Championship Volleyball Coaches Clinic Speakers

1/26/2011 - Program change notice: Today, The Missouri Valley Hall of Fame announced that Bobbi Petersen will be inducted into the 2011 Class of the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies in St. Louis fall on the days of our volleyball clinic. Therefore, Coach Petersen's assistant, Kalani Mahi will be presenting the Small Court Games on court presentation on her behalf. We'd like to extend our congratulations to Bobbi Petersen on this honor.

Kalani Mahi Kalani Mahi
University of Northern Iowa Assistant Coach

Kalani Mahi brings a wealth of collegiate and international coaching experience to Bobbi Petersen's coaching staff. Prior to joining the Panthers in 2004, Mahi served as head coach at the University of Oklahoma and in the Missouri Valley Conference, serving as head coach at Bradley University. He guided the Braves to three consecutive Missouri Valley Conference tournament appearances and posted the school’s most ever wins for a rookie coach. A graduate of Graceland University, Mahi was a collegiate club All-American, as well as team captain for the Yellowjackets. He later played and coached professionally overseas. Mahi also worked for USA Volleyball National Development Camps in Lamoni, Iowa, for 12 years as a head coach, court coach and camp clinician. He has a USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation (CAP) Level II Certification.

Christy Johnson-Lynch Christy Johnson-Lynch
Iowa State University Head Coach

With Christy Johnson-Lynch at the helm, Iowa State continues to grow as a power on the national volleyball scene. Despite being knocked out of Hilton Coliseum by the summer floods, Johnson-Lynch led the Cyclones to 20 wins in 2010, finishing the season ranked 25th by the America Volleyball Coaches Association, a third place finish in the Big 12 and the team's fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. For the third-straight season under Johnson-Lynch, the 2009 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year, the Cyclones' assists average ranked in the top 10, coming in sixth in the nation. The Cyclones also ranked in the top 10 in kills per set for the second consecutive year, finishing seventh. Johnson-Lynch joined the Cyclones following a coaching stint at Wisconsin, where she helped lead the Badgers to one NCAA Championship game and three Big Ten titles. As an athlete, Johnson-Lynch was the starting setter on the 1995 Nebraska team that won the NCAA championship.

John Cook John Cook
University of Nebraska Head Coach

Year-in, year-out one can always find John Cook's team near the top of the collegiate volleyball scene. Since 2000, the Cook-led Huskers have won two national titles, appeared in five NCAA national semifinals, won nine Big 12 titles and have compiled a national-best 336-29 record, including a 207-13 Big 12 mark. In 2010, Cook guided Nebraska to a 27-2 record (including a 19-1 Big 12 mark), its 31st conference title (the 12th in the Big 12 era) and a No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Cook was named the Big 12's Co-Head Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. Under Cook, the Huskers led the Big 12 in opponent hitting (.146), assists (14.16), kills (15.15) and blocks (2.99) this season. During his time at Nebraska, Cook has had in developing four U.S. National Team members, a Honda-Broderick Cup winner, three AVCA Division I National Players of the Year, 35 AVCA All-Americans, six Big 12 Players of the Year and three Big 12 Co-Players of the Year. On the national level, Cook is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005. He is one of only six coaches all-time to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year. In 2008 USA Volleyball honored him with its All-Time Great Coach Award.

Kevin Hambly Kevin Hambly
University of Illinois Head Coach

Kevin Hambly is helping bring Illinois back to national prominence. For a second consecutive season, Hambly's squad won over 20 matches and finished second in the Big 10 race. In 2010, Hambly guided the Illini to a 26-6 mark, which included victories over then No. 2 Texas and eventual national champ Penn State; a national ranking as high as No. 3 in the nation and received a No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. And, for a second straight season, Illinois reached the Sweet 16 before bowing out of the tournament. Coach Hambly has also had a number of years of international coaching experience, serving as the head coach of the USA Women's National Training Team. In 2002, he guided the team to fifth at the Pan American Cup in Mexico. As a player, Hambly was a two-time All American at BYU, and ranks second on the school's career blocks list.

Cathy Noth Cathy Noth
setting coach for Capital Academy Volleyball in Madison, WI, and Northern Lights in Minnesota

Cathy Noth is a highly sought after clinician in the volleyball world. As a clinician, she is known for attention to fundamentals and the improvement of each camp participant. Her background in volleyball speaks for itself. A standout volleyball player at the University of Nebraska, Noth was a two time All-American and a three time MVP on the Big 8 Conference all-tournament team. She was the first female Nebraska athlete to have her jersey retired. Following college, Noth trained with the US National team, and was selected to be an alternate to the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. In 1989 Noth was hired as the volleyball assistant at the University of Nebraska. During her 10 years as an assistant she coached 20 All-Americans, the team was an eight time conference champion, and the school won its first National Championship. Following her tenure at Nebraska, Noth coached at the College of St. Mary, helping lead them to a final four and elite eight appearances in back-to-back years. During that time she trained a two-time All American setter. She was inducted in the Iowa Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Cecile Reynaud Cecile Reynaud
former Florida State University Head Coach

Dr. Reynaud served as the head coach at Florida State for 25 years, retiring in 2001 with a very distinguished legacy. Her list of accomplishments includes 636 wins and six conference championships, which earned her conference coach of the year honors four times. I addition, Reynaud served as the head coach of the Junior National Volleyball Team in 1985 and assistant coach at the World University Games in 1983. She recently coached a girls 14’s team at the USA High Performance Championships in 2009 & 2010. Reynaud has been recognized with the USA Volleyball George J. Fischer Leader in Volleyball Award and, in 2009, she was inducted into the Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She is a Past President of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and a former USA Volleyball Board of Directors and Executive Committee member. She is currently on the AVCA Board of Directors again serving as the Education and Publications chair.

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