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All those shirts that read “volleyball is life”… Well I believe it. I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in 5th grade and am a firm believer of how important sports are in life.

My husband and I started top flight with the fundamental principles of providing the best for our athletes and their families. We understand that by having children in club sports it takes dedication from the whole family. We teach athletes life lessons through sports and create a true bonding experience with members of our club.

I coach to make a difference. I expect my athletes to work hard on and off the court. I encourage them to try new things and push themselves to be their best. I love the people that I meet, the lives that I help make a difference, and the career that I have.

Member of AVCA, USAV, JVA & AAU
PCA Certified (Positive Coaching Alliance)
Impact Certified
ASEP IHSA Certified (Coaching Principles, Sports First Aid & IHSA By-Laws)
CPR Certified
AED Certified

2017 JVA Club of the Month Award
2017 JVA Junior Club Service Award
Community Improvement Award
Community Development Service Award
Athletics in the Community Service Award
Leading By Example Entrepreneurial Achievement
100+ tournament victories as a player & coach
Multiple AAU, AJN & USA National Championship Appearances – Coaching Girls & Boys
Won AJN National Championships – Coaching Girls & Boys

Club Director

I feel coaching is a way of giving back to the sport which I am so passionate. I have been playing volleyball since I was 15 years old. As I got older I decided to become a coach to help pass along the skills, knowledge, and life lessons I have learned through my playing career. Over the past 20+ years, I have done just that.

I am a true believer you need to teach the “game” of volleyball along with the technical skills required to play. I spend time with my athletes teaching the tactical aspects of the game in an effort to increase their overall volleyball IQ. Understanding the game makes the game easier to play as it slows it down to a manageable pace. This becomes crucial as players become older and start playing at higher levels.

Along with tactical and technical skill development, I push the athletes to learn how to self-motivate, control their emotions, manage their time, and put the team before themselves. These are lifelong skills that can be used beyond athletics and something I believe needs to be taught. They are the intangibles that sometimes help you not only achieve your goals but look beyond them and continue setting new ones.

I coach both boys and girls of all ages. I’ve coached beginner level players through top-level Division I recruits. I’ve coached teams to undefeated seasons and national championships. It doesn’t matter who you are or what level you play I will spend the time with you to help develop in a sport you enjoy playing.

Member of AVCA, USAV, JVA & AAU
PCA Certified (Positive Coaching Alliance)
Impact certified (USA Volleyball)
ASEP IHSA Certified (Coaching Principles, Sports First Aid & IHSA By-Laws)
Certified USAV, NCAA I/II/III, NCJAA & NAIA Referee
Tournament Seeding Chair
CPR Certified
AED Certified
2017 JVA Club of the Month Award
2017 JVA Junior Club Service Award
Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Achievements
Community Improvement Award
Community Development Service Award
Athletics in the Community Service Award
Leading By Example Entrepreneurial Achievement
Gold medal at USAV Adult Nationals as a player
100+ tournament victories as a player & coach
Multiple AAU, AJN & USA National Championship Appearances – Coaching Girls & Boys
Won AJN National Championships – Coaching Girls & Boys

Growing up, I watched my sister, who was six years older than me, play volleyball. We lived in St. Charles, Illinois, where volleyball is a huge industry for young women. I would watch her play and then I would attempt to practice against my garage. When I finally entered middle school, there was a program that I joined in order to learn the basics of the game. From then on, volleyball became a part of life, or better yet, a passion that would only positively impact my life.

Starting in 6th grade, I played middle school volleyball and club volleyball. With that being said, I played volleyball from August to June every year until I graduated high school. I played for Haines Middle School, St. Charles North High School, Fusion Club Volleyball – Elgin, Illinois Heat Volleyball Club, and Top Flight Volleyball Club. It wasn’t until I played for Top Flight that I realized how impactful volleyball was going to be on my life. Throughout the two years of playing for Top Flight, I learned that volleyball wasn’t just a game, but rather it was about learning respect, perseverance, diversity, and gaining friendships.

My 18’s year with Top Flight ended at Nationals that year, the first Top Flight team to qualify and attend. Just two short months later I was attending the University of Georgia and was on their club volleyball team. Wearing red and black with the name Georgia across my back is where I spent the next four years of my volleyball career. In college, the club season is from August to April; therefore, I found myself still playing almost year-round. When I was a junior, I was elected team captain. Because we didn’t have a coach, I was in charge of practice plans, scheduling tournaments, fundraising, spirit wear, team bondings, etc. It was a tough job, but it was well worth it when we won our first home tournament in eight years spring of my senior year.

When graduation came, it was time to decide how I would keep volleyball playing a role in my life. That’s when I decided to become the club coach for the UGA team. I spent one season with them doing the things I did as a captain while allowing the girls to focus on playing. When the season was over, I was offered a job as a head JV coach at Cedar Shoals High School along with being an 18’s club coach at Classic City Volleyball. I spent one season at Cedar Shoals and one season at Classic City before I landed my dream job as a Head Varsity Volleyball coach at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.

This year, my assistant, Milan Juliano, and I led our team to a winning season and to the Sweet 16. Our middle hitter, Sydney Mathis, was named All-State and AVCA GA Player of Week 2017. Our setter and outside hitter were awarded 2nd-Team in our region.

