Staff

Crissy Nelson Co-Director and Founder

Nelson founded the club in 2009 and has been a Co-Director since the beginning. Playing Experience- Crissy Stewart-Nelson started playing volleyball at a very young age but her true passion and career began at Urbandale High School. HIGH SCHOOL: There she was a varsity starter and earned All-Conference honors in volleyball, basketball and soccer. As the lone junior on a senior squad she set and hit and earned Honorable mention all-conference. She also earned all-tournament honors at many camps including the Simpson team camp and Ames early bird tournament. As a senior captain and leader she was honored as 1st team All-Conference despite having a losing season. It was a great learning experience to help develop younger players on her team. During all of high school Nelson played club volleyball for the Power Point Volleyball Club. There she played in many tournaments and placed 3rd and 4thin multiple National Qualifiying Tournaments. COLLEGE: After high school Nelson continued her career with a scholarship to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There she started as a freshman and for the majority of the season led the nation in assists per game averaging 13.36 assits per game. She also was 4th in the nation in kill percentage off her setter tips/dumps and attacks. During the freshman season as a starter she ran a 5-1 and was she named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-Region as well as being honored 1stTeam All-Tournament at numerous tournaments. During her freshman season the team lost in the regional finals to qualify for the national tournament. During her sophomore season as a setter again she was named captain of her team. Again she lingered in the top 5 in the nation consistently in assists per game, and in serving percentage. This sophomore season Nelson was honored 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region. In 2001 sophomore season her team won the regional final to qualify for the NCAA National tournament. In the NJCAA tournament her team made it to the finals where they fell short of being national champions and ended up 2nd in the Nation. At the tournament she was honored 1st-team All-National –Tournament team, and led the national tournament in assists. After completion of the season she was honored as a 1st Team All-American. After Kirkwood, Nelson earned a scholarship to play at NCAA Division 2 school, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a setter for this successful program she helped her team qualify in 2001 for the NCAA Division 2 National Tournament. This season her team finished first in the conference and continued to linger in the top 10 in the nation during the entire season. During this 2001 season this great program was selected to host the NCAA Division 2 National Championship. After many wins the team fell short in the end and finished in the final four, as 4th in the nation. Nelson led the team in assist per game throughout this season as well. The previous year the team had qualified for the national tournament but only finished in the elite 8. Coaching Experience- Nelson began coaching during college. During her freshman and sophomore year she coached the 16 and 18 teams for Rapid City Spikers club volleyball team. Many of her players went on to play in colleges such as Simpson and Kirkwood. After college Nelson came back and was an assistant and setting coach for Drake University during the 2004 season. Drake had one of its more successful seasons and signed one of their best recruiting classes. The following winter she coached a 14 U team for Urbandale that won many tournaments. That team of girls went on to qualify for state during the 2008 high school season. She also continued to help out with many summer camps including working the Drake and UNI individual camp focusing on the setters. After Drake, Nelson went on to coach as the Urbandale High School assistant varsity and head JV coach. Back at her alma mater her team lost in the district final to go to state. Both years the varsity team had winning seasons and the JV had winning seasons as well. During her time at Urbandale she helped out with many camps and gave setting instructions to many developing athletes. After taking a 2 years off to have a baby she came back to her roots and along with co-director Shannon Stewart started a new club- Power Plex Volleyball Club. Starting small and successful they ran one team and placed in the top 3 in almost every tournament, including taking 1stplace in two tournaments. COLLEGE RECRUITMENT: Nelson’s many different schools and experiences of going thru the recruiting stages makes her a great reference for collegiate bound athletes. She has been involved in the process twice as a player and has established many contacts thru this process as a coach and player. She is more than happy to help girls establish a credible resume and video as well as helping them understanding what is involved in each level as a player and student. Personal: Nelson has a true passion for playing and coaching volleyball. She has played for 20 plus years and has been coaching for over 10 years. In 2004 she got married and then in 2006 they added a son, Colby to their family. Then in 2010 they added another joy, a daughter, Lyla to their family. And once again she welcomed a son, Charlie in June of 2014. Nelson is looking forward to working with setters and seeing all of the players in their club gain skills and knowledge to help make them better volleyball players. Nelson continues playing volleyball locally both on womens, coed and traveling teams…when she has time. She has had many great coaches thru the years and hopes to continue creating those opportunities for players with the Iowa Power Plex Club and possible future endeavors.

