphasizing team work which will ensure a great club volleyball experience.

James Garcia

Title: Coach

James Garcia is the varsity volleyball coach at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights IL. “Home of the 2010 IHSA Class 2A State Volleyball Champion Knights!” I have been coaching at CCHS since 2008 and have a current record of 89-28, with 3 Regional Championships, 2 Sectional Championships, 2 Super-Sectional Championships, a 2nd place finish at the IHSA state finals in 2009 and the Class 2A State Championship in 2010.

I have been playing and coaching volleyball for over 26 years; I have had the opportunity to coach numerous college prospects including a Youth Olympic 2010 - high school national team player. I started my coaching career while in high school, assisting my coach at Neris Volleyball Club on the southwest side of Chicago. I have played USAV and Beach volleyball for many years.

I served in the United States Navy from 1990-1994, played and coached our Naval Base volleyball team to 3 SOLANT (South Atlantic) Championships as a setter and also played USAV volleyball in South Carolina from 1991-94.

Most recently, I coached at Ultimate Volleyball Club in Frankfort, IL. I started in December 2004 and coached many seasons at the youth and high school divisions. I worked in their little spikers program, position training program and Volleyball Academy program. I qualified the UVC 14 Gold team for Nationals in 2007, Finished 4th at Baltimore NEQ in 2008 with UVC 15 Gold, and won the Penn State Nittany Ninvitational qualifier with the UVC 18 Blue Boys team to earn them an Open Bid for Nationals, and a tournament Championship in February 2010.

I am very excited and thankful to be working with all the great coaches and staff here at Club 1. I look forward to the opportunity to coach and share my experience with the players at Club 1. My desired goal is to teach my players to play volleyball at a more competitive level.

I currently reside in Mokena, IL with my wife Tiffinee, 3 children, Jared, Torree, our newborn Tessa, and our adopted/rescued black lab Sasha.

Kari Gardiner

Title: Coach

Kari Gardiner graduated from Jones College Prep in Chicago, Illinois in 2006 where she was a 4 year Varsity Starting Outside Hitter. Kari was the Eagles Most Valuable Player all four years and team captain for 3 years. She earned All Conference honors 3 times and was named to the Latin School All Tournament team in 2006.

Kari graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois where she played volleyball for 4 years and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education.

Kari has coached at Benedictine’s multiple grammar school volleyball camps and for St. Daniel The Prophet School in Chicago. Although Kari’s coaching experience is limited, she has played club volleyball since the age of 10. She has played for Lions Jr’s., Chicago Jr’s., and Powerhouse Volleyball Club.

Kari is also currently a High School Special Education Teacher at Plainfield South and is also the Freshman Volleyball coach at Plainfield South High School.

Chris Hoelscer

Title: Coach

  • 2010: Head Volleyball Coach at Minooka High School-Led Indians to 25-7-1 record including SPC Conference Championship, West Aurora Tournament Championship, Minooka Invitational Championship, Normal Community Regional Championship (the school’s first since 1999) and Pekin Sectional Final appearance.
  • 2004-2009 : Varsity assistant coach at Rosary High School (Aurora); 2007 went 14-0 /31-6 overall to win second SCC Conference Championship, teams won regionals in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and reached sectional finals in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008. Helped guide 2004 team to 32-5 record and first ever SCC Conference Championship.
  • 2010: Coached Uno 15 Elite that finished 25th in the National division at USAV Nationals in Reno, Nevada.
  • 2009: Coached Uno 15 Elite that won the Great Lakes Region Qualifier to qualify for USAV Nationals in Miami, Florida. The team finished 35th in the National Division.
  • 2008: Coached Uno 15 Elite team that finished 27th at USAV Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
  • 2007: Inducted as an athlete into the East Aurora Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • 2006: Coached Uno 15 Elite team that placed second at the Lonestar National Qualifier to qualify for the Junior Olympic National Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The team finished 29th and won Flight #3 in the American Division at Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2004: Coached Uno 17's team that finished 19th in American Division at USAV Nationals in Houston, Texas.
  • 1999-2003: Head Coach at Wilmington High School, 2003 & 2002 Regional Champions (2002 was the school's first Regional Championship in 18 years.), I-8 conference champions 2000 & 2001. 1998-2002: Sixth grade coach at Stevens Middle School.
  • 1998-99: Coached Stevens Middle School eighth grade team to fourth place finish at the IESA state tournament.
  • 1998: Sophomore coach at Wilmington High School; I-8 conference co-champions.
  • 1994-97: Head Coach at East Aurora. Built program into the largest girls' program in the school.
  • 1993: Assistant coach at Aurora University.
  • 1991-92: Sophomore coach at East Aurora.
  • 1991: Returned to East Aurora as teacher/coach.
  • 1990 graduate of Aurora University with degree in English/Secondary Education.
  • 1989: Played four years volleyball at Aurora University, co-captain.
  • 3 sport athlete at East Aurora High School.
  • 3 year varsity starter at East Aurora High School.
  • 1986: Senior Athlete of the Year at East Aurora High School.
  • Married to Darryl Hoelscher. Two children: Emma and Zach. Lives in Shorewood