I have fallen in love with coaching for more than one reason, the most important being a positive impact on an athlete’s life. I want to teach more than just volleyball skills, but also life skills. I want my players to love the game, but to love taking risks, dreaming big, and reaching goals. I love watching athletes progress in their skill level along with progressing in their life dreams and goals. I hope to make a lifelong positive impact on all the athletes I coach, just the way my coaches did for me.

AED Certified
CPR Certified
First Aid Certified
2nd Place in Region 2017
SeQueena Baldwin recruited 2016
Sydney Mathis All-State and AVCA GA Player of Week 2017
Tournament Championships
Club Director (Georgia)

We would like to welcome Chas Kennedy to the Top Flight staff. Chas brings over 27 years of coaching and playing knowledge. In addition, he has several National Open Championship Wins and even more top 5 finishes. He has lived his entire coaching career with this motto:

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” – Ara Parasheghian

He believes athletes need to have two things every day, effort and fun! Keep reading for more information on Chas’s coaching philosophy as well as his volleyball bio.

“To me that means providing the players the technique and movements needed but, more importantly, allowing that player to find the confidence and belief within themselves to be the best volleyball player and person they can be. To achieve this player belief, a point of focus on oneself and many confident correct reps are needed. I believe when a player is moving confidently and in control of themselves, then they can truly understand ball control and, because the “Ball Never Lies,” this is key to winning points on the court.”

“I ask my players for two things in this process: Effort and Fun”

“If you can give it all you’ve got and enjoy the process, then once all players are moving with this confidence within a team, they can finally see what kind of legacy they can leave.”

“I look forward to bringing my passion for volleyball to the coaches, players and families at Top Flight VBC.”

Personal Bio:

  • Career Club Volleyball Coach (Juniors 10-18’s)
  • Played Collegiate and Club Volleyball
  • Head/Assistant Coach, 3 Open Division AAU National Championships.
  • Head/Assistant Coach, Final Four US National teams.
  • 6X Head Coach, AAU/US National Elite 8 Open Division teams.
  • 5X Head Coach, USA National Open Division Qualifying teams.
  • 13X Head Coach, USA National Qualifying teams. (All divisions)

Help us in welcoming Chas to the Top Flight Family!

Club Manager

I am thrilled to be a part of the Top Flight team! I am looking forward to passing my knowledge and experience to Top Flight’s upcoming youth.

Ten years old playing in my first volleyball game, I was HOOKED! I remember walking back to serve; looking at the ball, ready for the overhanded ace I was about to deliver. YES, volleyball is in my blood. My teams qualified for the USAV Junior National Championships from age 13U – 18U.

I played Division I volleyball at the University of Rhode Island as a Rightside Hitter. I continued my playing career professionally overseas an Outside Hitter for ΑΣΡ Κόρινθος and won a championship with Sporting Clube de Portugal. Inspired by my career as a professional athlete, I continued my education at Northumbria University Newcastle where I played and earned my Masters of Science for International Sports Management.

I have been coaching volleyball ever since I was 15 years old, and I committed to it after leaving the professional circuit. My coaching philosophy is all about the mindset. If you can flip the switch in your brain, you can outplay and outwork any opponent, but it takes commitment. Making the decision to never let a ball drop, to make aggressive choices, and fight with tenacity until the end of every point, set, and match takes grit and perseverance.

I cannot wait to share my love, my passion and this game with all of the Top Flight families.

Personal Bio:

  • As a club player qualified for the USAV National Championships 13U thru 18U
  • Played DI at the University of Rhode Island as a Rightside/Opposite
  • Played internationally at Northumbria University Newcastle (Edinburgh Scottland)
  • Played professionally overseas with ΑΣΡ Κόρινθος
  • Won a championship with Sporting Clube de Portugal
  • Club Volleyball Coach (Juniors 10-18’s)

Help us in welcoming Rachel to the Top Flight Family!

Club Manager

Contact Information (Full Staff)

    Aimee Riddle
    Alexis Lee
    Alex Muschong
    Allie Cox
    Alyssa Loverde
    Alyssa Zagroba
    Amanda Collier
    Anna Skrzypchak
    Ashley Zagroba
    Bob Jones
    Brian Coffman
    Brian Rydz
    Brittany Parks
    Caitlin Zasadil
    Caroline Zasadil
    Casey Smith
    Chas Kennedy
    Cindy Gritzman
    Deb Smits
   Garrett Schrader

    Gianna Garza
    Grace Kronfeld
    Ireland Mahoney
    Ireland Van Stone
    Jason Leblanc
    Joanna Brown
    Jocelyn Kohlmeyer
    Jordan Sollars
    Jordyn McVicar
    Juli Barrientos
    Kaylee Swearingen
    Kortney Kurtz
    Karen Rodriquez
    Klaudia Bartoszewicz
    Lisa Harrison
    Lizzy Muschong
    Madeline Smith
    Maggie McGough
    Marie Torosian

    Mark Kato
    Natalie Freeman
    Omar Cortez
    Paige Smith
    Patrick Gleeson
    Rachel Cox
    Ryann Mitchell
    Sarah Pickrum
    Sean Gritzman
    Stephanie Layne
    Steve Stapay
    Steven Kay
    Storm Melnick
    Taylor Fricano
    Taylor Hehn
    Teresa Satter
    Todd Weimer
    Tori Crosby
    William Benenhaley