ABOUT THE COACHES
HEAD VARSITY COACH
Jen will be returning for her sixth season as Head Varsity Coach here at Prairie. We are excited to watch the impact that Jen has on Prairie Volleyball, not only for her coaching experience, but also for her love for the game and passion to grow and develop the next generation of athletes.
Jen played club volleyball for Nike NW Jrs Volleyball Club (now Adidas NW) from 97-2003, and at Gresham High School winning the Oregon State Championships her Junior and Senior year. Jen was voted most inspirational and received all league awards her Junior and Senior year. After her juniors and high school career Jen received a full volleyball scholarship at University of Mississippi in the SEC conference where she was the starting setter for two seasons before transferring to Portland State University to play.
After college Jen began coaching. Jen has 10+ years of club volleyball experience coaching 16U/14U teams. She has coached for various clubs in the NW, most recently at NW Reign Volleyball Club in Vancouver where she is now on the board of directors. In addition to club coaching, Jen also coached the freshman team at Ridgefield High School for 4 seasons. In Jen’s first three seasons at Prairie she helped lead the Falcons to 3 league championships/co-championships, district placements and two top 8 state finishes. Jen also coaches in the off season by running multiple summer camps and has years of experience giving private lessons and helping athletes work on specific skill sets to help them reach their next level of play. Jen specializes in defense/setting, but has extensive knowledge of hitting, blocking, teamwork, and many other aspects of the game. She teaches a high level of systematic volleyball which prepares athletes for high level play and transitioning into their next level of play.
When asked about her coaching style Jen said “My philosophy is 100% effort 100% of the time. I love to see individual and team growth and the excitement that comes with it. I focus on improving physical technique, a driven and persistent attitude, and building trust and relationships with teammates.”
When Jen is not coaching she enjoys, going on hikes, being active and outdoors, quality time with friends, and spending as much time as possible with her husband, Brent, and two sons, Kyler and Kolten.
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Jamie Sutton will be stepping in as the Varsity Assistant coach this 2022 season, after demonstrating exceptional skills in communication, organization, coaching fundmentals, and a high work ethic. Jamie had three great seasons of coaching our C team and JV2 team, and is excited for this opportunity to work with varsity athletes, as well as helping the overall program operations. Jamie is eager to continue to learn and develop under the leadership of Jen, Brandon, Dawn, and Stu. She was first introduced to volleyball by her grandfather who helped create the volleyball club at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs prior to his graduation in 1970. Jamie has played just about every sport imaginable but believes volleyball is the most rewarding team sport out there.
Jamie was the varsity libero at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado her sophomore, junior, and senior season. Her junior year she was recognized as the 2nd team all-conference honoree. Her Senior year she was recognized as the 1st team all-conference honoree and MVP. She played club volleyball for the Denver Juniors and helped the 17s team win regionals in 2014 with a six-man roster. Jamie was team captain for every season of volleyball she played.
After high school, Jamie attended University of Hawaii on an academic scholarship. She communicated with the head volleyball coach about her desire to play collegiate volleyball and he granted her the opportunity to try out in 2015.
After returning home in 2016 (because she missed her dog and her family), Jamie took a break from playing volleyball to focus on her wildlife biology degree. Now, Jamie is using this opportunity at Prairie high school to pass along her knowledge of the sport and expand her leadership skills.
Jamie could not be more excited for this opportunity and wants to express her gratitude to Jen for giving her a chance!
Brandon has been following Prairie’s excellent volleyball program since all the way back in 1991, and coaching the Varsity girls at the Guy Enriques Camp during the summer of 2018 was an honor. Brandon has had three successful seasons coaching JV, and is excited as he gears up for his fourth season here. He loves volleyball and interacting with the athletes and coaching staff.
Brandon started refereeing school volleyball matches in 1992 and that led to a 28 years long passion for the sport. He recently stepped down after two years as the President of the Volleyball Board of Officials, previously he was a trainer for four years with the board and a voting member for one after being asked to run for president.
In 1999, Brandon started his own Jrs volleyball club, called The Angels. He operated his club till 2008, when he stopped to take time to raise his 2 daughters, Miranda & Belana. Brandon was asked to come back to coaching for the 2012-2013 club season at The Multnomah Athletic Club. Brandon coached and ran Jr camps and private lessons for MAC members until 2020, when he started coaching for NW Reign Volleyball Club.
Ultimately the reason that Brandon stepped down from refereeing high school volleyball is that he finds coaching much more enjoyable and wished to continue year around. In his spare time he enjoys going to the movies with his daughters, visiting new restaurants, and enjoying all types of food. He also enjoys playing in the local adult volleyball community and participating in various fundraising tournaments throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area.
"My name is Allison Berg and I am thrilled to be coaching the JV2 team this year! I started playing volleyball in the third grade, immediately fell in love with the sport and have been playing ever since. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Oregon in 1997 where I played four years on the Varsity teams at Aloha and Southridge High School as well as several years of club. While I was awarded three college scholarships, I chose to focus on coaching volleyball and attended Portland State University to pursue a career in Fitness and then my Masters in Secondary Education. I recently moved to the Ridgefield area and am so grateful to be a part of the Prairie family.
I am extremely excited to be establishing a new strength and conditioning program for the athletes this year! I join Prairie with 15 years of Volleyball coaching experience and 22 years in the fitness industry specializing in youth athletes and sports performance. My goal this year will be to challenge our players to be the best athletes they can be while gaining confidence, tenacity and personal achievement.
Outside of volleyball, I love spending time with my wonderful boyfriend and my 12 -year-old son. We love to hike, paddleboard and cliff jump all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also love to sing, dance, longboard, workout and watch movies."
