Our Staff

Brie Isaacson, Club Director

Brie was hired as the head volleyball coach at Naperville Central in 2003. She has compiled an impressive record of 382-98. She coached her team to two State Championships in 2005 and 2007. Prior to becoming a Redhawk, Brie spent three seasons at Wheaton Warrenville South High School where she assisted the Tigers on their 42-0 State Championship in 2001. In 2021 Brie was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame.  In 2019 Brie was inducted into the Lewis Coaches Hall of Fame.

In the 2020-2021 club season, Brie coached 16 Skronk to a 5th (out of 134 teams) place finish at the AAU National Championships.  

In the 2017-2018 club season, Brie coached 15 Skronk to National Runner Up finish at the AAU National Championships in Florida.  The team finished 2nd out of 189 teams.

In the 2014/2015 club season, Brie coached the 15 Elite team and they finished as the National Runner up at the 42nd Annual National Championship in Florida.  The team finished 2nd out of 163 teams.  

Brie successfully coached the 14 Elite 2013/2014 club team to a 9th place finish at the AAU National Championships in Florida.  14 Elite finished with an overall record of 46-18 with four tournament championships.  They finished 11th at GLPL (out of 109 teams).  They ranked 12th out of 260 in the Great Lakes Region and finished with a National Ranking of 240 out of 4,389 (top 6% in the nation).

Brie has spent the past 25 years as a successful coach and administrator for Junior Olympic clubs. She has qualified many teams for Junior Olympics and won a bronze medal with her 2001 17-1 boys team.  Additionally C1 Volleyball has 100+ All-Americans both athletically and academically.

As a player, Brie competed at the collegiate level at both Western Michigan University and Lewis University. She was a 4x All American and led her team to an  AAU National Championship as an 18.

Brie is married to Chad Isaacson.  Chad is a teacher and coach (football and baseball) at Downers Grove North High School.  They have four children.  Quinn, Wyatt, Grier and Easton.

Bridget Haack, Business Manager/Coach

Bridget has been the business manager for Club 1 for the past 12 years.  She has also spent 12 years working with our volley kids, volley league and summer camp programs.  She coaches in both the youth and high school age divisions.

Bridget is married to her husband Jim who is a teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach at Downers Grove North High School.  They have 4 children, Matthew, Patrick, Kylie and Maxwell, as well as daughter-in-laws Jenny and Joy and grandsons Owen and Benjamin.  

 

Cory Sackett, Boys Club Director & College Recruiting Coordinator

Cory Sackett has been with Club 1 since it started! Cory works in the Club 1 program as the Boys Club Director and College Recruiting Coordinator. He had a five year stint as the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Purdue University Northwest (NCAA Division II) and Head Coach for Men's Club Volleyball at Purdue University Northwest. In the summer of 2017 Sackett lead his 16 Red team to the National Championship Match and finished as the National Runner up at AAU's. From that team there were 3 AAU All Americans, and 5 AAU Academic All Americans. Sackett’s teams found great success in 2015 as well as His Boys 17 Elite team won an AAU National Championship as well as the Bronze Championship at Boy’s Junior National Championships fishing as the #12 ranked team in the Country and #1 ranked team in the Midwest Region. He had 3 players deemed AAU All-Americans, 1 player name the AAU-All American Tournament MVP, and 1 player deemed an AAU Academic All American. Cory’s girls 16 Elite team placed 5th at the AAU National Championship’s. He had 1 player named to the AAU All-American team and 2 honored with an AAU Academic-All American award. 

Cory was named to the AVCA Thirty Under 30 List in 2017, which is given out to the 30 most up and coming college coaches under the age of 30 across all levels of Collegiate Volleyball. He also was named a Double Goal Coach National Award Winner which is given out from the Positive Coaching Alliance for coaches who instill teaching life lessons and positive coaching through their respective sport. 

Sackett spent time as an Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach at Dominican University in the 2013-2014 season prior to his appointment at Purdue. 

A player first, Sackett spent 10 years competing in the sport of volleyball. He was a member of The Lewis University Club Team and played at Naperville Volleyball Club and Flyer’s Volleyball Club. At Lewis, Sackett played at the setter, libero and outside hitter positions.

