2014 COACHING STAFF
Jeff Potter - Head Coach
Jeff is IMPACT & CAP 1 CERTIFIED, has coached U11 through U16 club teams over the past several years, has created and directed a local Youth Volleyball program for over 100 girls each spring within the Tahoma School District for the past 12 years and has played volleyball for over 35 years. Jeff is looking forward to coaching this Strong U12 team in it's second year of Club Volleyball. This group of girls will IMPRESS and will have fun doing it.
Jeff’s Coaching Philosophy
I believe that it is my job to create a positive environment for my players and this, in turn, will ensure a steady development of technical skills of each PLAYER as well as strengthening the TEAM as a whole. Many of the girls now playing in youth club volleyball may not play in college or the pros but they will, for ever, be applying the strong work ethic and team building skills that I can offer them.
Amber Boehm - Assistant Coach
This is Amber’s first year as an Assistant Volleyball Coach and she is excited to be a part of the U12 Synergy team this year. Amber has almost 20 years of experience playing volleyball from 4th grade through her Senior Year in High School. She has also been a part of many different adult volleyball leagues since graduating college including indoor and beach volleyball. Amber is passionate about fundamentals, teamwork, and playing with a positive attitude and is excited to share her experience with Synergy volleyball players.
Karen Ivy - Head Coach
Karen is IMPACT CERTIFIED, has coached club teams from U12 through U17, has coached as a High School Varsity Head Coach since 1999. She has played throughout Junior High and High School and Adult Leagues. She is also a Certified Volleyball Referee, But has found that coaching is where her true passion lies. Karen is excited to coach for Synergy and spend time with her best friend since 7th grade, Marietta.
Karen's Coaching Philosophy
“I believe volleyball is a sport you can love and play for a life time. It is a game and should be fun. I want to teach each player to be the best they can be on and off the court with hard work and dedication”.
Marietta Burdulis - Assistant Coach
This is Marietta’s 4th season with Synergy and she is thrilled to be part of the Synergy Volleyball Club and work with all of the coaches and young ladies in the club. She is IMPACT CERTIFIED and has also been an assistant volleyball coach for several years with Tahoma Junior High, Kent Parks, Tahoma Spring Program and Renton Christian School. She played volleyball throughout Junior High and High School as well as in adult leagues. While attending the University of San Diego, she played and organized Intramural teams. She loves sharing her energy and passion for the game!
U15 – PURPLE
Aaron Peters – Head Coach
Aaron has been playing competitive mens and co-ed volleyball since 1994. He has competed in the last 5 USAV Men's National Tournaments and has been a member of USAV since 1996. This is Aaron's 3rd year coaching for Synergy. Previous coaching experience includes 3 years high school track & field, 3 years high school basketball, and 3 years high school volleyball where they participated in the AAA State Tournament. Aaron is IMPACT CERTIFIED and is excited to bring his knowledge and passion for the game to the U15s team this year.
Aaron's Coaching Philosophy
Sara Bendorf - Assistant Coach
Sara’s background in volleyball began as a four year starter at White River High School. She went on to play a year at Northwest University and was named to the Cascade Conference All-Conference Team and selected as “Freshman Player of the Year.” She finished the remaining three years of her collegiate career at Jacksonville University where she was a two year captain and team leader. Her love for volleyball has kept her involved in the sport as she continues to participate in numerous adult leagues and tournaments throughout the region. In 2013 she had the opportunity to compete at the USAV Women’s Nationals Tournament as a member of the Puget Sound Region Premier Volleyball Team. This will be Sara’s first year as Assistant Coach and she is excited about the chance to pass on her experience, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the sport with the U15s team.