C TEAM COACH
"My name is Aryah Zeller. I’m so excited to join Prairie Volleyball’s coaching staff! Volleyball has been a big part of my life for 12 years. I grew up in Battle Ground, went to Prairie HS, played volleyball at Prairie all 4 years while getting my associate’s degree through the Running Start program, and graduated in 2018. I played club volleyball for 8 years before playing in college.
I played volleyball at George Fox University for two seasons while completing my degree of Interdisciplinary Studies (Exercise science, health, and psychology) and graduating in December 2020. I just recently received my Master’s in Arts of Teaching this year in elementary education and teach little kiddos in elementary school!
I currently have two years of coaching club (12s and 16s) under my belt for Oregon Premier Volleyball Club and this will be my first year coaching for Prairie, so to say I’m excited is an understatement!
I have an incredible husband and two fur kids- a dog named Harley and a cat named Benji. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family!"
We are excited to still have Stuart around as volunteer coach this 2022 season. For 3 years, Stuart volunteered countless hours to this volleyball program as an additional assistant coach, and has made such an incredible impact. We are thrilled to have him in an official role for the second season in a row. Stuart is friendly, empathetic, relatable, and hilarious. He has a knowledge and love for the game that completely transcends to every athlete he comes in contact with.
Stuart dallied with volleyball recreationally growing up, but didn’t start competing until he played at Pacific Lutheran University on the school’s men’s club team. He then refined his skills by hosting and playing in doubles outdoor tournaments for several years.
He graduated from PLU with a degree in Journalism, but after three years, returned to college to acquire his teaching certification at Concordia University in Portland. While attending Concordia, Stuart was the assistant coach one season and the head coach the second year. When he was hired to teach high school at Battle Ground High, Stu coached the varsity team there for three years before transferring to Prairie in 1999. He began teaching English, and he coached the varsity team one year before focusing on coaching PHS softball with his wife, Dawn. He coached junior high volleyball at View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield for a couple years before taking a one-year leave of absence to open a business. After the one-year break, he continued to teach part-time, one year at Prairie and one year at CAM Academy in Battle Ground.
Stuart is beginning his fifth year at CAM, and he is loving it. He and his wife, Dawn, have a son who graduated from Film School at Biola University.
Dawn Rowe is such an incredibly passionate person, and is involved in so many activities that she had to step down from her official position as C team’s head coach last year due to trying to make more time in her schedule. Lucky for us, she still is volunteering so much of her time to be around the volleyball program as much as she possibly can.
Dawn has been teaching and coaching at Prairie High School since 1992, but she has been coaching since she herself was in high school. She attended Ridgefield High School where she was a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball, all at the varsity level. Dawn was one of the setters for the Spudders her senior year when they won the State Title. She continued to play both volleyball and softball at Pacific Lutheran University, winning the NAIA National Title in softball her senior year.
While attending PLU, she coached the school’s men’s club team for one year before graduating with a degree in education. She and her husband, Stuart, moved to Morton, WA where she coached volleyball, softball, and track.
In 1992, they moved back to her hometown of Ridgefield, and she was hired at PHS. Since then, she coached JV Volleyball and JV softball for about 12 years, winning several State Titles while assisting the Varsity team. In 1996, Dawn took over the varsity softball team, winning the State Title one year and finishing second at State another season. In seven years, the Falcons finished in the top four places at State four of those years.
After resigning from softball, Dawn returned to volleyball, choosing to coach in the Ridgefield School District at the junior high level for four years. She then took a break for a couple years before returning to Prairie in 2017 as the C Team coach.
She said she is excited to be involved in the program again, and she is enjoying working with both the coaching staff and the players. Dawn enjoys watching players mature and pick up life skills while learning the game. She hopes to instill character qualities such as discipline, love, strong work ethic, and selflessness. In her spare time, she loves mentoring youth to walk in their true identity and live out their passions. She has one son she is very proud of who just recently graduated from Biola University in California.
Kali Broome served 4 amazing years as the assistant coach for the varsity team, and is an incredible asset to the program. She recently stepped down as varsity assistant to better prioritize her family, but she is still hoping to volunteer as often as she can in her spare time. Kali has had a passion for volleyball since her first season as a U-14. 1999-2001, she played varsity volleyball at Mead HS in Spokane, and helped win their first state championship in 1999, as a starting sophomore outside. They were fortunate to have a great pool of coaches and athletes at Mead, and continued to do well. Winning districts ’00-’01, Regionals ’99-’01, placing 3rd in state ’00 and 5th in ’01.
After high school, Kali was recruited as a full scholarship starting outside/libero to Appalachian State in North Carolina. It was a great experience, they had a lot of success in their conference and Kali enjoyed learning that much more about the game. She was named the inaugural ‘Libero of the Year’ for the southern conference in 2004, second team all-conference in 2005, academic all-conference 2002-2005, and team captain 2004 and 2005. She still holds individual school records: 3rd place single-season record with 608 digs (2004) and 3rd place in overall career digs with 1,828 total (2002-05). Kali graduated with a degree in Physical Education and has worked in various positions in Recreation Management and Athletic Coordinating since then.
Currently, she is staying at home with her two girls and playing adult volleyball any chance she gets. Dillon, 7, and Devon, 4, are great at keeping Kali & her husband, Jesse, on their toes. Kali loves seeing her girls emulate Prairie’s Athletes when playing at home. When not immersed in volleyball, she and her family enjoy surfing trips to the beach, family skiing, and hikes in the woods. Kali said what she looks forward to the most each season is building relationships with the athletes and fulfilling a lifelong goal of passing on the knowledge and love she has for this sport.