Natasha Van Streepen is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 17 Black assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon
Nicole Creek is going into her second season Austin Skyline Juniors staff as the 15 Black head coach. Creek has been coaching high school and club volleyball in the Austin Area for 15 years. She is currently the Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Athletic Coordinator at Bastrop High School.
Raised in Pflugerville, Texas, Creek was a multi-sport athlete and played Volleyball and Basketball at Pflugerville High School. She was awarded a volleyball scholarship to Cisco College and played as a Right Side hitter for two years. Creek continued her schooling at Concordia University in Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 2003 she received her first teaching and coaching assignment at Hays High School and taught Special Education and coached soccer and volleyball. She was part of the volleyball staff for four years and her last two years there, Hays made it to Regional State Finals. She then received her first Head Coaching Assignment to Canyon Lake High School, in Comal ISD and was the head volleyball coach and Athletic Coordinator for 6 years. While at Canyon Lake High School, she led her team to the school’s first and back to back playoff berths in volleyball.
After establishing a successful program at Canyon Lake, Creek made her way to Bastrop. Creek led Bastrop to a District Runner-up finish in 2014 and a District Championship in 2015. Creek was named Coach of the Year, by District 25-AAAAA and led her team to two back to back 30 win seasons.
Creek has been married to her husband Trey for 14 years and they have 4 children. Halley is a sophomore in college and plays Volleyball at Odessa College. Crystal is 12, Treycee is 8, and Mason is 2.
Kelli Uresti is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 13 Black assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon
Courtney Markes is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 16 Molten assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon
Mallory Burns is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 13 Royal head coach. Burns earned "Coach of the Year" for the 2017-2018 season at Austin Skyline Juniors. In addition to Skyline, Burns started her coaching career in 2009 and joined the Hutto High School coaching staff in 2014 as the Volleyball Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. In 2016, Coach Burns was named the Head Coach for the Lady Hippo Volleyball program. Prior to Hutto, she spent five years coaching at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Leander ISD. All five years at CRMS she was the 8th grade Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Track Coach. Burns graduated from Euless Trinity High School, where she lettered in Volleyball and earned an Academic All-State award her senior year. She also participated in basketball during her high school career. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachlors of Arts in Mathematics with a focus in teaching through the UTeach Natural Science Program.
Burns graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is married to Ryan Burns, stepson, Bryce, and Brynn. She enjoys spending time with family and her biggest influence in her life is her father, Coach Scott Harman.
Ashley Lyles is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 15 Black assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon
Jenny Luke, Director
Coaching female athletes I have found it of upmost importance to educate athletes to focus on their process of development and how they performed in competition over a long period of a season. I find ways to implement life-long skills in addition to providing top-level training in our sport. It is important to me to teach more than the game itself.
Coaching Experience: 19 Years
USA HP Experience: 2016 USA Girls' Select National A2 Invitational Team Program - Colorado Springs, CO
USA Girls' Select National A3 Program, California
2007 USA HP Journalist for College Recruiting
2018 16 Royal - Qualified Tour of Texas
2018 16 Royal - 5th in Open at Disney Showcase Qualifier
2018 Ranked Nationally 144 out of 3,823 in 16's
2018 Winning % 0.625 at the Open level
2017 12 Royal - Qualified Division I Tour of Texas
2017 12 Royal - 9th Lone Star Classic - National Division
2013 Lone Star Classic 1st Place USA Division
2013 USAV Nationals 5th Place USA Division
2012 Top 8 in Lone Star Region 17-1 AP,Open Level During Season
2012 9th out of 177 AAU Nationals AP 17-1
2012 Pre-Qualified Tour of Texas 17-1 AP
2012 1st Place Lone Star Regionals 18-1 AP, Open Level During Season
2012 USAV Nationals USA Division AP 18-1
2005 9th Place Lone Star Regionals 15-1 AIm
2005 2nd Place Spokane, WA Qualifier 15-1 Aim
2001-2005 Dallas Skyline Juniors 18-1, 17-1, 17-2 Coach 1st Place North Texas Regionals & USAV Nationals
Ranked 5th in Texas with Dallas Skyline 18-1
College Recruiting Experience - 17 Years
2007-2016 Austin Performance Recruiting Director
2004-2007 Aim Recruiting Director
2000-2004 Dallas Skyline Juniors Recruiting Director
Christina Miller is going into her third season with Skyline as 14 Black head coach. Christina grew up playing volleyball in Southern California with her club teams ranking in the top 10 SCVA for 4/6 club seasons. Christina lettered all four years of High School and received Ivy League awards for: all around player, most heart for the game, all conference, will to win athlete, and all region honors . She also enjoyed the competition in playing beach in CBVA on the weekends. After high school Christina moved to Arizona where she played on a full ride scholarship at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.
