Our dedicated coaching staff are all here to help each and every athlete achieve their goals! Each coach is trained to teach each position, however our diverse staff all bring their own specialties and experience to provide each athlete with unique training.
Club Director & Owner
Coach Lisa joined The Edge Volleyball Club family in 2010 where she coached for nine years before taking on the role of the Owner and Director of the club. Prior to that she coached for four years at Winona Area Volleyball Club. All throughout college Coach Lisa also coached summer camps at Sports Performance Volleyball Club. She played for Wheaton-St. Francis High School and was a part of two state championship teams. She attended Winona State University and started all 4 years as a setter and earned NSIC All-Conference first team honors. She was a 4-time Offensive Player of the Year for WSU. She ended her career as WSU's all-time assist leader tallying 5,031 assists and was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame in the fall of 2019. Coach Lisa spent 2 seasons as the Assistant Coach for Dominican University in River Forest, IL where they made 2 NCAA tournament appearances. She also spent a spring assisting with DePaul University's (Chicago) volleyball program as the setter's coach. In 2021, Coach Lisa started coaching at Willowbrook High School (Villa Park) as the JV head coach and Varsity assistant coach. Willowbrook's 2021 varsity team was 37-2 and lost in the 4A super sectional to the state runners-up, Mother McAuley. Coach Lisa's passion for the game can be seen as she is always ready to hop on the court to help any athlete during practice or a game.
High School Club Director & Assistant Club Director
Coach Caitlin has been coaching with The Edge Volleyball family since 2013. She was the varsity coach for Willows Academy from 2012 to 2016 where she coached the team to their first regional volleyball championship in school history. As an athlete coach Caitlin was a starting middle blocker at Northern Michigan University and later transferred to Elmhurst University where she finished her college career receiving All-American honors. She is also the lead of The Edge Volleyball Club's College Recruiting efforts as well as being an ACE Certified personal trainer specializing in sports agility. Coach Caitlin leads our Short Season program and while introducing young athletes to the sport her passion can and excitement can be seen at every practice.
Middle School Club Director & Head Coach
Recruiting Coordinator & Head Coach
Coach Derrick has been coaching since 2017. He has coached previous at Nebraska Elite, and Northern Impact in Minnesota. After which he moved to Chicago and found his home coaching with The Edge in 2019. Coach Derrick starting playing volleyball competitively his freshman year of college for the University of Nebraska - Omaha. While there he was the starting outside for three years and the starting right side for one year. Coach Derrick focuses on making sure that every athlete comes out of every club season not only the best volleyball player they can be, but the best person they can be.
Director of Technology & Head Coach
Coach Sean could be found court side since he was two weeks old with his love for volleyball coming from his parents who both played. He has been coaching since 2017 and started coaching as an Offensive Assistant at Schaumburg Christian School before joining The Edge Volleyball family later that year. In his first year with The Edge he started as a High School and Middle School Assistant before taking on the Head Coach role in 2018. He has been playing volleyball in 2004 and has played every position for a team during that time. He can still be found playing in leagues and tournaments when he is not coaching. Since 2020 he has also taken on the role as Technology Director and is responsible for all the software and hardware we use to help support our coaches. Coach Sean is a big advocate of hard work leading to success and pushes his athletes to always outwork their competition.
Coach Tim is new to The Edge Volleyball family as a head coach as of 2021 but is not a new face to The Edge. He was an Assistant Coach for The Edge since 2019, assisting with the High School Athletes. Tim has played volleyball since 2009 and was a setter for the Men’s Club Volleyball team at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is originally from Bloomington, Illinois and assistant coached for the 6th and 8th grade teams at Corpus Christi School. Tim is a major Big 10 Volleyball fan and religiously cheers for his Nebraska Huskers. Tim swears by a balanced focus of fundamentals, serving, and passing while carrying the energy of teamwork to lead to group success.
Coach Olivia is new to The Edge Volleyball Club family as of 2021. She has played for several clubs herself growing up including Circus and Team Illinois. She has played for several years as a Setter including her time spent playing for Rolling Meadows High School and for the University of Iowa club team. Coach Olivia strongly believes that club volleyball is a time for young athletes to be able to grow into leaders through the sport. She lets the sport she loves build the next generation of leaders in a fun and safe environment.
Coach Nick has been coaching since 2011. He started coaching as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater Marist High School before joining The Edge family in 2013. He was a Libero at St Ambrose University for four years and can still be found playing around the area in adult leagues, beach, and indoor tournaments. Coach Nick coaches for our High School program and specializes in training our defense players. Coach Nick emphasizes hustle and giving every ounce of effort an athlete has into every play on the court.
Coach George is new to The Edge Volleyball Club as of 2021. He played for Elk Grove High School and has played every position on the court. With a career in radio Coach George had the opportunity to cover Nebraska and Creighton Volleyball for two and a half years. After which he moved back to the Chicagoland area and found himself with an opportunity to coach with The Edge family. Coach George is driven by the want to coach the next generation of passionate and dedicated young athletes.
