Leadership Team


 

Anthony Duenas

Anthony Duenas

Co-Owner, Club Director, 11 Purple Head Coach

Coach “Tony”  has over 25+ years of playing and 20+ years of coaching experience.  A native of Texas, he played for the Texas A&M Men’s Volleyball Club as a setter and outside hitter and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Sport Management and Business. He currently lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife, Rachel, twelve-year-old daughter, Rebecca, nine-year-old daughter, Emma, seven-year-old daughter, Natalie, and twin newborns Eli and Olivia. They attend First McKinney Baptist Church. Anthony is a well respected coach in the region and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and love for the game. His love and passion for the game can be seen in each and every athlete he coaches and trains. He believes in training the mind and body to work as one to achieve the highest level of performance. Anthony has qualified multiple teams for Nationals and has extensive knowledge of the college recruiting process, with established relationships with coaches across the country. He has helped many athletes find the right collegiate home during the recruiting process.

2013- Lone Star Classic 14 American Champions

2013 – USAV Nationals 14 American (10th place)

2015- NTR Regional Bid Championship (3rd Place Finish)

2015- USAV Nationals 16 American

2016- USAV Nationals 18 American

2018- Show Me NQ 17 American (9th place finish)

email: tony@powervolleyballclub.com

Chris Finseth

Chris Finseth

Co- Owner, Club Director, 16 Purple Head Coach

Coach Chris is a 37 year veteran player and has 27 years experience coaching volleyball.   A native of Hawaii and former men’s club volleyball player at the University of Oregon, Chris is a very vibrant coach with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and love of the sport. He will be looking for players that share in his passion of the game, while learning to develop their drive and confidence as athletes. Chris has qualified for Nationals as well as earning a 3rd place finish at the 2016 AAU Nationals in Orlando.

2015- Show Me NQ 15 American Champion

2015- Lone Star Classic 15 American (3rd Place)

2015- USAV Nationals 15 American (5th Place Finish)

2016- AAU Nationals 16 Club (3rd Place Finish)

2018- Show Me NQ 16 American (3rd Place Finish)

email: chris@powervolleyballclub.com

Power Coaching Staff

Read more below about our 2020-21 coaching staff (listed alphabetically by last name).


Jessica Kirkham

Jessica Kirkham

10 Purple Head Coach

Email: jatkirkham@gmail.com 

Coach Jessica was first introduced to volleyball in middle school, trying out “just for fun” because her friends played. She quickly fell in love with the sport, but it always remained her “just for fun” sport as she was a pitcher and softball was the number one priority. After being a varsity and collegiate athlete, she knows how impactful sports are for kids, especially girls. She has been coaching girls sports for three years now, and really enjoys building players confidence and teaching the fundamentals. She believes that if you practice hard, you get to play fun. Coach Jessica lives in Allen with her two daughters, Adaleigh and Tierney, both of which play club volleyball. 

Amy Sievert

Amy Sievert

10 Purple Assistant Coach

Email: asievert75002@gmail.com 

Coach Amy graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She played collegiate softball all 4 years, earning 1st team All – American twice. In addition, Amy was invited to try out for the Olympic softball team! In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Christian University Hall of Fame for her many talents on the field. In the last 10 years, she has coached various sports and is committed to empowering each athlete to become their best player, teammate, and leader. 

Ava Karl

Ava Karl

11 Purple Assistant Coach

Ava grew up playing volleyball in the North Texas region and played at McKinney Boyd High School. She has 6+ years of experience as a player and 2+ years of coaching experience, all at Power VBC. During her 17’s season, she played for Power on Coach Tony’s team, and went on to have a very successful club season with the team. Following this, she played two years of NCAA Division 2 college volleyball at the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas. She recently graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and is currently working towards her Masters in Adapted Physical Activity from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. Ava is ecstatic to continue to coach with Power VBC this club season. She has high aspirations to give back to the club that helped her obtain her goal of playing college volleyball, and is eager to help train the next generation of volleyball players to reach theirs too! “Hard work gets you further than any amount of natural talent will; be the player that works the hardest.”

Celia Sosa

Celia Sosa

12 Purple Head Coach

Power Person of The Year Winner- 2021

Email: celia-sosa@att.net

Celia grew up playing basketball, softball and volleyball in middle school and high school. She came to Texas in 1989 when she graduated college with an A.S. in Electronics Engineering to begin her job at Texas Instruments. She began coaching in 2008, when her oldest daughter wanted to start playing and ended up coaching both her daughters (Gaby and Lauren) early in their playing careers. She has coached 11’s – 15’s both recreational and club level athletes. This will be her 8th year coaching at the club level and her 3rd year with Power. When she isn’t coaching, Celia has been a certified R1 with the NT region refereeing at the rec and club levels of all age groups and a line judge at the college level.  “We are a volleyball family! My daughters and I coach and referee and my husband, Adrian, is a line judge at the high school and collegiate level and a great support system. I love working with kids and want them to know that I believe in them, attitude makes all the difference, and to work hard and dream big!”