While attending Neuqua Valley High School, he played defensive specialist and setter positions. In his career there, he led the Wildcats to back-to-back conference titles and back-to-back-to-back regional championships before graduating in 2006. His prep career honors included the Naperville Sun naming him Neuqua's Preseason Pivotal Player, was named a three-time captain, and deemed the 2006 comeback player of the year, after he returned from an ankle injury and lead the wildcats to post season success in his senior campaign.

Sackett graduated from Lewis University in December of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal and social justice. He now resides in Joliet, Illinois with his wife Rachel and two sons James and Luke.

My name is Brenda Benz.  

I have 5 years of coaching experience.  I have coached from 12’s to 17’s.  I think my favorite age group to work with is 15’s.  I enjoy teaching the technical aspect of the game.  I love working with these young ladies as they work hard at something they love.  I hope by guiding them, they learn to not only be strong players but strong humans. 

I try to support them through all of their moments on and off court. 

I am IMPACT and Safe sport certified. 

In my non-volleyball time, I work in Human Resources at a local bank. 

I am married to Jack and we have 2 grown children.  Jack and I like to spend our time with our dogs and in the gym.

Bre Bona, Coach

This is Bre's first year coaching at Club 1. Bre began playing volleyball at the age of 10. Bre played club volleyball for Chicago Juniors where she was a setter. Bre played in the National and American divisions at the USAV Junior Olympics during her time with Chicago Jrs. 

 

Bre graduated from John Carroll University in 2015. Bre currently works for one of the big four accounting firms in Chicago and coaches the girls 14 Royal team.  Bre is very excited to be coaching and sharing her knowledge of the game with the girls. 

Phil Bona, Coach

Phil has been coaching volleyball for 4 years, played for 12 years leading up to that. He was a standout at Marist and continued playing at the club level at Loyola. In his free time he enjoys bowling, golfing and watching the Packers consistently beat the Bears.

Meghan Cahill, Coach

Meghan began playing volleyball in middle school…and now works as a coach in the 12s program with the elementary and middle schoolers, who are just starting their volleyball careers.  She has been with Club 1 since 2018.  Volleyball is such a fun sport, and Meghan’s primary goals for the athletes in the 12s program are to teach the foundations and instill a love of the game.  

During her own volleyball career, Meghan played as a middle blocker, so it is always especially fun for her to see MBs coming into their own on the court. 

When she’s not coaching, Meghan works as a pediatric neuropsychologist and does agility training with her little mountain goat of a dog.

Eric Doty, Coach

I am a design engineer for AT&T and have worked there for 23 years. 
I graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a bachelors in religious studies, and then Illinois State University in History Education. 
I played baseball and bowled in college and was the amateur Illinois and Indiana Disc Golf State champion.
Just this year I was inducted into the United States Disc Golf Championship hall of fame. This was not for my playing ability. Feel free to ask =)
I have coached multiple sports over the years.
I have been married to my wife Aimee for 25 years. She is a 1st grade teacher in Valley View school district. 
We have 2 daughters that both attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Ia.  
My older daughter, Corinne, played for Club 1 for 6 years, and is now a setter on the Coe College volleyball team. 
My younger daughter, Emily, is a freshman and is on their competitive dance team.  Go Kohawks!
I love the sport of volleyball, and am thrilled Club 1 has brought me on board to coach. 
I am hoping I can bring my love of sports, competition, and coaching to Club 1. 
I truly believe team competition is one of the best ways to not only foster quality on the court, but also in life.

Jaclyn Gannon, Coach

Jackie played volleyball for 10 years starting when she was 12 years old at Club 1 through 18 years old. She has played competitively as a middle at Plainfield North where she graduated in 2019. 

She decided to come back to coach at Club 1 since it felt like her second home and she wanted to teach her love and knowledge for the sport that she grew up loving! She is currently coaching 14 Blue and 15 Black, and loves to see the progress the girls make!

Jackie is currently working towards a Radiology degree. In her free time, Jackie loves to spend time with friends, her dog, travelingand watching movies. 

Bob Hayes, Coach

Bob developed passion for volleyball in high school, played at a local club and began coaching for an 18U boys and 18U girls team while in college. He had the opportunity to be around some elite levels of play as a manager for the Men’s National Collegiate team in 1994, coordinating the Power League and coaching in several summer camps for multiple age groups. Once graduating from college, he focused on his family and career, but continued his passion for volleyball through play in adult leagues. He re-entered the coaching world 4 seasons ago with the 12’s here at Club 1 and has been coaching in our 13's program for the past 2 years.  He is married to Kristen, and their family lives in Plainfield. They have 4 kids, Dustin, Kellynn, Jenna and Marissa. 

