ABOUT THE COACHES
Jen Palmer will be returning for her fourth 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 likes to play volleyball, go on hikes, be active and outdoors, and spend as much time as possible with her husband, Brent, and two sons, Kyler and Kolten.
Kali Broome is in her third year as an assistant coach for the varsity team, and is an incredible asset to the program. Kali helps with administration, and is on the court helping any chance she gets. 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 Athlete Coordinating since then.
Currently, she is staying at home with her two girls and playing adult volleyball any chance she gets. They are great at keeping Kali & her husband, Jesse, on their toes. Kali is so excited to have them join Jen’s boys in the stands during games! When not immersed in volleyball, she and her family enjoy surfing trips to the beach and hikes in the woods. Kali said what she is looking forward to the most during season is building relationships with the athletes and fulfilling a lifelong goal of passing on the knowledge and love she has for this sport.
Brandon Hannula 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 had a successful first season with the Prairie JV team in 2019 and is anxious to get the 2020 season started! 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. He is still happily coaching there and running Jr camps and private lessons for MAC members.
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.
Jamie Sutton will be coaching JV2 this 2020 season, after showing an exceptional display of coaching, communication, and dedication her first year coaching the C team in 2019. Jamie is eager 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!