Christina has coached volleyball for five years and has experience with: Club, middle school, varsity assistant with ages ranging from 11’s - 17’s. During her first year of coaching in Las Vegas, her team ranked within the top 10 in SCVA. She enjoys coaching and training athletes of all ages to develop into well rounded players, with love and passion for the game. She believes that teaching fundamentals is key to skill development and being able to move on to the next level requires attention to detail on and off the court.
Skyline 12 Royal 2016-2017 at a glance.
7th place - Big South Qualifier
9th place - Lone Star Classic
13th place - Colorado Crossroads
Christina has her Bachelors in Exercise Science emphasis in Sports Medicine, practicing as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the Austin area and is going back to school to earn her Doctorate.
Don Flora, Director of Coaching Development
Don Flora is going into his third season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 16 Royal head coach. In addition to Skyline, Flora in his first season at Southwestern University with a visit to the NCAA Final Four. Flora joined SU as the fourth winningest active coach in Division III volleyball with an .820 winning percentage. Flora comes to Southwestern after reviving a fledgling Texas Tech program. In his five seasons in Lubbock, Flora guided the Red Raiders to 67 wins, twice as many victories as the program earned in the five years prior to his arrival. Additionally, Flora coached two American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, multiple All-Region and All-Big 12 selections and nine Big 12 All-Academic selections this past season alone, the most of any team in the conference. Prior to Texas Tech, Flora served as the assistant coach at New Mexico State after an illustrious career at the University of La Verne. Flora developed the Leopards into an elite national power as one of only three programs to finish ranked in the top ten in the final AVCA national poll nine straight seasons (2000-08) with five Final Four appearances. He was named the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year after guiding ULV to an NCAA Division III title in 2001. A four-time AVCA West Region Coach of the Year, Flora and the Leopards won nine consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships and set the SCIAC record for consecutive wins with 56 victories spanning five seasons. Flora graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from La Verne in 1990 before later returning to the classroom to earn his master’s degree in the leadership and management curriculum in 2000. While volleyball is his main focus now, Flora was a three-sport athlete in college, competing on the football, tennis and volleyball squads where he was a two-time all-conference setter. In his spare time, Flora is heavily involved in USA High Performance along with various club circuits, junior development programs and camps in the southwest region and across the nation. Flora, a native of Covina, Calif., and his wife, Jeanne, currently reside in Georgetown with their two daughters, Annika and Alexis. THE FLORA FILE Hometown: Covina, Calif. High School: Charter Oak '86 Alma Mater: La Verne '90, '92 Bachelor's Degree: Social Sciences Master's Degree: Leadership & Management Wife: Jeanne Children: Annika, Alexis COACHING EXPERIENCE 2015-present: Southwestern University Head Coach 2011-15: Texas Tech Head Coach 2009-11: New Mexico State Assistant Coach 1998-08: La Verne Head Coach (women's) 1993-97: La Verne Head Coach (men's) 1993-97: La Verne Assistant Coach (women's) PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1987-90: University of La Verne
Skyline Highlights 2016-2017
Skyline Highlights 2018-2019 (as of 01/2019)
Will Boyd is going into his first season season with Skyline as the 15 Royal head coach. Prior coming to Austin Skyline Juniors, Boyd served as the volunteer assistant coach at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. In his first year with the team (2016) he helped guide the team to a conference title and a NCAA berth. While at Samford University (2016-2018) Boyd worked extensively with DataVolley including in game analysis and as well as match to match break down of opponents to implement into scouting reports for two seasons including a 2016 conference championship and NCAA appearance. Served as a practice player as well as assisted in all aspects of training, specializing with pin hitters.
Will is currently the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Texas (2018-Present) when not in club season.
During Boyd’s undergrad he was the volunteer assistant at University of Alabama at Birmingham (2015-2016). Highly involved with drill and practice management. Worked extensively with setters on fundamental training and game strategy.
