TCU | BROWN (SESSION 2) | DENVER (SESSION 1)
JAMES MADISON | COLORADO CHRISTIAN
Date: Friday, Feb. 18, 2022
Where: Kansas City Convention Center
Age: All players 14u - 18u
Cost: $175 per player
Players will receive instruction from all four coaches during the 1.5 hour session. All players will receive a camp T-Shirt.
Camp check-in will be located in Hall 2 of Bartle Hall/Convention Center, which is located upstairs. Follow signs to check-in which will be located next to the main tournament desk. Player check-in will take place the hour window before your specific camp starts.
Players don't need a wristband to enter Bartle Hall Convention Center.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Parents must have a tournament wristband in order to enter the check-in space and they aren't allowed on courts during the camps. Parents are allowed in vendor row and TC Digs Store during camps
PARENTS/SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WATCH CAMPS ON THE COURTS
(The College Coaches have requested this)
(The College Coaches have requested this)
Meet the coaches running the camp:
Head Coach: Jason Williams
TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati announced the hiring of Jason Williams as the Horned Frogs’ new head volleyball coach on Dec. 20, 2021.
Williams comes to TCU after serving as associate head coach at Baylor. His seven years in Waco saw him climb the ranks from volunteer assistant in 2015 to full-time assistant in 2016 and then associate head coach in 2020.
Williams was instrumental in Baylor posting six consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances, including this year’s 22-6 mark with a 14-2 record in Big 12 Conference play. The Bears climbed as high as No. 6 in the national rankings and made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Baylor has finished first or second in the Big 12 the last five seasons. In 2019, the Bears earned a No. 1 national ranking, won the program’s first Big 12 championship with a 15-1 conference record, were the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and reached the Final Four.
Williams coached six players at Baylor to All-America honors, including 2019 AVCA National Player of the Year and five-time All-American Yossiana Pressley. He has also been an assistant coach and scout for the USA National Team Development Program.
Before arriving at Baylor, Williams was a highly successful coach at the junior club level in Texas. In the 10 years prior to his time in Waco, Williams led his club teams to annual top-20 national rankings with eight of those squads in the top 10. In 2014, Williams' 16s team won the AAU National Championship and the JVA World Challenge. He led three teams to the finals of the USA Junior National Championships in the open division, as well as five top-five finishes.
Head Coach: Ahen Kim
Ahen Kim, who helped lead American University to five straight Patriot League titles and three NCAA tournament wins from 2013-17 as an assistant coach, enters his third season as the head coach of the Brown University volleyball program in 2021-22 after taking over the program in January 2018.
In 2019, Kim guided Brown to its most wins (13) and first winning campaign (13-10) since 2001. The Bears came in fourth place in the Ivy standings, finishing in the top half of the league for the first time since 2014. Kim mentored three All-Ivy selections, including Sophia Miller ’23 – the Bears’ first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since 1998 and first First Team All-Ivy choice since 2013. Brown’s 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.
In his first year with the team in 2018, Kim guided Brown to an 11-13 overall record, marking its most wins since the 2014 season (12-14). The Bears went 7-3 in non-conference play, compiling their most non-league wins since 2008 (8-4). He coached a pair of All-Ivy performers including Sabrina Stillwell ’19 who concluded her career ranked eighth all-time at Brown with 1,027 career kills.
An assistant coach with the Eagles from 2012-17, Kim helped the program win five consecutive Patriot League championships and make five straight trips to the NCAA Championship. In 2013, American defeated Georgia and No. 14 Duke in the NCAA tournament to reach the regional semifinals, and in 2015 the team beat No. 22 Kentucky to advance to the NCAA second round.
Associate Head Coach: Katelin Opitz (Batten)
Katelin Opitz (formerly Batten) serves as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Pioneers. She completed her 10th season at DU in 2021, helping the Pioneers to their 10th straight winning season, 21st in program history.
Since joining the Pioneers in 2012, Opitz has assisted in making Denver one the nation’s most successful programs, ranking 19th out of all D1 programs with an overall win percentage of .786.
