We are in the process of finalizing our 2021-22 coaching roster. Coaching assignments may change prior to our Information Meetings. More bios coming soon!
Coach Jaci Holmes has coached volleyball for 6 years, starting out in Portland then joining Fusion in the clubs opening season in 2014. She has coached at the 14’s, 16’s and 18’s levels and will be returning as 18-1 head coach this season. Jaci’s has been an integral addition to our 18's division with her teams placing in the top 10 at tournaments and top 20 at Regionals. She is dedicated to her sport, our players, and their families. Jaci has been very successful in assisting her athletes during the college recruitment process. She believes in a positive coaching style with expectations of a high performance team. This year she has expanded her role at Fusion becoming a board member as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. She currently works at Mt. View High School Student Store to help teens get employment experience. In her free time, Jaci enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, playing indoor and sand volleyball, hiking, and fishing.
Coach Nichole Carnes has been the head coach at La Center Middle School, assistant coach at Columbia River High School and head coach at View Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield. She is thrilled to spread her love of volleyball and continue coaching into the club season with Fusion for her fifth year. She has been the player, the parent and the coach so she understands many different aspects of the volleyball world. She has a passion for volleyball and community and believes strongly in the great impact sports can have on youth. Because of that, she strives to make their learning/playing experience a memorable and positive one. She has four kids; her oldest two played volleyball through college, her youngest is a senior in high school and then there’s her feisty English bulldog. Off the court, she loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoying all the PNW has to offer.
Coach Cohen J Emmert - This will be Cohen’s Eighth season coaching with CC Fusion and fourth year as the club’s co-director. For four years Cohen coached at Roosevelt High School in Portland, OR. After leaving Roosevelt they led Columbia River’s JV team to back-to-back league titles. They also served our community as an At Large Member of CEVA's Board of Directors and still participates as a member of the
Junior Girls, Scholarship and the Diversity & Inclusion committees. Cohen lives in Portland, OR where they continue their passion of volleyball by playing in adult leagues and for fun at least three times a week when they’re not busy with work or coaching. They currently work at Trillium Family Services in an administrative support position. Cohen does most of their work from home. This has created a
flexible schedule which allows them to pursue several of their passions including cooking, mushroom foraging, and playing and coaching volleyball.
Coach Jordan Hunter is going into her fifth season with Fusion! As a player Jordan played club for 8 years as well as 4 years of starting on the varsity team in high school. She then went on to college playing both Volleyball and Track and Field at Warner Pacific College, majoring in Sports and Recreation Management. Jordan had a great experience coaching in volleyball for Fusion as well as some high school volleyball. She has for sure caught the coaching bug! Her desire is to provide young athletes with positive and memorable club experiences. As well as a combination of her high skill level and knowledge of volleyball is an incredible asset to our athletes!
Coach Alyssa Pilot started playing volleyball in the sixth grade and continued throughout her High School career. After graduating from Woodland High School, Alyssa attended Clark College and Washington State University-Vancouver completing her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. This will be her first year coaching for CC Fusion and she is eager to get the club season started! She has a passion for establishing the importance of teamwork, dedication and connecting the lessons learned on the court to life-lessons. Volleyball had a major impact on her life and she is determined to help our youth by creating lifelong memories and lessons on and off the court. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her friends and family.
Coach Olivia Alexander Graduated from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington. She started playing volleyball in the 7th grade and played both high school and club ball. After high school she has been attending Clark College pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Olivia is currently working at Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium, a childcare provider with Liberty Bible and a childcare coordinator with NW Marriage Institute. When not working or studying for school Olivia enjoys spending time with her family & friends. This is Olivia’s fifth year to coach with CC Fusion.
