Attack Coaching Staff

 

Jodi McMillan-  Attack Volleyball Club Director

Welcome to Attack Volleyball Club.  My name is Jodi McMillan and I am the Owner and Club Director for this family we call Attack Volleyball.  I have been involved in and around volleyball for 20 plus years in many different areas of the game.  I have been a Player, Coach, Mentor, Official and my current position as Club Director.  As a player, I participated in three years as a Varsity Setter, received First Team All Conference Awards my junior and senior years of high school, as well as playing basketball and softball.  I have coached athletes beginning volleyball at the elementary level, middle school level, high school level, AAU ages 10U-18U and have been instrumental in assisting many former players from Attack Volleyball Club continue their volleyball experience playing at the Collegiate level.  I continue training in the game of volleyball by attending yearly coaching clinics and classes to maintain a high level of competency and continue to improve my knowledge of the game.  I have also been blessed to have had the opportunity to teach and mentor young athletes at various camps and clinics.

I grew up in the area, graduating from Dansville High School and then continuing my education at Lansing Community College and eventually to Michigan State University, where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in teaching and working with young children.  I later graduated from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy and worked for several years as a Police Officer in the Lansing area.  I married my husband and decided being a mom and starting a family was ready to take top priority. 

Over the past few years as club director, I have formed tremendous relationships with athletes and coaches from schools all over the area.   My dream for this club is to remain focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game to all athletes that have the desire to grow in the sport, and as young people. I am determined to turn no kids away because of financial hardship by providing fundraising opportunities that allow athletes to participate.  I have worked hard with families to make sure that everyone has Attack Volleyball Club to call their home. I am dedicated to bringing a higher level of volleyball to the Lansing Area and continuing to move Attack Volleyball Club to a National Level, while continuing the many programs offered for athletes at all levels of play.

As Club Director it is my goal to provide each athlete with quality coaching, an extensive knowledge of the game, learning opportunities about team work, competition, and how to "work hard," in the game of volleyball.  It is my experience that when you provide young people with a positive experience, they are more open to learn the skills you are providing to them. 

I have been married for the past 9 years and have an amazing five year old son. I enjoy Spartan football, basketball, and volleyball, playing sports with my husband and son, as well as spending as much time with my friends and family as possible.  Thank you for taking the time to read about Attack Volleyball and what we have to offer your athlete.  I look forward to the opportunity to work with your family.

“Sports do not build character, they reveal it….” John Wooden

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Lindsey Burtraw - Tournament Site Director/Assistant Coach:

Lindsey Burtraw has been involved with volleyball for over 13 years. She started playing in 7th grade and continued to play throughout high school. Currently she is the freshman coach at Perry High School and has been coaching both as a middle school and high school coach for the past five years. She also coached girls’ softball grades 3 -6 for 4 years. She has a passion for the game of volleyball and for mentoring athletes.

After high school, Lindsey graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She currently lives in Perry with her husband, Kyle, and works for the State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. She enjoys playing volleyball, watching all Spartan sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” -Erma Bombeck

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Heidi Bumpus: Coach/Site Director

Heidi Bumpus has been involved in volleyball for over 20 years as an athlete, camp director and coach.  Since 1995 she has coached various age groups from 7th grade through JV and club.  Heidi has been the JV coach for the past 8 years at Dansville High School.

Volleyball is a passion that Heidi shares with her athletes.  Heidi loves to teach her athletes not only the skills involved in the sport but the
analytical side as well.  Volleyball is not just a sport on the court but also a great facilitator of life lessons.  Athletes must learn time
management, problem solving, working through differences and working together toward a common goal.

Heidi lives in Dansville, MI with her husband Steve and two children Travis and Dakota.  When not in the gym for volleyball Heidi is usually in the gym or at some field watching her children compete in basketball, volleyball, soccer, or horse shows.  She is usually either taking pictures or
volunteering in some capacity.

