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 16 Elite and Iowa Powerplex 17 team coach

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

Shannon Stewart Floating Coach

Shannon Stewart graduated from Urbandale High School in 2001, where she was a 4 sport varsity letter winner. She led her team to state in volleyball her senior year, earning All-Conference and All-State honors. She qualified for nationals her senior year under the club IPVA. Her playing career continued at Simpson College as an outside and middle hitter for the team. During her 4 years she became the 5th player to earn 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. She was a three-time All-Conference player, earning top accolades of MVP of the conference, All-Region and 3rd team All-American her junior year, along with all-tournament team honors at every tournament Simpson participated in. She was also named National Player of the week for her performance during the Wartburg tournament in which she hit almost .500 for the weekend, while having 31 kills in a match against a top ranked team, and recording a triple double. Stewart was plagued by an ankle injury her senior year, but still earned 1st team All-Conference. She remains in the top 10 in Simpson history for career blocks, aces, kills, hitting percentage and digs. Those accolades earned her an induction into the Hall of Fame at Simpson in 2015. She started her 15 year coaching career at Indianola Club in college, followed by coaching the sophomores at Dowling in the fall of 2005 under now Waukee head coach Steve Baas. She then moved to Waukee to be the assistant varsity/JV coach under former UNI standout Kim(Koester) Tierney in 06-07. She left to start Iowa PowerPlex with her sister, Crissy, while also coaching during her 3 years with the club, before having the opportunity to go back to Waukee. She took on her role again as the Assistant Varsity coach for the last 5 years, 3 under fellow PowerPlex coach Ed (Frederick) Brogean, and the last two under Steve Baas. She helped lead the team to a state showing in 2011, and most recently beating 3 top ranked teams her last season which included Dowling, Urbandale and Johnson. Due to the time constraints of coaching high school, Stewart decided to move back to coaching club. She has coached many players who have continued their collegiate playing career, and even some who have started coaching including fellow PowerPlex coaches Margo Shandri, Janessa Rosebeck and Maddie McLaughlin. She’s excited to be back on the staff at Iowa PowerPlex.

Holly Siebert 18 Elite 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 17 Elite 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 Regional Coach

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.

Fallon Barnes 16 Regional

At a young age, Fallon Barnes, was exposed to many practices and volleyball games since her mom was a high school head volleyball coach. At the age of 12, Fallon played AAU for Central Iowa Heat for many years. She started playing varsity volleyball as an 8th grader for Webster City and continued throughout her high school career. During that time, Fallon played setter, outside hitter, and libero. She had many All-Conference awards and her greatest accomplishment came her senior year when she led the state in digs. Fallon also received varsity letters in basketball and soccer. Fallon went on to play libero at Grand View University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She resides in Ankeny, IA and currently works for Nationwide Insurance as a Senior Analyst. Fallon is excited to coach the 16 Regional Team and to be a part of the Power Plex Volleyball Club.

Cali Harmsen 15 Elite Coach

Cali Harmsen is excited to join the PowerPlex Volleyball team as a coach. She coached Madrid High School Varsity volleyball for four years as the Head Coach. During that time 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!

Kelsey Molkenthin 13 Elite Coach and 15 Regional Co-Coach

This will be Kelsey's fourth year as a great coach for Iowa PowerPlex, we are thrilled to have her back after a great season of co-coaching the 13U Regional, 14U Elite, 15U Regional and 16U Regional teams in previous years. She has helped run the Jr. League program and done one-on-one private lessons. Kelsey Molkenthin, from Ollie, Iowa, is a graduate at Pekin High School. Kelsey was a three year varsity letter winner in volleyball. She also played on two club teams; GRJ and Osky S.W.I.N.G. 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 Professional Educators of Iowa in Windsor Heights as an Administrative Assistant. Kelsey continues to play volleyball indoor as well as sand volleyball through adult leagues throughout the metro. We are thrilled to have Kelsey on our coaching staff again this year at Iowa PowerPlex.

Katelynn Sjoblom 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. During her senior year of high school she was also All-Conference. She began playing volleyball in when she was 10 years old, and played AAU through her senior year of high school. Katelynn was also a three-year letter winner in softball, basketball, and track. She decided to continue her volleyball career at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa 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 my time at Simpson. Katelyn receivedhery Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training in May of 2015 and currently works for Athletico Physical Therapy as Waukee High School's Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is excited to begin the coaching side of her volleyball career at PowerPlex and looks forward to a fun and successful season!

Danielle Coppin 14 Elite 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 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.

Stephanie Martin 13 Regional Coach

Iowa Power Plex is happy to announce Stephanie Martin to the coaching staff. Stephanie attended Indianola High School where she was a 4 year letter winner in Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Softball. Volleyball became her first love. She quickly transitioned into a go to Middle Hitter in school and club ball. She was an all-Conference and all-State selection multiple years, earning elite all-state her senior year. Stephanie played college volleyball for two years at Iowa State University and then finished her career at Division II Northwest Missouri State University. She also spent time on the track team at each of the schools where she learned to love the 800m. During Grad School, coaching became a natural transition where she spent a year at Maryville High School before being named the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Northwest Missouri State University. “After spending the last 6 years in the business world, I am excited to get back in the gym. I love being around kids who want to get better. I love seeing them work through the difficult times and reap the rewards. Coaching is such a rewarding profession.” Stephanie is married to Tyler and they have three children: Maddie, Case and Will. They reside in Granger.

Cassidy Werner 12 Elite Co-Coach

I am excited to be coaching for the Power Plex VBC this club season. I grew up playing volleyball year round, both for Waverly-Shell Rock High School and for Iowa Force Volleyball Club out of Cedar Falls, IA. I went to Iowa State University and started coaching youth volleyball teams in the Ames area. I am now a 7th grade language arts teacher at Southeast Polk Jr. High, but after starting my career I began to miss playing and coaching volleyball. I am lucky to have this opportunity with Power Plex VBC and can't wait for the season to start!

Janessa Rosebeck 11 Elite Coach

This will be Janessa's second year coaching PowerPlex's 11u Elite team, but third 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 has 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 starts her teaching career within the Southeast Polk Community School District as a third grade teacher at Willowbrook Elementary. She graduated from the University of Iowa in December 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in reading, middle school, and coaching. Janessa is ecstatic to be a part of the Powerplex staff again and is eager to get this season started!

Maddie Mclaughlin 10U 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!

Sarah Marckres Camp/Lesson Instructor

Sarah has been with the club since 2011. She has made a dedication to her teams and players during season as well as outside of season. During this past summer she did many private lesssons to help her players as well as other players interested in joining the club work on the their skills. In the past Sarah has been a coach for the 13s, 14's and 15's. Sarah attended Perry High School and was a 4 year varsity letter winner. Sarah also lettered in basketball and golf. She received All Conference honors her junior and senior year for volleyball. Sarah has played both middle blocker and right side hitter. She has played club volleyball for many years. She played for many different clubs throughout her high school career. She started out at Ricochet Volleyball Club her freshman year. Sophomore year she played for Nitro Volleyball Club. Her junior year she played for Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance (IPVA). Sarah's senior year she played for Power Plex Volleyball Club. Sarah has continued on to Grand View University and is playing for the Grand View Women's Volleyball team. She is majoring in Graphic Design. Sarah is excited to be part of the Power Plex Volleyball Club for another great season!

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