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One of the most important components to any successful sports program is its coaching staff and administration.  Front Range is proud to employ a superior staff that is passionate about teaching and coaching volleyball to our youth athletes.  Our coaches set the tone for our program, and are led by Jim Miret, one of the most respected and successful girls junior volleyball coaches in the nation.  Our Head Coaches all have multiple years of experience working with Front Range, and many are full-time employees at FRVBC.  In addition, many of our coaches have national, collegiate, or international coaching experience, and a few are former FRVBC players.


Jim Miret

Jim Miret
jim.miret@frvbc.com
FRVBC Head Coach & Head Coach 181 Black

For over thirty years, Jim Miret has been behind the success and innovation found at Front Range Volleyball Club.  Not only is Jim the Head Coach of FRVBC, he is also the longest serving coach and employee at Front Range.  Jim brings junior, collegiate, national, professional, and international volleyball coaching experience and expertise to the Front Range program, and is responsible for the vision and direction of the FRVBC program.

During his tenure as Head Coach, Jim has coached several age groups in the club and has achieved success at the collegiate, professional, international, and club levels.  In 2000 Jim served as the Technical Advisor Assistant Coach for the Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team during their tour in China for the Grand Prix Championships.  He also Participated in the Sydney Olympic Games in the same capacity.  In 1999 and in 2003 USA Volleyball named Jim Outstanding Male Coach for Juniors; in 1999 the United States Olympic Committee named him Developmental Coach of the Year in Volleyball; and in 2003 the RMR recognized his accomplishments by naming him the Junior Coach of the Year.

For six years Jim served at a Head Coach for the USAV Youth & Junior National teams program.  In 2002 and 1998 Jim's Youth teams won the International Zone Qualifying tournament (NORCECA); in 1999 the team finished sixth at the Youth World Championships; and in 2000 the team took second place at the NORCECA tournament.  In 2001 Jim coached the team that competed at the Junior World Championships in the Dominican Republic.  

2002 was a banner year for Jim, both at Front Range and internationally.  Jim won four Gold medals on one season - the 18 Open Gold at the Crossroads National Qualifier, the 18 Open Gold at the Tampa Bay National Qualifier, the 18 Open Gold at JO’s and the Gold medal at the NORCECA tournament as the Head Coach of the USA Youth National Team.  In addition, 18 Black went undefeated in region and national play from Crossroads through JO’s, including winning the RMR Championship.  With these gold medal finishes Jim became the first coach in the RMR to lead a team to the Gold medal in 18 Open and the second coach in the region to go undefeated at JO’s (Front Range 14 Amber won the Gold at JO’s in 2001 in 14 Club).

In 2006 Jim coached 18 Black to a Gold medal finish at the AAU National Championships – the first team in the region to win a Gold medal there. 

The 2015 season was another successful one for Jim - he coached 18 Black to 4 medal finishes in national competition (Gold in 18 Open at The President’s Day Classic in Omaha, Gold in 18 Open at The Show Me National Qualifier in Kansas City, Silver in 18 Open at The Northern Lights National Qualifier, and Bronze in 18 Open at The AAU National Championships), as well as a top 10 finish at the Girl’s Junior National Championships.  

Jim has personally coached Front Range teams to five medal finishes at JNC’s, and another five medals at AAU’s, and is one of the most successful coaches in junior volleyball.
Not only is Jim successful on the court, but he is also the driving force in developing the training program at Front Range.  Jim devotes much of his time and efforts to research and consultation with experts in the fields of biomechanics, physical strength and conditioning, and sports psychology in order to create a development plan for Front Range’s athletes that is comprehensive, safe, and allows our athletes to train to their maximum potential.  Jim is heavily involved in the development of all youth athletes at Front Range and also in the education of FRVBC’s coaches.

Jim’s philosophies on volleyball and training methods are highly regarded among coaches around the country.  Four times Jim has given presentations at The American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Conference.  Jim has also published articles in Coaching Volleyball, the award-winning technical journal published by the AVCA. 
Jim is entering his 33rd season at Front Range VBC as Head Coach of the program and Head Coach of 18 Black.


Jennifer Pokraka

Jennifer Pokraka
jen.pokraka@frvbc.com
Assistant Executive Director & Head Coach 131 Scarlet

Another long-time employee of Front Range, Jen has coached at FRVBC since 1995.  Also an alumna of Front Range, Jen played collegiate volleyball at The University of New Orleans from 1991 to 1994.  In 1995 she was the Head Coach of the Englewood HS volleyball program, and was an assistant coach at Colorado Christian University in 1996.

