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We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth volleyball experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.


JOHN DOWNEY, Director

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 12u Coach

Phone: 503-930-7984
Email: [email protected]

 
John started coaching in 1986 with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).  He continued with Rose City Volleyball Club (Portland, OR) and Central Catholic High School (Portland, OR) from 1999 to 2015; coaching 12u, 14u and 18u.  Additionally, John was employed as the USA Volleyball (USAV) Regional Commissioner for the CEVA from 2003 to 2007, where he managed all adult and youth USA Volleyball for Oregon and Southwest Washington.  John founded the Willamette Volleyball Classic Tournament in 2007, with Oregon State University Volleyball Coaches Terry Liskevych & Mark Barnard.  He remains the tournament co-director.  John has attended multiple volleyball trainings through USA Volleyball, as well as the Art of Coaching Volleyball with Russ Rose (Penn State), John Dunning (Stanford) and Terry Liskevych (Oregon State).

After moving to Klamath Falls in 2015, John accepted head coaching positions with the Basin Bombers VBC and Mazama High School. He now is the Club Director for Basin Bombers VBC and continues to coach Junior Girls Volleyball.





DR. KENNETH MURCZEK, Board Member

Basin Bombers Volleyball Academy Coordinator

Email:  [email protected]

 

Dr. Murczek came to Klamath Falls in March of 2020 as the new Oregon Tech Women's Volleyball Head Coach.  Immediately upon moving to town, Murczek reached out to BBVC to continue the collaboration and partnership that BBVC has historically enjoyed with Oregon Tech's WVB.  Murczek jumped in and helped provide youth volleyball opportunities during the pandemic.  Murczek helped build the BBVC Sand Volleyball Court, instructed some BBVC beach volleyball clinics, provided individual and small group lessons to BBVC members, and provided virtual and grass volleyball clinics to youth in the Klamath Basin.  In the Fall of 2020, Murczek accepted a position on the BBVC Board and continued to creatively find ways to offer skilled volleyball instruction to youth in the Klamath Basin.  Murczek, along with the Oregon Tech WVB Program, will run the Basin Bombers Volleyball Academy - to provide high level volleyball instruction to youth who are unable to participate in the BBVC USAV/CEVA Teams.

Prior to Oregon Tech, Murczek spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the San Diego State volleyball program. A former Aztec men's volleyball player, Murczek brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Owls, including nine years as a head coach at the NCAA level. He was the head coach of the men's volleyball program at the University of Charleston in West Virginia during the spring of 2017, following a three-year stint as head coach of the women's team at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Murczek was also the head coach at the University of North Texas for three years.  Prior to that he served as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, University of Virginia, Western Michigan University and Purdue University.  He was also the head coach as Saint Joseph's College, Cuyamaca College and West Hills High School.  Over his 25 years of coaching, he has been affiliated with multiple USAV clubs across the United States.
 
Murczek continues to play high-level, competitive volleyball.  He currently holds CBVA AAA rating on the beach and has won back to back gold medals (2018-2019) at the USA Volleyball adult nationals with Team Pineapple.
 

 

TONIA BROWN, Board Member

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 18u Coach

Email: [email protected]

Tonia is currently in her second year as an Assistant Coach for Oregon Tech Volleyball.  She has coached for BBVC for the last three seasons; coaching 18u and 16u CEVA teams.  Tonia was instrumental in the founding of Basin Bombers Volleyball Club and continues to be a board member. 

Prior to Oregon Tech and BBVC coaching, Tonia spent 7 years as the Head Volleyball Coach at Henley High School. In 2016, her team placed 6th at the OSAA 4A State Volleyball Tournament.  Tonia  was also an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Mazama High School, a Head Coach for Henley Middle School and a club coach through Klamath River Volleyball Club.  Tonia previously ran the Klamath YMCA volleyball program.  Tonia has attended advanced coaching clinics at the University of Washington and Portland State University.

BRIAN BROWN

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 18u Coach

Email: [email protected]

 

Brian is currently in his second year as an Assistant Coach for Oregon Tech Volleyball.  He has coached for BBVC for the last three seasons; coaching 18u and 16u CEVA teams.  

Prior to Oregon Tech and BBVC coaching, Brian spent 7 years coaching at Henley High School.  In 2016, the team placed 6th at the OSAA 4A State Volleyball Tournament.  Brian also coached for Henley Middle School.  Prior to coaching volleyball, Brian spent time coaching football in the Klamath Basin.  Brian has attended advanced coaching clinics at the University of Washington and Portland State University.

 

DONNY CLOUD, Board Member

BBVC Fundraising Coordinator

Email:  [email protected]


BBVC is excited to announce our newest board member and fundraising coordinator!  Donny is passionate about player success on and off the court. As a volleyball dad, his daughter Rayne has been a Bomber for the past 3 seasons. With a versatile experience in sales, marketing & coaching, he brings over twenty years of sales/marketing experience and 12 seasons of coaching multiple sports.

