What a great opportunity for the young players and coaches in the area to have a coach/director like BJ. He has an excellent knowledge about all facets of game and his work ethic and passion will improve each player tremendously. BJ knows what it takes to get to an elite level of play, both from a skill set and a mentality. I believe the club will thrive under his direction as he looks to elevate the training in all aspects.
Our daughter’s experience as a player on a national team with Coach Stephanie Holthus was a game changer! We watched her level of skill, understanding of the game, and love of the sport of volleyball skyrocket throughout the season. “Coach Steph” continues to be not only a coach, but also a mentor and inspiration to our daughter. Her passion for the game is contagious and her ability to engage her players in a fun and challenging way is unique. Her vast playing experience and technical knowledge puts Coach Steph in a category of her own. We’ve been to many camps and clinics in the Chicagoland area and have found the position training at Pipeline offers the most techinical, organized, and high energy instruction that we’ve experienced. Our daughter always leaves wanting to come back for more!
I’ve found Stephanie to be one of the best teachers and mentors of the game I have ever encountered. She has a gift in engaging those around her, pushing them to be their best, challenging their skills and mental aptitudes and then watching them smile from ear to ear when her coaching lifts them to the next level.
I have been very fortunate to see the positive impact that Stephanie Holthus can have upon a volleyball program as both a player and coach. She possesses both an extensive playing resume and outstanding leadership skills as a coach – she is the type of individual who consistently is able to motivate those around her to play at a higher level.
Tyler Yanez was one of the most physical student-athletes to ever come through our program. He was a very talented setter with great instincts in blocking and very aggressive serving. Tyler truly understood what it meant to be a student-athlete by also succeeding academically and was recognized by the university and conference office for his efforts. During his senior season, he really shown as a leader while taking the court with mostly freshmen and sophomores in the other starting roles and propelled himself to all-conference status while leading his team to the conference semi-finals. After his eligibility ran out, he fulfilled a huge role by assisting with the men’s team and helping to continue to develop young talent that would later produce 7 all-conference awards. His knowledge of the sport and ability to teach that in a relatable way is something that I wish all coaches had more of. He’s very energetic and loves teaching players how to win. Tyler also has a great understanding of mental toughness and the importance of pushing through adversity. He was one of my favorite student-athletes to coach because of the level of respect he showed to his coaches, teammates, and to the game. Above all, I know that when student-athletes leave Tyler, they will be leaving as better people and volleyball players.