Jen's coaching career at Front Range includes coaching 14 Amber for two seasons, 16 Red for two seasons, 18 Gold for two seasons, 17 Silver for two seasons, 13 Scarlet from 2011-2013, and 12 Pink from 2005-2010 as well as the 2014 season.  She has also assisted at numerous Qualifiers as well as at JO’s, including the 2002 18 Open Gold Medal and 2005 16 Open Gold Medal teams.

Jen has experienced unprecedented success coaching younger ages in the RMR.  In addition to winning an RMR championship with 14 Amber in 1997, Jen led 12 Pink to an RMR championship in 2007.  More notable than her success in the region is her achievement on the national scene.  In 2007, Jen guided 12 Pink to two podium finishes at national qualifiers, a feat unequaled by any other 12's team in the region's history.  12 Pink garnered a Silver medal and a Bronze medal at Northern Lights and Crossroads respectively.  She repeated her feat in 2009 when she led 12 Pink to two Silver medal finishes and a berth at JO’s.

In 2014 Jen took over FRVBC’s 16 Blue team, coaching them to a top 25 finish at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida.  During the 2015 season Jen earned a regional bid and coached 16 Blue to a top 10 finish at the Girls Junior National Championships in New Orleans.  Jen returns this season as the Head Coach for 13 Scarlet. 
In addition to coaching, Jen is also a full-time employee at Front Range as the club’s Assistant Executive Director.

 


Jennifer Pokraka

Erin Glass
erin.glass@frvbc.com
Administrative Assistant 

Erin started coaching at Front Range in 1999 as the Head Coach for 12 Rose.  The next year Erin coached 12 Pink to a RMR Championship title and won the regional bid to nationals.
In 2001 Erin coached 14 Amber to a win at the RMR regional championship and a bid to JO’s, and then won the 14 Club Gold medal at the Junior Olympic National Championships.  Her team was the first junior’s team from the RMR to win a National Championship.

In 2002, Erin took a year off from coaching club and spent a season as the Junior Varsity coach for D'Evelyn High School.  Midway through the 2003 season Erin returned to Front Range and 12 Pink.  She then led Pink to a 2nd place finish at the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier and a 2nd place finish at the Regional Championships.  During the 2005 season Erin was the Head Coach of 12 Pink, again winning a Regional Championship and the regional bid to Junior Olympics. 

In 2006 Erin moved to Santa Barbara, CA and was Head Coach of the 15 Open team at Santa Barbara Volleyball Club.  Taking 3rd place at the Southern California National Qualifier, she qualified her team for Junior Olympics for that season.  In 2007 Erin coached JV for Smoky Hill High School and 13 Scarlet for Front Range.  Scarlet finished 1st in the RMR and 5th at AAU National Championships under her guidance.

Since returning to Colorado, Erin has coached 12 Rose, 13 Scarlet, and 14 Amber, and has worked as the Lead Coach for those age groups as well. 
In addition to coaching, Erin is a full-time employee of Front Range as the club’s Administrative Assistant.  Erin is married with two children, Megan & Logan.  Erin is taking a break from coaching during the 2017 season, but can still be found working administratively in the FRVBC office. 

 

 


Kathleen Schauer

Kathleen Schauer
kathleen.schauer@frvbc.com
Director of IT & Network Services, Head Coach 171 Silver

Kathleen, an alumna of FRVBC, began coaching with Front Range in 2012.  In the 2013 season, she assisted 18 Black and Head Coached 13 Navy.  In the 2014 and 2015 seasons, she Head Coached 15 White.

In 2008, Kathleen began her club volleyball-coaching career in Raleigh, North Carolina with Triangle Volleyball Club.  At Triangle, Kathleen worked as the Head 12’s age division Volleyball Coach as well as the 12-1 Volleyball Team’s Head Coach, which went on to take 2nd in the Carolina Region that year.  Kathleen also previously worked with South Suburban Recreational Center, 24 Hour Fitness, the YMCA, and Binghamton University coaching Volleyball clinics for Youth, Middle School and High School ages.