Donny has lived in the Klamath Basin for 18 years and developed positive relationships with businesses and community members. Currently, he is employed with the Klamath County School District at Bonanza High School. In addition, head football coach and JV boys basketball coach for the upcoming seasons.

Donny and his wife Tifanie have four children between them, Noah 19, Emma 17, Thomas 15 and Rayne 14.

 

SAM FENNER, Board Member

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 12u Coach

Email: [email protected]


Sam has coached youth volleyball in the Klamath Basin for the last 10 years with the YMCA, High Desert Volleyball Club (10u), and Basin Bombers Volleyball Club (10u, 12u, 14u - AAU & CEVA). She also coached at Henley Middle School and currently coaches at Mazama High School. Sam spent the last 5 years as the Willamette Volleyball Classic Volleyball Tournament Co-Director.  Sam also coaches volleyball annually at the Oregon State University Volleyball Camp under the direction of Mark Barnard (2017 Pac-12 Coach of the Year).

In addition to coaching for Basin Bombers Volleyball Club, she also serves as a member of the BBVC Board and is the BBVC Director of Operations.



HANNAH CAREY

2020 Beach Volleyball Coach

Email: [email protected]


Hannah returns to BBVC after coaching 14u AAU and CEVA indoor volleyball for the last two years and BBVC Beach Clinics for the 2019 season.

Hannah has been playing volleyball for 13 years.  She was a 4-year varsity starter and captain at Scappoose High School.  Hannah played club volleyball for Athena Volleyball Club (Portland) as well played competitive beach volleyball (AAU & USAV tournaments).  Hannah is currently a defensive specialist for Oregon Tech.  Prior to that she played right side and setter.  Hannah previously coached beach volleyball through Portland Junior Beach Volleyball for 3 years.  Hannah says, "I look forward to making strong connections with your athletes, building them up mentally, and physically, and teaching them lessons they can use later in life."


 

ANNEKE GRIFFITH

BBVC Lakeview Coordinator/Coach

Email: [email protected]


Anneke Griffith is a doctor of physical therapy, currently working at Lake District Hospital Rehabilitation. She was a member of the 2002 Lakeview High School 3A State Volleyball Champion team, and has been playing volleyball since she was 12 years old. Although she did not pursue a volleyball scholarship in college, she was recruited. Instead, Anneke got her undergraduate education at Oregon State University and was a member of the volleyball club there. She traveled to national competitions and regional tournaments around the west coast. Anneke had coaching experience for leadership teams and directing conventions for 2000+ high school students for 5 years. During her doctorate program and after, she participated in community volleyball leagues and won several city championships.

Anneke has been busy starting a family over the last several months, but she is excited to be back in her hometown helping to grow the volleyball program.


  

JASON TUCKER, Board Member

Email: [email protected]

Jason has coached 12u, 14u and 16u AAU volleyball for Basin Bombers for the last 7 years. He has also coached middle-school volleyball for Triad for 3 years.  Additionally, Jason has spent many years coaching youth volleyball through the YMCA.  In 2017, Jason accepted a position on the Basin Bombers Volleyball Club’s Board of Directors.  Jason is no stranger to competitive sports, as growing up he played competitive baseball.  His baseball career took him to Oregon Tech and College of the Redwoods.  Jason says, “It is an honor for me to work alongside such great people that have a heart and passion for youth sports (specifically volleyball) in the Klamath Basin.”



MADDY VON FLUE

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 16u Coach

Email: [email protected]

Maddy joins the BBVC Coaching Staff this year; however, is not a stranger to volleyball in the Klamath Basin.  This prior Oregon Tech Volleyball player is the current varsity head coach of the newly formed Triad/Hosanna Christian Volleyball Team.  Maddy was the head volleyball coach for Triad School for the 2019 season as well.

Maddy has played volleyball for the last 11 years.  She played prep volleyball for South Salem High School where she was a 4-year letterman.  During her time in high school, she was awarded the honors of Team Captain, MVP, Best Defensive Player and Volleyball Player of the Year.  Maddy also played USAV/CEVA Volleyball for North Pacific Juniors (NPJ).  She played on NPJ's 18u National team for 2 years, prior to her recruitment to play for Oregon Tech.

Maddy is currently attending OHSU's School of Nursing.  Maddy said, "I am excited to start coaching for BBVC and connect with new players and their families."


ANNA NGUYEN

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 16u Coach

Email: [email protected]

Anna joins the BBVC Coaching Staff this year to coach a 16u USAV/CEVA Team.  Anna is currently the Triad/Hosanna Christian assistant volleyball coach, where she coaches with BBVC Coach Maddy Von Flue.

Anna has played volleyball since the age of 6.  She came to the Klamath Basin from the Portland area where she played prep volleyball at Clackamas High School.  Anna also played club volleyball in the USAV/CEVA league with North Clackamas Volleyball Club and Trials End Volleyball Club.

