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 his/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, Gold Medal Squared 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.
John Dunning - Stanford (ret), Russ Rose - Penn State (ret), Mike Sealy - UCLA, Dave Rubio - U of A (ret), Stevie Mussie - (former) ASU
We regularly have 4-8 coaches attending practices each night. This allows a much higher coach-to-student ratio, helping players learn faster with different coaches' influence. We have hitting/setting/defense and other specialty coaches along with our unique "floating" coaches. Each team will have 1 Head Coach and 1 Asst Coach - And we will have 3-4 floating coaches each practice night to help facilitate drills and offer more support for each team. This program is another aspect that sets ACE Volleyball apart from other clubs in the area.
Coach and Club Director - Chad Kreikamp
Coach and Club Director - Denna Burns
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. I teach ACOUNTABILITY. I teach GRIT. 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. And if you mess with me I make you do burpees! ;)
Head Coach - Paige Burns
Head Coach - Brian Cabelli
Head Coach - Joe Schulze
Gold Metal Squared (GMS): Completed Jan 2012.Advanced Coaches Clinic: Summer 2012 Presented by AZ region USAVB for all valley volleyball coaches.AZ Region USAV Coaching Clinic: Jan 2011, Instructed by various coaches from D1 colleges such as NAU, ASU and UofA.Volleyball Playing Experience: Player on various competitive adult men’s and coed competitive teams at University of New Mexico Lobo League, Chandler Parks and Rec and City of Tempe.Director of Volleyball League: Head of Cornerstone Church Sports Volleyball League 2008-2010. Chandler, AZ. In charge of acquiring playing facilities, team rosters, all financial responsibilities, equipment, referee management, team standings, awards and scheduling.What you love most about coaching: Seeing athletes develop skills and mental toughness, the joy of competition and the seeing the confidence all athletes take away from sports to apply in everyday life.
Head Coach, Summer Skills Coach and Director of Strength and Wellness - Jessica Bell
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.Certifications:USAV - IMPACT CertifiedUSAV - Background ScreenedWhat 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.
Head Coach - Will Steyskal
Playing Experience:Elk Grove High School, CAElk Grove ClubPortland Community College
I started playing volleyball at 14 years old at my high school in Elk Grove, CA, Sacramento area. I was 5' 0” and 100 lbs. Four years later I grew only to 5'6" and gained 35 lbs. Despite my disadvantaged stature I ended my HS career as a varsity starting outside hitter and defensive specialist. My light frame and hard work in the gym gave me hops for days. After serving a two year mission I returned to a new home in Portland OR, where my family had moved to while I was away. While the move was a surprise to me, my physical condition was a surprise to my family and everyone I knew from back home. I had grown to 6'2" and added 50 lbs. This fortunate physical alteration played well for my love of both volleyball and basketball. I played on a couple of adult club teams through the Portland area and played a season at a community college that I attended for a short period. A few years later I left Portland for Mesa AZ to marry my wife and we started a family. I played recreational volleyball and basketball in Mesa until my life was too busy to balance my pleasures with my responsibilities. Between my family, 4 kids and a loving wife, working two jobs, earning my degree at ASU and my church responsibilities (including scout master) my own personal development in the game came to a grinding halt.
Six years as a father and my oldest son wanted to play basketball. I volunteered as a recreation coach and discovered that I absolutely loved being on the court and influencing kids to become better humans. I coached both of my sons basketball teams from kindergarten to 7th grade. Along the way I started coaching teams for little brothers and sisters of current and former players. There were three seasons in which I coached three different teams at the same time. I was addicted to the joy and relationships that I built with the athletes and their parents.
In 2017 my youngest daughter showed a desire to play volleyball. I picked up the mantle and volunteered again as a rec coach, and again basked in the enjoyment of the coaching experience. After three years of recreational volleyball we put her into the club scene where she thrived as a middle blocker (being a 5"9 13 year old it only made sense.) Since then my youngest son has started playing both club court and club beach volleyball as well. Volleyball has consumed our household and I knew what I needed to do. I put in for coaching at the club level right away.
Now the moment is upon me to take all that I have learned as a player, lower level coach, father and leader to develop a team of girls and help them realize their potential as athletes and as young women. I am genuinely excited to start this new chapter and especially excited to be a part of Ace Volleyball Club. My coaching philosophy is exactly in line with the environment created at Ace. The girls come first. Their personal development as athletes and as a team will help them realize greater success and happiness in the real world. I believe that leadership is service. I believe that being disciplined in my responsibilities will result in greater freedom to execute my goals. My hope is that my character reflects my most sincere desire for each teammate's success as athletes and as young women.
Head Coach - Terri Cooper
Asst Coach - Ali White
Playing History:Club: REV, NNJ, Silver State VBC (Reno, Nv)
Coaching History:2016-2017 Assistant JV coach McQueen high school
Why I started Coaching:
I have been playing the game of volleyball since the age of 12. I chose to be a setter because no one else wanted to do it and I soon fell in love. I played for multiple clubs along with my school teams. Eventually I had to make the difficult decision to give up playing to peruse my career in nursing. After moving to Arizona I came across ACE and instantly wanted to be part of the Family.
Why I love coaching:
Assistant Coach - Mei-Ling Citron
Coaching history Intern coach - ACE Volleyball 2022 Assistant coach - ACE Volleyball 2022
Playing experience Junior high: Imagine East Mesa 2015 - 2019High school: Desert Ridge 2019 - 2020 Club: ACE Volleyball 2017 - 2022
I started playing volleyball when I was in 5th grade. My mom mentioned ACE and made me go to an open gym and as soon as it ended, I knew that was exactly where I wanted to play. Chad and Denna have taught me how to be a better volleyball player as well as being a leader on the court. I became team captain my first year of club and maintained that position my entire club career. ACE has been an amazing experience and I have met so many amazing people I consider family!
What I love about coaching I absolutely love seeing the girls bond, build close relationships, and seeing them play all together as a team. I love pushing them to the best of their ability and seeing the skills they achieve by the end of the season!
Head Coach - Marena Bekise
Asst Coach - Ryonna Bekise
Playing History:High School:
Club:2017 - 2023 ACE Volleyball
Why I started Coaching:
I started playing volleyball when I was 8 years old but didn't play competitively until I was 12. My first ever club team was here at ACE Volleyball and we only had 6 girls on my team. Although this might have been seen as a disadvantage, we rocked that season! After my first season, I knew I wanted to stay with ACE and keep playing for Coach Chad and Denna. They have taught me how to be a great volleyball player, and an even better person.
I have played many positions throughout the years including outside hitter, right side hitter, defensive specialist and my all time favorite, libero. My first club season I was put in as a libero and although I had experience in hitting, I ended my last ACE season as a libero. I love passing and running the defense on the court!
What I love about coaching:
I love that I am able to help the players be successful in something they love. The fact that the players put time and effort into doing something they are passionate about while I have the opportunity to guide them along their journey means so much to me. I want to help every player become the best they can be!