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Coaches & Staff

Nathan Blankenship

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

Scott Sanders

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  Previously assisted Varsity for 2 years at Gervais High School and assisted with clinics at Canby High School for both Varsity and JV. 
Coaching Experience: 6+ years Volleyball and 20+ years coaching Football, Basketball and Baseball. 
30+ Years playing experience in both Indoor and Beach. 

Julene Koenig

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

Sara Wilcox

Oregon City High School - Asst Varsity & Junior Varsity Head Coach (3 Years)
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.

Chris Lewis

2 Years Collegiate Athlete – Clackamas Community College
4 Years - Asst College Coach - Clackamas Community College
8 years – Junior High School - Head Coach
2 Years - Oregon City High School – Junior Varsity Head Coach
5 years NW Elite Volleyball Club – Head Coach 14U Black
Varsity Oregon City High School Athlete

Ashley Waggoner

D1 College Athlete (University of North Texas)
4 Years Head Coach - 14s 16s  Club Volleyball (Austin Region) 
2 Years High School Coaching (Austin Texas)
1 Year NW Elite 16U Head Coach

Lisa Piper

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

 

Jen Tate

7 Years Club Coaching
4 years - 12U Head Coach
2 years - NWE 12 Assistant coach
7 Years Rainier Middle School (Head Coach  and Assistant Coach )
2x Oregon State Champion 1992, 1993
6 Years - Club Volleyball
 

Nikki Bippes

2 Years Wilsonville High School - Junior Varsity Coach/Assist Varsity
2 Years LaSalle Prepatory College - Junior Varsity Coach/Assist Varsity
6 Years Club Coaching 12U, 14U, 16U
11 Year - High School , College Intramurals,  Adult league

Dena Ayodeji

8 Years Coaching,  2 Years High School Junior varsity. 
3 Years NW Elite Head Coach
Collegiate  Volleyball. 2001-2002
Four year High School, Varsity starter.
Continued play , Coaching open gyms. Head Coaches assistant.
Married  with 4 year old son (future volleyball player?) 

Sirena Welton

6 Years - Volleyball Head Coach
2 Years NW Elite 12U Head Coach 
Dedicated to the growth and experience of these young athletes

Mike Jensen

Oregon High School - Junior Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach 
3 Years Club coaching - NW Elite 14 Gold  (Asst Coach),
20 Years Competitive Volleyball
3 Years Collegiate Volleyball (Oregon State University)
OSU Graduate 971 (Engineering). Married 51 Year (Barb)
Avid bicyclist, skier and golfer.
I’m a proud Vietnam veteran of the US Navy (Submarine Service).

Steve Young

2 Years Colligate Play - San Francisco State University
27 years Competitive Volleyball (Athlete) – A and AA
6 Years Club – Head Coach (14U, 18U)  NW Elite 18U
2 Year High School Varsity - Head Coach
2 Years Middle School - Head Coach
 

Dee Dee Kelley

5 Years - NW Elite Volleyball – 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)
 

Taylor Hendrix

8 years playing including club and high school
1 year Oregon City High School Varsity Volleyball (manager)
1 year Unified Volleyball coach and student leader
1 year NWE Assistant Coach
 

Bob Kleckner

6 Years Club Head Coach
2 Years High School Coach
15 Years Volleyball

Ed Weber

2 Years NW Elite Head Coach (18s)
5 Years High School Coach
6 Years Club Coaching
 

Alan Koenig

3 Year High School Coach
5 Years Club  Coach
 

Operations Director

Please contact Nathan at NWElite.Nathan@gmail.com for questions and operational support.