Jacki Kaluzny

Title: Coach

Jacki Kaluzny graduated from Minooka Community High School in 2010. She was a three year varsity starter as an outside hitter and was a team captain her senior year. Jacki started playing club volleyball at the age of 12 for UNO VBC and also played at Avalanche VBC under Club 1 director Brie Issacson.

After her club volleyball career, Jacki received a scholarship to play at the collegiate. As a freshman, she started as an outside hitter at Salisbury University in Maryland. Now, as a sophomore, Jacki plays as a defensive specialist at Benedictine University where she studies business management.

This is Jacki's first year coaching for Club 1.

Marcia Malek

Title: Coach

Marcia Malek has coached volleyball at the club level, high school level, and college level. She coached at 2nd City Volleyball for 5 years and was the assistant to the 15's team that took 5th at Junior Olympics. She coached the 16's and 14's at Avalanche Volleyball Club. Last year in the first season of Club 1, Marcia's 16's team took 5th place at AAU's and she had an All-American.

Marcia was the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Munster High School in Indiana. She also was the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Planifield North High School in 2007.

After graduating from Benedictine University in Lisle, with a degree in Elementary Education, Marcia became the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Dominican University. She coached the women for 2 years and the men for 1 year.

As a player, Marcia played 4 years in high school at the varsity level. Marcia played club volleyball for 2nd City Volleyball Club. She went onto play at Benedictine University for 4 years, was the team captain for her junior and senior year. Marcia also played softball for Benedictine.

Marcia currently resides in Plainfield, with her husband Ted, and 3 kids, Emma (5), TJ (4), and Grace (3).

Jennifer Malone

Title: Coach

Jennifer Malone has been coaching girls’ volleyball for the past 7 years. She has been with Club 1 every year from the beginning, taking only last year off from coaching. Jennifer started coaching 15U and then moved to 12U and 13U. This year she will be coaching 14U. In 2007, Jennifer was the Sophomore coach at Plainfield North High School. She led the Tigers to a 12-1 conference record, placing them first in their sophomore conference and first place in the Plainfield North Sophomore Invitational.

Jennifer has been playing volleyball for the past 20 years. She was a member of Windy City and Smash volleyball clubs. While attending Maria High School in Chicago, Jennifer played Outside Hitter and Defensive Specialist positions. She finished her senior year at Plainfield High School after moving out to Plainfield with her family. She joined the Varsity Wildcats starting as a Middle Hitter.

After high school, she attended Robert Morris College and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Graphic Arts. Jennifer is currently working in Yorkville as a project manager.

Since college, she has continued to play indoor volleyball through competitive leagues at Great Lakes Center in Aurora. For the past 10 years, Jennifer has been playing and training in sand volleyball and has participated in women’s and co-ed doubles tournaments at North Avenue Beach in Chicago and in the suburbs.

Jennifer lives in Aurora with her husband John and their 3 dogs and 4 cats. When she’s not playing volleyball, she is rescuing animals.

“I am very proud and excited to be a part of Club 1. Being part of the team is more that just learning how to play the game. It’s about becoming a better athlete physically and mentally. Being a team player on and off the court is a value I hope each young lady can take away from this season. I am committed to bringing my experience, as well as my positive, competitive coaching skills to help each of your daughters grow and be successful!”

