ACE Volleyball is a Family-oriented and passionate group of parent coaches. We all have numerous years of experience coaching Volleyball - Many with EXTENSIVE playing and coaching careers. We take coaching seriously and are constantly improving in our methods and style. We further our education yearly and subscribe/purchase many different training/coaching aids to help us in our goals to train your athlete to her fullest potential. All coaches meet the coaching standards set by the AZ Region, while others go well beyond with "Coach of the Year", AOC and CAP certifications (along with others being certified Referee and Scorekeeper trainers).
In our efforts toward continuing our coaching education, Coach Chad, Coach Denna and Coach Brian all attended the AOC Phoenix Clinic at South Mountain Community College.
Hosted by: John Dunning - Stanford, Russ Rose - Penn State, Mike Sealy - UCLA, Dave Rubio - U of A, Stevie Mussie ASU
Coach and Club Director - Chad KreikampContact Information:480-889-4599 CellChad@acevb.netYears coaching: 13Coaching history:High School: Volleyball Program Director - Varsity Head Coach, JV Asst.: Heritage Academy 7-2017 to presentHigley High School 6-2014 to 9-2016Chandler Prep Lady Titans 6-2012 to 6-2014. Named Coach of the Year by the AIA for the 2013 season.Before that I worked as Assistant Coach and Guest Coach while donating my time to the Chandler Prep Volleyball Program.Club:I've coached for 2 clubs (ACE and Aspire), where I worked with 14s-18s age groups.Playing history:I started playing volleyball in 1978 in a recreational league in my home town of Neenah, WI.As my skills developed, I learned the subtle nuances of each position. While attending college I formed and played on the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Mens' Club Volleyball Team as a Middle Blocker. My last season I was able to play Outside Hitter for one year before moving to MN. In MN I met a Div I setter for the University of MN Mens' Volleyball Team and we formed a USA Volleyball team. We played in numerous tournaments throughout MN and surrounding areas and in Regional and National tournaments all over the USA.Around this time I became a certified Regional Referee and Scorekeeper. I also worked with the North Country Region of USA Volleyball to host and conduct player and coach training all over the Midwest. In the fall of 2006 I was honored to be asked to join a fledgling group of girls from Chandler Prep and donate my time to work with them and help them develop their skills. After the first practice, I was hooked!! I have been honored to have been a full-time coach for over 500 girls over these past few years. I look forward to working with each of you!Certifications:AOC - The Art of Coaching Volleyball - Phoenix Clinic May 2016USAV - IMPACT CertifiedUSAV - Background ScreenedNFHS - Background Screened and IVP Finger PrintedNFHS - First Aid and CPR TrainedNFHS - AIC Accredited Coach (Fundamentals of Coaching, Coaching Volleyball, Concussion in Sports)PCA - The Positive Coaching Alliance - Double Goal Coach Level 3Certified Referee and ScorekeeperWhat you love most about coaching:Watching players get the most out of their skills and seeing the drive and determination of players striving to achieve their personal goals on and off the court.
Coach - Cassie GuidiceContact Information:480-335-3308 CellCassie@acevb.netPlaying ExperienceHigh school: Chandler Prep Freshman Team 2010Chandler Prep JV 2011, MVP Chandler Prep Varsity 2012, 2013 Defensive Player of the Year2014 Aspire Volleyball Club 18-1Occidental College, NCAA - D-III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 2014-2018Best Female Athlete - Strength and Conditioning Spring 2016Offensive Player of the Year 2016
After first playing for Coach Chad in 2012 and learning more in depth about the specifics of volleyball, all of my passion and focus went from soccer to volleyball. With a 23-4 record, our Chandler Prep Varsity team went to the 2013 AIA DIV State Playoffs. We had a devastating loss in the semi-finals, but this was also one of the most influential moments when I chose to pursue my volleyball career further.I was very fortunate to have a friend and mentor support my club volleyball career. I played at Aspire on the 18-2s team with an amazing group of girls for Coach Marissa (she’s the one responsible for teaching me the famous “Cassie Suicide”). After three months, I moved up to the 18-1s team and played in tournaments in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Florida.I played volleyball for four years at Occidental College in Los Angeles. I chose this school specifically because of the team atmosphere and head coach, Heather Collins. Playing at a D-III college was the perfect combination of being a collegiate athlete and a student with a heavy academic concentration. I graduated from Occidental College in 2018 with BA in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture. I plan to get my masters in Berlin, Germany and then a PhD in the U.S. in hopes of becoming a professor, and hopefully continue playing and coaching volleyball along the way! What I love about coaching:I love helping players improve their athleticism and skill, but I love and value everything I’ve learned from individual players and coaches in return. I think the coach-athlete relationship is not only a performance factor, but has a huge impact on both the coach and athlete’s life and development outside of volleyball.
