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Coaches & Staff

Nathan Blankenship

7 Years NW Elite Head Coach - 18 International
3 Years Clackamas High School - Varsity Head Coach (Current)
4 Years Wilsonville High School – Varsity Head Coach
NW Oregon Conference Coach Of The Year  (x 2)
NW Oregon Conference Champion (x 3)
2014-2016 Coach Training – University of Washington
14 years Coaching high School 6A/5A & Club 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U. 
19 Years playing, collegiate and international Volleyball, Europe, Australia - National level New Zealand.  Open and Masters Beach

Nels Norquist

3 Years College Head Coach - Warner Pacific University
Mentor Coach - NW Elite Volleyball Club
9 Years Club, HS Head Coach
Open / AAA Beach

Scott Sanders

3 Years NW Elite Head / Asst Coach - National 17-18 Teams
9 years High School -  3A 4A 6A
Kennedy High School – Varsity Coach (4 Years)  - 2019 State Champions
2019 Tri-River Conference Champion (Undefeated in League) (#1) at Districts and (#1) at State. 
2018 Tri-River Conference Champion (Undefeated in League) 1st at Districts and 5th at State. 
2017 Tri-River Conference tied for 2nd, 1st at Districts and 3rd at State 
Coaching Experience: 6+ years Volleyball and 20+ years coaching Football, Basketball and Baseball. 
30+ Years playing experience in both Indoor and Beach. 

Jordan Johnson

3 Years NW Elite Head Coach 16U National -17U National - 18-Regional
Prior Estacada High School Head Coach
Clackamas High School (2 Years) JV. - Asst. Varsity
Collegiate  Volleyball Starter (Clark College).
High School, Varsity starter (Clackamas / Lakeridge).

Lisa Piper

7 Years NW Elite Head Coach 12U/14U/16U
7 Years Club / Rec Coaching
3 Years Collegiate Player:  1997-2000
Varsity High School (Oregon City Varsity Alumni)


Julene Koenig

6 Years NW Elite Head Coach 14U-15U-16U
Canby High School  - Junior Varsity Head Coach (4 Years)
Canby High School - Assistant Varsity
4 Years NW Elite Beach - Sand Coach and Tournament Director
12 Years competitive Volleyball - High School, Beach, Adult Indoor

Lillian McFarland

2 years head coaching for NW Elite
plus 2+ Years Assistant coaching
Youngest Head Coach in CEVA history
2 years of College Volleyball
(Received 36 college offers, internationally)
NW Elite 18-Gold Starter
3 years High School Varsity and Senior Varsity Captain
6 years of Club playing experience
10 years overall volleyball playing experience.

Sara Wilcox

5 Years NW Elite Head Coach 14U-15U-16U
3 Years Oregon City High School - Asst Varsity & JV Head Coach
9 Years Rec, Club. As her daughters advanced in skill, so did Coach Wilcox's passion for coaching. She has invested and continues to invest, countless hours to expand her knowledge and skill as a coach.
4 Years coaching 12's and 14's for NW Elite.  She has also coached at OCHS for the past three years and is currently the head JV coach.

Isabella Flores

7+ Years competitive Volleyball
4 Years Club Experience
2 Years beach volleyball - NWE
High School Varsity starter
College student training towards a masters in therapy to work with children

Dee Dee Kelley

7 Years - NW Elite Head Coach - 14s and 16s
2 years - Colton High School - Asst Varsity 
9 Years - Head Volleyball Coach - Youth Sports (Colton Area)
22 Years Collegiate and High School Referee (Volleyball - Greater Portland Volleyball Officials Association)

Ed Weber

4 Years NW Elite Head Coach - 18U-14U
3 Years Clackamas High School (Current) JV - Asst. Varsity
8 Years High School Coach
6 Years Club Coaching

Bryanna Weber

3 Years NW Elite Head Coach - 12U - Asst Coach 18 Black
3 Year - Clackamas High School - Asst Varsity (current)
College Athlete - Volleyball
6 years Club

Roslyn McFarland

3 Years NW Elite Head Coach - 14U
1 Year Asst, Coach - 18 Gold National
3 Years High School Coach
2 Years Asst Club Coach (NW Elite)

12+ years multi-sport youth coaching experience

Volleyball mom 10+ years

Madison Shewbert

2 Years NWE Head Coach
7 Years Club Volleyball Athlete
2 Years Clackamas HS Athlete

Becky Gross

4 Years NW Elite Head Coach
4 Year Rec Coach

Taylor Nicole Warren

2 year NW Elite Head Coach
10 years club
6 years Beach
1 year College volleyball

Christie Riehl

Christie brings a love and passion for the game! Previously playing DS position, she is excited to be a part of NWE, and coaching players that are ready to learn, grow and build new friendships! She is also a math teacher at OCH!

John Schupp

HS Volleyball Athlete in Canada. 5X member of BCT Elite team with a win at the U21 Canada games for U21. Collegiate athlete winning 2 conference championships with 3 trips to the CCAA National final and taking the win for one! Retiring from beach and indoor due to injury, John still plays from time to time for Canadas National Men's Master Program. His teams have won 2 US Open Championships and two Nike World Masters Championship, including additional medals. He has coached high school level, boys' programs, and head coach for 3 years at Langara College running men's program and taking the team to ten nationally ranked programs. 

Tamarah Sato

4 years club coaching 14u

4 Year collegiate player 1996-1999

4 years Varsity HS at North Eugene Alumna

Steven Huynh

5 years coaching volleyball in church youth group

Grew up in Huntington Beach, CA

Life Coach in Mental Health Industry

Brooklyn Robinson

1 year Vball head coach 12u

1 year Frosh girls Head coach

3 years collegiate softball player

2 years varsity HS setter

6 years club vball athlete


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