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COACHES

2023/2024
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U17

John Reopelle

I’m starting my 37th year of coaching volleyball at the high school level, the last 30 as a varsity head coach. I have been fortunate in that time to work with some great athletes. In 1996, while coaching at Bethel, we won the State Championship with a 34-0 record, and for all the girls' hard work I was awarded State Coach of the Year. While at Bethel we won six Division Titles and three SPSL Championships and one West Central District Championship. We made eight consecutive state appearances which extended Bethel's streak to state a record 13 straight years. I have been lucky enough to be voted SPSL Coach of the Year five times. I was Head Coach at Rogers High School in Puyallup WA. for three years taking 8th in the state our first year and nearly missing in our second year. My last High School position was at Yelm, WA., 21015-20. In 2010 I was inducted into the Tacoma/Pierce County Athletic Commission Hall of Fame and in 2012 I was inducted into the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2021 I retired from teaching and moved to Sandpoint. I thought I had also retired from coaching but I just finished my second season as a member of the North Idaho coaching staff and am glad my retirement only lasted six months.

U17

Brett Taylor

Bret brings 32 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school/club ages and numerous accolades including...
Assisted College of Southern Idaho to a 50-0 season and a NJCAA National Championship.
Assistant Coach at Gonzaga University.
Head Volleyball Coach at Coeur d’Alene High School.
- 4th place finish at the Idaho State Championships
- Idaho District 1-2 5A Coach of the Year
Head Volleyball Coach at North Idaho College.
- 2 x NJCAA Region 18 Volleyball Champions
- 2 x NJCAA Region 18 Volleyball Coach of the Year
- 4th and 9th place finishes at the NJCAA Volleyball National Championships
- Idaho awards banquet
College Coach of the Year
- AVCA Western Region Junior College Coach of the Year
Head Volleyball Coach Lake City High School
- 3rd place finish at the Idaho State Volleyball Championships
- Idaho District 1-2 5A Coach of the Year
Coached in many successful USA Volleyball Evergreen Region Club 1986-2023

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U14 Piper

Piper Wahlin

I started playing volleyball in 3rd grade and fell in love with the sport. In my four years at Sandpoint High School, we were Idaho State Champions my freshman and junior years. I graduated in 2010, and was lucky enough to get a full-ride scholarship to play at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I played for three years before I unfortunately suffered a career-ending back injury. I decided to finish a semester early in 2013 with a Professional Sales Degree and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After taking five years off to heal my back, I began coaching at Sandpoint High School in 2018, joined Mountainside Club shortly after that, and then NIVBC. 2022/2023 winter season I began coaching the NIVBC 14's, am a real estate agent, and work for a local interior design company. And as of 2023 summer I am now the Sandpoint High School Varsity head coach and am excited to continue to keep the high school program the club program working together.

U14 Piper

Sam Fisher

Sam has played volleyball since about the 6th grade and played for Sandpoint middle school/high school all 6 years. She played varsity for 3 out of her 4 high school years. Sam was part of NIVBC club for many years as well and played two years of Collegiate volleyball. She coached the u-16 red team in 2022/2023 as my first year of coaching and this coming season will be my second.

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U14 Cassidy

Cassidy Brocaille

I was born and raised in the volleyball-crazed state of Nebraska. Go Huskers! I began playing club volleyball when I was 12 for River City Juniors volleyball, where I received the opportunity to begin coaching while playing at a very young age. I have coached various clinics, leagues, and programs with The Volleyball Academy (TVA) in Omaha, NE for a total of 10 years in addition to coaching for River City Juniors for 2 years. In high school I was a dual-sport athlete, playing varsity volleyball and tennis, and became an Academic All-State player my senior year. After being accepted/recruited by a dozen or so colleges and volleyball programs, I made the difficult decision to take a gap year to study abroad, and focused on academics instead of athletics in college thereafter. In the last several years, I have resumed coaching and playing volleyball, and have loved every minute of it. I am passionate about instilling essential values that translate into player’s lives on and off the court. Bring a hard work ethic and a coachable attitude to my court, and we will have a great season together. When I am not coaching or playing, I enjoy traveling, skiing, and working on our homestead with my husband

U14 Cassidy

Sara Short

I started my volleyball career in middle school for my home state of Montana, then started varsity as an outside hitter in all 4 years of high school. I was recognized at the state games in Montana by a community college coach out of Glendive, where I played for 2 years as DS (2011) and outside hitter (2012). In between summers (2012 & 2013) I coached preteen and teen girls at the NBC camp in Billings Montana. Since then I have played Co-Ed volleyball, several tournaments, and women’s city league/Co-Ed in Sandpoint. I love the game and cannot wait to share my passion with other gals who feel the same about the sport! 

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U12

Katie Korn

I have been playing volleyball since the 5th grade for NIVBC, this is where my love and passion for the game began. I played for Sandpoint Middle and High school all 6 years. My junior year we found a lot of success including making it to the Idaho state championship finals. I have played for multiple clubs including NIVBC and T3. 2023 will be my first year as a head coach for club volleyball but I have been assisting for teams and coaches at specialty clinics for years. I have had the opportunity to learn from a lot of amazing coaches and am excited for this new journey to begin. 

U12

Savanna Scott

Savanna Scott played for Sandpoint High School Varsity for 3 years including being a starter on the 2006 SHS Idaho State Championship team. She played for North Idaho Volleyball Club U14-U16 seasons and went on to play 4 years at Montana Tech- University of Montana as a defensive specialist. Savanna has now coached for a total of 8 years. She has ranged from U12 to U16 level at North Idaho Volleyball Club as well as working as a defensive specialist coach. She has also coached JV2 and JV level at Sandpoint High School, assisted varsity and is currently JV coach at the high school.