Coach - Jake BurdickContact Information:480-543-7158 cellJake@acevb.netYears coaching: 3Coaching experiencePower VBC Legacy’s 18’s 2017/18 season
Playing Experience:I started playing volleyball my freshman year of high school. I made the freshman/ training team and we practiced twice a week for only a couple hours maybe. We basically learned about the game (the lingo and fundamentals). Because of this I thought I wasn’t good enough for any of the school or club teams. It wasn’t until my junior year after playing sand with my cousin over the summer, I was convinced to try out for Molten. I made the 17’s team. After the club season I went out for the school team and made the JV team. I started as an outside hitter or right side. That very same year the varsity team won the state championship and I was able to practice with them and be apart of process. The following year I wasn’t able to go out for the club team but I still played as much as I could. By the time the school season rolled around I tried out and made varsity. We had a good season and made it to the semi finals where we eventually lost to the future state champs.After I graduated I have remained involved in the sport by playing in sand and indoor tournaments. I love everything about this game and I am constantly trying to better my understanding and improve my level of play. I hope I can use what I have learned and my experiences to help these girls become better players and students of this great game.
What I love about coaching:Watching a player with the determination to improve, finally reap the benefits of their labor over the course of a season.
Coach and Club Director - Denna BurnsContact Information:480-797-8445 CellDenna@acevb.netYears coaching: 7Coaching history:High School: JV Head Coach, Varsity Asst.: Heritage Academy 7-2017 to presentHigley High School 6-2014 to 9-2016Certifications:AOC - The Art of Coaching Volleyball - Phoenix Clinic May 2016USAV - IMPACT CertifiedUSAV - Background ScreenedNFHS - Background Screened and IVP Finger PrintedNFHS - First Aid and CPR TrainedNFHS - AIC Accredited Coach (Fundamentals of Coaching, Coaching Volleyball, Concussion in Sports)PCA - The Positive Coaching Alliance - Double Goal Coach Level 3
I am ULTRA-Competitive in every aspect of my life! "Never give up" is my moto! I am passionate about the sport and love coaching these young ladies. My real value as a coach is being able to relate and motivate these young ladies. My primary focus is impacting player performance through methods other than technical advice or drills. I also act as a liaison between the other coaches and these young players. I can sometimes offer perspectives to these players to help them understand why the coaches are saying/doing certain things and helping strengthen the coach-athlete bond. I am also good at bringing up the difficult topics and discussions about player/coach, player/player or even player/parent and helping facilitate communication between the parties involved.I bring an energy and enthusiasm to each of the teams within ACE and I thoroughly enjoy developing friendships with these players. I coach ATTITUDE. I coach BEHAVIOR. I coach EFFORT. And I'm always here for you!
What you love most about coaching:I love to see the smiles on their faces when they trust, try, and succeed. I also love knowing the positive, long-lasting impact coaches can have on athletes, starting on the volleyball court. I have made many very close friendships that I value dearly.