In 2004, Kathleen was rewarded with a full Division I scholarship to Binghamton University in upstate New York.  There, Kathleen started all four years and was voted Captain of the team her senior year.  In 2005, Kathleen led the Binghamton Bearcats to an American East Championship and to their first NCAA Division 1 Tournament appearance.  The following year, Kathleen was voted Binghamton University’s Athlete of the Month when she beat Binghamton’s Division I record for the most kills in one match with 29 kills against Kent State University.  Later that year, Kathleen made the All American East Conference Team, and in 2007, Kathleen made the All American East Championship Tournament Team.  In 2008, Kathleen became a Student-Athlete Mentor at Binghamton University, encouraging the younger classes toward success.  Later that year, Kathleen became the first student-athlete to graduate from Binghamton’s Bioengineering program, and the only student-athlete to graduate from the Watson School of Engineering at SUNY Binghamton in 2008.

Kathleen returns this season as the Head Coach of 17 Silver.
In addition to coaching, Kathleen also works full-time in the Front Range office as a part of the IT staff.

 


Steve Colpus

Ryan Ammerman
ryan.ammerman@frvbc.com
Director of Video Productions, Head Coach 151 White

Ryan joins the Front Range coaching staff in the 2017 season as Head Coach of 15 White.

Ryan has a tremendously impressive and extensive volleyball background, with experience playing at the collegiate, national, and international levels.  Ryan is a former member of the United States Men’s National Team from 2010-2015.  From 2012-2013 Ryan was a member of the Pan Am Cup Team, which won the Pan Am Cup Championship in 2012.  Ryan attended college at UC Irvine and played on the Men’s Volleyball Team as setter from 2004-2009.  While at UC Irvine Ryan was a 2-time NCAA Champion (2007 and 2009), was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Men’s Division I Final Four tournament in 2009, and was named a NCAA First Team All-American selection in 2009. Ryan also played professionally overseas in Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium, and Croatia.  While competing on his professional team in Croatia Ryan won two Championships, in 2011 and 2013.

Ryan’s coaching experience includes four years as Assistant Coach for the 15’s and 16’s age groups at the Balboa Bay Boys Volleyball Club located in Southern California.  Ryan also served as the Volunteer Assistant for the UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball team for the 2013-2014 season.  During the 2015-2016 club season Ryan was the Assistant Coach of the 14 Peak team at Elevation Volleyball Club in Englewood, Colorado.

Ryan’s sister Sarah is a FRVBC alumna, and is currently playing for a professional volleyball team in Slovenia.  

Ryan also works full-time in the Front Range VBC office in our Video Department. 

 


Tanner Garner

Tanner Garner
tanner.garner@frvbc.com
Club Athletic Trainer, Camps Director, Head Coach 162 Red

Tanner came to Front Range in 2014 as a recent graduate from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, with a degree in Athletic Training.  While at Olivet he participated in club volleyball, beach volleyball circuits during the summer, and assisted with a number of women’s teams, including volleyball, as a student volunteer coach.

Tanner has a passion for strength and conditioning and will be using his athletic training degree as well as his background in strength and conditioning to assist both Billy Glisan and Djimmer Bosman with player physical testing and evaluating, and implementing our volleyball-specific strength, speed, quickness and agility training at Front Range.  Tanner is a very driven individual and is excited to build his coaching career at Front Range.

In 2014 Tanner was the Head Coach of 14 Royal and Assistant Coach to 18 Black.  During the 2015 season Tanner was the Head Coach of 15 Cardinal.  Tanner returns in the 2017 season as Head Coach of 16 Red.  

In addition to coaching Tanner works full-time at Front Range as FRVBC’s Camp Director, and Athletic Trainer.  He is also the Associate Director of a local homeless shelter, Movement 5280, located in downtown Denver. 

 


Dave Youngblood

Dave Youngblood
dave.youngblood@frvbc.com
Head Coach 141 Amber

Dave began coaching for Front Range in 2004.  Dave has coached 14 Amber, 14 Royal, 15 Cardinal and 15 White while at FRVBC.  Teams coached by Dave have been nationally competitive and his players have gone on to productive collegiate volleyball careers.

Dave has coached high school, middle school, and club volleyball and is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Bear Creek High School since 2007. Dave has coached at Bear Creek since 2005, and in 2014 was named Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Jefferson County Conference.

Dave attended the University of Colorado where he played club volleyball.  He has played men's USAV volleyball and beach volleyball for over thirty years and has competed at several US Open National Championship tournaments.

When not coaching, Dave is the President and Owner of Titan Trucking, Inc., a nationwide specialized truckload carrier.  Dave has been married for over 25 years, and has two children, David and Jennifer.
Dave returns to Front Range in 2017 as the Head Coach of 14 Amber.