Ryan Impey, Coach

Ryan joins the Club1 staff as a coach in the boys program. Ryan is a Club1 Alumni! He also now coaches in the boys program at Naperville Central high school! 

"Only those with a positive mindset can go beyond achieving their goals"

Kendall Iversen, Coach

Kendall has been playing volleyball since the age of 12 and is very excited to pass on her knowledge and love of the game to her players!

During her volleyball career, Kendall played as an outside hitter for 3 years in club, all four years in highschool, and then the last two years she played libero for her club team. 

Kendall played at Waubonsee Community College, Trinity International University, and Benedictine University.  Kendall received her Associates degree for education at Waubonsee Community College and received her Bachelor's degree for Elementary Education in December 2021. Kendall currently works in a school district as an Elementary teacher.

Kendall has coached boys volleyball and girls volleyball at Plainfield Central High School and is currently the freshman coach at Neuqua Valley High School.

Grace Knutsen, Coach

Grace Knutsen is in her first year of coaching at Club 1 for 13 Blue. She has played volleyball for the past 9 years and has played at Club 1 for 3 years. 

Grace attended Plainfield East High School playing on JV her freshman year and played Varsity the following 3 years. 

She currently attends Benedictine University playing right side on the women’s volleyball team and majoring in digital marketing and graphic design.

Outside of coaching Grace loves to be outside, working out, paint, read, and hang out with friends. 

A quick fun fact: Grace has played all three front row positions throughout her volleyball career. 

She loves being a part of such a supportive and encouraging environment and can’t wait to teach others what she’s learned from her time at Club 1. 

Paige Kovalcik, Coach

Paige Kovalcik has been coaching at Club 1 now for 4 years. She started playing volleyball at the age of 12 and has been passionate about the sport since then. She decided to return to coach at Club 1 due to the family environment. 

When she was younger, she went to Joliet Catholic Academy for high school and Illinois State University for college. Currently, she is an HR Supervisor at the 6th largest cold storage company in the country.

In addition to volleyball, Paige loves to spend time with family and friends, ride 4-wheelers, and travel. Hawaii is the best place she has visited so far. 

Paige is dedicated to help kids grow in their volleyball and personal skills.  

Becca Langys, Coach

Becca Langys is a first-year coach at Club 1. Becca began playing volleyball at 11 years old. She started her club career at UNO VBC where she played for two years, and then moved on to play for Club 1, where she played for the next 3 years as a Libero. Becca also played volleyball all 4 years at Plainfield South High School. 

Becca went to Western Illinois University where she earned her BS, majoring in Computer Science. Becca currently works as an Analytics Quality Assurance Engineer at Paramount. Becca spends her free time working out, reading, and spending time with family. She also has a black cat named Shadow. 

Becca is beyond excited to be coaching for Club 1 because this club provided so much for her as a youth player, and now she looks forward to providing her players with the same awesome experience that she had.

Marcia Malek, 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.  In the first season of Club 1, Marcia's 16's team took 5th place at AAU's and she had an All-American.  Since that time Marcia has coached in many different age divisions at Club 1 from 13’s up to 18’s. 

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 is a 4th Grade Teacher at Crystal Lawns Elementary School in Plainfield School District 202. Marcia currently resides in Plainfield, with her husband Ted, and 3 kids, Emma (17, plays on 17 Skronkstrong), TJ (16), and Grace(14, plays on 14 Skronkstrong).

Jack Martens, Coach

My name is Jack Martens and I wanted to introduce myself as a coach here at Club 1 Volleyball. I have coach for 12+ years in women’s volleyball.   I coach multiple age groups from 14’s to 17’s.  I am also the Master Coach for the 15’s division.  I strive as a Master Coach to work with all teams and abilities to make sure each athlete reaches their fullest protentional. 

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.  In addition to coaching club I have also coach high school.  

My wife Brenda and I have 2 grown children.  We also have 2 dogs. A mastiff and a Rot mix. 

