LEAH KAUFFMAN LEAD COACH
Coach Leah Kauffman has played competitively for 10 years throughout high school, club, college, and a semi-professional adult team. She started coaching in 2008 with a high school varsity team, moved on to help assist at the collegiate level, and now enjoys coaching at Paradise Valley high school.
Some of her strengths as a volleyball coach are in performance analysis and breaking down skills into small segments that can be easily understood and executed. She believes in repetitious training to develop sound skills. She expects to refine those skills with precise accuracy and consistency. She has designed, organized, and led multiple clubs and college-based camps and skill clinics, as well as providing one-on-one instruction.
PASSIONATE & AUTHENTIC
Leah began her college career at Eastern Kentucky. She finished up her career at Adams State University. After two seasons, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Human Performance Psychology and is now in the process of completing her Masters of Business Administration in Sport Leadership. Leah’s desire to learn more about sports performance led her to get certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
With knowledge of competitive sports, performance, physical training, and athletic development Coach Kauffman aspires to build a competitive program that takes pride in athletic fundamentals, competitive training, and community involvement.
“The principles and values that sport has to contribute to the life of a young teenage athlete, in any circumstance, is essential to building the character of every young adult.” Coach Kauffman
Coach Jessica Spencer is a local Arizonan who played for Horizon high school and received a full ride to NCAA D1 Coastal Carolina University. Coach Spencer has multiple accolades as a player, winning the Big South Conference in 1998 and making the 1st round of the NCAA tournament. During her time at Coastal, she was the blocking leader for the Chanticleers.
Not only does Coach Spencer have a strong collegiate background but her teaching and coaching history makes for a great addition to the OTL coaching staff! She is currently coaching at Paradise Valley high school as the head varsity coach for the past two years and she continues to coach at Vista Verde middle school.
One of the qualities of an OTL coach is to be a strong role model for young women. Coach Spencer coaches at the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona whose mission is to promote confidence and develop leadership skills in young women.
She loves challenges and wholeheartedly believes that is a big part of sports and life!
She is part of an athletic family with both her sisters playing collegiate sports. Marena played volleyball for UC Florida and Liz played basketball for Cal Poly Paloma.
“My mom and dad still come to all of my games. They love to support me and my players.” – Coach Spencer
Coach Spencer is a K-8 P.E. teacher and a trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu. Her favorite sports teams are the AZ Cardinals and the AZ Diamondbacks. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Sociology and Business.
We are happy to have Coach Spencer and look forward to the impact she will have in building our young ladies up to be great women of character on and off the court!
Coach Kinsey is originally from Cheney, WA and has experience both playing and coaching volleyball. Kinsey played for 4 years at the collegiate level: First at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington; then she finished her career at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona. While living in Washington, she coached club for 2 years at Clark County Fusion VBC. She is currently the head volleyball coach at North Canyon High School. Coach Kinsey is a team coach but also specializes in setters training.
Coach Kelsey’s Bio coming soon…