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Staff Bios

Patricia Ader

Club Director

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Coach Patty Ader and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is a Instructional Coach with the Albuquerque Public Schools. She was a dual scholar athlete in college, earning both softball and volleyball scholarships at the University of Toledo. She was inducted into the University of Toledo's Athletic Hall of Fame. This is her 24th year coaching; she first started coaching high school student-athletes in Ohio. She also coached club in New Jersey with DIGS Volleyball Club and has been a coach with ARVC since 2002. Coach Patty is currently the co-club director. She will be heading the 12's National team. Coach Patty holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Have fun, work hard, dream big!" - Patty Ader

Senobia Szuch

Club Director

Senobia is entering her 9th year at the organization. After starting her affiliation as a parent of a player for two years, ARVC quickly recruited Senobia for her administrative, payroll, nd program planning skills. She volunteered in 2007 and 2008 before becoming a full time administrator.

Since 2009, Senobia has managed facility schedules, coaching assignments, marketing, fundraising, and community involvement and has led ARVC to many milestones.

During her tenure, ARVC has more than doubled in size, increasing from 12 teams in 2009 to 30 teams in 2018.

She has also increased fundraising efforts. In her first year at the club, she significantly improved a fundraising deal that gave parents an opportunity to earn commission for working a concession stand at the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball games. In the first year, parents were able to work at 20 games. This year, parents had the opportunity to work every game. She also added fundraising opportunities like working concerts at the Isleta Amphitheater, and selling banner ads, candy bars and candles.

"I am a firm believer in honesty, integrity, work ethic, humility and respect for others. It is my goal to instill these values in our youth athletes" says Szuch.

Senobia, a Rio Rancho, New Mexico native, is also an administrator for The Athlete's Playground (TAP). ARVC's partnership with TAP has improved physical fitness and vertical jump training for the athletes. She also does software development and repairs for Fixamac. Her daughter, Catalina, played at ARVC for 6 years in 2007 and 2008 and is starting her first year of coaching in the 2016 season.

"Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity." Roy T. Bennett

Lisa Beauchene

College Recruiting Coordinator

Lisa Beauchene enters her first season as Recruiting Coordinator for ARVC. She comes to ARVC after directing in 2015 and coaching and serving on the Board of Directors from 2007-2015 for New Mexico Juniors.

Lisa was an Assistant Volleyball Coach for the University of New Mexico from 2005-2007 and 2008-2015. While at UNM, she helped lead the Lobos to two NCAA Tournament appearances, coached seven AVCA All-Americans, two ESPN/Capital One Academic All-Americans and the team received two AVCA Team Academic awards. In 2012, she was a recipient of the AVCA Top 30 Under 30 award.

Prior to coaching at UNM, Lisa played four years at Sacramento State University where she was a four-time all-Big Sky Conference selection, including a three-time unanimous first team choice and the league's MVP during her senior season.

The Auburn, Washington native also earned Big Sky Tournament MVP on three occasions, AVCA All-Pacific Region honors in 2003 and was named Big Sky Player of the Week nine times during her career. During her senior season, Lisa received Sacramento State Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Big Sky Scholar-Athlete honors.

Following her playing career, Lisa was a student assistant at Sacramento State for the 2005 season and helped coach the team to a Big Sky title and NCAA berth. She continued her coaching experience with the Sacramento State Women's Club Volleyball Team who she coached to a 24-12 record, placing 23rd at the NIRSA championships and earning All NCCVL League honors for two players.

She earned her master’s in Sport Administration at UNM in 2007.

Geoff Lawson

Director of Training & Development - 15N1 Head Coach

Geoff is in his second year of head coaching at ARVC. This season, he is coaching the 15 National 1 team and also serving as Director of Training and Development. He is a very energetic coach, providing motivational tools to the players and offering helpful coaching tips to fellow coaches.

Geoff started his volleyball career as a setter at Colorado State University and finished at Sam Houston State University. He continued to compete in the menâ??s division at USAV Open Nationals after his collegiate years.

Geoff started his coaching career in 1996 at the junior level with NASA Juniors. He spent two years as an assistant coach at Alvin Community College in 1998 and 1999 and then at Sam Houston State University in 2001 and 2002. From 2009 through 2017, Geoff served as the club director for New Mexico Juniors and Head Coach for several National teams. During his tenure at New Mexico Juniors and his first year at ARVC with the 11 National 1 team, he has coached seven teams that qualified and attended USAV Girls Junior National Championships.

Geoff holds USAV-CAP1 and AAU-PCI certifications and was a finalist for the 2015 Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Award.