 

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Lauren Sosa

Lauren Sosa

12 Purple Assistant Coach

Lauren is a competitive player and coach.  Volleyball has taught her discipline and dedication and she is now excited to help instill these concepts to her athletes.

Lauren is a graduate from Reedy High School where she played school and club volleyball.  Lauren started playing recreational volleyball at the age of 7 and began her Club journey at 10.  During her time in club, she and teammates advanced to USA Nationals twice and AAU Nationals twice earning a 5th place finish at USA Nationals as a U11 and a 3rd place finish at AAU Nationals as a U13.

Lauren feels that her time playing in high School and club have prepared her to help coach and prepare her athletes. She gained her High School volunteer hours coaching volleyball. She has now been coaching for 4 years; this will be her 3rd at Power.  Lauren is excited to share her experiences and assist her athletes in achieving the skills to be successful on and off the court.

 

Jill Manganilla

Jill Manganilla

12 Black Head Coach

Email: jmang72@hotmail.com

 

Kit Cruz-Verona

Kit Cruz-Verona

13 Purple Head Coach, 14 Black Head Coach

Email: kcruzverona@gmail.com

A native of the Philippines, Coach Kit began playing volleyball in middle school and all through high school. Her love of the game started while watching her mom coach middle school girls in her school.

She has over 5 years coaching experience in both recreational and club environments, and this is her 2nd Season with Power.  She loves working with players ranging in age from 10 to 14 years old. She strongly believes that girls should be encouraged to be a leader and not a follower on and off the court.  She is very passionate about the sport and always has the philosophy of progress over perfection. 

She lives in Allen with her husband Jeff and youngest daughter Sophia. 

 

Gaby Sosa

Gaby Sosa

13 Purple Assistant Coach, 16 Black Head Coach

Email: super_sosa98@att.net

Gaby is a dedicated and compassionate coach. She has a love of volleyball and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others grow and excel in the sport. A graduate of Frisco High School, she was a multi sport athlete competing in both school and club volleyball as well as track&field. She qualified for and competed at the state level for her field events for multiple seasons.

 In addition to getting to both play for and coach alongside some of the top coaches in one of the most competitive regions in the country, Gaby was also given the once in a lifetime opportunity of learning from former Olympian Tayyiba Haneef-Park. Having coached for 8 years, she feels there is nothing more exciting as a coach than getting to witness the progress of a player from the beginning of the season to the end. Helping athletes reach their goals and building quality relationships through team sports are two key factors that drive her love for coaching.

 With goals of enhancing love of the game, building confidence, and growing player’s skills for success on and off the court, Gaby’s coaching philosophy is:

“To provide a level of mental and physical training in volleyball that will guide an athlete on the path of achieving their most sought after goals. In this process, they will learn the importance of discipline, respect, strategy, commitment, failure and the value of a team.”

Courtney Prater

Courtney Prater

13 Black Head Coach

Email: c.praterhomes@gmail.com

 

Jennifer Nordin

Jennifer Nordin

14 Purple Head Coach

Email: jennifer.nordin@coramdeoacademy.org 

Coach Jen has been coaching volleyball for five years and playing for over 20 years. She currently works with 4th through 12th graders as a junior high head coach, varsity assistant, and volleyball administrator at Coram Deo Academy in Plano; while also spending her days as an elementary PE coach. She was a youth pastors wife for 15 years and has spent the last 18 years working with teens. She has worked with 14’s and 15‘s at the club level and finds this age to be an amazing growth and transition point in the sport. Being a part of the journey from youth to young adults and contributing to both the athletic and character growth of the player is what motivates her to find dynamic and purposeful ways to train their minds and their bodies. She has three daughters, ages 15, 13, and 9 who play volleyball, and a very supportive husband, Josh.

Erica Ranel

Erica Ranel

15 Purple Head Coach

Email: ericaranel@gmail.com

Erica has been coaching school volleyball since 2004 and club volleyball since 2014. Her range of experience is 4th graders through varsity level athletes with most of her time spent with 14s-16s. Erica is passionate about developing the whole athlete through the game as confidence, ability to effectively work with others and enthusiasm for the game grows. She has a degree in education from East Texas Baptist University and has a heart for kids in the classroom and on the court. She is currently the social studies instructional coach and varsity volleyball assistant at McKinney High School.