Two mantras that we live and die by on the court on our team:  "Mistakes are going to happen.  It is your response to the mistake that makes the difference." and "Compete for every point and the winning will take care of itself"

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Carly Darrow : Coach

Carly Darrow attended Eaton Rapids High School where she was a 3 year Varsity starter and 4 year varsity tennis player.  Carly has been involved with volleyball for 8 years where she fell in love for the sport at a local volleyball clinic in 5th grade and began playing competitively when she was in 7th grade. In high school she received the MIP award as a sophomore, led in stats her junior year and received MVP her senior year when she was also team captain. Her junior and senior year she joined club volleyball and played for the Attack Volleyball Club traveling with Kevin McMillan's 18U Elite team.

After High School Carly continues her volleyball career playing at Lansing Community College as a Middle Hitter.  Now a sophomore and in her last year at LCC, she plans to transfer and to play volleyball elsewhere. Coach Carly is in her second season coaching, leading camps, Fall Ball and working as a Tournament Director for Attack.  Carly resides in Eaton Rapids, MI and currently works at Court One Athletic Clubs.

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Jon Thelen – Coach

Jon attended Pewamo Westphalia High school class of 2005, where he was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball and running track.   Jon won 2 state titles in the 110m hurdles in high school and went on to run the 110m hurdles and throw javelin for Lansing Community College.   Jon then began playing volleyball for the Michigan State men's team where he traveled and played for the green team.  Jon's first coaching experience was working with 7th and 8th graders at East Lansing middle school as an assistant and he has continued adding to his experience by coaching for Lansing Christian High School and he is currently the Varsity assistant at Perry High School.  Over the past four years Jon has coached AAU volleyball for the  Lansing Area Volleyball Association and for Attack Volleyball Club.  Jon actively plays in coed leagues at the YMCA, men's leagues at Haslett High School and at the Michigan Athletic Club in East Lansing.  Jon provides our Attack athletes with a strong foundation in the areas of attacking, jump serving, and physical training through plyometrics for speed and jumping ability. 

Jon lives in the Lansing area and works as an Engineer at Earthcom.    Jon shared, "I'm proud to be part of the Attack family and thank God for blessing me with Jodi and Kevin who have given me the privilege to be a part of our growing family of great coaches, athletes, and supportive and caring parents."

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Danielle Morris - Coach

Danielle Morris attended St. Louis High School where she was a 4 year Varsity volleyball player and 4 year Varsity basketball player.   Danielle has been involved with volleyball for the past ten years and started playing for school and club when she was in 7th grade. During her High School career her team brought home 3 District Titles, 2 Regional Titles and her senior year they were State Finalists. Individually she received honorable mention All State recognition her sophomore year, she was 2nd team All State her junior year and 1st team All State her senior year along with being Volleyball Player of the Year in the Mid Michigan area. She played club for Valley Volleyball for 6 years and 2 of those were spent on the Travel Team where she traveled to different states to play in National Qualifiers.

After High School Danielle continued playing volleyball at Lansing Community College where she is studying to be a Sign Language Interpreter. Danielle is in her third season with Attack Volleyball and we are so excited to have her experience and knowledge of the game to bring to our young players!

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Kevin McMillan - Coach

Kevin McMillan has been involved in volleyball for the past 15 years, as a player, official, and coach.   Coach McMillan started his playing career at University of Toledo, where he played club volleyball for the Rockets as an outside hitter. Kevin also pursued College Basketball playing at Central Bible College where he participated at the National Championship level and then finished out his career at Great Lakes Christian College.  Kevin rounded off his athletic career playing soccer at Great Lakes Christian College as well. 

In 1998, he began coaching in Michigan, and has been here ever since. Kevin is currently in his first season as the Varsity Volleyball coach at Perry High School, in Perry, MI.  Kevin spent his last three seasons prior to that coaching at Lansing Christian High School as the Varsity Coach where he led the Pilgrims to a record of 90-33-13, Won 3 District Titles, and was named Lansing area Class D Coach of the Year three years in a row.   Kevin has coached athletes beginning volleyball at the elementary level, through the high school level, AAU ages 12U-18U and has been instrumental in assisting many former players from Attack Volleyball Club continue their volleyball experience playing at the Collegiate level.  Kevin participates in training himself in the sport by attending yearly coaching clinics and classes to maintain a high level of competency and to continue improving his knowledge of the game.  Kevin has worked with USA Michigan Volleyball providing training and coaching, as well as with the Elite Area Volleyball Association program, where he coached and trained athletes.

