Crissy Nelson Co-Director and Founder 10/11 TPP

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.

Pam Davis 15 National Black Head Coach Assistant Director

I graduated from Norwalk, too many moons ago, but was a 3 sport athlete - Volleyball, Softball and Basketball. I started varsity in all 3 as a freshman through senior year and an 8th grader for softball. I had all conference, all region and all state honors in all three sports. I went to Bemidji State (Northern MN - DII school) on a volleyball and softball scholarship. I started all 3 years in both sports with multiple all conference and all tournament honors - only 3 years because I was young and came home and got married. For Volleyball I was the starting outside hitter and still hold the record for digs. As a Freshman and Junior our team was rated in the top 10 of DII schools in the nation. For softball I am still tied for 4th in all time hitting percentage at BSU and started as the left fielder. After college I continued to play volleyball, playing at least 3 times a week in the highest competitive leagues in Des Moines. I've traveled all over the midwest playing coed volleyball with some of the best players in Des Moines. I've also played in two National women's tournaments securing 2nd in the nation about 5 years ago. I recently started coaching as a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis has halted most if not all of my volleyball playing. 2018/2019 I started to coach at PowerPlex. I participate in all of our extra PPlex programs and will be running the Jr. Evo and Evo programs this year. I average around 20 private lessons a month as well. People are finally getting to know who I am so I've now begun to receive specific requests for me for lessons. I do all this while working a full time job as an Information Technology Director at an Insurance company. BUSY BUSY! My coaching philosophy... Work Hard, Play Hard. I am an up front coach. We set goals at the beginning of the season and check those goals throughout the season. I ask for the girls expectations of us as coaches and we provide them with our expectations. About once a month I sit down with the girls and provide them with things they are doing well and things we need to work on. No surprises. We will also have a ton of fun. Last year we had a holiday themed practice where we dressed up in crazy holiday gear and played various games like dodgeball etc. I am a positive reinforcement coach. I am not a yeller. The first person to know if something went wrong is the player. They don't need me piling on them even more. We talk about it correct it and move on. I demand respect and will give it in return. This is more than volleyball to me. We have life lessons and teaching moments every day. We can always learn from every situation. I learn something new every day. I love the sport and it has been so rewarding to me to teach/coach volleyball and pass on the passion I have for the sport. My Mom and Brother also played volleyball in college and my dad is a pure athlete. I actually met my husband playing doubles sand volleyball. It's in my blood! 🙂 Some other coaching I've done is a lot of softball coaching. Coaching girls from 6 yr olds to 16 year olds.

Kekailoa "KK" Palea Assistant Director, Head Coach for 17 National 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

Emilio Mendoza Coordinator of Training and Mentoring

Emilio Mendoza, Volleyball Client Development / Coach: Emilio coached and directed all of the volleyball activities at MVP Sports. His Central Iowa Select VB program was well-known throughout the region. Playing/Officiating Experience: E started playing volleyball in 1988. He was a High School and NCAA referee and had a Junior National rating as a USA Volleyball official. High School Coaching Experience: JV coach at Waukee High School in 2008 and Freshman coach at Dowling Catholic High School in 2009. Collegiate Coaching Experience: Assistant coach at Central College in 2006, assistant coach at Grand View College in 2007 and assistant coach at Simpson College in 2010-11. USAV Club Coaching & Directing Experience: Spans 20+ years including coaching stints at Westside Juniors, IPVA (one of the founders), Iowa Rockets, directed and coached the volleyball programs at Sports University and Central Iowa Select. Iowa Region High Performance Program: He was one of 33 coaches invited to the Olympic Training Center in 2001 as USAV introduced the HP Pipeline to better identify younger athletes for future National teams. E brought the HP program to the region that summer and has been involved with the program since. Emilio’s GYNT National teams won Gold medals in the 2012 USAV HP Championships held in Des Moines and in 2013 HPC in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Awards: E received the Iowa Region Male Coach of the Year in 2002 and received the Iowa Region Outstanding Club Director award in 2007. Club Accomplishment: CIS 16M won the USA Volleyball Nationals’ American Division held in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 2012 as well as numerous high finishes by various CIS teams.

