18 Black Co-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.
18 Black Co-Coach: Nichole Carnes has been coaching at Columbia River High School and is thrilled to spread her love of volleyball and continue coaching into the club season with Fusion for her third 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 three kids; one of which is serving in the Air Force, one is in college and the other is a high school athlete. Off the court she loves spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors and all the PNW has to offer.
17 Black Head Coach: Tori Porter has played competitive volleyball for 10 years starting in her freshman year of high school. She lettered 3 years at Prairie High School where they won the 3A state championship her senior season. Tori continued her volleyball career on scholarship to play at Oregon Tech from 2013-2017. She majored in Applied Psychology and minored in Biology with sights set on admittance to a Master’s of Occupational Therapy program. Tori has coached kids of all ages from her experiences of hosting camps at Oregon Tech, as well as assisting with 14u girls for Basin Bombers Volleyball Club in Southern Oregon and assisting our 16 Black team last year. This will be her second season as an assistant for Fusion. Tori works for Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy in Vancouver as a Physical Therapy Aide; to instruct patients on their home and clinic exercise therapies. In her free time she continues with her love of volleyball by playing weekly in local adult leagues. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend and two German shepherds hiking and exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
"Volleyball has been such a huge impact in my life growing up and my ultimate goal is to provide the girls with that same impactful relationship and opportunity."
17 Black Assistant Coach: Nichelle McMillan... bio coming soon.
16 Black Head Coach: Jill Emmert-Tricarico - This will be Jill’s sixth season with CC Fusion as a coach but has expanded her role in our leadership. She has coached with us at the 18's and 16's age divisions and is now Co-Director of Fusion. Jill currently is the JV coach at Columbia River High School. For the previous four years Jill coached at Roosevelt High School in Portland, OR. She also serves our community as an At Large Member of CEVA's Board of Directors and has a seat on the Junior Girls, Scholarship and the Diversity & Inclusion committees. She lives in Portland, OR with her partner, Krista, and their two cats. Jill continues her passion of volleyball by playing in adult leagues and for fun at least three times a week when she’s not busy with work or coaching. She currently works as an administrative assistant for Krista’s medical practice. Jill does most of her work from home. This has created a flexible schedule which allows her to pursue several of her passions including cooking, mushroom foraging, and playing and coaching volleyball.
16 Black Assistant Coach: Melody Kayser has been an assistant coach at the middle school and 14U levels and is looking forward to her first season with the CC Fusion coaching team. Her goal is to create a fun and supportive learning environment where players work hard and feel safe to make mistakes, learn, and improve.
Melody’s love of volleyball goes back to the days of watching her mom play in the rec league in Eugene when she was a kid. She began playing organized volleyball in the 4th grade and went on to play in high school, club, and at Lewis & Clark College as a DS and setter. She continues to play at least weekly in adult leagues and pick-up as often as she can manage.
Melody works for a mental health non-profit in Portland doing finance and project management. She enjoys spending time crafting, cooking and baking, and hiking with her cattle dog, Reuben (aka Mr. Sandwich).
16 Green Head Coach: Jordan Hunter is going into her third 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!
16 Green Assistant 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.
14 Green Head 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.
16 Silver Assistant 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.
16 White Head Coach: bio coming soon!
16 White Assistant 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.
14 Black Head Coach: Erin Kashuba was a varsity athlete in four sports in high school and has been coaching volleyball in the Portland Metro area since 2015. She's in her 3rd year as the Youth Volleyball Coordinator for Madison High School and has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Portland State University. Erin's favorite part of coaching is working with developing players, celebrating their milestones, and helping them build confidence on and off the court. In her practices she asks questions, stops to explain game strategies, challenges each player to step out of their comfort zone, and works heavily on developing fundamentals. When she's not coaching, Erin is a certified Disney Nerd and Harry Potter Fanatic. She enjoys reading fiction novels, playing rec volleyball, and exploring the PNW with her 2-year-old son.
14 Black Assistant 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 the volleyball community, to share what she learned. She intends to focus on the technical details of volleyball and positive team culture.
12 Black Head Coach: Madison Epperly has played competitive volleyball for 8 years, starting in the 6th grade. She graduated from Heritage High school where she was most inspirational on her team. She played for CC Fusion for the clubs first two years and before that played for CCJV. After playing volleyball as a college freshmen at South Puget Sound Community College, Madison returned home and has now coached with us for 3 seasons. She is currently enjoying coaching for Mt. View High School. Madison is continuing her education, working towards becoming a high school counselor. She is excited for the season and ready to help girls grow into better players and better people.
12 Black Assistant 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 first season as a coach with CC Fusion
and she is very excited to get started! 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.