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Coaches

MAGGIE GRIFFIN - Club Founder and Director / Recruiting Coordinator

Maggie is the owner and director of VCNebraska.  Maggie has an extensive volleyball background, competing 9 years for Sports Performance Volleyball Club out of Aurora, IL.  At the club level, Maggie won 2 Junior Olympic titles, was a 4-time AAU All-American, and 2-time JO MVP.  Maggie went on to compete for the University of Nebraska Husker Women's Program, notably winning a National Championship in 2006 and also leading her team to a National Final in 2005.  After earning her degree from Nebraska, she traveled to Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and the Netherlands to play professionally for two years.  At the conclusion of her playing career, Maggie was offered the opportunity to join her alma mater and become the setting coach under the direction of Coach Cook within the Husker Program for the 2011 season.  

Maggie is currently the VCNebraska Master Coach for the College Prep program. She also oversees and directs all age groups.

 


BRYCE HICKERSON - Director of Player Development, Youth Academy Director

Bryce Hickerson joined the VCNebraska staff in the summer of 2012 and is now the current Director of Player Development.  Bryce started his volleyball career with the prestigious Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Aurora, IL.  His high school success propelled him into the college scene, where he competed at Missouri Baptist in St. Louis.  Bryce most recently completed a year of professional volleyball for A!B!C Titans in Wuppertal, Germany, where his team won the League Championship.

Since finishing his collegiate playing career, Bryce has coached in and around Lincoln for the past eight years.  He has worked with all ages (K - Seniors) and abilities (beginners - college bound).  

Bryce is the Master Coach for VCNebraska's Youth Academy  He will also be Master Coaching Youth Club.  Bryce is our small and group "Lesson Extraordinaire", willing and able to coach  all ages, positions, and abilities. 

DAN MADER - VCN Associate Director, Master Coach

- Mader will be head coaching 16 Elite, 14 Elite, and Master Coaching the High School Prep group.  He will also be running the 7-9th grade Train and Play Program.

- Coached VCN 17 Elite to a 17 Premier Silver Medal at 2016 AAU Nationals

- Graduate Assistant/Volunteer Coach with University of Nebraska from 2013-2015

  • 2013 Big Ten Runner up, Elite Eight Finish
  • 2014 Elite Eight Finish
  • 2015 NCAA National Champions

- Formerly assisted 18 Elite at Sports Performance to an 18 Open Gold Medal at 2013 AAU Nationals

- Other SPVB 18 Open Accomplishments under Mader

  •        #1 finish on PrepVolleyball.com, 18 Open
  •        JVA Power League Champions, 18 Open
  •        Pre-National 18 Open Champions
  •        Great Lakes Power League 18’s Champions
  •        Wisconsin Dells Showcase Champions, 18 Open
  •        JVA World Challenge Champions, 18 Open
  •        SPVB National Junior Classic Champions, 18 Open

- Assisted 18 Red at Sports Performance to an 18 Club Gold Medal at 2012 AAU Nationals

-  Setter at IPFW 2008-2011

Coaching Pipeline

Where are they now?  VCNebraska has hosted a multitude of talented coaches in our six years in existence.  VCN has provided these coaches with the experience and knowledge to earn jobs in coaching outside of club.

Dan Meske 

  5 Seasons University of Nebraska Assistant

  Head Coach at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD

  Current Louisville Assistant

Nate Ngo

  2 seasons as the Graduate Manager at University of Nebraska

  Volunteer Assistant at Cal Poly

  2 seasons as Technical Coordinator for USA Women's National Team

  Current Technical Coordinator for USA Men's National Team

Peter Netisingha

  Volunteer Assistant Ohio University

  2 Seasons as Nebraska Student Manager

  Current Illinois State Assistant 

Mike Owen

  Graduate Assistant University of Nebraska - 2 Seasons

  Michigan State Volunteer Assistant

 Current UIC Assistant

Maggie Baumert

  Creighton University Volleyball team member :  2014-2015

  Current Central Michigan Graduate Assistant

Natalie Morgan

 Current LMU Assistant

Cole Aiazzi

 Current Montana State Assistant

Kinslie Tekolste

 Current Northwest Nazarene Grad Assistant

Makayla Westphal

 Current San Diego State Director of Ops

ANNIKA ALBRECHT

DREW DAHLIN

PAUL GOODWIN

SARAH KMITTA

TRISH LARSON

ASHLEY NEUJAHR

TERRI NEUJAHR

MARY POLLMILLER

SYDNEY POWERS

LIZZIE SAALE

KINSLIE TEKOLSTE

VINCENT TOMCAK

RACHEL WESTPHALEN

JORDAN WILBERGER

JUSTINE WONG-ORANTES