 


Jennifer Youngblood

Jennifer Youngblood
jennifer.youngblood@frvbc.com
Collegiate Recruiting Coordinator, Head Coach 152 Cardinal

Jennifer joined the Front Range coaching staff in 2012.  An alumna of FRVBC, Jennifer played for the club from 2001 to 2008.  In 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2008 Jennifer played on FRVBC teams that qualified for the Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships.  In 2008, Jennifer's team, 18 Black, won the Big South National Qualifier earning them a bid to the Junior Olympic Championships in Dallas, Texas, where they placed fifth in the nation.

From 2008 to 2012 Jennifer attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she continued her volleyball career at the collegiate level.  In 2010 and 2011 Jennifer made the SCAC All-Academic Team, and in 2011 Jennifer earned a spot on the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.  Jennifer graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. 

Jennifer is the Sophomore Volleyball Coach at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, of which she is also an alumna.  Jennifer has coached the Freshman and Sophomore teams at Bear Creek, in addition to assisting the Varsity team since 2012.

Jennifer has Head Coached 12 Rose, 13 Scarlet, and 14 Royal, and has also worked as the Assistant Coach on 12 Pink and 14 Amber.  Jennifer returns to Front Range for the 2017 season as the Head Coach for 15 Cardinal.

In addition to coaching, Jennifer also works full-time at Front Range as the Collegiate Recruiting Coordinator. 

 


Tim Engles

Tim Engels
Sport Psychology Consultant

Tim Engels, M.A. has been a coach, counselor and consultant for more than thirty years.  He is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor and holds a master's degree in Sports Sciences from the University of Denver.  He is a certified NLP Master Practitioner. 

Mr. Engels competed professionally in tennis on the American Express circuit.  He competed in golf in college and in state amateur tournaments in Wisconsin.  Students of his sports psychology practice include Olympic and professional athletes.  They compete in cycling, swimming, gymnastics, figure skating, triathlon, volleyball, golf and tennis.  His areas of expertise include sports psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics and goal setting.

He is the author of FundaMENTAL Golf and InnerChanging™, a personal growth seminar.
These days, Tim offices his psychotherapy practice in the Cherry Creek are of Denver.  He is the sports psychology consultant for Front Range.  He has worked with over 1,000 clients and athletes, helping them resolve traumatic personal histories, changing beliefs to support thriving, and achieving goals and creating new and exciting visions for their lives.

 


Jessica Layburn

Cali Lemay
cali.lemay@frvbc.com
Director of Social Media & Brand Communications: FRVBC and Colorado Crossroads, Head Coach FRVBC Futures

Cali Lemay has a true passion for the sport of volleyball. She has been involved at some capacity her entire life and has played since she was just 8 years old. Cali played for FRVBC from 2002 - 2008. She was part of four teams that qualified for Nationals. In 2005, her team took Gold at Nationals, going undefeated. She played under Eduardo Fiallos and Jim Miret her final year at Front Range then played at Colorado Performance Volleyball Club for the 2008-2009 season.

Cali graduated from Legacy High School in 2009. She received a full volleyball scholarship to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She finished her degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she studied Sport Industry Operations and Marketing. Cali spent several years in the sales and marketing industry. She has worked for Signpost, a Google company, and sports icon, ESPN Radio.

In the fall of 2013, Cali served as an intern at FRVBC while she completed her final semester of college.  In addition to coaching, Cali handles all of the PR and social media for the club and for the national tournament it hosts, the Colorado Crossroads National Quailfier.  She is eager to re-join the FRVBC staff, this time as a coach and a full-time employee.


Verleen Didier

Verleen Didier
verleen.didier@frvbc.com
Head Coach 121 Pink

Verleen joined the Front Range coaching staff in 2014 as Assistant Coach to our 12-1 and 12-2 teams.

Verleen’s coaching experience includes 4 seasons at ThunderRidge High School, as well as 4 seasons with the feeder program to the ThunderRidge High School volleyball program.  Before joining FRVBC, Verleen coached club volleyball at 5280 for four years, and for 20 years has coached an annual volleyball camp in Montana in the summer.  Verleen also coached collegiate volleyball for three years at John Brown University.  

Verleen is currently in her 3rd season of coaching at Denver Christian High School.  Verleen is married with three children; both of Verleen’s daughters play volleyball (Erin is a FRVBC alumni), and her son plays professional hockey in Canada for the Montreal Canadiens organization.  Verleen also holds a Master’s degree in Education.  

Verleen returns to Front Range for the 2017 season as the Head Coach for 12 Pink. 