Coach - Brian CabelliContact Information:480-288-0829 CellBrian@acevb.netYears coaching: 24Coaching history:Assistant Coach ACE Volleyball Girls 14s-17s 2015-presentAssistant Coach AZ Volleyworks Girls 18s Traveling Team 2000-2005USAV Men ‘s Head Coach/Player (Simpsons) A Division 1995 USAV Men’s Assistant Coach/Player (Kikamaka) A Division 1990-1994Playing history:I played Collegiately in Southern California for Pierce College 1979-1981. I was a defensive specialist and outside hitter. I continued to play in several volleyball leagues in Southern California after College. In 1986 I moved to Arizona where I met a fellow co-worker Larry Nakamura who also had a passion for volleyball. Larry and I put together a men’s team (Kikamaka) in which he would head the team and I would be the assistant. I was an outside hitter and the backup setter. During those 4 years, we had 1 Arizona region title in the A division. We finished 4th at the YMCA nationals held in Peoria Illinois and the following year we finished 2nd at the YMCA nationals held in Louisville, Kentucky. I moved on to a new men’s team in which I was asked to coach and also play. I moved from being an outside hitter to the setter position. We won the Arizona region in the A division. I continued to play in various men’s and coed leagues, but it was time to make the transition to coaching and in 2000 Larry asked me to be his assistant coach for AZ Volleyworks 18s girls.Certifications:AOC - The Art of Coaching Volleyball - Phoenix Clinic May 2016USAV - IMPACT CertifiedUSAV - Background ScreenedNFHS - Background Screened and Finger PrintedNFHS - First Aid and CPR TrainedNFHS - Fundamentals of CoachingNFHS - The Positive Coaching AllianceWhat you love most about coaching:I love helping players reach their potential and then go beyond what they think is their limits. My hope is the players will feed off the passion of the coaches to help fuel their own passion for the sport.
Coach - Jessica BellContact Information:
Jess@acevb.netPlaying Experience:High school: 2012- Chandler Prep JV; Coach’s Award Club; EVJ 15-2s 2013- Chandler Prep Varsity; Coach’s Award Club; EVJ 18-1s 2014- Chandler Prep Varsity; Coach’s Award Chandler Prep Varsity Sand Volleyball; MVP Team 2015- Chandler Prep Varsity; Coach’s Award Chandler Prep Varsity Sand Volleyball2016-17 San Diego Christian College, NAIA, Received “Most Improved Player”
I first started playing for Coach Chad and Coach Denna in 2013 as a sophomore in high school. I was, for the first time, put on a team where I wasn’t given a position, it had to be earned. Known as the quiet girl on the team, I could go a whole practice without saying a peep. Although I had a strong work ethic, a coachable personality, and an adaptive court IQ, it wasn’t enough to play through a whole match. I remember the exact night when I went home frustrated to my father after not playing a single point in a match and asking, “What do I do?” My father responded with, “if you really want to play you have to work harder than anyone in the room and get out of your comfort zone.” And that’s exactly what I did! I started being more vocal on the court and asking more questions to my coaches off the court. I started to listen to every detail and piece of advice Chad gave me and used every word of encouragement Denna told me to boost my own confidence. Playing under Chad and Denna is when I had my pivotal moment in volleyball. The best thing they taught me was that no matter how good you are, you can always do better. I then started to go to Chad and Denna outside of my regular volleyball coaches in club for advice on how to improve. Not only have they been the most influential coaches I have ever worked with in Volleyball, but two very important role models in my daily life.
What I love about Coaching: When it comes to coaching the most important thing for me to see is the hard work put in. I like to push girls out of their boundaries for them to see how much they can really do. A lot of times we get in our head about our physical performance, that we can’t do one more push up or one last suicide. As coaches we are here to push you when you get tired of pushing yourself, but there is nothing more value to me to see a player realize how strong they are mentally and physically. The phrase “You can do anything you put your mind to” isn’t a myth.
Coach - Sienna SawyerContact information:480-235-4553 cellSienna@acevb.netYears coaching: 3Coaching history:High schoolAssistant coach for Arete Prep Beach Volleyball 2017-2018Head JV coach for Arete Prep 2017ClubAssistant coach for Power Legacy 18s
Playing Experience:I started playing volleyball in the fifth grade and I have had the same passion for the sport as I did from day one. I played five years of club for Molten and Aspire. I went to Highland High School and was on Varsity all four years. My senior year I was one of the captains of the first ever season of Beach Volleyball at Highland. My partner and I went undefeated and led our team to the state playoffs where we ultimately fell short of a championship. While playing Beach and Club Volleyball I was recruited by a handful of schools but eventually decided upon Yavapai College. During the one season I spent at Yavapai we won the NJCAA division one regional championship which gave us a bid to Nationals. By the end of the National Tournament we finished fifteenth in the country.
What I love about coaching:I love to see players realize the true power of their will. To see someone struggle to grasp a technique but not give up on themselves and continue to ask for pointers is the proudest a coach can get. I love to see progress even when the player doesn’t see it themselves.