Staff and Coaches

Sandra Hayden- Co-Owner

bluesteelvbc@hotmail.com

 

Sandra is the owner and co-director of Blue Steel for the past 17 years. She has been a coach for 5 years at St. Teresa School in Belleville, IL where they won the diocese 4 of the 5 years. She was the P.E.Volleyball director for youth and adult leagues for 23 years. She played in power leagues for over 40 years!

Sandra is married to Marvin Hayden (who also plays and coaches volleyball).  She has 3 children who all played volleyball and still play to this day.  She has ten grandchildren whom are ALL amazing athletes and love to watch and be around this sport.

Melissa Hayden - Co-Owner and Boys Club Director

bluesteelvbc@hotmail.com

 

Melissa played at Zion Lutheran School followed by Belleville East High School where her team placed 3rd in IHSA state tournament in 1995. She went to SWIC on full volleyball scholarship and Union University on full volleyball scholarship. The team was conference champs in ‘98 & ’99 and made an appearance at Nationals. Melissa was All Conference in 96, 97, 98, 99, All Tournaments, and All American awards ’98, ‘99, Dean’s  List ’96, ‘97 and Who’s Who List ‘99, Player of the week in ‘98 & ‘99, NCCAAA All American ’98 & ‘99, coaching for 22 years, coached at St. Theresa’s with parents '95 & '96, Coached and played for VTN, Game Face & SWIL clubs, Union University assistant coach '01, currently coaching: O’Fallon High School-17 years, Blue Steel Club-17 years, and private training for 28 years. 

Melissa is married to Ryan Massey.  They have 4 children:  Trent (15), Riley (14), Sutton (11), and Aniston (8) and ALL of my children play sports and they LOVE volleyball!

Began Blue Steel VBC with my family and that to me is why it is still successful.  We are loyal, loving, and hard working people who want to grow the game the RIGHT way!  Go Blue Steel VBC!

Natalie Ott - Girls Club Director and U17 Black - Head Coach

natalie.k.ott7@gmail.com

Natalie played varsity for O’Fallon Township High School for four years. After high school, Natalie attended Loyola University Chicago where she played on the National Women’s Club Volleyball Team for four consecutive years. While playing at Loyola, she also coached at Sacred Heart Catholic grade school for 3 years serving both girls and boys in 5th-8th grade. She spent one club season with Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club out of Evanston, IL and served as head coach of the 15U Elite travel team. In 2015, she returned to the St. Louis area and began coaching for Blue Steel VBC. She has served as the 15's and 16's EDGE coach for 4 years and earned 2 trips to the USAV National tournament. She currently coaches the freshman team at Highland High School. This year she will serve as the club's director. She earned her Master's degree in Education in May 2018 from McKendree University. She currently resides in Lebanon, IL and teaches high school science at Highland High School.

Sara Steppig - U11 Black - Assistant Coach

Jennifer Boehning - U12 Black - Head Coach

Elise Halbrooks - U12 Black - Assistant Coach

Lauren Martin - U13 Black - Head Coach

laurenmartin17@hotmail.com

Played at Zion Lutheran, Belleville East High School - 1 state appearance

Attended Union University on a full scholarship. At Union Lauren was:

  • NAIA & NCCAA All-American in 99, 00, and 01

  • NAIA All Region 98, 99, 00, and 01

  • All Conference 98, 99, 00, and 01

  • Player of the year 99 and 01

  • National Player of the Year 01

  • NCCAA All American 98, 99, 00, and 01

  • Hold the National Record for Career Kills (3427) and featured in Sports Illustrated 2001.

Lauren has coached for 15 years (high school and club teams) and has conducted private training for 15 years. She is currently the assistant coach for O’Fallon High School (for 9 years) and a Blue Steel VBC for 5 years.

Jessie Baldus - U13 Black - Assistant Coach

Amber Hardy - U13 Blue - Head Coach

love2sing85@hotmail.com

 

Amber Hardy found her passion for coaching in 2006 when she began assisting her parents in coaching the 8th grade boys volleyball teams at St. Clare School, leading them to a Diocesan Championship that year.  Amber transitioned into a head coach position at St. Clare in 2008 and since then has coached a variety of teams across grades 5th through 8th for both the boys and girls programs, oftentimes leading more than 1 team during a season.  In her 10 years as a head coach at St. Clare, she has led multiple teams to a top 3 finish for the Diocese (when coaching 6th or 8th grade), and all of her teams have brought home at least one tournament trophy through each season.  This past year, Amber’s 8th grade girls team won the SIJHSAA Class M Regional title to advance to State for the first time the school’s history.  

