Coaches

Coaching Staff

Brian Kim

Brian is one of the founders of Unified Volleyball. This season will be Brian’s 15th year as a coach for AAU / USAV volleyball. During his high school coaching career, he was the head varsity coach at Oxford High School from 2017-2021 and previously Bishop Foley High School from 2010-2013. In his four seasons at Oxford…
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Jason Gambone

Jason is one of the founders of Unified Volleyball. He is a former collegiate club athlete with an extensive background in coaching club and high school. He has coached countless athletes who have continued their career at the collegiate level. He has been coaching at the National Level for Club the past 24 years and…
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Samantha Aliah Kim

By day, Sam works full-time as a Scent Detection Dog Handler Supervisor, hunting bed bugs with the help of her dog, Vernor.  By night, Sam is a dedicated volleyball coach, and has coached AAU/USAV club teams for over 11 years.  She most recently served as the Varsity Assistant coach at Oxford HS for four years…
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Heather Gambone

Heather graduated from Walled Lake Central in 2001, playing twice in the State Semifinals. She played two years at Western Michigan and three years at Oakland University. At Oakland she set records in blocking and kills for both a single season and for her career. Heather has coached for 16 years at multiple levels and…
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Rick Wootten-Smith

Rick is our Director of Programming & Recruiting and our 15-1 Head Coach for the 2024 Season. Rick grew up in Florida & Michigan, but has also lived in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He started playing volleyball in college at the University of Exeter in England. In his senior year, he captained his…
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Danielle Partyka

Danielle has been with Unified since the beginning, coaching at both the national and national select level. Most recently, she has been coaching national teams at the 15s and 16s levels. Danielle was a four-year Varsity starter at Bishop Foley and played at the AAU National Level. During her high school career, Danielle received the…
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Laura Kragh

Laura was a three year Varsity volleyball and four year Varsity basketball player, leading Seaholm to a district title in her senior year. She received an athletic scholarship to Schoolcraft college and led her team to a 7th place finish in NJCAA. Laura has coached club volleyball over the past 12 years and was the…
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Amanda Swann

Amanda was a four-year varsity starter at Rochester High School and played AAU volleyball growing up.  She earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to play volleyball. While in Minnesota, she completed her Bachelors of Health Science degree. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she moved to Florida to pursue her Doctorate of…
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Lawrence Patton

Lawrence picked up playing volleyball as a sophomore in college while attending Oakland Community College. Lawrence started playing volleyball in the sand at On The Dunes, which eventually led him to be a part of the inaugural season for Men’s Volleyball for Lawrence Technological University. At LTU, he was a 4 year starter at every…
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Maria Famularo

Maria has been with us since the first year Unified officially became a club. She started to play with us when she was 15 and continued to play for us for the rest of her club career. She graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory in 2019, where her team won the State Championship in 2017 and…
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Kori Varney

Kori played four years of Division I volleyball as the Libero for Florida Atlantic University. Before that, Kori played varsity volleyball at Lake Orion High School and earned All-State honors. Volleyball has been in her life for as long as she remembers. Recently, Kori was the coach of the 7th grade volleyball team at Scripps…
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Kelly Darcy

Kelly is a Grand Valley State University alumna currently working as a digital marketing specialist in Troy. She played volleyball competitively for 9 years, primarily as a setter but for club volleyball she played everything from a middle to libero. Kelly played high school ball for Notre Dame Prep and coached volleyball for 3 years…
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Megan Gignac

Megan was a four-year varsity volleyball player at Bishop Foley and played AAU volleyball as well. During her high school career, Megan received All Catholic and All Region honors.  She played at Albion College for one year before focusing on her career path in nursing.  Megan has been the varsity volleyball coach at Bishop Foley…
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Samm Gray

Samm currently coaches the Freshman team at Notre Dame Prep, this will be her first year with their program. Previously she was at Lutheran North HS for 3 years as the JV coach, and she has coached Freshman volleyball at Henry Ford II HS as well. Samm has coached 16u National Select Club for 5…
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Taylor Andrus

Taylor is excited to share her knowledge, love and passion for the game of volleyball. She played 3 years of Varsity at Troy High and continued to play collegiate club volleyball at Grand Valley. She graduated with an Exercise Science Degree and is currently a Health Fitness Coach. She is currently the Freshman Volleyball Coach…
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Kennedy Dolmage

Kennedy currently plays for Oakland University as a DS/Libero.  She played club volleyball for 10 years as a libero and was a four year varsity starter at Lutheran High North where she played libero and all around outside hitter. She has been coaching various teams and camps for 4 years at all different age groups.…
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Madison Close

Volleyball has always been a passion of Madison’s, and since she was young she knew she wanted to be a volleyball coach. During her first year of coaching, she was offered a position coaching both the Freshman team at Holly High School and the 8th Grade team at Holly Middle School. Madison is the Varisty…
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Susan Rohles

Susan Rohles has been with Unified Volleyball from the start, and has coached both National and National Select teams. She previously coached HS Varsity at Sacred Heart and at Regina, and JV at Seaholm. She now coaches middle school volleyball at Guardian Angels, where she also teaches English and Spanish. She played Libero at Marian…
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Tamara McNeil

Tamara was a 3 year varsity player for Anchor Bay High School before continuing her career at Central Michigan University where she helped the team win the MAC West in 2003.  Tamara has an 11 year old daughter, Taryn, with her husband Todd. She also coaches the 5th/6th grade teams at her daughters school, St.…
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Maddy Weiss