Club coaching experience started out at Southern Performance Volleyball Academy where he managed every aspect of the team including implementing the practice plan, game day management and day-to-day training in the vision of Southern Performance. Led 18-1’s team to a third place finish at AAU Nationals in 2016 and assisted with 18-1’s 5th place finish at AAU Nationals in 2015. Sports Performance Volleyball Club Boyd managed the day-to-day training of the 18’s team while learning under the leadership of Troy Gilb and Rick Butler. Worked Sports Performance Boys and Girls Camps during summer of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Joe Sunder is going into his second season with Austin Skyline Juniors staff this season as the 16 Molten Head coach and 18 Royal assistant coach. Sunder has extensive playing experience and high knowledge of the game. Sunder is a former member of the Penn State Volleyball team (2007-2012) and United States Men’s National Team (2008-2015). Sunder finished his college career with five EIVA Conference Championships, five NCAA National Semi-Final appearances and one NCAA National Championship (2008). After college, Sunder continued his professional volleyball career overseas, competing in leagues in Slovakia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Puerto Rico.
Raised in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Sunder was a four-year volleyball letterwinner at Hempfield Area High School. He was named the WPIAL AAA Most Valuable Player in 2007. After graduation from Hempfield High School, Sunder began his career at Pennsylvania State University. In 2009 he was named Second Team All-EIVA and named to the EIVA All-Championship Team. In 2010 year Sunder received Second Team All-EIVA, NCAA National Championship All Tournament Team, EIVA Championship-All Tournament Team, and EIVA Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player. By 2011, Sunder was named AVCA First Team All American, First Team All-EIVA and EIVA Conference MVP, EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team, three-time EIVA Player of the Week, AVCA National Player of the Week, and two-time Mike Anderson Player of the Game winner. Sunder finished the season ranked fourth in the nation with 4.54 kills per set, while his .361 hitting percentage ranked ninth. In 2012, he was named First Team All-EIVA, and EIVA Conference MVP. He was also named Second Team AVCA All American and finished his career with six EIVA player of the week awards. Sunder left his mark at Penn State ranked 6th in Penn State history in career aces, 5th in career kills, and 4th in total attacks.
After his successful career at Penn State, Sunder pursued his career oversees playing professionally. In 2012, he played for Volley Team Unicef in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he led his team to a Slovak Cup League Championship. In 2013 he traveled to Buhl, Germany to play for TV Buhl Volleyball Club, finishing 3rd in the league. Sunder led Sir Safety Perugia Volleyball Club to a semi final appearance in Perugia, Italy in 2014. In 2015 Sunder split time in both Istanbul, Turkey with Galatasaray Sports Club, and Corozal Plataneros in San Juan, Puerto Rico, both finishing their seasons with semi-final appearances.
Sunder was a member of the USA Volleyball organization from 2008-2015. In the summer of 2008, Sunder played outside hitter and opposite for the United States Junior National Team at the NORCECA Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador, where the team finished third in the tournament to qualify for the 2009 World Championship. Sunder then competed for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team at the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships in Pune, India. In 2013, he was selected to represent the United States at the Pan American Cup tournament in Mexico City.
Sarah Palmer is going into her third season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 17 Royal assistant coach for the 2018-2019 season. Sarah is currently in her third season as the assistant coach at Southwestern University. Sarah is a former member of the University of Texas Volleyball team (2010-2014), winning three Big 12 titles and a National Championship (2012). Sarah has helped coach three teams to USAV National Championships.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Career Bio - http://www.texassports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4331
Member of the 2009 U.S. Volleyball Girls Youth National Training Team ... trained with the U.S. High Performance Girls Youth A2 program in 2008 ... earned a spot in the U.S. High Performance Girls Select National A1 program in 2007 ... attended the 2007 U.S. Volleyball High Performance Holiday Camp.
Two-time Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Player of the Year (2008-09) ... ranked No. 73 recruit nationally by PrepVolleyball.com ... two-time PrepVolleyball.comHigh School All-America First Team selection (2008-09) ... ESPN/RISE and UnderArmour/AVCA High School All-America Second Team (2009) ... Volleyball Magazine High School All-America honoree (2008) ... 2009 Schelde National Player of the Year Finalist ... two-time Honolulu Star Bulletin Player of the Year (2008-09) ... 2009 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year ... three-time Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser All-State First Team (2007-09) ... two-time Honolulu Quarterback Club Female Prep Athlete of the Year (2008-09) ... Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor inductee (2009) ... led Hawaii Baptist to three-straight Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Championships (2007-09) and earned state tournament most outstanding player honors all three seasons ... helped Hawaii Baptist to a 57-8 record in its three championship seasons ... four-time Hawaii Baptist Academy Most Outstanding Player honoree (2006-09) ... led her ASICS Rainbows club team to a ninth-place finish in the 17 open division at the 2010 AAU National Championships ... helped the Rainbows to a first-place finish at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 USA Volleyball Aloha Regional Championships ... 2008 15U national division Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team selection ... paced the Rainbows to a gold medal in the 14U national division at the 2007 Junior Olympics ... four-time principal’s honor roll selection (2007-10).