In the Fall of 2021, Opitz led the Crimson and Gold to a 23-6 record, earning wins over ranked USC and Iowa. Opitz assisted in leading the Pioneers to league-best numbers in hitting percentage (.263), Assists (12.67), Aces (1.94), Opponent Attack Percentage (.166), Opponent Assists (9.62), Opponent Kills (10.61), Opponent Service Aces (.99), and Opponent Digs (11.92). The Pioneers also ranked inside the NCAA top-40 in all the above statistical categories.
In the spring of 2021, Opitz helped lead the Crimson and Gold to a regular-season Summit League Championship with a 13-2 mark, including posting the first perfect undefeated road record (8-0) in program history. Opitz led the Pioneer defense to four top-50 NCAA statistical performances in blocks per set (2.47), opponent hitting percentage (.160), Aces per set (2.24), and Total Aces (130).
Opitz helped lead the Pioneers to a 23-9 overall record in 2019, going 13-3 in conference action along with the Pioneers fifth Summit League championship and sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. The Pios finished the regular season ranked 13th in the nation in aces per set (1.75) while topping the Summit League in blocks per set (2.28). Denver landed their third all-time All-America selection under Opitz following their 2019 campaign in junior outside hitter, Lydia Bartalo.
Head Coach: Lauren Steinbrecher
Lauren Steinbrecher, formerly Lauren Sauer, was named volleyball head coach at James Madison on Jan. 25, 2010. She has compiled a 200-107 record going into her 12th season as head coach of the Dukes and is the winningest coach in program history. Under her leadership, the Dukes have one two of their four Colonial Athletic Association championships.
In 2020, Steinbrecher was named the CAA Coach of the Year and VaSID Coach of Year after guiding the Dukes to a record of 7-3 in the shorten season, helping them reach their seventh straight CAA semifinal match. Five Dukes earned All-CAA honors, while Miëtte Veldman earned CAA Rookie of the Year and was named the VaSID Rookie of the Year. Sophia Davis, Elizabeth Helmich and Savannah Marshall also earned VaSID All-State honors under Coach Steinbrecher's guidance.
In 2019 Steinbrecher led the Dukes to a record of 20-8 overall and 13-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play. She guided the team to the final round of the CAA Championship. Five Dukes earned All-CAA and four earned VaSID All-State honors. Freshman Sophie Davis was named VaSID Rookie of the Year and received AVCA All-Region honors.
Following a 22-7 season in 2018, Steinbrecher was named the Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year as she guided her team to a 13-3 conference record and a trip to the final round of the CAA Championship. Four Dukes earned All-CAA and VaSID All-State honors while M’Kaela White was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention.
During Steinbrecher’s eighth season she led the Dukes to a historic season. The Dukes earned a 23-6 record, tallying the most wins since 1999, and an 11-5 conference record securing a three seed for the CAA tournament. The Dukes took home CAA tournament title for the second straight year – the second time this feat has been accomplished.
Head Coach: Bobby Blanken
The 2021 season will be Bobby Blanken's fifth as Colorado Christian's Head Volleyball Coach. In his first year, Coach Blanken led the team to a conference record of 14-4 which landed a 4th place conference finish which allowed the program to host a RMAC Tournament match for the first time.
During his four seasons with the Cougars he has coached eight all-conference players as well as an all-region and All-American player in Sophia Proano. He has qualified the Cougars for the RMAC Tournament in four of his first five seasons.
Before Colorado Christian, Blanken served MSU Denver's head assistant coach since 2014. In his three-year stint at MSU Denver, Blanken helped lead a very successful program that went 18-0 in the RMAC in 2016.
Prior to coaching at MSU Denver, Blanken was the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA from 2010-2014. During his time at The Master’s College, Blanken successfully built the program from a 7-22 first year record to a No. 6 NAIA finish in his final year. Blanken was named the 2012 AVCA West Region Coach of the Year and 2012 Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. At The Master's College, Blanken totaled a record of 87-56 (.608).
Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
NO REFUNDS after January 4, 2022
NO TRANSFERS after January 4, 2022
NO TRANSFERS after January 4, 2022