Geoff is from Houston, Texas and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes" - John Wooden

Tavake Misailegalu

Director of Rebels Academy - 14N2 Head & 16N3 Assistant Coach

Born in Aoa, American Samoa, Coach Tavake Misailegalu resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is semi-retired from the United States Army. He is currently employed with ARVC and is a volleyball official with the New Mexico Athletic Association (NMAA). Coach Tavake started his volleyball career while in the military, competing in many areas of the world (Europe, Far East, U.S., including Hawai’i) and continued in various regions under USAV (SC, PM, AH, RM). He has been coaching for more than 13 years, starting with the US Army overseas (both men’s and women’s teams) and TG Sandhausen Junior Volleyball Club. While stationed in Hawai’i, he was head coach of Hawaii’s Army team for 4 years. This past summer, Coach Tavake took the leading role and established ARVC inaugural Sand Volleyball Program. His dedication and detail to success has made this sand program contribute positively to young volleyball student-athletes. Coach Tavake will be entering his 8th year with ARVC, where he will direct the Rebels Academy Program and head a 14 National team plus assist a 16 National team. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

“When the student is ready to learn…the teacher will appear. Never look down on someone unless you’re offering to help them up. STAND UP…LOOK UP…NEVER GIVE UP!” - Tavake Misailegalu

Fred Ader

Facility Management - 16N3 & 14N1 Head Coach

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Coach Fred Ader spent most of his time in the United States Air Force, retiring here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently working for the State of New Mexico as Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist, assisting service-connected disabled veteran with employment or other services. He is currently active with New Mexico Athletic Association (NMAA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) DII volleyball officiating. Catch Fred has been involved with the sport for more than 26 years, competing overseas with the military and throughout the southwest of the United States. He has been coaching for more 21 years and has been with ARVC when they first established in 1998. Under his leadership and knowledge for the game, his teams reached the USAV Girl's Junior National Championships for the last six years. Coach Fred will be heading two national teams (16N3 and 14N1) alongside with highly qualified assistant coaches. He currently holds USAV-CAP2 and AAU-PCI certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Defeat is just a phase; challenges are forever" - Fred Ader

Barbara Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Born in Fort Knoxs, Kentucky, Barbara has dedicated the last 7 years to ARVC as an administrator and loving supporter of all teams, making her the backbone of the organization. Her selfless and giving nature contributes to the family atmosphere that defines the culture of ARVC. 

Barbara has 2 daughters, Jeri and Jennifer Garcia, who played at ARVC during their high school years. They both went on to play in college and are now coaching at ARVC. 

Michele Tapia

Fundraising Coordinator

Michele Tapia has been with ARVC for 4 years.  She oversees fundraising efforts at Isotopes games and helps coordinate all other fundraising activities.

Michele has two daughters that play for ARVC. She is also completing a biology degree for her pursuit of becoming a dentist.

Natalie Arvizu

18 N1 Co-Head Coach

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Coach Natalie Arvizu resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is employed at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She played her prep volleyball at Manzano High School as a varsity outside hitter for 4 years. She was recruited to Florida Southern College, a NCAA DII nationally ranked program, where she played for 4 years. She continued her volleyball career at West Virginia University on the women's club team while studying Law. Coach Natalie's coaching background started in Florida where she instructed an 18U team at Southern Select. Her passion and drive for the sport is genuine and she loves seeing her student-athletes grow both as players and people. This is her 5th year coaching with ARVC, and she is Co-Head Coaching  a 18's National team with Juliana Todescan. She holds a USAV-CAP2 certification in volleyball coaching.

"The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours."- Peggy Fleming

Juliana Todescan

18N1 Co Head Coach -  15N2 Head  - 13RA Lead Coach

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Coach Juliana Todescan now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she teaches foreign language classes at the University of New Mexico. Coach Juliana started her volleyball career in Brazil and competed at the NAIA level at John Brown University. Her skills for the game accumulated many honors: 1st Team Conference and Region (3 years), Honor All-American (2 years), All-American (Junior & Senior), Region Setter of the Year (3 years), MVP Player Region (2 years), Best Newcomer of the Region (Sophomore), and Female-Athlete of the Year (2 years). Coach Juliana began her coaching at Ozark Juniors Volleyball Club, instructing 14's, and 17's teams. Her detail to instruction, setting skills, and knowledge has surpassed all expectations of others. This will be her 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where she will be head coach for 15N2,13 Rebels Academy and Co-Coaching 18N1. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Train yourself to listen to that small voice inside of you that tells you what is important and what is not." - Juliana

Eric Zamora

17N1 and 15N3 Head Coach

Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, Coach Eric Zamora resides in Los Lunas, where he is employed with Los Lunas Public Schools as an educator at Valencia High School, teaching biology, human anatomy, and physiology. Coach Eric has been involved in volleyball for more than 30 years. This year marks his 13th year as Head Coach and 3rd year with Valencia High School Varsity Volleyball team. His coaching experience also includes serving as an assistant coach for 7 years at New Mexico Highlands University and coaching 12's through 14's teams for Demolition Crew VBC in Roswell. Coach Erics overall record is 194-88 in 12 years. His experience and achievements have earned him many honors, including multiple "Coach of the Year" awards, multiple District Championships, State Runner-Ups, and NMAA State Championship at Pojoaque High School. This will be his 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where he will be heading the 15U2 National team and mentoring both the National and local coaches. He holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 2 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Discipline yourself so others won't have to." - John Wooden