Erinn Higginbotham

Erinn Higginbotham

15 Purple Assistant Coach

Email: ehigginbotham@mckinneyisd.net 

Erinn is excited to be in the Power Ohana. She grew up as a multi-sport athlete and played volleyball collegiately for Texas Wesleyan University. During her time at Wesleyan, she won two conference championships, regional tournaments, and finished in the NAIA Elite, twice.  

She loves teaching and coaching young women to help grow their passion for the game and help find them JOY in all her student-athletes do. Her goal is to teach athletes to work hard, have a good attitude, and be a good teammate. Everything else will fall into place.  

She has been teaching/coaching in McKinney for 13 years, ranging from middle school to Varsity athletes. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish from TWU. She currently resides in McKinney with her husband of 11 years, CJ, and two adorable boys, Cavin Duke (6), and Danny Koa (2).  

Payton Jackson

Payton Jackson

16 Purple Assistant Coach

Payton grew up playing volleyball in the North Texas region. With over 11 years of experience as a player, she played at McKinney North High School and spent the majority of her club career with Power coaches. Payton was trained by Chris as a middle starting at the age of 12, during her 14s-17s seasons Payton played for Tony, and finally she finished her 18s season with Power to become the first recipient of the Power Legend Award.

Payton chose to continue her volleyball career at Coker University in South Carolina, where she spent 4 years as a student athlete and 2 years as a team captain. She graduated from Coker in December, 2020 with a bachelors degree in biology, and is currently on a journey to becoming a PA.

After graduating, Payton decided to return home to Texas, and return home to Power. Payton is so excited to make the transition from player to coach at the club she holds near and dear to her heart. She can’t wait to build incredible players and incredible young women during this upcoming season.

Ahja Price

Ahja Price

16 Black Assistant Coach

Email: Coachahjap@gmail.com

Hi, My name is Ahja Price. I am originally from Oceanside, California. I have been in Texas for 10 years. I played volleyball in high school and played club volleyball at Coast Volleyball Club in San Diego.

I have one daughter who is 15 that also plays club and high school volleyball. I am passionate about the sport and my goal is to see these young girls grow into beautiful people. I want them to embody the Mamba Mentality. It is a constant quest to be the best version of themselves.

Jenna Fahrney

Jenna Fahrney

17 Purple Head Coach

Email: jenna.fahrney@yahoo.com

Jenna grew up playing volleyball in the North Texas region. She has 15+ years of experience as a player and 5+ years of coaching experience. Jenna played 2 years of college volleyball at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. During her time on the team, they won the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association national title. Jenna is looking forward to building a strong team that has a passion for the game, competitive drive, and fun spirit.

 

“It takes zero talent to be a great athlete: effort, energy, and attitude make all the difference.”

“Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success.”

 

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams

17 Purple Assistant Coach

Email: Lindsey.r.williams@gmail.com

Coach Lindsey has been teaching, coaching, and mentoring for 20+ years. She has been coaching volleyball since 2006, working with players ranging in age from 5 to 20 years old. She has coached in both school and club environments as a specialist in teaching setting and defense.  Having played a range of sports, she is not only supportive of, but also passionate about multi-sport athletes.

She has extensive knowledge and education in: the German language, exercise science, and strength and conditioning. She is USAV CAP certified, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and continuously seeks further education to enhance her craft. She is pursuing a Psychology of Competition certification, and is committed to being a lifelong student of the game and profession.  A believer of being open-minded and versatile, she is passionate about getting out of the typical box and bringing aspects of both the men’s game and outdoor game into the indoor women’s game. She aims to enhance players’ overall mental game and confidence both on and off the court.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

—  Woodrow Wilson

“This is my favorite quote and speaks directly to the ultimate goal, both on and off the court, of coaching.  In addition to striving to teach athletes to be healthy, strong, safe, skilled competitors, I feel very strongly about contributing to the growth and development as upstanding human beings.  All the intangibles that speak to one’s character (i.e. respect, discipline, dependability, trustworthiness, etc.) are so important.  My aim is to positively contribute to the whole athlete’s physical, mental, and emotional strength and his/her development into a strong, confident, upstanding human being overall.”

Ashlyn Hill

Ashlyn Hill

Floater Coach

Hannah Poynor

Hannah Poynor

Floater Coach

Coach Hannah played volleyball for five years before focusing on coaching the sport. She spent four years at Lamar University as the Student Assistant. While at Lamar she worked with setters, statical analysis of the program, and scouting. She also worked at HCJ volleyball club working with athletes from 13-15s and held the title of assistant beach director for two years. Coach Hannah is currently the Graduate Assistant at UT Arlington. She loves volleyball and enjoys sharing her love of the game with others.