Coach Information

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, 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.

Hosted by: John Dunning - Stanford (ret), Russ Rose - Penn State, Mike Sealy - UCLA, Dave Rubio - U of A, Stevie Mussie - ASU


Coach and Club Director - Chad Kreikamp

Contact Information:480-889-4599 CellChad@acevb.netYears coaching: 15Coaching history:High School: Volleyball Program Director - Varsity Head Coach, JV Asst.: Heritage Academy (boys and girls) 7-2017 to presentHigley High School (boys and girls) 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 12s-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 hundreds of athletes over these past 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 Theory, 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.




Head Coach and Recruiting Director - Cassie Guidice

Contact Information:480-335-3308 CellCassie@acevb.netYears coaching: 5Coaching history:Asst Coach - ACE 15s, ACE 17s 2018-19Head Coach - ACE 15s 2019-20Playing 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! Certifications:USAV - IMPACT CertifiedUSAV - Background ScreenedWhat 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.





Head Coach - Joe Schulze

Contact Information:Joe@acevb.netYears coaching: 18Coaching history:Ace Volleyball -Head coach 2020 to presentAmPro (American Professional Racquetball) – Adult and youth coach and referee 2018Ace Volleyball - Head Coach 2014-15Head Coach - Highly High, freshman 2014AZ Region Fall Instructional league. Coached various skills for 6th-12th grade girls. 2013Aspire Volleyball club: Head coach for girls 14s,12s. Tempe, AZ 2012-2014YMCA volleyball: Head coach for various girls teams. Coached competitive and recreational divisions for approximately 10 seasons for age groups 4th-6th grade and 7th-9th grade. Chandler/Gilbert YMCA branch. Chandler, AZ. 2007-2012San Tan Youth Soccer Association: Head coach for various Boys and girls soccer teams. Coached competitive and recreational divisions. Chandler, AZ 2003-2007AYSO(American Youth Soccer Organization) Head coach for youth boys and girls soccer teams. Albuquerque, NM. 2000 – 2003

Coaching Certifications, Clinics:

USAV IMPACT Certification: Current.

USAV - Background Screened

NFHS - Background Screened and AZ DPS Level1 IVP Finger Printed

NFHS - First Aid and CPR Trained

NFHS - AIC Accredited Coach (Fundamentals of Coaching, Coaching Volleyball, Concussion in Sports)

AmPro/IPRO Certification (International Professional Racquetball Organization) - Racquetball Referee and coach certification 2018

USAV Cap I – Certified 2014

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 - Aryn Meisinger

Contact Information:308-529-1674 CellAryn@acevb.net
Playing ExperienceGothenburg High School (Nebraska) 2010-2014Team captain 2013Best School Record in school history 27-5 2013School record for most aces with 67 in a single season 2013Conference Champions 2013Sub-District Runner-Up’s 2013East and West All-Star Game Team Captain 2014All-Star Conference Team 2014
Club Volleyball (Nebraska)Platte Valley Jr’s 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U 2007-2010Nebraska Gold 16U and 17U 2010-2012Force 18U 2013-2014
Mid-Plains Community College NJCAA DIVISION II (Nebraska) 2014-2016Regional Runner-ups 2014Team Captain 2015
Coe College NCAA DIVISION III (Iowa) 2016-2018Conference Tournament Runner-Up’s 2016Team Captain 2017All-Iowa Academic Team 2017All-Conference Team 2017Coe Kohawk of the Week 2017
Coaching Experience:Coe College Assistant Coach 2018 (Iowa)Rapid Spikers 16U Red 2019 (Iowa)
Hi, my name is Aryn Meisinger and I am from Nebraska. I recently moved to Arizona about a year ago. Volleyball has been in my life since the 3rd grade. After graduating high school, I played at a small community college in North Platte Nebraska for 2 years. Upon graduating from NPCC I transferred to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to continue my college athletic dream. I was a setter my senior year and received All-Conference awards. Even though I played many sports, including basketball, track and softball, volleyball was always my favorite. Volleyball has always been a huge part of my life and I would not be where I am now without this great sport. I am a competitive player and love being able to continue to play for fun. I enjoy sand and indoor and the challenges that they both bring. I am super excited to be coaching at Ace!