Tina Miranda Co-Director

Miranda has been a Co-Director of the club since 2010, after a year of coaching for the program.

Tina attended Iowa Falls High School in Iowa Falls, IA. During her high school career Tina was a varsity starter and earned all-conference honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was a member of the 2000 Class 2A State Championship Volleyball team. She was named 1st team all conference and 1st team all district her junior and senior years.
Tina is a 2006 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College where she was a starting setter and captain of the Tiger Volleyball team from 2004-2005. Tina participated in the NAIA National Tournament in 2004 and 2005 helping the Tigers reach the National Tournament the only two times in school history. She was named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Region as well as being honored 1stTeam All-Tournament at numerous tournaments. Her junior year she was Honorable Mention All-American, and her senior year was named 3rd Team All-American.
Before transferring to Iowa Wesleyan in 2004 Tina played for Indian Hills Community College for two seasons.
Tina began her coaching career as a club coach for Panther Elite out of Iowa Falls, IA. Tina was also a former Assistant Coach at Grand View University in 2007. Tina is married to Josue Miranda and they have 2 children, Gabby and Max.

Kekailoa "KK" Palea Assistant Director, Head Coach for 18 Black and 16 Black, Assistant 15 Black

Playing Experience
KK grew up in Kent, Washington and played club ball for Sports Performance of Tacoma for 5 years as a
6 rotation Outside Hitter. He then continued his volleyball career at Graceland University as a setter and
libero. KK continues to compete at the adult level both indoor and beach.

Coaching Experience
KK began his coaching career as an assistant on the top 14u and 16u teams at Club Wahine Volleyball
club out of Burien, Washington. He was with that club for 4 years. During this time he was also the JV
coach and Assistant Varsity coach at Highline High School also in Burien, Washington.
After making the move to Lamoni, Iowa to continue his playing career at Graceland, he started off
working summer camps for a number of High Schools in the state of Iowa and Missouri. He then
proceeded to be a head coach for one of Graceland’s Women's JV program. For 5 years KK coached for
Graceland University Women's Program and 1 year with the Men’s program.
KK then moved to Cedar Falls and was given the Volunteer Assistant position at the University of
Northern Iowa. During his 2 years at UNI he was in charge of DS/Libero training and scouting of opposing
teams. He was a part of 2 undefeated conference seasons and their highest AVCA ranking at #5 in the
nation going into the NCAA tourney.
KK finally decided to step away from college coaching and helped create a volleyball club called Club
Iowa Juniors (CIA) based out of Cedar Falls. KK has been the lead trainer for ages 15-18 at the club since
it's beginning in 2010. This past season KK coached the 18 Black, 16 Black and 15 Silver for CIA and was
able to get all 3 teams to the Girls Junior National Tournament. Over the course of 7 years his teams
have accrued 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medal finishes at National Qualifiers. He has 2 third place
finishes at Nationals and a National Championship in the USA division. KK has coached and helped kids
get to programs like Illinois, UCLA, Florida State, UNI, Drake, Denver, Iowa State, Georgia State, Winona
State, Upper Iowa, UNO, Northern Illinois and Loyola. KK was also in charge of private lessons, specialty
clinics, and uniform design and production. He is also very knowledgeable about recruiting and has
experience on both sides of that process.
“It was really tough to leave a great organization like CIA. It’s definitely a part of me and I wouldn't be
where I am with out CIA, so I have nothing but respect and love for them. My wife and I are almost a
year into our marriage and haven't been able to live together for the past 3 years and with her wanting
to find a job in Des Moines this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up. We really like Des Moines
and if things can work out, I plan on helping Powerplex continue its greatness. I can't wait to get started
and I am looking forward to working with your athletes.”