Chad Stielstra is going into his second season with Austin Skyline Juniors staff this season as the 15 Royal assistant coach. Since 1994, Chad has been coaching volleyball at the high school, club, and collegiate levels in Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, California, and Texas. From 2001-2016, he coached high school teams in Southern California, posting 16 straight winning seasons and 8 league championships. His last three seasons were at Torrey Pines High School where his JV teams went a combined 74-2. He was also an assistant for the Torrey Pines varsity team, in charge of stats and scouting using the Data Volley system. During the 2015 season, the varsity team was ranked #1 in California and in the top 10 nationally for most of the season.
Chad also coached club during the same 16 year stretch—both with Laguna Beach Volleyball Club and WAVE Volleyball Club. He has coached in seven Junior National/Olympic tournaments, highlighted by 3 medals as an assistant coach during the 2008 & 2009 seasons. In the fall of 2016, Chad moved to the Austin area and coached for one season with Texas Eclipse before making the switch to Austin Skyline this season.
Chad began playing volleyball while a student at the University of Michigan in the early 1990s. He earned a starting middle blocker position by his junior year and was named the team’s Best Offensive player. In his senior season, he was a starter on a Wolverine team that finished 2nd in the Big Ten and 5th of 96 teams at the Collegiate Club National Championships. Chad graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 with degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
Chad lives in Georgetown with his girlfriend, Jen, and their 2 year old son, Sully, and 1 year old daughter, Maizie. Outside of volleyball, Chad runs a tutoring service, which provides math, science, and SAT/ACT instruction for high school students.
Amanda Carrejo is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 13 Royal assistant coach.
1999-2003 High School & College Camps/Clinics
2002-2004 Texas Juniors San Antonio 15’s
2005-2007 Kyle Juniors 15’s
2008-2009 Texas Eclipse 17’s & 18’s
2010-2012 Canyon Ridge Middle School Head Volleyball & Track Coach
2011-2016 Spike Frog Youth League Coach
2013-2014 Austin Velocity XLR8 Head Coach
2014-2016 Austin Velocity 13’s & 14s Head Coach
2016--2017 - Austin Performance 14's Head Coach, 11's Assistant
2017-2018 - Austin Performance 15's Head Coach, 12's Assistant
2017-2018 - SetterU Assistant Setting
Roberto Frontera is going into his second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 17 Black head coach. Roberto began his volleyball career in Puerto Rico with four years at Colegio Espiritu Santo HS. He continued playing six more years in the Atlanta area with the Georgia Tech Men’s club and USVBA teams in the Southern Region (SO) before moving to the Austin Area in 1989. In Texas, he played over 20 years with several teams in the Austin and Houston area. He received a silver medal in the 1993 US Open Championships in Memphis and a bronze medal in the 1994 USVBA Mixed-Six National Volleyball Championships in Las Vegas. In 2011 his Burgess team based out of the Southern California region finished 3rd place in the US Open Championships in Dallas (45 & over division) behind Fog Canada and Volley & Cia from Brazil. Additionally, he competed as a Open/AA Beach player for many tournaments and events in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and Florida.
Roberto started coaching at Austin Metro volleyball in 2001 where he became assistant director until 2006. AMV was eventually acquired by Adam Johnson in 2007. He continued coaching for Austin Junior Volleyball from 2006 until 2017. In 2003, Roberto qualified two AMV teams (15 Black and 17 Black) to the Girls JVNC in Atlanta by going undefeated at Lone Star Regionals and 1st place in the Club Division at the Mizuno Lone Star Classic. In 2004, Roberto qualified AMV 16 Black to the Girls JVNC in Houston by going undefeated in the Open Division at the North East qualifier in Baltimore. In 2006, Roberto qualified AMV 16 Black to the the Girls JVNC in Atlanta by going undefeated at Lone Star Regionals. In 2009, Roberto qualified AJV 15 Navy to the Girls JVNC in Miami by getting 2nd place in the Club Division at the Mizuno Lone Star Classic and received coach of the year award. In 2010, Roberto qualified AJV 15 Mizuno to the Girls JVNC in Reno by getting an Open bid at the Mizuno Lone Star Classic.