Asst / Floating Coach - Matt Morales

Contact Information:928-607-7352 cellMatt@acevb.netYears coaching: 2Coaching history:

· Assistant coach for Ascent Volleyball Club

· Manager/Assistant coach for Flagstaff High School Varsity Volleyball team

Playing Experience: · Non-travel team 2 years

· Practice player on Ascent girls club teams

· High School Girls Varsity team manager and practice player

· Men’s club volleyball at GCU – 2 years

I got into volleyball when my sister started playing. I learned the basics messing around with the volleyball at my sisters’ tournaments and the older I got the more I realized how much I wanted to play volleyball. Coming from Flagstaff, I didn’t have the opportunity to play on a team of my own because there were no boys teams available. So, I played on girls non travel team to learn the basics and hone my skills until I got into my middle school years where I was able to play with the 16s and 17s girls travel teams as a practice player. Once I got into High school, I was the Girls varsity manager and practice player where I got to further my volleyball skills and learn a lot about the sport and coaching aspects. Now I am a Business Administration major at GCU, and I am playing Club men’s volleyball for my second year. Volleyball has taught me valuable life lessons like leadership and working as a team, it has also brought so many wonderful opportunities and people into my life.

What I love about coaching:

I haven’t had a lot of coaching experience, but I do know the game and all the technical aspects that go with it. I love being able to help athletes further their volleyball skills but also help them grow in the confidence on and off the court.






Asst / Floating Coach - Logan Porter

Contact Information:480-519-7715 cellLogan@acevb.netYears coaching: 2Coaching history:

Head Coach for Heritage Academy Maricopa Junior High Boys 2021

Playing Experience:

2 Years on Varsity (1 Year at Heritage Academy Mesa, 1 Year at Heritage Academy Maricopa)


Senior Season Accomplishments:

State Championship Runner-Up

Unanimously voted MVP by my teammates

All-State Selection as an outside hitter


My senior season I fell in love with volleyball, I fully dedicated myself to it and saw the rewards flow in as a result of hard work. I love the camaraderie a real volleyball team needs in order to achieve a high level of success.

What I love about coaching:

I absolutely love when a player decides to leave their comfort zone in order to try a new and better tactic. They struggle at first but then they finally experience the success they were hoping to achieve. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone try something new and then soar to new heights.


Asst / Floating Coach - Kole Straks

Contact Information:480-519-7715 cellKole@acevb.netYears coaching: 1

Hello! My name is Kole Straks, I am a current Grand Canyon University student, and I am originally from Wisconsin. I actually have no experience playing competitive volleyball. I have been around volleyball, however, I have never been on a team because of little-to-no volleyball opportunities for men in my area. To work around this, I spent my senior year of high school being the practice player over the summer for my girls high school team. Since moving across the country, I play indoor and beach volleyball in my free time.


Even though I did not play volleyball in high school, I played every other sport in the book growing up. From sports I did in elementary school like wrestling, baseball, & football, to sports that carried with me throughout all of high school like soccer, basketball, track & field, & cross country, I have always stayed involved because of my love for sports.


I love coaching because I love to see how hard athletes work towards something they are passionate about. I enjoy being there with them every step of their journey and getting excited for them when big plays are made or when big wins are finalized. Coaching volleyball is brand new to me & I am ready for the season! Coaching however is not brand new to me, this last school year I went back home to coach the high jump team through my high schools track & field program. In one season there, we did some amazing things: broke the women’s school record with a jump of 5’5, took all three varsity girl high jumpers to sectionals along with one boy high jumper, then took two girls to the state meet, & once at the state meet we were the only program to have more than one high jumper at the state meet! When coaching I look for athletes who are coachable, excited, humble, and hard workers!


Coach and Club Director - Denna Burns

Contact 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.





Head Coach - Brian Cabelli

Contact Information:480-288-0829 CellBrian@acevb.netYears coaching: 25Coaching history:Head Coach - ACE 14s 2020Assistant 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.





Head Coach, Summer Skills Coach and Director of Strength and Wellness - Jessica Bell

Contact Information:Jess@acevb.netYears coaching: 3Coaching history:ACE Summer Program -Strength and Conditioning coachPlaying 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.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 - Tianna Matthews

