15's Head Coaches
Coach Blake's Bio
Coach Blake is entering his third season with DIG. Blake spent the last two seasons coaching 13s and is excited to take on the 15 Blue team. Prior to coaching club, he coached both Academy and Rec volleyball. Blake takes extreme pride in teaching the game of volleyball and holds his players to a very high standard, while also teaching them to fail with grace. He believes in teaching his athletes to play hard until the very last point, no matter the score, so that they can achieve heights they didn’t know were possible.
Blake grew up playing beach volleyball and continues to play as an adult in both beach and indoor adult leagues. Coach Blake attended college at Navarro Junior College and will graduate this May from the University of North Texas.
Favorite core value at DIG
Coach Blake’s favorite core value is FUN. He really wants his athletes to enjoy the game while they improve and learn. “Creating a fun and positive learning environment is important to me so that the athletes feel comfortable both succeeding and failing.”
Blake loves playing volleyball with friends and hanging out with family. He loves traveling and experiencing other cultures.
Coach Caitlin's Bio
DIG is extremely excited to welcome Coach Caitlin to the DIG Family! Coach Caitlin grew up in Iowa and has an incredibly decorated playing career in both high school and college as an athlete. In high school, her team, under her leadership as captain, won back to back state championships. She was selected to the All-Tournament team, as well as First Team All-Conference, All-Metro First Team, and All-Eastern Iowa First Team for three years in a row. Additionally, she was nationally recognized as one of the top 50 players under the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year award.
Caitlin went on to play for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and then transferred to Ole Miss where they finished as NVIC Champions.
After college, Caitlin decided to take her passion for the game of volleyball and transfer her knowledge to other young athletes as a coach. Caitlin has 5 years of coaching experience in club volleyball and is the head volleyball coach at Ursuline Academy.
Her contagious smile and high expectations will undoubtedly bring success to every athlete she coaches at DIG. Coach Caitlin believes that bringing an intention into practice- both personal and team intentions- as well as a high level of energy will differentiate her teams from the competition.
Favorite core value at DIG
Coach Caitlin believes that without desire there is no heart. When you play without heart, the question becomes why are you playing? Knowing and believing in the WHY of the sport you are playing will bring desire and passion, which leads to success. Coach Caitlin has a strong desire herself to make her athletes perform at their best and is very excited to share that desire with her team this season.
Caitlin is close with her family even though they are spread out across the states. Her father is a Principal in Illinois, her mother is a Social Worker in Florida, and she has a brother who teaches and coaches in Colorado. Her family all believes in servant leadership and Caitlin is no exception.
She is a personal trainer and enjoys exercise in many different forms, especially yoga, sand volleyball, and weight lifting. She likes traveling, finding new food places, and outdoor adventures with her dog!