In addition to junior clubs, Roberto coached the University of Texas Women’s volleyball club from 2004-2006. He is also a founding member of the volleyball league at the Dripping Springs Youth Sports Association where he has coached 3rd to 6th grade level teams since 2012 and serves as a Board Member. He also coached Varsity at Marble Falls High School 2015-2016.
Roberto is married to another volleyball coach, Paige (1995), has two children, Ryann (2003) and Lourdes (2007), and resides in Driftwood, Texas since 1997.
Jenny Andrew, Assistant Director
Jenny Andrew is entering her third season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the Assistant Director and the 17 Royal Head Coach. Prior to Skyline, Andrew has spent the two seasons as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was at the University of Houston since 2012, coming in as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator and elevated to Associate Head Coach under Head Coach Kaddie Platt for the 2014 season. She had a hand in all aspects of Cougar volleyball, specially the development of offense and the setters. During her time at UH, she helped lead the Cougars to 41 victories, including an 18-2 in season in 2013, a mark nine wins more than the previous year.
A veteran of the state of Texas and a well-respected instructor, Andrew joined the UH staff after spending the 2011 season working under Platt at Houston Baptist University as an assistant coach. In her lone season at HBU, she helped guide the Huskies to a 22-9 campaign and a semifinals appearance in the Great West Conference Tournament. Prior to HBU, Andrew spent one season at the University of Virginia as Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator. She also previously coached for Austin Junior Volleyball where she won national qualifiers, qualified for Juniors Nationals twice, and received the 2010 Coach of the Year Award.
Andrew was a four-year letter winner at the University of Texas and was instrumental in the team's success as a 6-foot-2 setter. She helped her team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2004 and Elite Eight in 2006. She was named Most Valuable Player in 2006, was a Big 12 Academic All-Conference and Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. Andrew was invited to try out and made the United States Volleyball National Team A2 Roster prior to her senior season at Texas.
“Jenny was a valuable Longhorn and part of the transformation of making it what it is today. She has continued to give back to the sport and passionate about the game and giving back” said Jerritt Elliottt, University of Texas Head Volleyball Coach.
Andrew graduated from Texas in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management. She is the daughter of Randy and Connie Andrew who reside in Lafayette, LA. She also has a younger sister, Lauren, who resides in Beaufort, SC with her husband, Chris.
Starla Vargas is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 13 Black head coach. Vargas attended Concordia University for schooling and played in the Women's Adult League as a DS. From 2008 - 2013 Starla begin coaching with PARD winning Silver at the TAAF State Championship. This will be Coach Starla's 6th year coaching Club Volleyball, she has coached 11s - 15s during her career. She has also had the privilege of leading and assisting for numerous developmental/academy camps. Starla’s passion and dedication to coach players of all ages and skill levels begins with engaging the athlete to adopt a balance of technical instruction while empowering them to be individuals who believe before they achieve. She takes every opportunity to invest in each player on and off the court. Her ethics and coaching style exhibits sportsmanship, leadership, positive motivation, and a "team first" mentality while preparing athletes for next level play.
Joel Hurtado is going into his first with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 14 Royal assistant coach. Prior to Skyline, Hurtado spent the last three club seasons at Victory Volleyball Club in the North Texas region. Coach Hurtado played for the Men’s club volleyball for The University of Texas- Arlington from 2011-2013, and The University of Texas- Dallas from 2013-2015.
Autumn Carruthers is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 14 Black assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon
Amanda Lake is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 12 Black head coach. Bio Coming Soon.
2018-2019 Coaching Assignments
|TEAM||HEAD COACH||ASSISTANT COACH|
|12 BLACK||AMANDA LAKE||NICOLE CREEK|
|12 ROYAL||RACHAEL KIDDER||JENNY KUNZE|
|13 ROYAL||MALLORY BURNS||AMANDA CARREJO|
|13 BLACK||STARLA VARGAS|
|14 BLACK||CHRISTINA MILLER||AUTUMN CARRUTHERS|
|15 ROYAL||WILL BOYD||CHAD STIELSTRA|
|15 BLACK||NICOLE CREEK||ASHLEY LYLES|
|16 ROYAL||DON FLORA||KILEY WOODS|
|16 MOLTEN||JOE SUNDER||COURTNEY MARKES|
|17 ROYAL||JENNY ANDREW||SARAH PALMER|
|17 BLACK||ROBERTO FRONTERA||NATASHA VANSTREEPEN|
|18 ROYAL||RACHAEL KIDDER||JOE SUNDER|
Kylie Woods is going into her first season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 16 Royal assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon.