Jack Martens

Title: Coach

Hello –

My name is Jack Martens and I wanted to introduce myself as a coach here at Club 1 Volleyball. While this will be my first year here at Club 1, I have been coaching for several years. I initially started coaching volleyball at a small private school in 2008 where I was the assistant to the varsity coach. Since then I have been coaching at Sports Performance in Aurora.  I have worked mainly with 13’s, 14’s, and 15’s. All of my teams I have coached there have finished in the top quarter of the GLPL.   Additionally, I am the sophomore coach at Hinsdale Central High School.

My mission as a coach is always to challenge each individual, develop not only a strong foundation of skills but mentally preparing themselves for the challenges they will face on and off court while having a good time.  I will push each player to do their best.  I will also encourage them to think for themselves and increase their volleyball IQ.   I love to coach volleyball and help each child reach their full potential as a player.

I currently reside in Shorewood IL.  My wife Brenda and I are enjoying our newly found empty nest as both kids are out of the house this year (1 in college and 1 is on her own).  We have recently rescued/adopted 2 young dogs. A mastiff named Peanut and rot mix named Monster, they are both just a year.

Eric Nore

Title: Coach


My name is Eric Nore and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as one of the coaches for Club 1 Volleyball.  Along with my wife, Shannon, I am blessed to have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Kendall.  Unlike their parents, my daughters have chosen gymnastics to utilize their time away from middle school and currently compete level 9 and 8 for Premier West Gymnastics in Oswego.  In 1996, well before our daughters were born, my wife and I chose coaching volleyball as a opportunity to work with young people in a sport that we both enjoyed tremendously.  For 15 years I coached at Sports Performance Volleyball Club at every level from 12’s to 18’s and had the opportunity to coach the top team in some age groups and the last team at others.  I also have served as a Master Coach for every age group (except 18’s) and have led numerous camps emphasizing individual skill development as well as team camps at several schools.  Regardless of the age or the ability, my mission is always to build the strongest team possible by combining the efforts of each player as they maximize their individual abilities.

Throughout my career at Sports Performance, I was fortunate to be associated with teams that competed to their fullest abilities and some that fell short.  And then there were those teams that not only met, but exceeded their own expectations, by realizing the power of teamwork and finishing their seasons successfully (by many societal standards) – 2 gold medals at USAV Nationals, 1 Bronze at AAU Nationals, and a silver and bronze medal at JVA Nationals.  During each of those seasons, the memories revolved around the journey that did not focus on the end result but the steps necessary to perform at the highest level.

Since leaving Sports Performance, I have had the chance to work in the high school ranks at Waubonsie Valley as the JV coach for 2 years and as the assistant on Varsity in 2012.  This coincided with my entrance into the field of education as I was a teaching assistant at Scullen Middle School in Naperville.  This professional career change came after 15 years with Waste Management in a variety of supervisor and managerial positions, beginning as a dispatcher and culminating in position of assistant director of safety for the Midwest.  This year my quest into education took another step forward as I am now a part time Biology teacher at Sycamore High School as well as a part time para-professional at the Sycamore Middle School.  After traveling between schools and cultures, I return to the high school where I am the head volleyball coach.

Last year was my first year with Club 1 and I had the pleasure of coaching 18 Red.  The girls on that team (and the club as a whole) provided a new perspective on the sport and the value of focused effort, commitment, and teamwork.  I look forward to a new season with a new team and a renewed energy toward becoming the best coach that I can be for a wonderful group of young people!

AnneMarie Pavlik

Title: Coach

My name is AnneMarie Pavlik and I graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2003. While playing for Waubonsie, I earned Most Valuable Player twice, Team Captain each year, and spots on all the all area teams for 2003. While playing high school volleyball I was also playing club volleyball in the Chicago area from ‘98-‘03 where I traveled around the country competing in many national qualifiers as well as the Great Lakes Power League. After High School, I received a scholarship to play volleyball at Lindenwood University in St.Charles, Missouri . There I was conference and regional setter of the weeks many weeks and also earned a couple all tournament selections. I have coached club volleyball in this area, as well as in Missouri for 2 years, and also assisted with High School summer camps at all different age levels. I love volleyball and am very excited to be a part of the coaching staff at Club 1!

