2019 TAMPA COACHES

Laura Stegenga

Laura started her coaching career at the age of 18, being fortunate to be trained by Nancy Cothron who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. While finishing her Elementary degree at the University of South Florida Laura continued to coach club teams from U14-U18. After graduating from USF, Laura became a teacher in Hillsborough County which lead her to the head coaching job at Steinbrenner High School where she coached the Warriors to three district titles in four seasons and two state semifinal appearances, with an 80-31 overall record in that time, as well as 3 coach of the year awards. During her time teaching she co-founded Tampa Elite Volleyball which grew from 3 teams to 24 teams over the past 6 years, and is now part of the OTVA organization. In 2012 she received Florida Region USAV award for Outstanding Juniors Coach for the U17-U18’s age group, and was then extremely honored to receive the Outstanding Female coach of the year in 2016 for the Florida Region. Laura is currently one of the directors and Head Coaches at the Tampa Facility.

Laurinda Nguyen

Laurinda is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida over 10 years ago.  She received a degree in Business Management at the University of South Florida.  While having a full time job, she was also the director of Tampa Elite when it started in 2011.  In 2012, she received the Florida Region of USAV Outstanding Club Director Award.  Eventually she left the corporate world to spend more time growing the organization, which is now a part of OTVA.  Laurinda is one of the directors at the Tampa Facility.

Paloma Bacellar Da Silva

Paloma was born in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil. She started her volleyball career in 2006, where was selected Best Athlete of the Year and named to the all-state team. She moved to United States in 2014. She played for Blinn College in TX. Blinn College won the National Championship (NCJAA), Conference Championship, Regionals Championship with a record 40-1. She then transferred to Park Univerisity where she helped the Pioneers back to the NAIA national tournament for the first year. Her playing career finished at St. Leo University and she now resides in Tampa, and currently coaches at Tampa Prep High school as well as coaching several camps and clinics to develop youth volleyball players in the area. She is excited to be a part of the OTVA coaching staff.

Kirsten Brierley

Kirsten Brierley is from East Hampton, NY and grew up playing competitive sports with her main focus being on volleyball and lacrosse. While in high school she helped her volleyball team reach their first ever state-tournament and back to back county championships her junior and senior seasons. She received Rookie of the Year, All-League and All-Conference honors during her four-year high school Varsity campaign. Kirsten played for the Academy Volleyball club and continued on to play one year at the University of Tampa before committing to just lacrosse her final three years. Her career in sports Public Relations brought her to North Carolina for two years where she spent time coaching for Triangle Volleyball Club. Kirsten returned to Tampa in November 2018 and this is her first year with OTVA.

Martin Caban

Martin started playing volleyball in Czech Republic and made the decision to move to Florida for his education at Webber International University.  While attending Webber, he helped with their sand and indoor volleyball program. After graduating, he pursued the career of a professional Beach Volleyball player. Martin has been coaching for the past six years and started coaching for Tampa Elite in 2016. In 2018, he started coaching for OTVA and was the assistant coach for Warner University Indoor team.

Alex Cintron

Alex is from Puerto Rico and has Bachelor and Masters degree in physical education. He is also Cap 1 USAV certified as well as 2nd level Puerto Rico volleyball federation. Alex has 24 years of coaching experience at all levels: high school, middle and elementary and was the Club Director of Guaynabo Volleyball Academy in Puerto Rico. He has won the AAU Open Division 4 times and the USAV champion national division 2 times. Alex began coaching for OTVA in 2018.

Michelle Davis

Coach Michelle Davis is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she began her love for volleyball as a beach volleyball player as her school district did not have indoor volleyball. She has coached indoor volleyball for over the past 10 years. Most recently, as the head varsity coach at Wiregrass Ranch High School were she finished with a 50-21 record over the last three seasons and was voted the 2017 – 2018 Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Sunshine Athletic Conference – East (Pasco County).  She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a certified group fitness and strength instructor. This season she helped lead the Plant High School Panthers to the FHSAA State Finals.  

Tamires Ferreira

LaTora Heath

Kim Hildreth

Kim is originally from Michigan and was a 4-year letter winner at Eastern Michigan University as a setter and played one year of beach volleyball for the University of North Florida.  She has been coaching club volleyball for the past 10 years. Her coaching career began at Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.  She started coaching for Tampa Elite in 2015 and was the Varsity Assistant Coach for Academy of the Holy Names.  Currently, Kim plays professional beach volleyball on the AVP tour and was pervious named Rookie of the Year at NVL.  