Certifications - 

  • Winner of PCA Double Goal Coach, Chicago Region (National Finalist)  
  • USA Volleyball IMPACT Certified Coach  
  • ASEP IHSA Certified Coach  
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Accreditation – all 3 levels  
  • USAV Safe Sport Certification  
  • USAV Scoring Module Certification  

Record 

  • Winner of  MLK, President and SkyHigh multiple tournaments 
  • 1st Place Gold JVA 15's  
  • National Runner up AAU 15 repeat 
  • Multiple top 5 finishes at AAU
Ryan Martin, Coach

Ryan has been with Club 1 since 2018 and brings plenty of knowledge and experience to our program.  Ryan played high school and club volleyball, and continued on to be a four year varsity volleyball player at St. Ambrose University.  Upon graduating college, he joined the St. Ambrose University volleyball staff as Varsity Assistant Coach/Junior Varsity Head Coach where he prepared the Fighting Bees in their bid to the NAIA national tournament and top 6 national ranking.  After taking a 4 year hiatus, Ryan began coaching 7th grade girls and 7th grade boys volleyball at Mokena Junior High School.  It was at Mokena where he began coaching with the Lincoln-Way High Schools as well.  He began with the freshmen boys volleyball team at Lincoln-Way North, but after that school closed in 2016, Ryan moved over to Lincoln-Way Central High School where he has been the JV girls head coach and varsity boys assistant coach ever since.  In the same year that Lincoln-Way North closed, Ryan accepted a new position with Troy 30c School District located in Plainfield, IL.  He now coaches the 7th grade girls volleyball team at Troy since making that transition.  

In addition to volleyball, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and his 6 kids, Lilliana, Isabella, Sophia, Max, Adriana, and Vivia.  On the off chance Ryan has some free time, he also loves to compete in bass fishing tournaments, watch Chicago sports (except for the cubs), play volleyball, go to concerts, and play the ukulele.  

John joined our coaching staff in the 2020-21 season. John is a Club 1 alumni, playing from 2016 to 2019 as well as graduating from Naperville Central High School in 2019 while playing volleyball for all four years. John currently attends Aurora University where he is studying nursing as well as playing for the AU men's volleyball team. In his sophomore season, John earned 2nd team all-conference honors as well as finished as the leading blocker in all of NCAA Division III. John plans on continuing his volleyball career into his last 2 years of college and hopes to graduate from AU with his nursing degree where he hopes to work in the intensive care unit setting. John is always looking to stay involved in the game through coaching and playing recreationally. 

Omari Morris, Coach

Omari Morris is a first-year coach at Club 1. Omari has been playing volleyball since he was 14 years old. He started his club career as a Middle Blocker at Cyclones Volleyball Club where he played for two years, and then moved to play for Sports Performance Volleyball Club where he played for 1 year. Omari also played all 4 years at Oswego East High School.Omari is excited to be coaching at Club 1 because he is excited to bring  on a new perspective to the game. He looks forward to provide his players all of his knowledge and insights to the game to get them to perform at a high level. Omari spends his free time watching countless hours of volleyball, making content for his YouTube channel and spending time with his family.

Bella Ray, Coach

I have been playing volleyball for 10 years, and I played at Club 1 from the ages 12-18.  I attended high school at Joliet Catholic Academy and was a varsity volleyball starter all four years, and I graduated in 2020.  I currently attend Lewis University where I am studying to become a middle school teacher, and I also play on the women’s volleyball team.  Playing at Lewis allows me to constantly grow as a volleyball player, learn something new about the sport I love every day, stay close to home and be near my family, and coach at the club that I played at for 6 years.  Volleyball has been such a huge part of my life since I was in grade school, and I love that coaching is a way to keep it in my life forever.

Kendall Rivecco, Coach

Kendall Rivecco has been coaching at Club 1 for 6 years. She also is the head Sophomore coach and Varsity Assistant at Neuqua Valley High School. She has played volleyball competitively since she was 10 years old and has spent the majority of her volleyball career as a setter and defensive specialist but has experience everywhere on the court. She played at Plainfield Central High School, as well as competed at the club level, and graduated in 2016. After graduating she continued on to play as a setter and libero for JJC. 

Kendall has coached in the 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U girls divisions and loves to see the progress in all the athletes as the season goes by. Kendall is very passionate about volleyball and loves to share her knowledge of the game with the athletes that she coaches. 