In 2017, Amber began coaching for the Blue Steel Volleyball Club, assisting the 15 EDGE team her first year, and running drills for the 14U open gyms and tryouts last year.  She is looking forward to bringing her years of experience at St. Clare, her enthusiastic and supportive coaching style, and overall love of the game to the Blue Steel VBC 13U Blue team this year! 

In her spare time outside of coaching, Amber and her husband, Keith, play in numerous indoor and outdoor volleyball leagues and tournaments, are active with their church’s youth group programs, play rec softball, and chase around their 3 year old son Kaine and 7 month old Dallas. 

Jen Smith - U13 Blue - Assistant Coach

jensmith2012@yahoo.com

Stacey Posey - U14 Black - Head Coach

stposey@bths201.org

 

Playing Background: Stacey was a 4 year varsity starter as an outside hitter at PBL High School.  She was awarded as an All Honorable Mention All State Designee. Her club experience included playing for Illini Elite. As a Division I walk on she trained with the Illinois State Redbirds and served as a practice player.

Coaching Background:

Stacey began coaching during high school, assisting with junior high programs and working camps.  As a college student she started her official career at as a student assistant at Normal U-High under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Char Lehnan.

Her teaching and coaching then led her to positions at Tr-Point High School, where she led the school to the first ever back to back super sectional births and conference titles. Her next stop was at Cissna Park High School-CPCI Co-op where she won 5 consecutive Regionals, 3 consecutive Sectionals, and 5 conference titles.  She then traveled to the STL region where she began a new chapter of coaching under friend, Charlie Rodham at Belleville West, serving a 1 year interim head coaching position where she led West to a SWC Conference title and a Sectional Final.  In recent years, Stacey served as the head coach at Belleville East for 4 seasons, bringing back 3 consecutive seasons of 20+ wins in her tenure.  

She also brings club coaching experience with her, serving as the 16s coach for 18 years for the northern Illinois volleyball club, Sports Performance. She has been coaching for Blue Steel VBC for the past 4 years at various levels. 

She served as a camp clinician at the University of Illinois 1999-2003.

Her career coaching record is 323-85 over the past 20 years.  

Stacey received Coach of the Year awards in 2002, 2003 for the Champaign News Gazzette

Personal Background:

Stacey is a mom of 3 daughters and is married to a fellow teacher/coach TJ Posey raising their family in Ofallon. She received her Bachelors Degree of Science from Illinois State University and her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership/Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She currently teaches at Belleville West High School and is also involved in numerous professional organizations promoting school leadership, civic development, and volunteerism.

Jason Unverzagt - U14 Blue - Head Coach

Unvy16@gmail.com

Went to high school at Southwestern High school  and then college at SIUE. Coaching career- Coached girls softball 5 years, 3 at Central Jr. High. Coached baseball 2 years at Central Jr. High and 1 year at Southwestern High. Coached volleyball (boys and girls) at Central Jr. High for 4 years, boys and girls track for 2 years. Otherwise- Bachelors Degree in kinesiology from SIUE, Taught as a sub at District 118 and 201 for 11 years, Firefighter for the City of Belleville for 20 years. 2 daughters (Rubee and Lairra) who are at O'fallon High school. 4 step sons. Ran 3 marathons. Don't run any more. 😂

Brianna Pickens- U14 Blue - Assistant Coach

bribripickens@gmail.com

 

Brianna played at Belle valley, followed by Belleville East High school.  She goes to SIUE now and continues to play on intermediate and sand teams. While playing at Belleville East she was also able to find a passion for teaching the game. By coaching younger kids in camps, managing the boys volleyball team for two years, and assisting a few select coaches during different practices for fundamentals of the game. This is her first year coaching for blue steel and she is very excited to be apart of the team!!

In her spare time she is studying kinesiology as a premed student at SIUE, and she is also a member of the United States Navy currently stationed at scott Air Force base working in their medical and dental spaces.

Brittany Pickens- U14 Blue - Assistant Coach

pickensbr99@gmail.com

 

Brittany will be joining her twin sister, Brianna, to assist coaching with Blue Steel this season. Brittany has a history of playing the game, but this will be her first year coaching. She played volleyball at BelleValley Middle School, she carried on to play the libero position all throughout her High School career at Belleville East, and has continued to play for a few sand leagues. Throughout her experience at Belleville East she was able to help teach younger girls during the volleyball camps provided by the High School. She has always had a passion to play the game and now she can’t wait to join our team and coach! When she is not coaching Brittany is a Nursing student at SIUE working to get her BSN and become a NICU Nurse. 