Jonathan Zamora

17N1 and 15N3 Assistant Coach

Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico and raised in Roswell, NM, Coach Jonathan Zamora currently resides in Los Lunas, where he is employed with Scribe America as a medical scribe. Coach Jonathan has grown up around the sport of volleyball, following his father, Eric Zamora, who was the Head Coach at Pojoaque High School. He currently competes in adult leagues and tournaments, staying active in the sport. Coach Jonathan started his coaching in Roswell, where he coached for Demolition Crew Volleyball Club. He is currently the Head Coach for the Valencia High School's JV team. This will be his 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where he will be assisting both the 17's and 15's National teams under the guidance of Coach Eric Zamora. He holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest until good is better and better is best." - Adlai Stevenson

Ashley Rhoades

17N2 and 16N2 Head Coach

Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Coach Ashley is a well-known volleyball figure in the state of New Mexico. She started her volleyball career playing in middle and high school and went on to play at the collegiate level at the University of New Mexcio (UNM). Coach Ashley's skills and talent on the volleyball court earned her a spot on the USA A2 National team. Her leadership and knowledge of the game is shown remarkably through her accolades. She was named the New Mexico 4A/5A Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Academic team. During her collegiate years, she was named several times as the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Player of the Week She also earned a spot on the MWC All-Academic team and MWC All-Conference team. Her talent was also recognized through the American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA), as she earned a spot on the AVCA All-West team and was an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. While competing at the National level, Coach Ashley won the USAV National A2 Championships. Her coaching background started during her collegiate years when she coached at the club and high school levels with New Mexico Juniors and La Cueva High School. After graduation from UNM, she was appointed as the student assistant to UNM Volleyball, and was later hired as an assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico University. This is Coach Ashley 2nd  year with ARVC, where she will be heading both 17's and 16's National teams alongside with quality assistant coaches. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Around here, we don't look backwards for very long. Ee keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Jayla Trombley

17N2 Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Coach Jayla Trombley is currently employed with Rio Rancho Public Schools as a high school teacher. Coach Jayla started her volleyball career playing in middle school and high school and went on to play at the collegiate level at Barry University in Florida. During her prep years at Rio Rancho High School, Coach Jayla played 4 years of Varsity as an outside hitter and middle blocker, contributing to two NMAA State Championships, earning All-Metro Player of the Year, and placing in the top 50 of the Under Armor Watch List. Coach Jayla earned full athletic scholarships to both UNM, where she played for 1 year, and Barry University, where she was the team captain for 3 years and was honored as the Most Valuable Player in 2015. Coach Jayla started her coaching career with the New Mexico Juniors Club in 2011. She is currently the assistant Varsity coach at Cibola High School and has been with ARVC for 3 years. Coach Jayla will be assisting a 17's National team under the guidance of Coach Ashley Rhoades. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Your nerves are just your body's way of telling you, you're ready. Ready to take on anything and anyone."- Steve Hendricks (Barry University, Head Coach)

Minh Tran

16N1 Head Coach 

Born and raised in Vietnam, Coach Minh Tran moved to the United States in 1975 and now resides Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is employed at Ray Flooring. Coach Minh Started his volleyball career playing volleyball at Eldorado High School from 1980-1984. He continued competing with the University of New Mexico's mens club and USAV volleyball teams, where he displayed his setting skills with precise accuracy and speed. Coach Minh's coaching career started at Rio Grande High School. He later went on to coach at St. Pius High School and then instructed boys volleyball at Eldorado High School until 1990. During his tenure at St. Pius, Coach Minh assisted the Varsity team in capturing the 4A State Championships. Coach Minh will be entering his 35th year of coaching. This will be his 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where he will be heading a 16s National team. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Play hard, have fun" - Minh Tran

Cong Tran

16N1 Assistant Coach 

Born and raised in Vietnam, Coach Cong Tran came to the United States in 1975 and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is employed with De Vore Aviation as a mechanical engineer. Coach Cong started his volleyball career playing volleyball at Eldorado High School as a setter and an outside hitter from 1981-1983. He continued his career, playing at the club level with Team Tribe Men's Volleyball Club for several years until 2010. His skills and knowledge for the game have helped many young athletes to better understand the sport. Coach Cong will be entering his 37th year of coaching. He started at the adult level at the Sports Physical Therapy and moved on to the junior circuit with Team Tribe Volleyball Club and Rio West Volleyball Club. He is presently the head coach at South Valley Academy. This is Coach Cong 2nd year with ARVC, where he will be assisting a 16's National team alongside his brother, Coach Minh. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy." - The Magic School Bus

