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2014-2015 M1 Team Program Coaching Staff 

18'sAge Director Jamie Suapaia: Asst Coach Hamline University

  • Head Coach- Jamie Suapaia- Assistant Club Director. Assistant Coach Hamline University
  • Co-Coach- Doug Bergman- 26th year. Club Director, Lakeville No 8 yrs (State Champ), Jefferson 14 yrs North Country Regions Longest Active and Most Successful 18s Coach since 1989. (MC, NL, M1)
  • Assistant- Bri EskolaM1 alum who attended the University of North Carolina and won 2 ACC championships. Received All-American Honorable Mention Honors, First and Second Team All-ACC and Career Digs Leader. Co-coached M1 14-1s for 2 years before assisting M1 18-1s for the past 3 years, including a 2nd place finish at USAV Junior Nationals in 2014.


  • Head Coach- Kim Smisek- Head Coach St. Paul Como High School
  • Assistant Coach- Amy Bomgren- UW Eau Claire Alum

17's Age Director-Joy Tietz: Asst Coach St. Thomas University


  • Co-Head Coach Joy Tietz- Assistant Coach University of St. Thomas.  She was a 3 year Captain and the first All-American at Concordia, receiving All American Awards in '03 & '04.  9th year at M1 
  • Co-Coach Becky Egan- Head Coach Hamline University. University of Minnesota setter 1994-1997 2nd in all-time assists.  Assistant Coach Concordia University(2000-2002), Head Coach Eastview High School (2002-2012).  2008 Coach of the Year.


  • Head Coach- Hannah Specktor- Assistant Coach Apple Valley High School. 5th year at M1 
  • Assistant Coach- Andy SnyderAndy has 7 years of coaching experience.  Enjoyed the last 3 years coaching at M1, working with athletes at the 14, 15 and 16 year old age groups. 


  • Head Coach-Del Vancura- Been with M1 the past 14 years.  Coached many years at 16s and the last two years I have head coached the 17-2's team. I also currently coach teams at Anoka High School.
  • Assistant Coach- Molly Carter- coached 5 seasons at M1 (2009/10  -  2014/15) with age groups of 14, 15, 16 and 17.  She also coached volleyball at St. Michaels Catholic school for 6 years and coached softball for Prior Lake PLAY and St. Michael's school.

16's Age Director- Mike Fritz: Asst Coach Hamline University


  • Head Coach-Mike Fritz- 7th year, 3rd year with M1. Asst coach at Hamline University. 
    Previously a club director and coach for 4 years in the Iowa Region. Played at Iowa State University.
  • Assistant Coach Jess Fritz-3rd year at M1 
  • Age Group Asst Coach- Kevin PurnellKevin enters his 22nd year of coaching J.O. volleyball initially with Eden Prairie J.O. and most recently Minnesota Select. His playing career started in 1979 on the U of Mn. club team continuing on numerous USAV teams and ending his playing career in 1988 due to injury.  


  • Head Coach- Lindsay Simmons/Kirsten Zeise - 8th Year at M1, Camp Director, St. Thomas Alum, M1 Alum
  • Assistant Coach- Butch Bethke- Assistant Coach Forest Lake High school. 3rd year at M1 


  • Head Coach- Shannon Gage-  Former Head 15s Coach Club Sota, Orono Jrs 
  • Assistant Coach- Steph Kaup- Senior Middle Blocker Hamline University. 2nd year at M1 


  • Head Coach- TBA
  • Assistant coach- TBA


15's- Age Director  Tom Juhnke: IPFW Alum NCAA 2x Final 4


  • Head Coach- Tom Juhnke- Former IPFW Middle Blocker. 3rd year at M1 
  • Assistant Coach- Jami Juhnke- 3rd year at M1, Lakeville N 9th Grade Coach


  • Head Coach- Molly Hurrle- Assistant Coach Hamline University
  • Assistant Coach- Amelia Jensen- Sophomore Setter Hamline University. 2nd Season at M1


  • Head Coach- TBA
  • Assistant Coach- TBA
  • Head Coach- TBA
  • Assistant Coach- TBA



11's -14's Age Group Director- Jamie Suapaia


  • Head Coach- Krista Russell- Assistant Coach Eastview High School
  • Assistant Coach- Julia Zolnosky- Sophomore Outside Hitter Hamline University


  • Head Coach- Mackenzie Piechowski​- Asst Coach Hamine Univ, Frmr Middle Blocker Univ of St. Thomas. 
  • Assistant Coach- Kim Smisek- Head Coach St. Paul Como High School
  • Head Coach- TBA
  • Assistant Coach- TBA




  • Head Coach- Phong LuongIn addition to being the current Varsity Head Coach at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, Phong has been coaching youth volleyball for the past 10 years.  He spent the past four seasons as the head coach for the 13s and 14s teams at MN Freeze Volleyball Club.  His playing career included playing for the college club team and on multiple USAV teams in the Iowa region.
  • Co-Coach- Terry Wylie14th Year at M1. Coached volleyball since 1988. I coached high school ball for 10 years, and club ball for 14 years after high school ball. My desire is that every girl enjoys the game of volleyball and learns proper skills to advance to the next level.


  • Head Coach - Morgan Meyer 3rd year coaching Current Varsity Coach at ACGC




  • Head Coach- Danielle Klick-3rd year coaching club. Outside hitter at Carleton College 2003-2006. Two time All-MIAC First Team award recipient 2005, 2006 and Manitoba High School Graduating Player of the Year. 
  • Assistant Coach- Chelsea Hammerschmidt


  • Head Coach- John Larson




  • Head Coach- Kim Benka-I'm in my 4th year as Assistant Coach at St. Catherine University, previously have coached 7 years in club volleyball, 5 years in high school volleyball and recently coached 12yr old Boys volleyball.  Was an All-Region & All-Conference middle at St. Cloud State University (1996-2000) and played at Orono High School and Northern Lights (1994-96)
  • Assistant Coach- Jason Garr


  • Head Coach- John Larson


SAQ / Strength Training: (2x weekly)

  • Head Coach- Greg Beenken Current Univ of MN Volleyball Strength Coach Staff Member



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M1 Staff Members work throughout the club as well as with their teams. M1 reserves the right to move staff members or make changes as necessary throughout the season.  Player movement from team to team, level to level, is possible.  All decisions on movement are final and determined by the M1 Staff.