KK is our Camp, Clinic and Lesson Coordinator and he will also be our in Charge of our new beach program starting in 2018

Philip Boahen Head Coach 17 Black and 18 Red

Boahen has been a fixture on the Drake volleyball coaching staff since arriving at Drake in 2013. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, the experienced coach and player was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis. At Cardinal Stritch, Boahen helped over see and administer all on and off court aspects of the program. He also served as a camp instructor at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University.  He has also coached club teams in Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin and most recently with Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance in Des Moines.  As an athlete, Boahen was a standout four-year player at Cardinal Stritch as a defensive specialist and libero. He helped lead the team to back-to-back NAIA Nationals appearances and a conference title in 2009. Boahen graduated from Cardinal Strich in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.  This will be his first year coaching with us and coached with our beach program this past summer.

Holly Siebert 15 Black Head Coach

Holly Schmidt started playing volleyball in high school and was a two-time first team all state honoree, named her conference’s MVP both her junior and senior year. She led her team in kills, aces and blocks and was two-time all-regional, four-time all-district, three-time all-conference and three-time all-conference tournament team honoree. She also participated in basketball and softball at the high school age.
She then went on to college and competed as a RS/S at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She saw action in 114 or 125 collegiate matches. Her freshman and sophomore year she was a strong right side blocker, having multiple games with 10 blocks. During her sophomore year, she had rotator cuff surgery and started her junior and senior year as a setter in a 6-2 line up, averaging 19 assists per game.
During her time at UMKC, she was a member of a plethora of clubs and was the recipient of multiple awards. After earning her Bachelor of Arts and Marketing in 2011, Holly returned to UMKC to work as a graduate assistant in the UMKC Athletics Marketing Team. She graduated with a Master’s of Arts degree in Higher Education. Following her graduation, she then moved to Iowa to start a career and is still actively participating on indoor and outdoor volleyball teams.
She is looking to become more involved in the volleyball community and start coaching. Holly is looking forward to starting her coaching career here at Powerplex and is excited to meet the team!

Ian Woodword 18 Black Assistant Coach

I was born and raised in Hawaii, 4 year varsity player my senior year I made 1st all conference and 3 team all state. I attend Graceland university on a volleyball scholarship. After I graduated I was the assistant varsity volleyball coach for the women's and men's. In 2011 I started coaching at Grand View University. I helped with the women's and men's teams. I coached for Iowa 515 the past couple years and help get that club up and going. I'm looking forward to this opportunity coaching for powerplex and helping in anyway I can.

Troy Bush 17 Red Head Coach and 18 Red Assistant

Troy is now starting his 3rd year with Iowa PowerPlex and brings years of playing and coaching experience with him. Troy has been involved with volleyball since 1992. That was the first year he started play volleyball and became very attached to the sport. Troy played club ball out of the Minneapolis Region for 10 years in the elite division of AA-A.
Troy started his coaching experience with the 18U Team out of Owatonna, Minnesota. This team was part of the Northern Lights Club. For the past few years Troy has been coaching his daughter's team and looks forward to a great and succesful season with the Iowa Power Plex Volleyball program.

Cali Harmsen 18 Red Assistant Coach

Cali Harmsen is excited to begin her second year coaching with PowerPlex Volleyball as the 18's Red Assistant. Last season she coached a 15's Elite team. With her love for volleyball, this 2018-19 school ball season, she took a coaching position with Norwalk JV volleyball. She loves to surround herself with a variety of knowledgeable coaches to learn and grow as a coach herself. She empowered her players to become strong, confident, and aggressive on the court. Not only does she love coaching, but she loves playing volleyball! In her free time she plays sand volleyball in the summer, and indoor volleyball during the winter. Her passion for the game goes back to middle school. Through camps, tons of practice, pick-up games, and tough coaches she became the Waukee High School setter on the Varsity team. Her coaches were great mentors and lit a fire under her every game to push through and be the leader of the team. After high school Cali went to Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, with health, coaching, and reading as specializations. The competitive spirit has stuck with her and she is anxious to share that passion with her team!

