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McKayla Ferris is entering her 3rd year with Kōkua. McKayla recently finished her first year as Volunteer Assistant Coach with Gonzaga University’s indoor volleyball program. Prior to joining the staff at Gonzaga, McKayla spent her fifth year of NCAA D1 volleyball eligibility competing on the top team for No. 12 ranked Loyola Marymount Beach Volleyball Team. While there, she received All-WCC First Team honors and nomination for the WCC Female Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award. McKayla spent all four years of her indoor career as a six rotation outside hitter at Gonzaga University. Individually, she achieved the goal of surpassing 1,000 career kills while also being recognized for her commitment to academics as a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team member and two-time WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention.
Throughout her collegiate career she has participated in numerous ERVA beach events, several AVPnext tournaments, the 2016 USAV Beach HP Championships and the AVP tour. She had the opportunity to study under many FIVB and AVP legends including John Mayor, Betsi Flint, Diane Nelson, Billy Allen, Stafford Slick, Stanford Beach Head Coach, Andrew Fuller, and Hawaii Beach Associate Coach, Evan Silberstein. She is very excited to join the Kokua ohana and play a part in their mission to grow this amazing game!
A note from our Mindfulness Coach:
The modern world has our brains abuzz. From social media, to iPhones, to late-night Netflix binges, our minds are always in over-drive. Mindfulness practice is one of the most powerful tools that can help us slow down, live in the moment, and find a peaceful energy within ourselves.
A combination of intentional breathing, positive thinking and visualization exercises will not only unlock the key to better athletic performance but will also lead to a decrease in stress and anxiety, an improvement in concentration and strengthening of relationships. I look forward working with Kokua Volleyball Club as we navigate the benefits of mindfulness practice together!
What does mindfulness mean to you?
Hannah is starting her first year coaching for Kokua. Having grown up in the Spokane area, she played middle blocker in high school for Chan as well as at Central Valley HS. Some of her accomplishments in her volleyball career include a team place at state with CV and national bid with her club team. She was also a track and field athlete and holds the high school league record for triple jump. For college, Hannah attended the University of Idaho where she chose to continue her track and field career as a triple jumper. Since moving back to the area, she has sparked her love for coaching. She has coached volleyball at Mt. Spokane HS and track and field at CV for the last 2 years. She is so excited to share her love for competition and volleyball with Kokua, and feels so lucky to be able to come back and create more positive volleyball memories for young athletes.
Jordan found her love for volleyball at the age of 10. Her hard work and dedication to her development lead her through High School and into college. Jordan graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 2020, where she played 4 years for the Warriors and in those 4 years, volleyball consumed most of her life playing in the fall and coaching in the spring. Jordan is excited to be a part of the Kokua Volleyball Club!! Reflections of her journey remind her that the memories and friendships formed are bigger than the game.
Mark has been involved with volleyball for over 30 years as both a player and coach. His coaching experiences include ten seasons at University HS, six as the head coach. Seven seasons as the head coach at Liberty HS (Spangle), and currently serves as the West Valley HS head coach. His club experience includes 15 seasons coaching several age groups. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to serve as a head coach with Kokua VBC. Coaching with Kokua is a chance for me to give back to players an appreciation of the game that has given so much to me, and an opportunity to reinforce the importance of fundamentals, proper mechanics and team dynamics, but also develop and define each player’s specific strengths, assisting them with becoming better volleyball players. My commitment is to share the understanding that a team will grow stronger on and off the court through sportsmanship, ethics, teamwork, positive attitude, and enjoyment of the game
Club Director/U16 Coach
U16 Cheney Team Coach
We are excited to have her back with the club! Meghan grew up playing volleyball here in Spokane. She graduated from Central Valley High School and was a setter for most of her career. She has qualified and competed in the Girls Junior National Championships seven times. After High School she followed her dreams and graduated from Montana State University. Meghan has recently found her love for coaching. She enjoys helping players challenge themselves to get better and helping them grow their understanding of the game. Meghan is passionate about the sport as a player and a coach and we are excited for her to share her knowledge with you!