Ed Brogean, Head Coach for 18 Black

Dubuque, Iowa native and 2004 Dubuque Senior High School graduate Ed (Frederick) Brogean was a four-year member of Clarke’s men’s volleyball program. As a senior, Brogean topped the 1,000-kill mark, earned Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) East Division first-team All-Conference honors and was voted the Crusaders’ MVP.  He led the East Division in both blocks and kills, and was named to the MAMVIC East All-Tournament Team. Brogean ranks fourth in career block solos (79), fifth in kills per set (3.41), sixth in attack attempts (2,294), service aces (72) and total blocks (231), seventh in kills (1,005) and points (1,271) and eighth in attack percentage (.259) and block assists (231). As a member of Clarke’s men’s tennis program, Brogean finished second as a freshman and sophomore in No. 2 doubles at the Northern Illinois – Iowa Conference Tournament. In his Hall of Fame questionnaire, Brogean said “I want the Clarke Community to know that the major part of my growth as a person and adult happened during my years at Clarke College/University. The staff, teachers, coaches etc. were a huge part of my personal development and my faith development. I want the community to remember my love for the Clarke Athletic programs through my participation and support in athletic events and my fun loving, competitive spirit that brought many different people together.” Brogean is an executive resolution manager with the Customer Care and Recovery Group at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines. He has been with the company since 2009. Brogean is in his third season as head varsity volleyball coach at Van Meter High School. He turned a losing program (9-19) into a winning programs (21-9) in his first year. Prior to his stint at Van Meter, Brogean spent three seasons as the head varsity volleyball coach at Waukee High School. He guided Waukee to back-to-back state quarterfinalist finishes. Brogean is active in the Des Moines Pride and the Iowa Power Plex Volleyball Club, and is a member of the Urbandale Church of Christ. Brogean received his bachelor of arts degree in biology from Clarke in 2009.  He earned masters of business administration in organizational leadership from Upper Iowa University. Ed resides in Windsor Heights, Iowa with his 10-month-old twins, Zylir and Zuri.

Holly Siebert Development and training floating 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 Woodward 16 National Black Head 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 16 National Black 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 17 National 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.

Katelynn Dutcher 15 Regional Co-Coach

Originally from State Center, Iowa, Catherine graduated from West Marshall High School in 2019 where she was a four-year letter winner, and four-year starter, in volleyball. She was also a letter winner in softball and track. She began playing volleyball when she was 8 years old, and played club through her senior year of high school. Catherine played at our very own PowerPlex her last 4 years of club volleyball. During her 11 years of volleyball she played about every position, but focused more on defensive specialist and outside hitter. Catherine will be attending Iowa State University in Ames starting in the fall of 2019. While at Iowa State, she will be a part of the volleyball team as a manager while also studying Actuarial Sciences. Catherine is excited to begin her 1st year of coaching at PowerPlex and looks forward to a fun and successful season!

Alyssa Mueller 16 National Red Head 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 14 National 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 Farrel 17 National Red Head Coach

Maddie is coaching the 17s elite red team for the second year in a row. She has been coaching for 6 years; 4 of those years have been with Iowa PowerPlex. Maddie is a defensive specialist and libero from Waukee, Iowa. She played volleyball for 4 years at Waukee High School. She also played softball and ran track earning varsity letters in all 3 sports, including honorable mention in the CIML conference for softball her senior year. Maddie has been playing volleyball for over 12 years. She has coached both volleyball and softball. She played club volleyball in central Iowa for 4 years and almost had an undefeated club season her senior year. 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. Maddie worked in the UNI athletic department for 3 years. She now has a full-time position as a Digital Project Manager & UX Specialist at Strategic America. Maddie gives volleyball lessons to all age groups and helps at various camps throughout the year.