Sarah Pollard

Title: Coach

Sarah Pollard graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2006 where she helped lead her team to Central's first Women's Volleyball State Championship. Sarah played for Club 1 director Brie Isaacson and was a 3-year captain for the Redhawks.

After graduating from Naperville Central, Sarah received a volleyball scholarship and went on to play at Northwood Univeristy as a starting libero. She played for 3 years; won conference and landed her name on All-Tournament teams as well as Conference teams.

Sarah's collegiate career ended with a medical disqualification due to a back injury. Sarah just graduated from Northwood in May, with a degree is Business Administration. Although this is Sarah's first year coaching club, she is not new to the club world; playing at Sports performance for the majority of her club career. She just ended her first season at her Alma Mater with a winning record as an assistant varsity coach.

Alison Rook

Title: Coach

Hi everyone! My name is Ali Rook and, first and foremost, I want to say how excited I am to be part of the Club 1 family! I am a graduate of Drury University in Springfield, MO and earned my degree in Elementary Education cum laude. I grew up in Naperville and attended Naperville North High School. Since I was 11 years old I have played volleyball and loved every minute of it. I played three years of varsity volleyball at Naperville North and many years on club teams; including four years at sports performance, where I played on two elite teams. Additionally, I played four years of college volleyball as an Outside Hitter, one at the D-1 level and three at the D-2 level. My last season at Drury, I led the team as captain and loved the honor of being there for my teammates on and off the court. Volleyball has offered me many opportunities, including traveling the country and world to such places as Alaska, Salt Lake City and Russia. After being nominated by my college coach, I was chosen by the NCAA to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. At the forum I learned not only about coaching, but also important life and career skills. I am truly looking forward to using my past experience to be a great addition to Club 1.

I am currently working at Scott School in Naperville as an instructional assistant in a second grade classroom. I also just finished my first season as a coach at Neuqua Valley, as the Freshman B coach. My first season as a coach was extremely successful. Our team finished as undefeated conference champions.

Kathleen Ryan

Title: Coach

Katie is a former DePaul University standout, who is currently the Girls Freshman coach at Naperville Central, and Boys Sophomore coach at Benet Academy. While at Depaul, Katie was selected to the 1997 and 1998 All-Conference teams, earning the Blue Demon Most Valuable Player awards in the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

As a high school prep, Katie played Volleyball, Basketball and Track as well as participated in the Sports Performance Volleyball Club. Katie was invited to tryout for the United States National and Olympic teams in 1997 and 1998.

Amanda Brasch is the Freshman Boys coach at Benet Academy. She joins Club 1 from Naperville Volleyball Club where she coach boys and girls teams from 2007-2009.

Amanda was a four year varsity starter for Northern University High School. She played Club volleyball at Iowa Elite and CAP PAC, and enjoyed her collegiate career at Bradley University.

Amanda is currently in school to become a Secondary Business Spanish Teacher.

Cory Sackett

Title: Coach

Cory Sackett has been coaching volleyball for the last 7 years. He ran the youth program at the YMCA for the last 3 years. He also was the coach for the Calvary Christian school team. In 2009, Cory was the 15 Red coach at Club1 and finished with a great season. In the fall, Cory was the Head Freshmen coach at Aurora Central Catholic High School helping coach the Chargers to a 2nd place conference finish. At ACC, Cory also was a varsity assistant helping coach the varsity Chargers to a conference championship and a regional appearance.

Cory has been playing volleyball for the last 10 years. He was a member of Flyers and Naperville volleyball clubs. While attending Neuqua Valley High School, Cory played defensive specialist and setter positions. Cory graduated in 2006 from Neuqua. In his career there he led the wildcats to back to back conference titles and back to back regional championships. The Naperville sun named him Neuqua's preseason pivatol player and was named 3 time captain.

After high school, he attended Lewis University and graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. At Lewis, Cory continued to play competitive volleyball at the club level. He also has been playing sand volleyball the last 5 years competing in Men's doubles tournaments at North Ave. Beach in Chicago and suburbs. Cory continues to play competitively in Men’s USAV tournaments with his club team.