Ashlee Sinnott 16 Black Assistant Coach

Originally from Waterloo, Iowa and went to Columbus Catholic High School. 4- time varsity letter winner. 4-time all-metro pick and all-conference honors, 2-time all district, first-team all-state senior year. Rotary MVP and senior all-star game. Continued volleyball career at the University of Northern Iowa. Played in every match sophomore-senior year (other than 1 weekend senior year - out for injury. Trained as a OH and DS. Led the team in services aces sophomore year and top-10 serving percentage in UNI history. Coached for Sailor Nation volleyball club in 2013-2015 - head coach for 12U both years. Helped out with CIA clinics and UNI volleyball camps from 2014-2016. Gave private lessons to girl in the community 2015-2016. Started coaching for Sailor Nation again for the 2017-2018 season - head 15U coach as well as giving privates to players within the club.

Kelsey Molkenthin 13 Elite Coach and 15 Regional Co-Coach

This will be Kelsey's six season coach for Iowa PowerPlex, we are thrilled to have her back after a great season of coaching the 12U team. Kelsey has previously coached 13U Regional & Elite, 14U Elite, 15U Regional and 16U Regional teams. She has helped run the Jr. League program this year as the Jr. League Coordinator. Kelsey was a graduate from Pekin High School. Kelsey was a three year varsity letter winner in volleyball. Kelsey was also a two year letter winner in softball. As a freshman in college, Kelsey attended AIB College of Business,and played as a defensive specialist, where her season was cut short due to a severe hamstring injury. The next year Kelsey was the manager of the AIB volleyball team. After sitting a season out, Kelsey played her senior year as a libero for AIB. Kelsey graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in August of 2015. She currently works at Henning Construction in Johnston as an AP/AR Assistant. Kelsey continues to play volleyball indoor as well as sand volleyball through adult leagues throughout the metro.

Katelynn Dutcher 15 Regional Co-Coach

Originally from State Center, Iowa, Katelynn graduated from West Marshall High School where she was a three-year letter winner in volleyball. She was also a three-year letter winner in softball, basketball, and track. She began playing volleyball when she was 10 years old, and played AAU through her senior year of high school. Katelynn decided to continue her volleyball career at Simpson College in Indianola beginning in the fall of 2011, however she was unable to play her freshman year due to an ACL injury. She was fortunate enough to be able to play two seasons at Simpson as an outside hitter and a defensive specialist. She was also a member of the basketball team during her time at Simpson. Katelynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training in May 2015 and currently works for Athletico Physical Therapy as one of Waukee High School's Athletic Trainers. She currently lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Payton and they are having their first baby in December. Katelynn is excited to begin her 4th year of coaching at PowerPlex and looks forward to another fun and successful season!

Danielle Coppin 14 Black and 15 Regional Coach

We are thrilled to have Danielle back on coaching staff this season. Playing experience- From a small town in Northern California, Danielle started her career in high-school playing at Sutter Union High School as an outside hitter, where she earned All-State and All-conference honors. During high school, her love for volleyball trumped all other sports and she decided to pay competitively for AAU teams around her area. After high school, Danielle played two years for a very competitive junior college in California, where they won their conference both years. All the hard work and dedication payed off when she received a scholarship to Upper Iowa University, a small division II school here in Iowa, where she moved to defensive specialist and Libero for the team. The love of the game never goes away, as Danielle currently plays women’s indoor leagues throughout the year around the Des Moines metro area. Coaching experience-Danielle started her coaching experience freshman year in college where she helped coach a 12U AAU team in her area. She also helped run multiple camps during the time at her junior college in California. Since being in the Des Moines area during the summer of 2014, Danielle has coached 14U and 12U competitively. Currently she accepted the position as Head Freshman Volleyball coach at Saydel High-school.