Rhonda Jensen 17 Team Powerplex

Rhonda Jensen lives in Johnston with her husband Fred and 3 children. Her love for volleyball started in high school at Quincy Notre Dame as a 2-year team captain and starting setter. She then continued to play at Quincy University as a 4-year starter and 2-year co-captain. After receiving her degree in Business Management, she continued to play volleyball and coach for various A/BB level USAV/League Teams each year until the summer of 2018 when it was time to get her knee repaired. In 1997, Rhonda became the Head Varsity volleyball coach for Quincy Notre Dame, Quincy, IL. She took over a program that had not won a regional title in the previous 2 years. During her head coaching time she received many accolades. Quincy Herald Whig – Coach of the Year 1997, 1998, 2001 Illinois High School Association – 1999 Coach of the Year Volleyball Illinois High School Girl’s All-Star Volleyball Tournament – 1999 Head Coach Below you will see how each team she coached finished their seasons. 1997 Finished Sweet 16, record 22-18 1998 State Champions, record 33-10 1999 State Runner Up, record 32-11 2000 Regional Champions, record 21-15 2001 State Runner Up, record 27-16 2002 Regional Champions, record 24-14 Since leaving QND, Rhonda is the Head Volleyball Camp Director who organizes and conducts volleyball camps for Junior High and High School programs in the surrounding Quincy, IL area during the summer months. While in Johnston, she provides personal skills training throughout the year. Rhonda is USAV Impact certified. Has her NFHS ASEP CERTIFICATION: Coaching principles and sports first aid and has her Art of Coaching Setter Coach certification.

Amy Hobart 16 National Red Head Coach

Amy was raised in NE Iowa where she started playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. It was in Waverly where Amy played Right Side Hitter for Coach Eavon Woodin, who just received her 1,000th win! After High school, Amy decided to become a nurse and due to the heavy course load, the college requested students to be devoted to course work over athletics. Amy was then able to start coaching freshman volleyball at Waverly under her former coach and also play club volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was attending to get her General Education courses. After college, due Amy's work schedule, she was unable to continue coaching High School Volleyball, but that lead her to start coaching Club Volleyball for 16U for her Alma mater. In 2010, Amy made the move to Des Moines, where she continued to play. In 2014, a position opened up for a Freshman Head Coach at Waukee, and Amy remained there for 3 years. During her time at Waukee, Amy was able to coach Club Volleyball for the Waukee program until she decided to be a traveling nurse in 2016. Then in 2017, a new opportunity arose in Urbandale, where Amy took the position as Junior Varsity Head Coach. Other interests include playing volleyball herself, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors!

Mikayla Overturf 16 National Red Assistant Coach

It is my 4th year coaching volleyball and am currently in my 3rd season at Urbandale high school, where I am the the head JV and and assistant varsity coach. This will be my second season with PowerPlex! I was a two year starter for the Des Moines Area Community College volleyball team where I received all-region honors. Not only do I coach volleyball, but I also enjoy coaching the hurdlers for the Urbandale track team. In my spare time, you can find me doing yoga at Powerlife, playing volleyball at The Sands, or mauling chips and queso at El Rodeo! I am looking forward to being your coach and growing in the game of volleyball together!

Monica Krieger 16 National Red Assistant Coach

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.

Morgan McLaughlin 13 Elite

Morgan grew up in Urbandale, IA and attended Waukee High School where she played volleyball for 4 years before graduating in 2014. Morgan then went on to continue her volleyball career at Simpson College where she played for two more years as a defensive specialist/libero, while getting her degree in Accounting and Business Management. She is also a former PowerPlex player. Morgan has 2 years of experience in coaching volleyball at Waukee and Indianola. She is now a full-time accountant at an accounting firm in West Des Moines. Outside of work, she loves staying active in indoor/sand volleyball leagues. She is excited to be part of the PowerPlex coaching staff and is looking forward to the season!

Morgan Potts

Morgan attended Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa. She was a varsity Libero earning all conference honors and setting a career digs record. Morgan went on to be a combined 4 year varsity player at both the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa as a DS/Libero while earning a Business degree. After earning her degree and completing her first year of work in Chicago, Morgan moved back to Des Moines. She has had previous coaching experience within both Minnesota and Dubuque clubs and is still involved in grass, sand, and indoor volleyball teams. Morgan is looking forward to starting her coaching career here with Powerplex.