Justin Troncosa

16N1 Assistant Coach 

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coach Justin Trancosta is currently employed with Sandia Resort and Casino and has been a Count Team Member for the past 4 years. Coach Justin started his volleyball career competing at the adult level with Team Tribe Volleyball Club and participating in local volleyball leagues. Coach Justin competed at the USAV Open National Championships every year since 2011 at the Men's BB level. His talent as an outside hitter brings a skillset that enhances players' transitions and power. This is Coach Justine 2nd year with ARVC, where he will be training and assisting a 16 National team alongside Coach Minh. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Impossible is nothing." Unknown

Ashley Rhoades

16N2 and 17N2 Head Coach

Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Coach Ashley is a well-known volleyball figure in the state of New Mexico. She started her volleyball career playing in middle and high school and went on to play at the collegiate level at the University of New Mexcio (UNM). Coach Ashleyâ??s skills and talent on the volleyball court earned her a spot on the USA A2 National team. Her leadership and knowledge of the game is shown remarkably through her accolades. She was named the New Mexico 4A/5A Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Academic team. During her collegiate years, she was named several times as the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Player of the Week She also earned a spot on the MWC All-Academic team and MWC All-Conference team. Her talent was also recognized through the American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA), as she earned a spot on the AVCA All-West team and was an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. While competing at the National level, Coach Ashley won the USAV National A2 Championships. Her coaching background started during her collegiate years when she coached at the club and high school levels with New Mexico Juniors and La Cueva High School. After graduation from UNM, she was appointed as the student assistant to UNM Volleyball, and was later hired as an assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico University. This is Coach Ashley 2nd  year with ARVC, where she will be heading both 17â??s and 16â??s National teams alongside with quality assistant coaches. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Around here, we don't look backwards for very long. Ee keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Camilo Garcia

16N2 Assistant Coach & 12R1 Head Coach

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coach Camilo Garcia is currently employed as a Chemical Packaging Supervisor at DPC. He has two daughters who are active in volleyball both competing in college. Coach Camilo started his volleyball career at the adult level, competing in local leagues. He became interested in coaching, while taking his daughters to volleyball practices and games and watching them excel. Coach Camilo is a passionate volleyball coach and has sharpened his coaching skill at the Skill Train Play (STP) Program with 14U players. This will be his 5th year with ARVC, where he will be heading the 12's Regional team alongside Coach Melissa Melendez. He holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"You can teach someone a job, give them the best tools and place to work, but you can't teach them to give a damn; that comes from within." - Unknown

Fred Ader

16N3 & 14N1 Head Coach & Facility Management 

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Coach Fred Ader spent most of his time in the United States Air Force, retiring here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently working for the State of New Mexico as Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist, assisting service-connected disabled veteran with employment or other services. He is currently active with New Mexico Athletic Association (NMAA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) DII volleyball officiating. Catch Fred has been involved with the sport for more than 26 years, competing overseas with the military and throughout the southwest of the United States. He has been coaching for more 21 years and has been with ARVC when they first established in 1998. Under his leadership and knowledge for the game, his teams reached the USAV Girl's Junior National Championships for the last six years. Coach Fred will be heading two national teams (16N3 and 14N1) alongside with highly qualified assistant coaches. He currently holds USAV-CAP2 and AAU-PCI certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Defeat is just a phase; challenges are forever" - Fred Ader

Dominic Lopez

15N1 Assistant Coach 

Born and raised in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Coach Dominic Lopez resides in Albuquerque, where he is currently a student at the University of New Mexico. Coach Dominic is currently active in adult volleyball, competing in local leagues and tournaments and playing college intramural sports. He brings tremendous understanding for the game, which helps develop team continuity. This is Coach Dominic's 5th year with ARVC, where he will be assisting the 14's National team under the instruction of Coach Geoff. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth

Juliana Todescan

 15N2 Head  - 18N1 Co Head Coach - 13RA Lead Coach

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Coach Juliana Todescan now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she teaches foreign language classes at the University of New Mexico. Coach Juliana started her volleyball career in Brazil and competed at the NAIA level at John Brown University. Her skills for the game accumulated many honors: 1st Team Conference and Region (3 years), Honor All-American (2 years), All-American (Junior & Senior), Region Setter of the Year (3 years), MVP Player Region (2 years), Best Newcomer of the Region (Sophomore), and Female-Athlete of the Year (2 years). Coach Juliana began her coaching at Ozark Juniors Volleyball Club, instructing 14's, and 17's teams. Her detail to instruction, setting skills, and knowledge has surpassed all expectations of others. This will be her 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where she will be head coach for 15N2,13 Rebels Academy and Co-Coaching 18N1. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Train yourself to listen to that small voice inside of you that tells you what is important and what is not." - Juliana

Mackenzie Clark

15R1 Head Coach

Mackenzie Clark is entering her third season coaching at ARVC and fifth year overall. She started her coaching career in Utah for Club V, then Club VOS in Arizona before returning home to coach for ARVC.