Coach Jennifer Costello started playing volleyball in the 3rd grade. She played all through High School at the club level and was a three sport athlete. Jennifer completed her competitive volleyball career after two seasons at Mt. Hood Community College. She graduated top of her class with an Associates in Applied Science I Automotive Technology. Currently she works as the Maintenance Parts Manager for a major freight line company. This will be her first season with Fusion, however she is excited to give back to her sport. She believes deeply in being in service to others ad wants to bring her skills and passion for volleyball together. She’s zealous about volleyball and is hopeful in bringing kids closer to they’re dreams and love of the game. Off the court, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Coach Denisha Mataia has over 10 years of experience playing volleyball. She started in the sixth grade and continued to play both in high school and college. She was involved in the CC Fusion VBC as an 18-1 player during her senior year of high school and later, got recruited to play at Earlham College (EC) in Richmond, IN as an OH/DS. During her collegiate career, Denisha was a 4-year starter, 3-year captain, and obtained accolades that speak to her performance as a player. She was part of the recruiting class that changed the tone of the program for EC: first winning season in 2017, first conference win in 2017, first conference tournament appearance in 2018 and more. In May of 2019, Denisha graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She plans to continue her education in January where she will begin to attend nursing school to become a Neonatal Nurse. During her spare time, Denisha likes to babysit, spend time with family, and play her guitar or ukulele. You will always catch her dancing or singing whenever there is music. This is her first season coaching not only with CC Fusion, but EVER! She is excited to explore the other facets of volleyball and share her knowledge of the game with younger aspiring athletes.
Coach Bridget Sorenson graduated from Heritage High school. She has 8 total years of competitive volleyball experience. During that time she played both club and 4 years of varsity high school volleyball. After high school she has since continued to pursue a degree in sociology at Clark College and Washington State Vancouver. This is her second season as a coach with CC Fusion
and she is very excited to return this season! Bridget has always had a large passion for the game and is ready to help the future of the sport become the best athletes they can be.
Float Coach: Miranda Coonrod has been a volleyball coach since 2001. She began her coaching career while still in High School when she volunteered for the Community Education Volleyball Program in Battle Ground and is currently the Co-Director of Clark County Fusion. During this time, Miranda has successfully coached players of all ages and abilities – from 12U to Adult. She has a true passion for inspiring young athletes and helping them to reach their goals. Miranda's goal is to provide each of them with the specific training that instills the confidence to discover and utilize their strengths and believe in their abilities – both on the volleyball court and in life. Miranda is motivated to find the “lightbulb moment” for each of her athletes, and to help her players recognize that their accomplishments on the volleyball court can be transferred to life lessons. She spends her time off the court with her husband and four vivacious kids.
Coach Mesa Willis is a recent Pacific Northwest transplant. She grew up in central Virginia and played school and club volleyball throughout middle school and high school. Mesa continued her volleyball career as an OH/DS at NCAA Division III Lynchburg College where she tabbed third team all-conference her junior year and second team all-conference and conference player of the week during her senior season. After playing for four years and earning her bachelor's degree, Mesa obtained her master's degree a year later and currently works in Veteran suicide prevention research. This will be Mesa's first year coaching and she is excited for the new experience and sharing her love for the game. During her free time, Mesa enjoys reading, hiking, and growing cut flowers.
Coach Bergyn Tumlinson started playing volleyball in 7th grade and continued throughout her high school career. She played club volleyball for Fusion for 2 years and is excited to return as a coach. Bergyn is appreciative of the positive role her coaches played in her life and desires to give back to our volleyball community to share what she learned. She intends to focus on technique, competitiveness, and building friendships on and off the court. During her free time she enjoys cooking, painting and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Coach Michael Palensky has been in and around volleyball for over 35 years. He grew up in Battle Ground and played 4 years of club VB in high school and was recruited to play for Evergreen HS at a national tournament. Michael co-coached the Battle Ground club team for 3 years, while he was attending Clark Community College. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Master’s degree in Audiology from Western Washington University. While at Western, he practiced with the men’s club team and taught a volleyball PE course.
He has played in many recreational leagues over the years, including doubles and quads and is currently coaching at Gaiser MS. Michael's two daughters play on Fusion teams and in his free time he enjoys traveling with his family and watching his girls play sports. Michael has a passion for volleyball and through coaching hopes to teach new players to love the game so they can enjoy many years of fun in the sport.