Kevin has been married to his wife for 9 years, and has an amazing 5 year old son named Joey. He enjoys playing sports with his wife and son, Michigan football, attending MSU volleyball matches, and hanging out with family and friends.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..."

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Sarah Carpenter - Coach

Sarah Carpenter started her playing career in the 7th grade, and continued playing through her 4 years of college. In middle and high school, Sarah played for Vicksburg High School, and also for USA Michigan in Kalamazoo. Sarah continued her career at Olivet College, where she graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Communication. Sarah is currently the coach at Maple Valley High School, and has been in that role since 2009. Sarah was also named Lansing Area Coach of the Year, and guided her Maple Valley team to a 29-14-4 record, and a spot in the Class C State Quarter Finals (2010).

Sarah resides in Vermontville, MI with her husband and their 7 year old daughter. Sarah has worked for Hewlett Packard in the IT department for 11 years.

"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become, the hours of practice, and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back."

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Brooke Kemler - Coach

Brook is the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Webberville High School. She started playing volleyball in 6th grade and has been hooked on the sport ever since. Brooke played all four years in high school and has participated on Intramural teams and in tournaments for the past 15 years. She started coaching at the 7th grade level in 1996 and has coached 7th graders through Varsity for the past 12 years.  Coach Kemler is in her 3rd season coaching varsity at Webberville where she is working diligently to build a program.   Brooke started a satellite Attack Club Team last season for the first time ever in Webberville with 5th and 6th graders and is always looking for new ways to teach the game and coach at all levels. Brooke lives in Fowlerville with her husband and 2 children and teaches at Webberville Elementary School. She is excited about our Attack teams this year and is looking forward to coaching!

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Don Peterson - Coach

Don has been involved in volleyball for more than 20 years, beginning as a player both on sand courts and 6-man indoor teams.  He began his coaching career as an assistant Varsity coach in 1999.  He served as Varsity coach at Lansing Christian for 4 years and has been the Varsity coach at Potterville High School since 2008.  His teams have won multiple conference and district titles, as well as reaching the state quarterfinals.

He has coached athletes from 4th grade through 18U in school programs and with the Attack Volleyball club, and has also had the privilege of coaching his daughters Katie, Sarah and Courtney, who to his great pleasure also have developed an interest in volleyball.

Don grew up in the Lansing area, graduating from Waverly High School and going on to earn a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University.  He currently resides in Potterville with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Stephen Fitzpatrick- Coach

Steve has been involved in volleyball for over 20 years in many facets. After graduating high school in 1990 Steve coordinated and played in a beach volleyball league for  4 years. In 1994 Steve enlisted in the US Navy and while serving he played on the US Navy men's travel team until 1998. Steve began coaching girls volleyball in 1996 until 1998 ages 15-18. After a brief hiatus Steve came to work with Attack Volleyball Club in 2008 coaching one of Attacks 13U teams. That same year Steve joined Kevin's coaching staff at Lansing Christian where he was the Freshman Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach.  Steve took over the JV Coaching job at LCS from 2009 until 2012. He left LCS in 2012 to take over as JV girls Volleyball Coach at Perry High School and has done so since. From 2008 till present Steve has been a part of the Attack family coaching all age levels.

Steve is very passionate about coaching. And loves teaching Volleyball to local athletes. " You have control over two things in life your attitude and effort, everything else is out of your control. Maximize those two things and success follows."