The Rio Rancho High School standout outside hitter started her playing career at the age of 8 and finished at Wayland Baptist University. For Rio Rancho, Mackenzie garnered many awards, including three All-District, three Albuquerque All-Metro, two All-State and a state championship.

Mackenzie is currently the JV Head Coach for Albuquerque Academy and Manager for a local Keva Juice.

"Just Keep Swimming!" -Dory from Finding Nemo

Julia Warren

15R1 Assistant Coach

Julia Warren, born in Minot, North Dakota, is entering her first season at ARVC. She currently serves as the Director of Operations for UNM Volleyball.

Julia has a long history of playing volleyball, encouraged by her mom who coaches volleyball. She started her playing career in 8th grade, and then played a successful high school career at La Cueva where she was a 2-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico. She then went on to play at the University of New Mexico where she made a huge impact.
As a decorated outside hitter for UNM, Julia earned many honors including the 2013 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, 2014 Mountain West Libero of the Year, and was a 3-time All Mountain West Conference First Team member.
Her coaching career started in college, coaching one year of club with New Mexico Juniors and following college assisting with a Division II school, Pitt State.
Julia graduated from UNM with her degree in Sociology. 

Fred Ader

14N1 & 16N3 Head Coach - Facility Management 

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Coach Fred Ader spent most of his time in the United States Air Force, retiring here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently working for the State of New Mexico as Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist, assisting service-connected disabled veteran with employment or other services. He is currently active with New Mexico Athletic Association (NMAA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) DII volleyball officiating. Catch Fred has been involved with the sport for more than 26 years, competing overseas with the military and throughout the southwest of the United States. He has been coaching for more 21 years and has been with ARVC when they first established in 1998. Under his leadership and knowledge for the game, his teams reached the USAV Girl's Junior National Championships for the last six years. Coach Fred will be heading two national teams (16N3 and 14N1) alongside with highly qualified assistant coaches. He currently holds USAV-CAP2 and AAU-PCI certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Defeat is just a phase; challenges are forever" - Fred Ader

Shelby Martinez

14N1 Assistant Coach

Shelby Martinez, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is returning to ARVC for her 4th season. She began playing volleyball as a child while watching her parents compete. She started playing for ARVC on the 12U team and made her way up to the 18U team. She played at Sandia High School for 2 years and continued on to play at Clarendon College in Texas. 
Coach Shelby has head coaching experience at Valley High School and ARVC. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS certifications in volleyball coaching.

Tavake Misailegalu

14N2 Head & 16N3 Assistant Coach -Director of Rebels Academy 

Born in Aoa, American Samoa, Coach Tavake Misailegalu resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is semi-retired from the United States Army. He is currently employed with ARVC and is a volleyball official with the New Mexico Athletic Association (NMAA). Coach Tavake started his volleyball career while in the military, competing in many areas of the world (Europe, Far East, U.S., including Hawai’i) and continued in various regions under USAV (SC, PM, AH, RM). He has been coaching for more than 13 years, starting with the US Army overseas (both men’s and women’s teams) and TG Sandhausen Junior Volleyball Club. While stationed in Hawai’i, he was head coach of Hawaii’s Army team for 4 years. This past summer, Coach Tavake took the leading role and established ARVC inaugural Sand Volleyball Program. His dedication and detail to success has made this sand program contribute positively to young volleyball student-athletes. Coach Tavake will be entering his 8th year with ARVC, where he will direct the Rebels Academy Program and head a 14 National team plus assist a 16 National team. He holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

“When the student is ready to learn…the teacher will appear. Never look down on someone unless you’re offering to help them up. STAND UP…LOOK UP…NEVER GIVE UP!” - Tavake Misailegalu

Jennifer Garcia 

14N2  Assistant Coach

Jennifer Garcia, born in Fort Hood, Texas, joined ARVC after assisting with summer clinics. She played volleyball for 8 years, starting only at Del Norte High School. She played club volleyball at ARVC on the 16’s, 17’s and 18’s national teams. 

Following high school, Jennifer played at Lamar Community College where she made the All Academic Team in both years. After Lamar, she transferred to the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico where she also earned All Academic Team honors. In addition to Volleyball, Jennifer also played collegiate tennis for the University of the Southwest. She earned an Associate’s degree in Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-med and a minor in English. 
When she’s not coaching at ARVC, Jennifer bartends at Horse and Angel Tavern. 
 
“Think positive. Be positive.”