Coach Corey has been playing competitively since 1998 and can be found at tournaments all around the Midwest. He has been coaching since 2004 and have previously coached at SOVA, Chicago Bounce, Pipeline, and Rolling Thunder before finding his home coaching at The Edge in 2018. In his years coaching, eight teams he has coached at national tournaments have made it to the gold bracket on the final day. Three of those teams ended up medaling, two bronze and one silver. Corey is a huge believer of footwork and form as first priorities allowing athletes to maximize their athletic potential on the court.
Coach Jon starting coaching with The Edge Volleyball Club in 2016 as a driving force in our boy’s program. Since then he has switched to coaching for our girl’s program as well as being a huge part of our Beach and Short Season Programs. Coach Jon has been playing competitively since 2009 as a setter and played at SIUE as a setter and right side hitter. Coach Jon preaches bringing the fun, excitement, and passion into the game as that passion can help athletes overcome all obstacles.
Coach Trista has been coaching since 2009. She has coached previously at The Academy in Indianapolis. After moving to Chicago, Coach Trista found her home coaching with The Edge in 2017. As an athlete, Coach Trista played all of her volleyball in Indiana as a defensive specialist with several high school accolades and a part of a state championship team. She went on to play libero at a JUCO college(Vincennes University) then finished her collegiate career at Indiana Tech. Coach Trista focuses more on strategy of the game and preparing our athletes for the next level of play. She brings awareness to the importance of dedication and discipline as individual athletes while also putting a strong emphasis on team dynamic and unity.
Coach Kristina is new to The Edge Volleyball Club as of 2022. She played for Conant High School and F.O.C.U.S Volleyball Club as a setter for her whole career. While attending the University of Iowa, Kristina coached for Boost Volleyball Club for 4 years. After graduation and moving back home to the Suburbs, she found an opportunity to coach with The Edge family. Coach Kristina is passionate about passing down all the great tips and advice she has learned throughout her years to the next generation and believes building mental strength is one of the most important parts of the game.
Coach Kriston joined The Edge Volleyball coaching staff in December of 2021. She started off coaching short season before becoming a head coach in the middle school program. She played for The Edge for four years before she became a full time coach. Kriston also played volleyball at her high school, Glenbrook South. While Kriston was on the Glenbrook South varsity team they won the regional championship 2 years in a row and were CSL conference champions her senior year. She is graduating from Glenbrook South in 2023, and she is attending Syracuse University for college with a major in sport management. Kriston is a naturally competitive person, and she has a lot of passion for coaching and becoming a role model for young girls.
Coach Alex has been coaching with The Edge Volleyball family since 2021. She has played club volleyball since 2016, and her team won silver in the AAU nationals in 2019. Coach Alex has played as an opposite for Prospect High School and as both an opposite and setter for multiple clubs. She strongly believes in a balance of hard work along with having fun, and strives to create an environment that enforces that.
Coach Ella joined The Edge Volleyball coaching staff in November of 2021. She began coaching short season, and progressed to becoming a head coach in the middle school program. She played for The Edge for two years before she became a full time coach. Ella also played volleyball all four years at Maine East High School. Ella loves working with people of all ages and has a strong drive to push her team members to succeed on and off the court. She recently graduated at Maine East High School and will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall.
Coach Jaclyn joined The Edge Volleyball coaching staff in April of 2023. She played volleyball with The Edge for seven years before she became a head coach for the middle school program. Jaclyn also played Varsity volleyball for Wheeling High School. While playing for Wheeling Jaclyn has been captain for all four years and voted MVP each year. She graduated from Wheeling High School in 2023 and she will be attending Butler University in the fall majoring in Psychology and Criminology. She plans on playing club volleyball at Butler and to return to The Edge Volleyball Club as a coach in the future. Jaclyn believes one of the most important aspects of volleyball is a players mentality. With this in mind Jaclyn tries to uplift her players to have a positive attitude and focuses on her personal relationships with each player. Jaclyn believes that attitude and effort is what separates good players from great players.
Coach Meghan has been a coach at The Edge Volleyball Club since 2023 and has played for The Edge for four years. In high school Meghan played for Saint Viator as a defensive specialist/libero. She attended Southern Illinois University for 2 years where she played libero for the SIU Club Volleyball team. Outside of coaching Meghan has had a love for the sky ever since she was young. She has been flying planes alone since she was 18 and hopes to be a flight instructor soon. Meghan has a drive to help young girls love the sport while becoming the best version of themselves.
Coach Delila joined The Edge coaching staff in December 2021. She started off coaching the short season program, but now coaches both the short season program, as well as, the middle school program. She played at The Edge for 3 years prior to coaching. Coach Delila also played volleyball at her high school. She recently graduated from Maine East in 2023, and is attending The University of Tampa in the fall. Delila is a very competitive person, but to her the fun in the sport is more important. She loves being able to be around volleyball, while also being able to teach kids the sport that she spent many years playing.
Although Coach Alaina is new as a Coach at Edge as of 2023, she started her volleyball career with The Edge Volleyball Club back in 2010 as a player. Through her volleyball career she played Outside, Rightside, and Setter. Alaina played volleyball through college and continues to play after. She has coached for a handful of teams throughout the Chicago area and hopes to continue her coaching journey with the Edge Family.