Grace Nelson/Samantha Boever: U-12 Team Co-Coaches
Jacob Roberts: U-13 Team Coach
Jacob joins Rivals this year after watching his daughter compete with the Rivals U12 team last year. Jacob played football at Central Washington University and most recently competed with the Spokane Slugs men’s volleyball team in 2018, travelling to USAV Nationals in Dallas, TX. He competes regularly in adult tournaments in the area, including Spike & Dig and Sizzler and has coached volleyball and other sports over the last 5 years.
Lauren Nissen: U-13/14 Team Coach & Assistant Club Director
This will be Lauren’s eighth year coaching club volleyball and seventh as head coach. She has been in the competitive volleyball world as a player and coach for over 19 years and continues to play in adult leagues throughout the year. Lauren is a strong believer in not only ensuring her players are strong in the fundamentals of volleyball but also growing these young women to their full potential, on and off the court. Lauren lives in Spokane and is the Operations Manager for Innovia Foundation.
Abbie Younkin: U-15 Team Coach
Abbie joins Rivals this year as a new member to the community. She played volleyball collegiately in Iowa as a libero and setter, but after a career ending knee injury, she moved to Seattle to finish out college at Seattle Pacific University. She coached a 14s team for 206 Volleyball and was an assistant for ITVC for three years while finishing out her Biochemistry degree. She still plays actively in adult tournaments and is working on her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration before pursuing a career as a Physician’s Assistant. Abbie lives in Spokane and works for Providence Medical Group.
Dan Kilgore: U-15/16 Team Coach & Assistant Club Director
Dan played collegiate club volleyball for both Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University as a setter, right side hitter and libero. He continues to compete regularly in adult tournaments including 21 years at Spike & Dig. He has coached club volleyball at the U15-16 level in 9 of the last 11 years for VIP, Splash, Apex and Rivals. Dan lives in Spokane and is a 5th grade teacher at Snowdon Elementary.
Jacob Pruitt: U-17/18 Team Coach
Jacob grew up in San Diego, Ca playing his high school volleyball at Steele Canyon HS. He played his college volleyball at Grossmont Junior College. He began coaching after college with Monte Vista HS, then as an assistant to Laramie County CC. He has coached club volleyball for the last 9 years in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups, coaching with CPA and Rivals. Jacob’s teams have won numerous tournaments during that time. Jacob is currently a coach for Gonzaga’s Womens Volleyball team.