Katie Erdman

14R1 Head Coach

Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Coach Katie Erdman currently resides in Albuquerque, where she is employed as a controller and a real estate agent. She started her volleyball career, playing at the middle school level and continued at Eldorado High School for 4 years and with ARVC. As a strong competitor, during her senior year at Eldorado, she was named Best Offensive Player on her Varsity team. Coach Katie’s two-year coaching experience started locally at the club level. This past summer, Coach Katie continued coaching with the Skill Train Play (STP) Program, working with 14U players.  This will be her 3rd year of coaching with ARVC, where she will be heading a 14’s Regional Local team alongside Assistant Coach Huu. She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

 “The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.” - Peggy Fleming

Huu Vu

14R1 Assistant Coach & 13N1 Head Coach 

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Coach Huu Vu now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is retired from Intel Corporation. He has been coaching for more than 20 years and has been recognized as a successful coach in the city of Rio Rancho. Coach Huu coached under the guidance of Toby Manzanares, where he holds six state titles in the span of 10 years. Coach Huu has taken teams to USAV Junior Nationals as a Head Coach and as an Assistant Coach.  This is Coach Huu’s 6th season with ARVC, and he will be the assigned skill trainer for three teams. Huu currently holds CAP1 and NFHS Level 3 certifications in volleyball coaching.

“Man who runs behind cars will get exhausted.” - Huu Vu

TBA

14R2 Head Coach

bio coming soon

Madison Garrett

14R2 Assistant Coach

Madie Garrett is entering her first year of coaching at ARVC. She played six years of club volleyball, including three years for ARVC.
Madie is from Albuquerque and graduated from the volleyball powerhouse of La Cueva High School. Outside of coaching volleyball, Madie works for Highway Supply.
 
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky” - Michaell Scott 

Huu Vu

13N1 Head Coach & 14R1 Assistant Coach

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Coach Huu Vu now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is retired from Intel Corporation. He has been coaching for more than 20 years and has been recognized as a successful coach in the city of Rio Rancho. Coach Huu coached under the guidance of Toby Manzanares, where he holds six state titles in the span of 10 years. Coach Huu has taken teams to USAV Junior Nationals as a Head Coach and as an Assistant Coach.  This is Coach Huu’s 6th season with ARVC, and he will be the assigned skill trainer for three teams. Huu currently holds CAP1 and NFHS Level 3 certifications in volleyball coaching.

“Man who runs behind cars will get exhausted.” - Huu Vu

Melissa Mccurdy

13N1  Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Coach Melissa resides in Albuquerque, where she is a supervisor at OsoBio Company. She played high school volleyball at Rio Rancho High School under the instruction of Toby Manzanares, helping her team win the NMAA 5A State Championship. Her volleyball training came from both Coach Huu and Coach Carpenter, both of whom provided structure and guidance to her, as she became the top defensive specialist. Her coaching background started at the YMCA, where she focused on proper footwork and mechanics, teaching newer players in the sport. Coach Melissa has coached at both the Desert Ridge Middle School and Cibola High School. She has been coaching with ARVC since 2012, and this season, she will be assisting the 13's National team under the guidance of Coach Huu.  Coach Melissa holds USAV-CAP1 and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

Dana Bird

13N2 Head Coach

Born in Spokane, Washington, Coach Dana Bird lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is a small business owner and a strong supporter of the Tingley Children's Hospital, focusing on fundraising events. He has been coaching for 19 years. 10 years at the middle and high school levels and 10 years at the club level. He is entering his 11th year with ARVC and brings a tremendous wealth of volleyball knowledge of competition at all levels, including at the USAV Adult National and USAV Senior National levels. Coach Dana will be heading a 14's National team and assisting regional and local coaches throughout the organization. Coach Dana currently holds USAV-CAP1 and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching. 

"Be the best you can be"- Dana Bird

Jeri Garcia

13N2 Assistant Coach

Jeri Garcia, from Ferriday, Louisiana, started playing volleyball in 7th grade. She attended Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, NM where she earned MVP of her team in her freshman and senior years. Following high school, Jeri played volleyball at Barton Community College. 

Outside of coaching club volleyball, Jeri works at Billy’s Long Bar.
 
“Love fiercely, live fearlessly, think freely.”

 

Linda RAE Brown

13R1 Head Coach

Linda Rae Brown, from Durango, Colorado, is joining ARVC after her experience coaching 6th grade volleyball at Annunciation Catholic School, the 16-1 team for Cactus Volleyball Club in 2015, and most recently the JV team at Cibola High School from 2015-2017. 

Linda played volleyball at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, NM. She then attended UNM where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Linda has her certification to teach Pilates and stays home to raise her two kids. 
“Perfection is being able to look your teammates in the eye, and know you did everything you could to not let them down”.  