In addition to volleyball, Kendall enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Michael, two sisters Isabel & Emma, and friends. When she isn't coaching or working at her job in Logistics and Merchandising, Kendall loves to cook, play with her dogs Bruno & Benny, listen to true crime podcasts, and spend time outside. 

Stefene Skowronski, Coach

Hi, I’m Stefene Skowronski. This is my first season coaching a 14u girls team but I’ve coached leagues and many camps. I played at club 1 since I was 13 years old. This club became a family to me which is why I’m back coaching now. I played my four years of high school volleyball at Naperville Central. During my volleyball career I mainly played setter but got opportunities to play other positions as well. Through my volleyball career I learned many important life skills that I hope to teach to my players. I’m currently in my last semester of college at Illinois State University and I will graduate with a degree in Special Education. My career goal is to be a teacher and volleyball coach. My plan is to stay in the Naperville area where I live now because family is an important thing to me. I currently live with my parents Marc and Kelly and my sister Kaitlyn. 

Unfortunately in 2015 when I was in my freshman year of high school I experienced the hardest trauma in my life. My older brother of 1 year was born with an enlarged aorta causing him to have a heart condition that sadly ended his life June 6, 2015. During the year of 2015 my entire family was playing club volleyball at club 1. My siblings and I shared the bond of volleyball. We also all loved wearing number 20. After my brother passed the entire club 1 community came together to support my family. SKRONKSTRONG became the thing everyone said and posted in support of my family and brother. Club 1 has now made every top team name SKRONKSTRONG in honor of my brother and family. My brother was always a positive player with the biggest heart. My brother's jersey is up in club 1 so that we can continue to honor him everyday by playing for him. After my brother passed my sister and I got the opportunity to be the only ones in the club to wear number 20 in honor of him.

Club 1 will forever be more than a volleyball club to me; it's a family.

Jackson Spencer, Coach

Coach Jackson Spencer has been with Club 1 for two years.  He played at Club 1 for his senior club season in high school before going to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  At UIUC, Jackson played on the Men's club team. His junior season his team placed second in the nation.  Coach Jackson also coaches high school volleyball at Waubonsie Valley High School and teaches at Granger Middle School.

Lauren Trone, Coach

Lauren grew up in Shorewood.  She graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy, where she played four years of volleyball and basketball.  Lauren attended Western Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. 

Starting in 2010, Lauren coached three seasons of volleyball at Wilmington High School.  In 2011, Lauren started coaching at Uno VBC.  While coaching there, she led a 14u team to win the Asics Junior National Volleyball Championship held at Navy Pier (2013) and won a 14u regional bid USA Volleyball Nationals Championship (2014).   Lauren coached sophomore girls’ volleyball at Aurora Central Catholic for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.   

In 2015, Lauren joined the Club 1 family.  During the 2016-2017 season at Club 1, she coached the 14 Red girls team to winning Silver bracket (14/129) at AAU National Championships, the 16 Royal girls finishing in silver bracket (21/128) at AAU National Championships, and the 16 Red boys team to winning Bronze bracket (17/85) at USA Volleyball National Championships.  Lauren currently resides in Romeoville with her husband Ryan and their children; Morgan, Kiera, and Violet. 

Mark Yager, Coach

Mark has spent over 20 years coaching volleyball in both the Naperville and Aurora community school districts.  For ten years he was a junior varsity or varsity coach for Naperville Central High School. While there he assisted the boys’ volleyball team to their first state championship. He also spent four years coaching in both the boys and girls volleyball program at Waubonsie Valley High School.  

Additionally, Mark has coached for Club 1 volleyball club for over nine years. He coaches teams for the both boy’s and girl’s programs as well as running the Beach Volleyball program for Club 1.  In 2021, his 14 Skronkstrong team took second place at the AAU National Championships.

As a player, Mark played at the varsity level for his high school in Kouts, Indiana.  He continued to play competitive volleyball throughout college and still competes today in co-ed and men’s doubles sand tournaments and indoor leagues.

Mark is a physical education teacher at Fischer Middle School for Indian Prairie School District 204.  He has been teaching and coaching multiple sports in this district for over 20 years. He has an education degree from Ball State University and master’s degree in physical education from Chicago State University.