Rachael Kidder is going into her third season with Austin Skyline Juniors 2018-2019 staff as the 12 and 18 Royal head coach. Prior to Austin Skyline, she was a volunteer assistant coach with The University of Texas at Austin. Rachael is an experienced coach, having coached for three years at the Sports Shack during her collegiate career at UCLA as well as two years coaching at Actyve Volleyball club in Santa Monica, California.
Rachael played four years of volleyball in at Moorpark High School. She was named All-Ventura County, All-Marmonte League and L.A. Daily News and Ventura County Star All-Area each season, earned team MVP and Female Athlete of the Year honors as a senior and was ranked 10th on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces list and named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50. Rachael was honored as the ESPN Rise California State Player of the Year as a sophomore and named to the ESPN Rise California All-State and AVCA Under Armour All-American Teams as a senior. She was a team captain each of her last two seasons and produced 1,139 kills in her four years. Rachael was coached in volleyball by Brendan Hanson, named to the 18 Open Gold Division All-Tournament Team at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior Olympic Championships, and was a 2007 JO 18U National Division gold medalist with Point West Volleyball Club. She also won a gold medal with the 2008 Women's Junior National A2 Team at the High Performance Championships and was an 18U silver medalist with Sports Shack at the 2008 Volleyball Festival.
After graduation from Moorpark, Rachael accepted an offer from UCLA to join their collegiate volleyball team. During her sophomore year at UCLA, she was named to the All-Pacific -10 Conference honorable mention team. In 2011, Rachael was named AVCA All-America, All-Pacific Region and All Pac-12 First Team, as well as being ninth in the nation in kills and points per set. Rachael was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament and named to the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention team. In 2012 she went on to be recognized as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.
After having so much success at UCLA, Rachael was highly sought after to start her professional career to play overseas. Kidder began her professional overseas career in January 2013, in Puerto Rico for Valencianas De Juncos, where she established herself as one of the elite young athletes in the league. Soon after finishing the season in May 2013, Rachael was invited to the U.S. Women's National Team where she trained and played for several months before leaving for her second international experience in Italy. For the 8 month season, she played for IHF Volley Club.
Awards & Recognitions
Austin Skyline Season Highlights 2018-2019 as of 01/2019
Jeremy Ford is going into his first "official" season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 14 Royal head coach. Prior to Skyline, Ford spent the last six seasons specializing in coaching youth volleyball (ages 10 thru 16). A native of Indiana, Ford played four years on Northrop High School Men’s Volleyball team. After graduation from Northrop High School (’96), Ford played four years at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Jeremy was named team captain his Junior and Senior years and earned First Team All Big Ten and First Team All Conference Midwest Volleyball (MIVA) honors during that time. Jeremy graduated in ‘96 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and has had a 20+ year career in the technology industry including being an executive leader at Dell.
Jeremy and his wife Carlyn currently reside in Round Rock with their two children, Alexis and Mason.
Jenny Kunze is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 12 Royal assistant coach. Bio Coming Soon.
CLUB COACHING PHILOSOPHY
Coaches are selected based on their playing experience, knowledge of the game, coaching capability, enthusiasm, and temperament, and have passed an extensive background screening. One main quality that we look for in our coaches is a belief in coaching by encouragement rather than intimidation. We believe the success of our club is only as good as the development of our coaches. All of our coaches are IMPACT certified, and many have CAP certifications. All coaches regularly participate in on-the-court training during clinics, camps, and other coaches’ training events. Consistent coaching is one of our core. The best clubs in the country require their coaches to teach the same language, techniques, plays and culture from the time that they enter the club until they leave for college. Austin Skyline ascribes to this philosophy and has a coaching structure in place to help implement it.
Expectations of Coaches
Each coach’s main objective is to provide our athletes with as much quality individual and team training as possible in a positive and encouraging learning environment. They are required to plan and organize their team's individual practice sessions, administer instruction at tournaments, and develop the composition and organization of the team. Our coaches strive to be excellent role models for the players and all others with whom they may come into contact. The staff of Skyline Juniors will provide all the administration for tournaments, travel, and finances within the club so our coaches can concentrate on coaching and their own professional growth.
Austin Skyline Juniors provides four types of coaches:
Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Apprentice Coach, Roamer Coach