Rachel Iaquaniello

Rachel Iaquaniello was an outside hitter at Eastern Michigan University from 2009-2013 and then played professionally for Linz-Steg in Linz, Austria and Laon Volleyclub in France throughout 2013-2014.  She has coached for All-American Volleyball Camps and previously Michigan Elite Volleyball throughout her off-seasons.  She was a Graduate Assistant for Grand Valley State University women’s indoor team, and also played for the Lakeshore Region PVL team. Rachel has been with OTVA since 2017

Jessica Johnson

Jessica is from Tampa, FL and has been playing volleyball since she was 8 years old. She played club volleyball in Tampa and also competed in the High Performance Championships with Team Florida for 3 summers. She was the first volleyball player from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School to play volleyball at the division 1 level where she attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, playing all four years. While in Virginia she coached for Coastal Volleyball Academy and South East Region Volleyball Academy. Jessica works full time as a credit Analyst for Ford Motor Credit Company and has been with OTVA since 2017.

Liz Klauka

Liz is originally from Michigan and spent her life playing competitive sports and played volleyball as her main sport through high school and college at Great Lakes Christian College. For two years she was the Strength and Conditioning Coach and assistant volleyball coach for Olivet College in Michigan. Liz has been coaching volleyball for 10 years and was the head Junior Varsity coach for Tampa Preparatory School from 2014-2018.  She is currently a science teacher at Walker Middle Magnet School and has been with OTVA since 2016

Ike Klauka

Ike is originally from Michigan and has coached multiple sports for over 35 years and was a collegiate baseball and basketball player for Great Lakes Christian College. As a father of four daughters (and a son) who were all volleyball players, Ike has been immersed in the sport for over 20 years. He has been coaching club volleyball in the Tampa Bay Area since 2008, works in Pasco County at Land O’ Lakes High School, and currently serves as the head varsity coach of Land O’ Lakes High School Volleyball since 2016.

Jenya Kruglovia

Jenya was born in Moscow, Russia. She finished her college career playing at Saint Leo University in 2018 and was a well rounded 6 rotation player through her college experience leading in kills as a freshman and sophomore.  She then became a libero her senior year receiving 3X SSC Defensive Player of the week. Tallied 78 assists and a total of 554 digs on the year for the Lions. She has helped many youth programs and camps to help develop players and is looking forward to improving the youth’s technique of the game at OTVA.

Cody Liner

Cody Liner is from Virginia Beach, VA, where he played the men’s volleyball team during high school.  He played club volleyball starting at 14 years old at Seven Cities Volleyball Club. He was the assistant coach for the Coastal Junior Boy’s 17 National Volleyball Team.  After moving to Florida, he has been the assistant coaching at the University of Tampa since 2013. In 2014, he assisted the Spartans through their National Championship season, followed by the 2015 25th Sunshine State Conference Championship and the 11th consecutive crown. He also runs all of UT’s camps as well helps with their recruiting process. Cody has received the opportunity to coach along side National Coach of the Year Chris Catanach. 

Kesha Lindo

Kesha Lindo was born and raised in Jamaica. She started playing volleyball in the 10th grade where she immediately made her high school varsity team. She was a multi sport athlete and has held records in the long jump and triple jump. Kesha has been coaching youth volleyball for over 15 years and has gained great experience coaching for the Tampa Bay Raptors, Tampa Titans and Tampa Elite. She is also the volleyball Varsity Head Coach at Gaither High School and has been with OTVA since 2017.

Marissa Lisenbee

Marissa is from Seminole Florida and has lived here her whole life. She played for the University of Tampa while majoring in Human Performance – Exercise Physiology. Marissa was a 3 time All American and National Champion.. She then continued her education at the University of Miami to complete her Doctorate at the University of Miami. Marissa has been coaching for 7 years, and started with OTVA in 2015.

Kendra Meyer

Kendrea was born and raised in Hawaii. She started playing volleyball in 6th grade and played club volleyball for North Idaho Volleyball Club under former Stanford Volleyball Coach Art Lambert. Kendrea played Collegiately for Former Women Stanford and Men’s Olympic Head Coach Fred Sturm at Boise State University. Kendrea majored in business and marketing and received multiple athletic accolades including All American Honorable Mention. Kendrea has coached at the High School Varsity level as well as All-American camps and club for the past 16 years. Her club teams have achieved bids to USAV Nationals, as well as winning State Championships in 2003 and 2004 at Sandpoint High School in Idaho. Kendrea has been with OTVA since 2012.    

