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.
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
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: 17 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
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 - 16 Years
2007-2016 Austin Performance Recruiting Director
2004-2007 Aim Recruiting Director
2000-2004 Dallas Skyline Juniors Recruiting Director
Don Flora, Director of Coach Development
Don Flora joins the Austin Skyline staff as the 13 Royal head coach just shortly after he was announced as the seventh head volleyball coach in school history at Southwestern University in May 2016. Flora completed 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 2017
Sarah Palmer joins Austin Skyline Juniors is going into her second season as the 14 Royal assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season. Sarah is currently in her second 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).
Brissa Ochoa is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 13 Royal assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season. Ochoa has extensive coaching experience. She is currently the JV Volleyball Coach at Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD and has been for the last 4 years. Ochoa was also the assistant coach for The University of Texas at Austin Men’s Volleyball Club Team when they placed fourth in the nation at the 2014 NCVF Tournament.
Raised in El Paso, Texas, Ochoa was a four-year letter winner at El Dorado High School. She was awarded the 2008 El Paso Times All-City Defensive Player of the Year, was a 2008 All-District 1-5A Outstanding Defensive Player honoree, a two time All-District 1-5A Second Team Pick, a two time Academic All-District 1-5A choice, and a 2008 Academic All-State selection. Ochoa played club volleyball throughout high school and made two appearances at the Junior Olympics in 2007 and 2009.
Ochoa attended The University of Texas at Austin where she played for the club volleyball team for two years as the libero. Ochoa went on to become a part of the Varsity Team at the University of Texas at Austin where she lettered, was part of the Big XII Conference Championship, and made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA National Tournament.
Amy Hodge is going into her second season at Austin Skyline as the 11 Royal head coach. Amy currently coaches volleyball at Hill Country Middle School in the Eanes district. Amy is currently in her 10th year of coaching volleyball and has been involved with the sport for over 20 years. She lettered for three years at New Braunfels High School and earned a title as state champions. From 12s thru 18s, she played for Centex Volleyball Club, qualifying for Nationals twice. After high school, Amy accepted a scholarship offer from the University of North Texas where she played for four years.
John Radtke is going into his second season with Austin Skyline as the 15 Black assistant coach. He attended Stephen F. Austin & played on the SFA Men's Club team for four years as an OH and DS. After college, he taught and coached in public schools for 5 years. This will be Coach Radtke's 15th year coaching club volleyball. Coach Radtke has coached 11s - 17s during his career. He considers coaching a privilege earned in the gym by challenging, accepting, and rewarding each athlete and her quest for success.
Jenny Andrew, Assistant Director
Andrew has spent the last 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.
Katie Hudencial is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as the 15 Black head coach. She grew up as a utility player, training in all positions except middle blocker. Hudencial played her first two collegiate seasons at Regis University in Denver, Colorado as a defensive specialist and setter. She then transferred to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (JMU). While there, Hudencial played club volleyball as an outside hitter, helping lead her team to the gold division at NCVF D1 Nationals. After graduating from James Madison University, she went to Long Island University-Post (LIU-Post) to earn her MBA in Finance, and while there completed her final year of NCAA eligibility. At LIU-Post, she trained as a libero and outside hitter and her team made it to the NCAA D2 Elite Eight.
Hudencial has a wide coaching experience, ranging from developmental programs for preschoolers to pre-collegiate athletes. She enjoys sharing her passion of volleyball to athletes of all ages, striving to provide them with useful skills to become not only successful athletes, but also successful individuals.
Skyline Coaching Highlights 2017
Adrian Lindeen is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors as a roamer coach. Lindeen has coached volleyball for 12 years. She has coached all ages and levels from 14U-18U, and all high school levels. She has recently joined the coaching staff at Southwestern University as assistant coach for the women's team. Lindeen was born in Houston,TX, but moved to California in early childhood. There she was a four year varsity letter in volleyball and also holds the California State record for most varsity letters. She earned 13 Varsity letters in 6 different sports. Lindeen has played in all positions except middle blocker. She was a setter and outside hitter in high school, an outside hitter in club, and played libero in college. Lindeen attended the University of La Verne and played volleyball and waterpolo for the Leopards. While there, Lindeen earned a National Championship title in 2001 with an undefeated season.
2017-2018 Coaching Assignments
|TEAM||HEAD COACH||ASSISTANT COACH|
|11 ROYAL||AMY HODGE|
|12 ROYAL||KELLI BECERRA||TIFFANY GRIFFIN|
|12 BLACK||MICHELLE WEYDART||HALEIGH FISHER|
|13 ROYAL||DON FLORA|
|14 ROYAL||JENNY ANDREW||SARAH PALMER|
|14 BLACK||ROBERTO FRONTERA||BRISSA OCHOA|
|15 ROYAL||RACHAEL KIDDER||JOE SUNDER|
|15 BLACK||KATIE HUDENCIAL||JOHN RADTKE|
|15 MOLTEN||CHRISTINA MILLER||JENNY KUNZE|
|16 ROYAL||RACHEL ALTMAN||CHAD STIELSTRA|
|16 BLACK||MALLORY BURNS||CAT MCCOY|
|18 ROYAL||JENNY ANDREW||RACHAEL KIDDER|
Rachael Kidder is going into her second season with Austin Skyline Juniors 2017-2018 staff as the 15 Royal head coach. In addition to coaching at Austin Skyline, she will also be 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