Felix Tsui

Felix Tsui
FRVBC Coach
felix.tsui@frvbc.com

Felix joined the Front Range coaching staff in 2013 as Assistant Coach to 18 Black, and assisted 18 Black during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Felix was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and eventually moved to England for his undergraduate and graduate studies.  Felix studied at Loughborough University in the U.K., where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Sports Biomechanics/Engineering.  While at Loughborough Felix played on the men’s volleyball team as libero.  After graduating, Felix coached the Loughborough men’s team for two years, and assisted the women’s team for one year.  Also while in England Felix obtained national level ref certifications, and was a referee there for three years.

Felix moved to Denver from England three years ago, where he now works full-time at Vicon Motion Systems, Inc., as an application engineer.  As an application engineer Felix helps people to analyze, interpret, and understand human movement.


Nikki Nutsch

Nikki Nutsch
nikki.nutsch@frvbc.com
Assistant Coach 141 Amber

Nikki was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Nikki has played volleyball since the 6th grade, playing for Colorado Performance volleyball club and Mountain Vista High School.  Nikki graduated from Mountain Vista in 2009, and continued her volleyball career at Chadron State.

Nikki majored in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in CJ. She currently works at Jefferson Hills, a residential treatment facility.  

In 2015 Nikki was the Head Coach of Heritage’s 7th Grade Gold Crown Team.  She is beyond excited to share her knowledge of volleyball and passion of the game with others.    

 

Nikki returns to Front Range for the 2017 season as Assistant Coach for 14 Amber.

 


Steve Huntingdale

Steve Huntingdale
steve.huntingdale@frvbc.com
Head Coach 161 Blue

Steve is another long-time employee of Front Range, coaching from 1995-2006 in both the middle school and high school age groups.  Steve experienced tremendous success at the national level of junior volleyball, coaching his teams to a Bronze Medal finish in 14 Open at the 2004 Junior Olympic Championships, and a Silver Medal finish in 15 Club at the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships.  Steve also won a Gold Medal in 13 Open at the 2003 Crossroads National Qualifier, and another Gold Medal in 14 Open at the 2004 Crossroads National Qualifier. In addition to his success nationally, Steve’s teams won multiple RMR Championships locally during his time as a FRVBC coach.

Steve also has experience coaching at the high school level; in 2001 and 2002 he coached Smoky Hill High School to back-to-back 5A State Championships in Colorado.  In 2015 he coached the Junior Varsity team at Highlands Ranch High School.

After a brief break from coaching, Steve returned to Front Range in 2008 to assist FRVBC teams at the Crossroads National Qualifier.  Steve returned again to Front Range in the 2014 season as the 18 Gold Head Coach. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Front Range Steve worked as the Middle School Team Coaching Consultant.

Steve is a high school History teacher at Highlands Ranch High School, and enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, and hiking in his spare time. 
Steve returns to Front Range for the 2017 season as Head Coach of 16 Blue.

 


Joan Dalton

Joan Dalton
joan.dalton@frvbc.com
Head Coach FRVBC Futures

Joan joined the Front Range coaching staff during the 2016 season as the Head Coach of 13 Scarlet.

Joan played volleyball at Heritage High School from 1981 to 1984, and continued her volleyball career playing at the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years, and the University of South Alabama for another two years. 

Joan’s club coaching experience includes two years as the 17-2 Head Coach at Boulder Volleyball Club (1996-1998), 2 years as the 11-1 Head Coach at Performance Volleyball Club (2009-2011), and three years at Colorado Volleyball Academy in the 11 and 12 year-old age groups (2013-2015).

Joan also has ten years of experience coaching at the high school level.  She was the Sophomore Head Coach for nine years and the Varsity Assistant for one year at Cheery Creek High School.   

Joan is married with two children.  Joan’s children both played sports in college – her son is a wrestler and her daughter plays volleyball.  Joan works full-time as an auditor for the Federal Government.  

 


Joan Dalton

Abby Tranel
abby.tranel@frvbc.com
Assistant Coach 161 Blue

This is Abby's first year at Front Range as an assistant coach for 161 Blue.

Before joining Front Range, Abby was the Head Coach of the 14-2 team at Colorado Challenge and the Head Coach at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch.

Abby grew up in Nebraska, playing volleyball from a young age and continued her career at Nebraska Wesleyan University where she was also a distance runner on the track and field team. After college, Abby lived in South Africa and Washington D.C., before moving to Denver with her husband in 2015.

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