Contact Information:602-332-4518 cellTianna@acevb.netYears coaching: 3Coaching history:New Mexico Highlands University: Summer camps ages 5-13 (2014, 2015 2016)Playing Experience:High schoolHamilton High School: Freshman Team 2010Hamiltion High School Varsity: 2011, 2012, 2013 (Captain Senior year and CUSD- 1st team 2013) Club2009-2010 East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club 13-1's2010-2012- Aspire Volleyball Club: 14-1's, 15-1's, 16-1's2013-2014- East Valley Juniors 17-1's and 18-1'sCollegeNew Mexico Highlands University , NCAA - D-II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, 2014-2017Full Athletic Scholarship - 2014-2017All Conference RMAC- 2014-2017
I first began playing volleyball in junior high school after I decided to try out for my junior high team. I went from being the tall awkward girl at tryouts in jean shorts to a dedicated lover of the sport. I started my first year of club ball and slowly began to develop my skills. My growth was exponential and I found myself playing for the varsity team at one the most competitive schools in the state of Arizona at the highest level. My proudest accomplishment for my senior season was leading my team to State Finals after being considered the underdogs.
After high school I was recruited to play division II volleyball for New Mexico Highlands University. I started all three years and earned many awards for distinguishable academic success and athletic ability. My college career taught me about leadership, especially after a season ending injury. It was a challenge nonetheless, but I learned how to be a leader from the sidelines. Supporting my team from the sidelines also taught me a different aspect to the game and the reason I love coaching today. My favorite parts about coaching are seeing the growth that players exhibit over the season and witnessing the passion for the sport. My hopes are to help future players harness their skills so they can develop confidence within themselves. Additionally, it is rewarding to see players hold on to their passion and love for the sport and a goal I will always put at the forefront when coaching.
What I love about coaching:I genuinely love watching the players improve over the course of a season. Seeing the growth from where a player started to the end result is inspiring to keep doing what I love. Additionally, I love to see the hard work, dedication, and passion the players have for the game of volleyball. Passion drives the game forward and is the trait I look forward to most within players!



Asst / Floating Coach - Daniella Ford

Contact Information:480-845-9330 cellDaniella@acevb.netYears coaching: 1
Coaching history:Basis Boy’s Varsity Team
Playing Experience:
  • Basis JV

  • Basis Varsity

  • ACE volleyball

I started volleyball in junior high at my school and quickly realized I wanted it to be my sport. After my first school season, I found camps with Dobson and Storm which helped me get the basics of the sport. Before my freshman year of high school, I went to a summer camp with ACE. Later, I joined the ACE 17s team my Sophomore year of high school. Chad and Denna developed me as an athlete emotionally and physically. Playing with ACE helped me truly fall in love with the sport.

What I love about coaching:

I have minimal volleyball coaching experience but a few years of coaching gymnastics under my belt. My favorite thing about coaching is helping athletes develop their skills while boosting their confidence in their abilities and their importance on the team! Coaches Chad, Denna, Brian, Paige and Jess were my biggest fans when I played for the club, pushing me beyond what I thought I was capable of. I look forward to pushing new athletes to test their volleyball abilities.






Head Coach - Paige Burns

Contact Information:480-646-7585 cellPaige@acevb.netYears coaching: 2Coaching history:

Floating coach – Ace Volleyball 2020-21

Head coach – Heritage Gateway Junior High Boys Volleyball 2021

Playing Experience:

Club: Ace Volleyball 2015-2021

High School: Heritage Academy Gateway 2020

I started playing volleyball competitively in junior high where I started my first year of club with ACE. Coach Chad and Denna helped me develop my hard work ethic and taught me everything I know about volleyball. I genuinely do not know where I would be without them. Playing with ACE was the best thing to happen to me as I have gained several life-long friendships with the most amazing people.

Certifications:

USAV - IMPACT Certified

USAV - Background Screened

NFHS - Background Screened and IVP Finger Printed

NFHS - First Aid and CPR Trained

NFHS - AIC Accredited Coach (Fundamentals of Coaching, Coaching Volleyball, Concussion in Sports)

Certified Volleyball Official:

Arizona Region – 5 years

Amateur Athletic Union – 2 years

Canyon Athletic Association – 1 year

What I love about coaching:

One of my favorite parts about coaching is seeing the progress of girls from the beginning of the season to the end of it. Seeing the younger girls that can barely serve over the net at the beginning to getting aces and being consistent with their serve makes me so happy. Another one of my favorite parts about coaching is seeing others gaining a passion for a sport that I love.



Asst / Floating Coach - Miranda Quintanar

Contact Information: cellMiranda@acevb.netYears coaching: 1Playing Experience:
  • Williams Field High School Freshman/ Jv 2017-2018

  • Basha High School Sand Volleyball Varsity 2019

  • Basha High School Jv 2019

  • Ace Volleyball 2016-2021


I started playing volleyball in elementary school with my parents as volunteer coaches. I fell in love with the sport and continued onto play in middle school. Summer before 8th grade I found Ace volleyball summer camp and met Chad and Denna. After playing with them over summer, going to a couple open gyms, and a little convincing from Denna, I joined their club to play on their 16s team. Playing with Ace and being with chad and denna for the last 5 years developed me not only as a player but as a person. For being the tallest and most intimidating player, I was the quietest, most shy player. Chad and Denna helped me gain my confidence to become to the leader and hard worker I am today.
What I love about coaching:One of my favorite things about coaching is being able to see the growth and improvement of the girls throughout the season. Seeing them get excited when everything they’ve practiced has payed off in tournaments. I look forward to seeing the progression of everything player.