Brooke Kloess - U15 Black - Head Coach and Club Tournament Coordinator

kloessb@fchs77.org

 

Coach Brooke Kloess started her volleyball career at age 10 while playing club for Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club. While still playing club (& being a multi-sport athlete), she was a four year varsity starter at Red Bud High School. She has had several coaching experiences at both the junior high and high school level. This club season marks her 24th season coaching between junior high, high school, boys, and club. She just finished her 9th year as a varsity head high school coach. She is currently in her 5th year at Freeburg High School where she also teaches health, PE, and driver's ed. Coach Kloess also has an endorsement in special education and earned her Master's Degree in Educational Administration. She currently resides in Freeburg with her husband, Dan (assistant coach) and three daughters: Bristol (4 y/o), Kendall (3 y/o), Kylie (1 y/o), and their German Shepherd, Odie.

Dan Kloess - U15 Black - Assistant Coach

dkloess@bths201.org

 

Coach Dan Kloess is in his 9th year of coaching volleyball. He coached boys volleyball at Belleville East for several years, where he is also a special education teacher. He's in his 3rd year of coaching club and 5th year of being the JV coach at Freeburg High School with his wife, Brooke. In addition to volleyball, he's coached football and basketball. Dan went to Althoff high school where he was a multi-sport athlete and continued his education and athletics into college. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at SIU-Edwardsville. He currently resides in Freeburg with his wife, Brooke (head coach), and three daughters: Bristol (4 y/o), Kendall (3 y/o), Kylie (1 y/o), and their German Shepherd, Odie.

Beth Merker - U15 Blue - Head Coach

beme1717@gmail.com

Sue Merker - U15 Blue - Assistant Coach

merkerse@yahoo.com

Sam Schell - U16 Black - Head Coach

sam.schell97@gmail.com

Graceland University Women's Volleyball Team-4 year Varsity setter, 1 year as grad assistant, 4 years as head recruiter, top server in efficiency and overall aces in the HOA Conference (#5 in the nation)

Served 1 year as a club director

Ran multiple camps and clinics with Freeburg High School with Coach Brooke Kloess

Ran private lessons with young athletes

Becky Nester - U16 Blue - Head Coach

bnester90@gmail.com

 

My name is Becky Nester. I am from Belleville, Illinois.  I played volleyball in high school at Althoff and then also for played for Blue Steel (05-09) with Melissa and Lauren as my coaches. I coached for BSVBC as a Head Coach from 2012-2016 and then took a break to work on my bachelors and masters degree as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I still like to play volleyball whenever I can and am very excited to coach at BSVBC again! 

Daryll Carter - U16 Blue - Assistant Coach

.My name is Darryl Carter. I am from Santa Clara, California. I started playing volleyball in high school during my junior and senior year as an outside hitter. I joined the Air Force right out of high school, and I tried out for the Airforce Men’s Volleyball Team as a Libero. Through the Air Force I have been able to play with and meet some very talented volleyball players at the bases where I have been stationed. I enjoy playing in competitive volleyball tournaments and have traveled all over the country to play the sport I love. I have played in grass tournaments, sand tournaments, and indoor tournaments all over. I consider myself a very versatile player on the court and have experience in all positions.  I am excited to get this opportunity to coach for Blue Steel with Head Coach Becky Nester!

Jorge Callazo - U18 Black - Head Coach

jorge.collazo17@mckendree.edu

Playing: 16 years of playing experience. Current player for Mckendree University mens volleyball team at the NCAA division 1 level. Played for 352 elite volleyball club in Ocala, FL.   Earning AAU all American honors.

 

Coaching: 4 years of experience at the club level with 352 elite club boys teams and blue steel volleyball club girls indoor and beach teams. Also a current volunteer assistant with the women’s volleyball team at Mckendree University.

Adam Heyden - Assistant Coach

Heydenadam@yahoo.com

Kai Chen - Boys U12 Black - Head Coach

k_chen_stl@hotmail.com

This will be Kai’s second year head coaching the 12U Blue Steel boys. He has been playing volleyball at a high level for over 20 years.  Kai played men’s club volleyball for SIUE as well as men’s gateway USAV club volleyball at the B/BB level.  Kai has his doctorate in pharmacy and is a research and drug information pharmacist in St. Louis.

Sam Stamper - Boys U12 Black - Assistant Coach

sastamp1991@outlook.com

My name is Sam Stamper and I’m 29 years old from Belleville , Illinois.