Kamdyn Mohr

Kamdyn is from New Port Richey Florida and has lived here her whole life. She started assistant coaching her father at the age of 15. Kamdyn is majoring in Nursing, and played for Florida College as a setter. Kamdyn played for OTVA during her senior year and has coached for OTVA since 2018.

Steve Mohr

Tabitha Nejman

Tabitha is from New Jersey and grew up playing competitive sports, but volleyball was her main sport through high school and college at Richard Stockton University.  She has been coaching volleyball for 10 years, starting at East Coast Crush Volleyball Club.  After graduation from college, she moved to Florida, and in 2015 she was coaching for Tampa Elite and was the Junior Varsity coach for Academy of the Holy Names from 2015-2017.  Tabitha has been with OTVA since 2017.

Hazel Ortiz

Hazel is originally from Puerto Rico, but moved to the US where she started playing volleyball at the age of 13. She continued her volleyball career at Monroe College where she received several honors including All-American second team, and then transferred to play for Bethune Cookman University where she graduated with a degree in Business Management. After college she played professionally in Puerto Rico. Throughout her playing career she coached several camps and clinics, as well as assisting club teams. Hazel has been coaching at OTVA since 2018.

Heather Parks

Heather is from St. Petersburg, Florida and started her volleyball career playing for Shorecrest Prep where she led them to their first State Finals appearance, and was inducted into the Shorecrest Hall of Fame in 2015. She went on to play collegiate volleyball at Georgia Tech, winning the ACC regular season once and making multiple NCAA tournament appearances. After college, she began her coaching career and during her 14-year span of coaching, she has trained many players that went on to play collegiate volleyball at schools including UF, UT, USF and UCF. Heather works full time as a software developer while assistant coaching for Calvary Christian High School and began coaching with OTVA in 2018.

Raven Rice

Raven was born and raised in Tennessee, where she played volleyball throughout middle and high school.  After graduating, Raven attended the University of Tennessee and played in adult leagues and assisted with clinics. Coaching has been a big part of her life since she was 16.  In 2016, she was coaching for A-Town Volleyball Academy in South Carolina. After relocating to Florida, she started coaching for OTVA in 2017. 

Niki Rougie

Raven was born and raised in Tennessee, where she played volleyball throughout middle and high school.  After graduating, Raven attended the University of Tennessee and played in adult leagues and assisted with clinics. Coaching has been a big part of her life since she was 16.  In 2016, she was coaching for A-Town Volleyball Academy in South Carolina. After relocating to Florida, she started coaching for OTVA in 2017. 

Vanja Todorovic

Vanja was born in Former Yugoslavia, lived in Germany and has been in the United States since 1999. He fell in love with the game of volleyball in Highschool.  He is CAP II certified through USAV and is a graduate of Gold Medal Squared Program. He also graduated with a Masters Degree from Drake University.
Vanja is the Head Varsity Coach at Plant Highschool, where he finished as a regional Finalist last year. His U14 club team in 2018, finished top 20 in the nation among 4166 teams and double qualified for Junior Olympics, in the Open and USA divisions. He has won two major qualifiers (Disney and Big South) and has won 9 tournaments in all divisions ranging from American to Open. In 2017 his team went on an unbeaten run of 33 straight games. Coach Vanja focuses on the athletes and tries to help them realize and increase their ability and love for the game. Vanja has been with OTVA since 2015 and coached U13’s, U14’s and U16’s.

Brittany Van Vliet

Justin Van Vliet

Justin is originally from New Jersey and moved to California at a young age where he fell in love with volleyball.  He moved to FL during middle school and began playing. Justin has been coaching club volleyball for the past 10 years working with U13-U16 age groups. He is currently the Head JV coach and Varsity assistant at Academy of the Holy Names. Justin has been a part of OTVA since 2018.

Lydia West

Lydia became serious about volleyball when she was 15 and played for UpOnTop Volleyball Academy, where she was then recruited to play for Lynn University as a middle blocker on a full scholarship. While at Lynn, she obtained her MS in Criminal Justice, and ended her volleyball career as an All-American and made It into the program’s history for blocks per set. Lydia has been coaching since 2011 at all age groups at various clubs, middle schools and high schools throughout Florida.

Tinsley Zentmeyer

Tinsley Zentmeyer is originally from Tampa and attended Cambridge Christian and Sickles High School where she played volleyball and continued on at Liberty University in their beach program.  Tinsley started her coaching career at Legacy Volleyball and moved over to Tampa Elite while assisting at Carrollwood Day School the year they won the State Championship.  She is currently the Assistant Coach at Academy of the Holy Names and has been with OTVA since 2017.