Steve lives in Perry Michigan with his wife Tina and their four children; Cody  21, Autumn 19  (a freshman at Michigan Tech), Conrad 17, (a junior at Perry high school) and Jenna 16, (a junior at Perry high school and current Attack athlete)

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Danielle Hamilton - Coach

I have been playing volleyball since the 7th grade. I played in High School for Galesburg Augusta High and for the USA Michigan Runbird Program.  After high school I was accepted to play volleyball for four years at Ferris State University. While at Ferris I studied elementary education with minors in science, social studies, and early childhood education. I finished my college career in December, 2012. After college I moved to Lansing and started coaching for Attack Volleyball Club. As an Attack coach for one of the 16U local teams, I had the pleasure of coaching my team to an AAU State championship in 2012. I then accepted a JV coaching position for Leslie High School. I am back again for another season with Attack and am looking forward to working with the players. I am a hands on coach and like to focus on the fundamentals of volleyball. I like to take time with each player and get to know their strengths and weaknesses. I am looking forward to this upcoming season with a new team and an amazing coaching staff.

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Amanda Marriott - Coach

Amanda began her career in volleyball during middle school.  She continued playing in high school, spending three years with varsity as a setter for Eaton Rapids High School.  Amanda was a team captain and received the MVP award her senior year.  After high school she pursued her education by attending Ferris State University.  Amanda participated in the Club Team Volleyball program while attending Ferris State.  Once finished with school, she came back to her roots to pursue coaching.  She spent one year assisting the freshman team and four years coaching the J.V. team at Eaton Rapids High School, as well as being the Varsity Assistant.   Amanda is currently the Varsity Coach at Eaton Rapids in her second season. 

This is my third year with Attack Volleyball Club where I have coached and trained athletes at all levels.  I look forward each year to Club Season because it allows me to be involved with the sport more than just a high school fall season. "I enjoy coaching for Attack because I know that every athlete involved in this program is here because they love this sport and want to be better."  Outside of volleyball, Amanda is a huge sports fan- college and professional. She also believes that MSU is the better team no matter what!  Coach Amanda was recently married to her husband Matthew and they live in the Eaton Rapids area with their current kiddo "Maverick the dog." 

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford

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Chelsey Probst - Coach

- Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach, Lansing Christian School
  Aug 2013-present

Previous volleyball experience:

- Player
  School: Jasper Co. Jr. High (3 yrs)
              Newton Comm. High School (4 yrs), Apollo Co-Conference Champs (Jr.), IHSA Elite Eight (Jr.-Sr.)
              Illinois Central College (1.5 yrs), NJCAA DII National Champs (Fr.), NJCAA DII Nationals 6th place
              Michigan State University (2 yrs), NCAA DI Rd 2 (Jr.), NCAA DI Sweet Sixteen (Sr.)
  Club: Topspin Volleyball Club (6 yrs)
  Summer Camps: University of Illinois
                            University of Southern Illinois Carbondale
                            University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville
                            Saint Louis University
                            University of Southern Indiana
- Coaching
  Newton High School Summer Volleyball Camp (4 yrs)
  Illinois Central College Summer Volleyball Camps (2 yrs)
  Michigan State Summer Volleyball Camps (3 yrs)
  St. Martha's 7th/8th grade volunteer volleyball coach (1 yr)
  Teutopolis and Topspin winter break volunteer volleyball coach (4 yrs)

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Sarah Conklin - Coach

Sarah Conklin was a three sport athlete at New Lothrop High School. She participated in 4 years of varsity volleyball, basketball and track. During her volleyball career, her team won 4 conference, 4 district, 2 regional, and 2 state championships with an overall career record of 199-18-7. Additionally she was a three-time First Team All-State selection, holds 3 MHSAA career records, and was a Miss Volleyball Candidate.

After high school, Sarah attended Central Michigan University on a volleyball scholarship. She was chosen as a team captain and earned a starting position for four years. Throughout her college career, she had the opportunity to play every position, except setter, in a match. She did, however, receive setter training in practice. She consistently led the team in double-doubles (kills and digs), was recognized as the team’s best blocker, and was an Academic-All MAC selection. In the off season she coached several youth camps and clinics (3rd through 12th grade athletes) hosted by the university.