 

KELSEY REED

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 16u Coach

Email:  [email protected]



 

KALANI KOLII

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 14u Coach

Email: [email protected]

Kalani returns to BBVC this year after spending the prior two seasons coaching 14u AAU teams -  with great success.  In addition to coaching for BBVC, Kalani is in his second year as an Assistant Coach at Mazama High School.  He specializes in reinforcing fundamental skills and growing the love for the game.

Kalani’s career started in 1988 where he played in the Military Intramurals in Fairbanks, Alaska.  He was accepted on the Fairbanks Regional AA Volleyball team and played for 7 years.  During his tenure, he received numerous recognitions as a player.  He also coached both the women’s and co-ed teams for the City of Fairbanks Volleyball traveling teams for 7 years.  Kalani received his coaching certification through USBVA and later was certified to officiate.
 
Kalani left the volleyball arena due to his military career but is excited to be back in the game as
 a coach.
 

 JENNIFER ANDRADE

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 14u Coach
Email: [email protected]

BBVC is excited to gain Jenn Andrade as part of our Coaching Staff.  This veteran coach has coached competitive volleyball for the past 15 years the California Bay Area.  We are excited that she decided to return to the court and share her skills with our athletes!

Jenn began her volleyball coaching high school boys.  She then transitioned to coaching JV girls at San Benito High School, where she stayed for 13 years.  Jenn coached club volleyball in USAV's NCVA Region.  Jenn coached 14u and 15 u for Impact Volleyball Club, Crush Volleyball Club and Rush Volleyball Club.  Jenn attended and hosted several Gold Medal Squared camps while coaching in the Bay Area.

Jenn is most proud of the fact that many of her players chose to return to the game and alongside of her throughout the years.  


 

LAURA NICKERSON

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 14u Coach

Email:  [email protected]

 


 
 MIKE WHALEN

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 14u Coach

Email: [email protected]


BBVC is excited have Mike Whalen coaching for the club this year.  Mike has a long history of coaching volleyball in Southern Oregon and the Klamath Basin for over 20 years.

Mike began his school-based coaching career assisting 6A North Medford High School in 1998.  He then was the Varsity Volleyball Head Coach at Mazama High School from 1999-2003.  In 2001, he was the Regional Volleyball Coach for Summer Player Select Team in Hawaii.  In 2006, Mike was the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Klamath Union High School.  For the last several years, he has helped coach and manage the volleyball program at Brixner Middle School. Over the years, he has coached YMCA volleyball as well as Basin Bombers Volleyball (AAU).


 
JESSIE DUBOSE

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 12u Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

MARISSA MCGINNIS

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 12u Coach
Email: [email protected]

Marissa returns to BBVC this year after spending the the last two seasons as a BBVC AAU 12u coach.  Marissa also was part of the coaching staff for Mazama Volleyball.  

Marissa began playing volleyball at age 12, making it very exciting for to coach  BBVC's 12-Green team.  Marissa not only played volleyball in high school (Mazama) but also played club volleyball for Basin Bombers throughout her high school years.  After high school, Marissa continued playing adult club volleyball through Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR), before transferring her education back to Klamath Falls.  

Marissa says, "I am so excited to be able to be a part of this BBVC experience - as a coach this time.  I can't wait to teach these young ladies not only to become better players individually, but also how to work together as a team.


GEORGE MERHOFF

2020-21 USAV/CEVA 16u Coach
Email: [email protected]

George joins Basin Bombers after helping coach players this summer in beach volleyball tournaments.  We are excited for him to join our high-school-level indoor athletes due to his extensive experience with coaching high school athletes in other sports.

George is a Klamath Falls native who attended Klamath Union High School where he played football, basketball and track.  George went on to play Division I Football at Oregon State University.  George returned to his hometown and raised his 4 children; all of whom participated in youth and high school athletics.  

George has coached youth and high school sports for over 15 years (soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, football, track and sand volleyball).  He currently coaches high school football, track and sand volleyball  and is also a weightlifting coach at the high school level.  

Outside of coaching, George is a local business owner who enjoys golf, skiing, travel and watching sports at all levels.


 
JAYLEE KAHL
               
2020-21 USAV/CEVA 14u Coach

Email: [email protected]

 Jaylee bridged the gap between player and coach during the 2018-19 season when she joined BBVC as a student intern coach.  Last year, she was a 16u AAU assistant coach.  This year Jaylee has returned to coach for the 2020-21 season.  

Jaylee is no stranger to the Basin Bombers.  The prior Varsity Middle Blocker for Henley High School began playing volleyball in the 2nd grade.  In addition to playing at Henley High School, Jaylee played 2 years on BBVC's 14u AAU team and 3 years on BBVC's CEVA 18u team.  Jaylee said, "I always looked up to high school girls and wanted to be one of the girls on the Varsity team.  This year I decided to volunteer to be a coach to help your daughter become that girl on Varsity that everyone looks up to."  Jaylee looks forward to working with the BBVC coaching staff, parents and especially the players! 
  



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Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 503-936-7984
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