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DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM

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Rainie Conley

Rainie was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. She began playing volleyball through the local rec league program and fell in love with the sport immediately. From here she would go on to play for Sandpoint Middle School, Sandpoint High School, volleyball clubs located in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, and go on to play at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. She has always enjoyed sharing her love of the sport with others and began coaching while in high school. Most recently she has been coaching the 1st Touches and Developmental groups for NIVBC.

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Jaclyn Eckersley

Jaclyn Eckerlsey grew up in Mead, WA where she played varsity volleyball for Mt. Spokane HS for three years. Her team placed in the state tournament each of the three years, and placed 2nd her senior year. During this time she also played for Splash VBC and played in Junior Olympics 2009. She coached for Performance Point VBC in West Lafayette, IN, running the Little Spikers 8-11 year old program and as an assistant coach for U-14. Most recently she was the assistant coach for NIVBC developmental league. Jaclyn holds an MA in archaeology from BYU and splits her time between raising her daughter, coaching, and working as an artist. 

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Susan Muldoon

Volleyball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started playing at a young age and quickly fell in love with the sport.  I didn't realize at the time was just how much volleyball would come to mean to me in the years that followed.

 

As I continued to play throughout my childhood and into my teenage years, I found that volleyball became a support for many areas of my life. The communication and teamwork skills I learned on the court translated to my relationships outside of the gym. Volleyball gave me the ability to cope with challenges and overcome obstacles all while being supported my healthy and compassionate adults. 

 

When I finished college, I knew that I wanted to give back to the sport that had given me so much. I started coaching at elite levels, drawing on my own experiences as a player to help other young athletes develop their skills and grow as people.

 

Over the years, I have worked with players of all ages and abilities. I won several awards during my time at university, where I consistently held the highest hitting and blocking percentage in my conference. Once my college athlete career had come to an end, I started coaching at Medaille University as an assistant coach. Since then I have head coached at various clubs - 18s with BOCO Volleyball Club, 15s with Flatirons Volleyball Club, and 16s with T3 Volleyball Club. I have held the head coaching position for Nederland Highschool in  CO & served as a coordinator for I-9 sports in Denver. Here, I supported young players and all coaches- developing practice plans and objectives. Along with this, I have coached with Colorado University Boulder during their summer clinics and camps for developing players. 

 

My philosophy on coaching is player-centered. I believe in supporting the entire individual - not just their athletic abilities, but also their emotional well-being and personal development. I am passionate about Social Emotion Learning, and I bring this approach to every aspect of my coaching. Everything I do is focused on bringing the team together and building a positive and supportive community.

 

I am thrilled to be a part of the North Idaho Volleyball Club developmental league, and I am excited to work with younger players to establish a love and growth mindset for the game. Volleyball has meant so much to me in my own life, and I can't wait to share that passion with a whole new generation of athletes.

OUTDOOR SAND LEAGUE

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Ali Meehan

Allison grew up in Post Falls, Idaho. She played two years at North Idaho College as a setter and then transferred to San Jose State where she had the opportunity to compete on both the indoor and beach volleyball teams. Alli competed on the #1 beach team for San Jose State while working towards her undergrad degree in Business Management and her Master’s in Kinesiology, Sport Management. Alli continued playing in California where she is a AAA rated player and has multiple top 10 finishes in both CBVA Open and AVP Next tournaments. She has been coaching beach volleyball for 6 years and was the Assistant Director for one of the largest beach clubs in NorCal called Sandlegs. Alli moved up to Sandpoint in 2020 and works full time as an office manager at Northern Peaks Dental, but she still enjoys playing and coaching every chance she can get.

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Piper Wahlin

I started playing volleyball in 3rd grade and fell in love with the sport. In my four years at Sandpoint High School, we were Idaho State Champions my freshman and junior years. I graduated in 2010, and was lucky enough to get a full-ride scholarship to play at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I played for three years before I unfortunately suffered a career-ending back injury. I decided to finish a semester early in 2013 with a Professional Sales Degree and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After taking five years off to heal my back, I began coaching at Sandpoint High School in 2018, joined Mountainside Club shortly after that, and then NIVBC. 2022/2023 winter season I began coaching the NIVBC 14's, am a real estate agent, and work for a local interior design company. And as of 2023 summer I am now the Sandpoint High School Varsity head coach and am excited to continue to keep the high school program the club program working together. 

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Dani Meehan

Danielle played indoor volleyball locally at Post Falls High School before continuing on to play volleyball at both Walla Walla Community College and North Idaho College after graduation. She coached for Post Falls Club prior to moving to Sandpoint. Now she enjoys playing volleyball with her family and younger sisters.

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Jaclyn Eckersley

Jaclyn Eckerlsey grew up in Mead, WA where she played varsity volleyball for Mt. Spokane HS for three years. Her team placed in the state tournament each of the three years, and placed 2nd her senior year. During this time she also played for Splash VBC and played in Junior Olympics 2009. She coached for Performance Point VBC in West Lafayette, IN, running the Little Spikers 8-11 year old program and as an assistant coach for U-14. Most recently she was the assistant coach for NIVBC developmental league. Jaclyn holds an MA in archaeology from BYU and splits her time between raising her daughter, coaching, and working as an artist. 

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