Emily Soto

Title: Coach


Emily Soto graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy in 2004 where she helped her team to the school’s first volleyball state championship in 2003. She started playing club at 15, playing for both UNO Volleyball Club and Great Lakes Select.

During her college career, Emily played at Joliet Junior College and earned the N4C All-Conference MVP award, as well as an All-Region award in 2005 and an All-Region award in 2004. Emily is a graduate of Saint Xavier University with a bachelor’s in psychology and a graduate of Lewis University with a master’s in special education. Emily played volleyball for Saint Xavier from 2006-2008. While at Saint Xavier, Emily was the libero of the week five times during her senior season.

This is Emily’s third year coaching club, and her second with Club 1. Last club season, she coached the 13’s for Club 1. Emily also assisted coach Chris Hoelscher at the varsity level at Minooka Community High School for the 2013 high school season.

Sara Thomas

Title: Coach

Sara Thomas has been coaching for over ten years. She has had experience in many different high schools including Sycamore and Hoffman Estates. Sara was the first Varsity Coach for Oswego East Girls Volleyball. Since 2008, she has been the head coach for Boys and Girls Varsity at Plainfield East High School establishing pride, tradition, and excellence in the brand new varsity programs. During this 2010 season, Plainfield East had their first varsity season with seniors. They placed fifth in the conference while beating top teams in the area such as Plainfield North, Plainfield South, and Oswego East. Sara Thomas played at Fairfield University and finished her colligate career at Northern Illinois University holding the Conference Tournament and Conference Title in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in Physical Education. Sara also has a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Education Administration. She currently holds the position as Dean of Students at Plainfield East High School.

Sydney Ugone

Title: Coach

My name is Sydney Ugone and I graduated from Oswego East High School in 2008. While playing on the girls volleyball team there I was a 3 time varsity captain, winning the MVP award twice and earning a spot on the All Conference team. I also played club volleyball first for Sunsetters and then Avalanche volleyball club, playing libero. I chose not to play volleyball in college, and chose to attend the University of Iowa. Throughout my college career I played for intramural teams and in the summers would come back and coach back at Oswego East. I graduated from Iowa in May earning degrees in psychology and spanish. I coached my first team this fall at Frances Xavier Warde school in Chicago taking them to the third round of playoffs. This will be my first experience coaching club but I am very excited to be a part of Club 1 volleyball this year!

Rhonda Williams

Title: Coach

Rhonda (Byrd) Williams played Div1 AA Volleyball for Grambling State University , where she was a 4-year starter, 2-year All Conference, 2-Year Team Captain, and 1995 SWAC Championship All-Team Honorable Mentioned.

Rhonda has been coaching juniors volleyball for thirteen years. Within Great lakes Region, she has coached for POV and West Suburban Volleyball Clubs.

At the High School level, she was JV Coach & Asst. Varsity Coach for Danville High for two years, and Asst Varsity Coach at First Baptist Christian School for two years. Recently, Rhonda accepted the role of Volleyball Director for the Heritage YMCA Volleyball program at the Fieldhouse in Naperville .

Aside from volleyball, Rhonda is married to Cedric Williams, Coach at Metea Valley High School , and she has two children Zeke (5) and Luke (3). She has a Master’s degree in English from Louisiana Tech University , and she is working on her PhD in Lit & Film at NIU.

Mark Yager

Title: Coach

Mark has spent the past 16 years coaching volleyball in both the Naperville and Aurora community school districts.  For ten years he was the junior varsity or varsity coach of the girls and or boys volleyball teams at Naperville Central High School.  While there he assisted the boys volleyball team to their first state championship in 1998.  He also spent 4 years at Waubonsie Valley High School coaching both boys and girls volleyball teams.  Additionally, Mark has coached for multiple club volleyball programs.

Mark is a physical education teacher at Fischer Middle School in Indian Prairie School District 204.  He has been teaching and coaching multiple sports in district 204 for over 15 years.  He has an education degree from Ball State University and master’s degree in physical education from  Chicago State University.

As a father of two children, Emma and Wyatt, he has coached over three dozen volleyball, soccer and basketball teams through the Naperville Park District and local YMCA.  He has coached many of these teams with his wife Amy Yager.