Abbie Tonie 15 TPP

Abbie graduated from Johnston High School where earned 11 varsity letters, 3 for volleyball. She played club volleyball during high school and went to Junior Nationals in 2001 and 2004. After high school, Abbie played volleyball at Carnegie Mellon University where she was the team captain in 2007. She was a chameleon on the volleyball court who played many different positions including middle, outside, and right side. Abbie has 5 years of experience coaching club volleyball and joined the PowerPlex family in the fall of 2018. She’s a fan of all her current and former players, and has been lucky to see many go on to play at Division I,II and III volleyball programs. Abbie earned her JD/MBA from Drake University Law School and works as a Program Manager for a large health insurance company. Thanks!

Erin Bramble 13 Elite

Erin was born and raised in Waukee, Iowa and attended Waukee High School where she played volleyball throughout middle school and all of high school before graduating in 2014. She earned varsity letters in volleyball, track and field, and bowling throughout high school in addition to academic honors in each sport. After high school, Erin attended Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota where she continued her track and field career while earning her degrees in Marketing and Mass Communication: Public Relations. She has 2 years of experience coaching youth volleyball and track and field. Currently, Erin works as a Marketing Coordinator/Graphic Designer at a local CPA firm. She also coaches high school track and field in the spring. Outside of work, Erin enjoys staying active playing recreational sports and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of the PowerPlex coaching staff this year and is looking forward to the season.

Susan Elder

Hi – I’m Susan Elder, known for being an enthusiastic volleyball lover. In high school, at South-east Webster Grand (yes that is in Iowa) I was a 4 time letter winning middle hitter that was known for my energy on the court. I was a 2 time team captain, voted MVP 2 years in a row by my teammates, 4 time academic all-conference recipient and a 2 time all-conference team recipient. I continued my volleyball career at Central College in Pella, IA where I continued to be a ball of energy at the college that was known for having a quick offense and the best cheer squad in the conference. At Central I was voted rookie of the year by my team, I was team captain for one year, and received the spirit award 2 years in a row. I was involved in a number of student organizations at Central and I strongly believe lessons learned in volleyball are applicable to many areas of life. I’ve supported the coaching staff for a variety of club teams in Pella and coached at Centrals team camps. This is my first year coaching at Plex and I’m very excited about it! I live in West Des Moines and I am a HR Generalist at Strategic America, an advertising agency. When I’m not working I enjoy biking with Brian, my better half, and taking care of my patio plants.

Devan Hannah 11 Elite

Devan is originally from Milford, Iowa and graduated from Okoboji High School where she was a three-year letter winner in volleyball, a four year letter winner in track and dance, and a one year letter winner in swim team. She began playing volleyball when she was 11-years-old and played AAU through middle school and freshman year of high school. Devan continued to play at the intramural level her freshman year at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and played at the University of Iowa noncompetitvely. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Interdepartmental Studies and a minor in Social Work and is currently works at Prelude Behavioral Services as a substance abuse counselor. Devan currently plays beach volleyball leagues in the metro area. Devan is excited to be a part of the PowerPlex team and eager to see what this season brings.

Shannon Stewart 10/11 TPP

Stewart co-founded the club with Nelson in 2009, but left after 3 years to be the assistant varsity coach at Waukee High School. Shannon attended Urbandale High School where was a varsity starter and earned all-conference, and third team all-state honors in volleyball, while also lettering in track, soccer and basketball. She was a member of the 2000 IPVA team that qualified for Jr Nationals. Shannon continued her career at Simpson College where she was a 4 year starter and letter winner playing outside and middle hitter. She was named Iowa Conference MVP in 2003, as well as Iowa Conference player of the week several times, 1st team all-conference, 1st team all-district and 1st team all-region throughout her career . Her junior year she was named 3rd Team All-American. In the fall of 2015, she was inducted into the Simpson College Hall of Fame where she still ranks in the top 10 in career blocks, aces, kills, hitting percentage and digs, and is among 1 of 7 seven players in school history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Shannon began her coaching career as a club coach for Indianola Club while still at Simpson. She coached at Urbandale Club before taking the sophomore coaching job at Dowling for a year, then coaching at Waukee High school as the JV and varsity assistant coach from 06-07. She took a few years over before running to the assistant varsity position at Waukee in 2011. She ran the Waukee Volleyball Club for 3 years until she left the Waukee program. She returned to PowerPlex in the winter of 2016 as a roaming coach, while assisting with the Jr League and Evolution programs. She is very excited to be back coaching a team this winter and continuing to watch the program grow.

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