So I grew up watching volleyball at a very young age because my older sister had played. I was lucky enough to start playing volleyball in the 4th grade at Blessed Sacrament grade school. I continued on to play in High school where I hit outside and I played club for Southern Heat where I played Libero. I eventually got a scholarship to lindenwood Belleville where I played libero as well. I have about 7 years of coaching under my belt and I range from coaching 12 year olds all the way to 18 year olds. Volleyball is a major passion of mine and I still play when I can. I really enjoy spreading my knowledge and skills to the younger generation.

Mackenzie Koester - Boys U14 Black - Head Coach & Boys 16U Assistant Coach

mackoester1@gmail.com

 

Koester began playing volleyball in 4th grade at Zion Lutheran School in Belleville, IL. She continued her playing career as a 4 year varsity starter at O'Fallon Township High School. While there, she received numerous all tournament team awards as well as first team all conference her senior year. She played club volleyball for Blue Steel for 7 years and was part of the first team to go to Nationals. She started her coaching career a few years ago with Blue Steel with the 18s team as an assistant coach and served a tenure for the 17s as head coach. She currently attends McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. 

Matt Abeln - Boys U14 Blue - Head Coach

matthewsabeln@gmail.com

 

Played at Oakville High School where we went to state semi finals my junior and senior year we went 35-0 and won state. I started coaching juniors at Queen of All Saints, served as JV boys head coach and assistant varsity coach, I coached 2 years at K Elites Volleyball club and helped run a youth sports franchise called i9 sports. I have 5 years of indoor and sand referee experience.  Currently, I am the JV Boys volleyball coach at Oakville HS.  

Alec Koesterer - Boys U14 Blue - Assistant Coach

Alec began playing volleyball in fifth grade at Saint Teresa school in Belleville, Illinois. He currently plays on the Ofallon Township High School volleyball team. He has played club volleyball for High Performance for 5 years. Alec participated in the 2019 Beach Volleyball Nationals. Alec is currently a junior at OTHS, and over his volleyball career he has played as a setter and right side hitter. He has worked as a referee for sand volleyball and enjoys participating in all aspects of Voleyball. 

Emily Hauser - Boys U16 Black - Head Coach & Boys 14U Assistant Coach

emily.hauser17@mckendree.edu

 

-All team and All conference at Olathe South High School

-Played for South Wind Rising VBC out of Kansas City, MO

-Played libero at McKendree University

-Currently studying at McKendree and majoring in Biopsychology with a minor in sports psychology 

Gabe Norsigian - Boys U16 Blue - Head Coach

gnorsigian@hotmail.com

I started playing volleyball in the 7th grade and played for the Illinois heat for 2 years. Once I got to high school, I played for the O’Fallon Township High School team for all 4 years. For 3 of those years, I was on varsity. During the beginning of my senior year, I was offered an opportunity to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level and decided to continue my career at Missouri Baptist University. I have been a starter there for the past 3 years and hope to continue this my senior year. My first two years playing here, we have made it to the semifinals at nationals. In my first 2 years combined, my teammates and I only lost 3 games during both seasons. At some point we were also ranked #1 in the nation during both seasons. As for coaching experience, I have assisted in coaching the OTHS varsity team for the past 3 years. 

Marcus Parker - Boys U16 Blue - Assistant Coach

I started playing volleyball in the 7th grade and played for the Illinois heat for 2 years. Once I got to high school, I played for the O’Fallon Township High School team for all 4 years. For 3 of those years, I was on varsity. During the beginning of my senior year, I was offered an opportunity to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level and decided to continue my career at Missouri Baptist University. I have been a starter there for the past 3 years and hope to continue this my senior year. My first two years playing here, we have made it to the semifinals at nationals. In my first 2 years combined, my teammates and I only lost 3 games during both seasons. At some point we were also ranked #1 in the nation during both seasons. As for coaching experience, I have assisted in coaching the OTHS Girls varsity team for the past 3 years and 1 season as an assistant coach for BSVBC Boys 16U team. 

Matt Abeln - Boys U18 Black - Head Coach

Played at Oakville High School where we went to state semi finals my junior and senior year we went 35-0 and won state. I started coaching juniors at Queen of All Saints, served as JV boys head coach and assistant varsity coach, I coached 2 years at K Elites Volleyball club and helped run a youth sports franchise called i9 sports. I have 5 years of indoor and sand referee experience.  Currently, I am the JV Boys volleyball coach at Oakville HS.  

Holly Keller - U18- Boys Assistant Coach

holly_morgenstern@yahoo.com

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