Maddy graduated from Oxford High School in 2020 where she was a 4 year varsity starter playing right side hitter, all around outside hitter, all around setter, and libero. Throughout her high school career, she won MVP 2 times and was named team captain for three years. During club, Maddy competed at high levels since…
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Molly Miller

Molly graduated Oxford High School in 2021 where she was a 3 year varsity starter as an Outside Hitter. Throughout her senior season she was named captain along with MVP. During club, Molly competed at a high level being on a national team at Unified for 3 years. During high school and currently, Molly works…
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Lauren Dolmage

In 2022-2023, Lauren is a former collegiate D1 athlete at Oakland University and she is entering her 7th season coaching club and high school volleyball. In 2021, as the head coach of Oakland Christian high school, she led the team to a district title! Lauren has coached various top National teams at Legacy and in…
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Joshua Eckert

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Josh has coached volleyball over 8 years at various competitive levels. Josh started as an Assistant Coach at Antilles High School when I was a senior in High School. After he moved to Michigan, he served as the Henry Ford College Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach and Walled Lake Western…
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Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan took up coaching volleyball at age 17 as a sophomore in High School and continued coaching throughout college.  Jonathan grew up on the volleyball court, watching his father coach for over 30 years at Hartland. Jonathan’s coaching experience started at several years with Hartland Middle School and Hartland Varsity teams as well as 2…
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Patti Cesarini

Patti is currently an outside hitter for the Oakland University Volleyball Team. Prior to Oakland University, she played for 1st Alliance Volleyball Club in the Chicagoland area for seven years. She has coached many camps and clinics, and this is her first year coaching a team for Unified. She is excited to share her love…
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Lyse Bates

Lyse currently plays for Oakland University as a DS/Libero. She has played club volleyball previously for 8 seasons for Dead Frog Volleyball Club. In high school, Lyse was a four year varsity starter at Portage North High School where was a DS/Libero.
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Chantelle Korson

Chantelle Korson has many years of coaching under my belt; 3 years assisting with Skillz Finest VB Club (while coaching Freshman/JV at Berkley HS), and 10 years coaching at Berkley HS (2 freshman, 2 JV, and the last 6 years as the Varsity coach). She has two babies that are herworld. Wren is 12 (not…
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Ashley Horne

Ashley graduated from Oxford High School in 2023 where she played on the Varsity volleyball team for 3 years as a DS/Lib and was named captain during her senior season! Ashley played for Unified for several seasons throughout my high school career and will be playing at Rochester University this upcoming season. Ashley has coached…
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DJ Sargent

DJ graduated from Lake Orion High School in 2018 where she was a 4 year varsity starter as a  Middle Hitter. Throughout her high school volleyball career she was named MVP and captain. She also earned All-Region, All-District, and All-Conference awards. During club, DJ competed at a high level being on the national team at Legacy…
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Anika Prisby

Anika Prisby graduated from Armada High School in 2022 where she was a 3 year varsity starter as a middle blocker. In high school, she earned all-state honors, three time all-county, and three time all-conference honors. Anika played club volleyball at Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy for four years, playing on their national level team for…
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Erica Hurt

Erica currently coaches at Notre Dame Prep Middle School and the 4th/5th grade team at Notre Dame Prep. This will be her third year with the NDP program. Previously, she played Collegiate soccer and basketball at Cornerstone University where she graduated with her bachelors in teaching. In high school, as a Setter, she was named…
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Libby Gentile

Libby is currently a right side hitter for Oakland University. Prior to Oakland, Libby played at High Street Athletics for club volleyball where she was a middle hitter. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 2020, and was a 3 year letter winner in highschool. Libby has run countless Unified Volleyball camps and clinics, and…
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Keilyn Carpenter

Keilyn Carpenter graduated in 2021 from Maple Valley High School in Vermontville, MI. She was a three-year team captain and a four-time letter-winner on the varsity volleyball team. She received Second Team All-State Division 3 recognition from MIVCA in 2020. She played at Far Out Volleyball Club during her senior year of high school. Keilyn…
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Aubree Garcia

Aubree graduated with the class of 2023 from Mount Pleasant High School, where she played on Varsity for three years. Throughout high school, Aubree was decorated with  team captain, most valuable offensive player, academic all-state, first team all-conference, and first team all region. Aubree also played club volleyball at a national level at both Attack…
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Sarah Turner

Sarah is a current setter for Oakland University. She is working towards her MBA in data analytics. Prior to Oakland, she graduated from Furman University in South Carolina where she played for 4 years. She coached and played club for South Carolina Midlands. She is excited to share her passion for the game. 2023-2024 is…
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Jacqui Czarnik

Jacqui has coached multiple sports (volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer) between 5th-8th grade over the last 12 years. Previously, Jacqui was a former D1 softball and basketball playerat U of D. She was recruited to play volleyball at University of Cal Riverside, but decided to go to U of D. This is Jacqui’s first year…
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Allison Scott

Allison graduated from Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in 2022 where she played on their varsity team for 3 years as a Setter/DS and was captain her senior year. She has played at various travel teams throughout her career of 10 years and is currently a sophomore at Rochester University where she plays volleyball and studies sports…
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Karli Rohraff

Karli graduated from Divine Child High School in 2022. She has played on various travel teams throughout her career as an OH/DS. She is now attending Rochester University where she plays volleyball as a DS and is majoring in psychology. This is her second season coaching and her first season at Unified!
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