Sarah Snippen

13R1 Assistant Coach

Born in Tualatin, Oregon and raised in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Coach Sarah is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Coach Sarah started her volleyball career, playing in middle school and high school and in the various clubs in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Her skills and talent on the volleyball court contributed to many victories, including New Mexico State Volleyball Class 6A Runner-Up. Coach Sarah was very active in coaching while in high school; she started volunteering her time instructing volleyball players from ages 10 through 12 for 3 years. This past summer, she coached in the Skill Train and Play (STP) program, instructing players from the age of 9 through 13. This is her 2nd  year coaching with ARVC, where she will be assisting the 11s Local team (Rebels Academy) under the guidance of Coach Amilya and Tavake Misailegalu and assisting 13 regional under Coach Linda . She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Everybody is genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

 

Savanna Baker

12N1 Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coach Savanna Baker is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico and a business intern at Sandia National Laboratories. Coach Savanna started her volleyball career playing in middle school and high school, as well as at the club level. She has taken her skills to the sand, where she currently competes in adult leagues and tournaments and has become more confident and developed sharper skills. This will be her 2nd year as the head volleyball coach for Hope Christian High School's C-team. Coach Savanna started coaching with ARVC as an assistant on a 16s Regional team in 2014. This will be her 4th year coaching with ARVC, where she will be assisting the 12s National team under the guidance of Coach Patty. She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work harder" - Tim Notke

Camilo Garcia

12R1 Head Coach & 16N2 Assistant Coach

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coach Camilo Garcia is currently employed as a Chemical Packaging Supervisor at DPC. He has two daughters who are active in volleyball both competing in college. Coach Camilo started his volleyball career at the adult level, competing in local leagues. He became interested in coaching, while taking his daughters to volleyball practices and games and watching them excel. Coach Camilo is a passionate volleyball coach and has sharpened his coaching skill at the Skill Train Play (STP) Program with 14U players. This will be his 5th year with ARVC, where he will be heading the 12's Regional team alongside Coach Melissa Melendez. He holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"You can teach someone a job, give them the best tools and place to work, but you can't teach them to give a damn; that comes from within." - Unknown

Sara Branch

11N1 Head Coach 

Sara Stelzer, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the ARVC 11 National Head Coach. She has 7 years of playing experience, including 5 years at Hope Christian and 3 years as a defensive specialist at UNM. During her years at Hope Christian, she also played for New Mexico Juniors.

At Hope Christian, Sara was a 5-year varsity letterman, a 4-time all Metro selection, and 3-time Offensive Player of the Year for 3A.
Sara has 4 years of coaching experience at Hope Christian and 2 years of club at New Mexico Juniors and ARVC. 
“Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

Marissa rodriguez

11N1 Assistant  Coach 

Marissa Rodriguez, born in Santa Fe, NM, played volleyball for five years at Pojoaque Valley High School. Following high school, she started her coaching career. Marissa has more than five years of coaching, including little league and middle school volleyball in Pojoaque and West Las Vegas. She is in her second season as the JV coach at Hope Christian.
As a player, Marissa received 2013 3A district and 2013 State 3A champion honors at Pojoaque. As a coach, she has had teams place in the top five at various tournaments and taken 1st or 2nd place the past year with Hope Christian and Santa Fe Storm Volleyball Club.  
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Juliana Todescan

 13RA Lead Coach - 18N1 Co Head Coach -  15N2 Head  

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Coach Juliana Todescan now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she teaches foreign language classes at the University of New Mexico. Coach Juliana started her volleyball career in Brazil and competed at the NAIA level at John Brown University. Her skills for the game accumulated many honors: 1st Team Conference and Region (3 years), Honor All-American (2 years), All-American (Junior & Senior), Region Setter of the Year (3 years), MVP Player Region (2 years), Best Newcomer of the Region (Sophomore), and Female-Athlete of the Year (2 years). Coach Juliana began her coaching at Ozark Juniors Volleyball Club, instructing 14â??s, and 17â??s teams. Her detail to instruction, setting skills, and knowledge has surpassed all expectations of others. This will be her 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where she will be head coach for 15N2,13 Rebels Academy and Co-Coaching 18N1. She holds USAV-IMPACT and NFHS Level 1 certifications in volleyball coaching.

"Train yourself to listen to that small voice inside of you that tells you what is important and what is not." - Juliana

Andrea serna

13 Academy Assistant

Andrea Serna is returning to ARVC for her second season. She has five years of playing experience, including a club season for New Mexico Juniors and another for Team Boss. Amongst her playing successes, Andrea earned first in Gold at Chili Spike in 2011 and finished in Gold in 2012 at a Cactus Tournament.  Andrea was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is currently a manager at Sonic Drive-In. 