Alyssa Mueller 14 Black and 15 Regional Coach

Alyssa has played volleyball for most of her life, throughout middle school and high school for the Johnston club team. She began coaching in college by assisting her father with a 12s team in the Johnston Club. From there, she coached for the Urbandale Club and started her own club team with the help of a fellow coach. After taking a few years off due to career change, she’s excited to start coaching again with PowerPlex.

Alyssa was a Middle Hitter in high school and has played co-ed rec league court and sand volleyball throughout college and after graduation. A Wartburg College graduate in both International Business and Spanish, she works full-time as a Business Analyst in West Des Moines.

Janessa Rosebeck 13 Black Head Coach

This will be Janessa's third year coaching at PowerPlex, but fourth year coaching club volleyball. She was also a former player at PowerPlex. Janessa Rosebeck is a setter from Waukee, Iowa. She has played all four years of volleyball at Waukee High School. She was named 1st team All-Conference her senior year. She started playing volleyball in 4th grade and continued to play at the intermural level at the University of Iowa. She was Waukee High School’s sophomore head volleyball coach for the Fall 2016 season. Janessa, currently, plays beach and indoor volleyball leagues year round in the metro. Janessa teaches 3rd grade at Willowbrook Elementary in Altoona. Janessa is ecstatic to be a part of the Powerplex staff again and is eager to get this season started!

Maddie Mclaughlin 17 Red Assistant Coach

Maddie is a defensive specialist and libero from Waukee, Iowa. She played 4 years at Waukee High
School along with softball and track. She was a varsity letter winner in all 3 sports earning state
and academic honors as well.

Maddie has been playing volleyball for over 10 years. In high school
Maddie coached both softball and volleyball. She played club volleyball for Central Iowa Select for 2
years and had almost an undefeated season playing for Fellowship of Christian Athletes her senior year
of high school.

Maddie continued to play noncompetitively at the University of Northern Iowa where
she graduated with a degree in Interactive Digital Studies with minors in both marketing and graphic
technologies. She now has a full-time position as the Interactive Services Coordinator at Strategic
America. Maddie has given volleyball lessons and helped at various camps throughout the years. She is
thrilled to be a part of the PowerPlex coaching staff and eager to get the season started!

GiGi Gergen 17 Black Assistant Coach

Rachel Ray 16 Red Head Coach

Taylor Rasmussen 16 Red Assistant Coach

Taylor is excited to join PowerPlex! She played for ADM High School as a middle hitter from 2006-2010. During this time she was first team all conference all four years, was a first team all-state pick her senior year, and still holds the school record in blocks in a season and overall career. During her high school career she spent all four years playing for IPVA. She went on to play college volleyball at Elmhurst college for two years where she competed in two NCAA tournaments, appearing in the final four her sophomore year. After a hip injury before her junior year she transferred to Iowa and continued to play for their club team until graduation. Taylor has been coaching volleyball since she graduated college. She has been an assistant volunteer coach for ADM for five years and has also coached an AAU 8th grade team for the past 5 years. In Taylor's spare time she works as a nurse at Methodist Hospital and also still loves to play volleyball. She is always playing sand in the summer time and now plays in a league with her former coach during the winter! She is excited for this next step in her coaching career and can't wait to work will all the girls at PowerPlex! The game of volleyball has added a lot of passion and opportunity to her life and she is excited to share that with her team!

Amy Hobart 16 Regional Head Coach

Mikayla Overturf 16 Regional Assistant Coach

Monica Krieger

Monica is originally from Blue Earth, Minnesota where she began her volleyball career as a setter. She then went on to Simpson College in the Fall of 2013 to set for the Storm. Monica has coached and organized many different camps and teams varying in ages since high school. She loves the game and cannot wait to begin coaching with PowerPlex! Monica graduated in December 2016 from Simpson with her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. She now works for Elite Eye Care as a Vision Therapist helping people of all ages with vision related learning disabilities and visual dysfunctions.

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