In 2009, she accepted a teaching position in Columbus, Ohio and got involved with coaching both high school and club volleyball. She was the JV coach/varsity assistant at Dublin Scioto High School and was one of three Master Coaches for Zenith Volleyball Academy. As a Master Coach, she was responsible for training all of the hitters and blockers in the club, ranging in age from 12 to 18, as well as training other coaches in the club’s philosophy of drills, offense, defense, and strategy. She was also the head coach of the U15 team. In her spare time, she conducted private lessons for girls wanting to improve their skills and competed in adult indoor and beach volleyball tournaments.

Sarah and her husband recently moved back to the Lansing area. She is a math teacher at Williamston High School and just completed her first season as the varsity volleyball coach for the Hornets.

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Tessa Rademacher - Coach

Hi, my name is Tessa Rademacher and I am from Westphalia, MI. I attended Pewamo-Westphalia high school where I played volleyball all four years. I played club for Spartan Juniors as well as Core Club Volleyball while in high school.  I went on to Alma College and currently am a junior and playing volleyball. I am majoring in Integrative Physiology and Health Science as well as Psychology, perusing a career as an Occupational Therapist.  I have coached kids as young as 6th grade through high school age as well as individual one on one training.   During my first season with Attack I coached the 17U Age group that won the gold in several tournaments throughout the season.  As an Attack Coach I assist with training "hitters" for our National Teams, as well as running tournaments as a Facility and Site Director. 

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Matt Fenton – Coach

Matt attended high school in Columbia Missouri where he was a varsity baseball player and ran cross country. He continued his love for sports after high school playing intermural softball, volleyball and golf in college at the University of Missouri. The Fenton family moved to East Lansing in 1995 where Matt completed his degree at Michigan State University. Since that time, he has continued to play league softball and golf and plays volleyball for fun. Matt’s first experience as a volleyball coach was working with 7th and 8th graders as an assistant volleyball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) in East Lansing in 2010. He has been the head coach of a STA 7th-8th team and is the current head coach of a STA 5th-6th grade team. Last year Matt coached his first year for Attack Volleyball Club as the 10U coach.  Matt is excellent at teaching the younger players basic skills and reinforcing the importance of team play and communication (Mine, Mine, Mine). He has a particular skill helping players transition from an underhand to an overhand serve and improving consistency of those younger players with an overhand serve.
Matt lives in Okemos with his wife and two daughters and owns his own business. Both girls play volleyball for their schools and are also attack athletes. Matt shared, "I am proud to be part of the Attack family coaching 12U this year. I am impressed by the club dedication to player development and look forward to contributing towards this goal


Christina Miller- Coach

Experience: 16 years

Alma Mater

Adrian College, 1997

Before coming to Attack Volleyball, Christina Miller had already established herself as a well-respected coach and volleyball trainer. Coach Miller has helped within other programs in Michigan that include St. Johns, Fowler, Hudson, Williamston, St. Louis and Sandusky Public Schools.  She had also coached within other local AAU programs including LAVA and USA Michigan.

Coach Miller was an assistant coach at Lansing Community College where she was responsible for the development of team defense.

Coach Miller has built her knowledge of the game from 3 seasons of AAU volleyball in Adrian, 4 seasons of varsity volleyball Hudson High School (2 year Captain), and 4 seasons at Adrian College (Captain). 

Coach Miller continues to gain her knowledge by playing in adult leagues and participating in various coaching clinics.  Miller has also obtained the USA Volleyball Impact Coaching Development Certification. 

Coach Miller’s philosophy is to instill her love and knowledge of volleyball through positive coaching and creating a winning atmosphere; while also inspiring her athletes to be better people overall.  She understands that these experiences will impact these young adults throughout their lifetime.  

Coach Miller finds her support from her family: Husband Robb, married since 1999, Daughter Ashley, age 12, and Son Brodrick, age 11. 


Julia Gomez - Coach

Bio coming soon

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