 "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” -Pele

Madison HArris

13 Acadmey Assistant

bio coming soon

Viki Royce

13 Academy Assistant

Born in Agana, Guam as military dependent, Coach Viki Royce now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is currently employed as a professional Nanny. Coach Viki started her volleyball career as a recreational player competing in many levels of play, from middle school to college intramurals. Her drive and enthusiasm for these young student-athletes is an asset for this Academy program and the development of these student athletes. Coach Viki has 9 years of coaching experience at the Albuquerque Christian School and club volleyball; this will be her 2nd year with ARVC. She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

“I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child, you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual…and yet, not take anything away from being part of the them.” - Wayne Gretzky

Brenna Freeze

12 Academy Lead Coach

Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Coach Brenna Freeze is currently employed with Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital as an Occupational Therapist. Coach Brenna started her volleyball career at La Cueva High School, playing all four year as a dominant middle blocker. While competing at the prep level, she used her height and athleticism, dominating the net through her offense attacks and defensive blocking. Coach Brenna received 1st team All-Metro (2007 & 2008), 1st team All-State (2008), and NM Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year (2008). Coach Brenna started her coaching with New Mexico Special Olympics in 2012, her special attention and detailed instruction has lead her and her team to win three gold medals at the NM State Summer Games (2015, 2016, and 2017). This is Coach Brenna 2nd year with ARVC, where she will be Lead Coach for the 12's Rebels Academy Group alongside Coach Tavake. She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." John Wooden

Ashley Dalton

12 Academy Assistant

Ashley Dalton is entering her first season at ARVC and assistant coaching for the 12 Rebels Academy program. 

Ashley played volleyball at Northern Arizona University for two seasons, then trained at BYU, and finished her college career at the University of New Haven where she played three seasons. In all four years of competitive play, she was named an AVCA Academic All American. During her years at New Haven, Ashley made 1st team Northeast All-Conference in 2013 and was team captain for 2 years.
Originally from Helena, Montana, Ashley returned home and coached for six years before moving to Albuquerque.
 
“The greatest achievement is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” -Vince Lombardi

Layah Johnson

12 Academy Assistant

bio coming soon

Amilya Sandoval

11 Academy Lead Coach

Born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Moriarty, New Mexico, Coach Amilya Sandoval now resides in Albuquerque, where she is currently employed with NMHU as a social worker. Coach Amilya started her volleyball career at 6-years old and continued on, playing at the middle and high school levels. During her tenure at Moriarty High School, she helped her team capture two state championships and multiple district titles. She continued playing volleyball at Wayland Baptist University as a setter and a defensive specialist. Coach Amilya has been coaching for more than 10 years at Our Lady of the Assumption at the middle school level and at the club level for Albuquerque Juniors. Her passion for the game has taken her student-athletes to a new height. Her patience and detail to instruction allows the players to work effectively as a team, as she develops their skills and helps them grow as individuals. This is her 3rd year coaching with ARVC, where she will be the Lead Coach for the 11s Rebels Academy Group. She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Breathe. Believe. Battle. Walk away with our heads held high" Amilya Ellis

Sarah Snippen

11 Academy Assistant  &  13R1 Assistant Coach

Born in Tualatin, Oregon and raised in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Coach Sarah is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Coach Sarah started her volleyball career, playing in middle school and high school and in the various clubs in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Her skills and talent on the volleyball court contributed to many victories, including New Mexico State Volleyball Class 6A Runner-Up. Coach Sarah was very active in coaching while in high school; she started volunteering her time instructing volleyball players from ages 10 through 12 for 3 years. This past summer, she coached in the Skill Train and Play (STP) program, instructing players from the age of 9 through 13. This is her 2nd  year coaching with ARVC, where she will be assisting the 11s Local team (Rebels Academy) under the guidance of Coach Amilya and Tavake Misailegalu and assisting 13 regional under Coach Linda . She holds a USAV-IMPACT certification in volleyball coaching.

"Everybody is genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

 

Alexia Burkhard

11 Academy Assistant

bio coming soon

Adria Fecteau

10 Academy Lead Coach

Adria Fecteau is entering her first season coaching for ARVC Academy. Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Adria played her high school years for Triangle Volleyball Club and Fuquay Varina High School in North Carolina where she earned Tri-9 Conference Player of the Year and MVP all 4 years. 

Adria went on to play volleyball at the University of Georgia. Since college, she has gained 10 years of coaching experience, including the most recent stint at NC Elite Volleyball Club. 
Adria has earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy and currently works for Huntington Learning Center. 
“Lose your mind and come to your senses.” Fritz Perls

Renata Fecteau

10 Academy Assistant  Coach

Renata Fecteau, born in Ft. Lewis, Washington, is entering her first season coaching the ARVC Rebels Academy program. She has more than 40 years of playing indoor and outdoor volleyball. Renata has coached volleyball for 15 years including middle school, high school and club. Most recently, she coached for NC Elite Volleyball Club and Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As a player, Renata was all-conference, all-state and all-Europe in high school in Nuernburg, Germany.  She successfully played semi-professional sand and grass doubles for many years on the east coast.
Outside of volleyball, Renata works at SchoolAbility.