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  • Competitive volleyball player since 1984
  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 15A-1
  • 2017 - Assistant Coach UBV 16A #5 / 78 Final OVR Ranking - 3rd OVR 16A Championships
  • 2016 - St. Gabe’s 8th grade CYO
  • 2016 – Assistant Coach 15A UBV #5 / 78 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 – Assistant Coach 13R UBV #1 / 196 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2014 – Assistant Coach 12R UBV #4 / 175 Final OVR Ranking

Courtney enters her first season with Utopia as Head Coach. She has been the Head Coach for Madison High School's JV team for the past two season. She has been playing volleyball since 6th grade and played varsity as a middle hitter throughout high school. She currently is still a competitive indoor/outdoor player in local leagues and tournaments and is excited to join Utopia this season and shares that "she finds a new love for the game every time she steps on the court."

Utopia Beach Volleyball Coaching Staff

Nicole Grosel
17 Elite (Rowell) – Assistant Coach

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified​​​

Frank Desico
Owner of Ohio Sports & Fitness
Utopia Speed and Strength Trainer
Dan Davis
15 Elite (Raimondo) - Assistant Coach​​
USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified
Deanna Tartaglia

14 Elite (Marshall) – Assistant Coach
USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified

Dave started playing volleyball at the age of 18, and played in numerous indoor/outdoor leagues about 3-4 days a week. From there, he played in the Men’s USVBA for about 6-7 years. Dave has assisted coaching in the Eastlake school system for about 15 years. He then moved on to coach for Our Lady of the Lake (Holy Cross) 4 years ago and started coaching for Utopia 4 years ago.


  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 16 Elite
  • 2016 – Head Coach UBV 15A #5 / 78 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 – Head Coach UBV 13R #1 / 196 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2014 – Head Coach UBV 12R #4 / 175 Final OVR Ranking

Doug MeKinda
Head Coach - 13 Elite 

​​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified, CAP I

He led his 8th grade team to the Cleveland CYO Diocese Division I Championship game in 2013. He has won one OVR Championship, 10’s Division 2014. He has also coached CYO High School and Grade School basketball and fast-pitch softball. His teams have won 4 City of Euclid Rec league championships. 


  • CYO Volleyball - 8 years
  • USA Volleyball - 5 years
  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 10R
  • 2016 – Head Coach UBV 11R #16 / 86 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 – Head Coach UBV 11R #21 / 83 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 – Head Coach UBV 10R #2 / 31 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2014 – Head Coach UBV 10R #1 / 33 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2014 OVR Champions – First Gold​​
Dave Rowell

Head Coach 17 - Elite

​USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified


Ali has been playing volleyball since seventh grade, playing throughout high school, and recreationally through college and still today. She began coaching at her Alma Mater, Barberton High School, in 2012. Since then, she has coached at Riverside High School and Utopia Beach Volleyball Club. She is a teacher for Riverside schools.


  • 2017 - Riverside Varsity Coach
  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 15 Elite
  • 2016 - Head Coach UBV 14A #7 / 82 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2016 - Riverside Varsity Coach, WRC Champions, WRC Coach of the Year
  • 2015 - Head Coach UBV 15R
  • 2015 - Riverside Freshmen Coach
  • 2013 - 2015 - Riverside Freshmen Coach
  • 2012 - Barberton Freshmen Coach

Doug has 25+ years experience as a Head Volleyball Coach. He has coached women's and men's teams at the Collegiate, Junior Olympic, and High School levels. Doug also provides private lessons for both indoor and beach players. In addition to coaching, Doug has 30+ years of playing experience including USA Volleyball (indoor), EEVB and MPVA (beach), and local indoor and beach tournaments and leagues.

John joined Utopia in the second year of the clubs existence as a Head Coach and has been with the program since. He started as a CYO Coach at Immaculate Conception School in Willoughby in 2007 and later coached at Mater Dei Academy. He has been playing indoor/outdoor volleyball since the late 80's.


  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 13A-1
  • 2016 - Head Coach UBV 12A #6 / 22 Final OVR Ranking
Ali Schultz

Director of Coaching and Player Development
Head Coach 16 - Elite

​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified

​2018 Utopia Beach Volleyball - Assistant Coaching Staff

Becky has been playing volleyball since fifth grade, playing Varsity throughout high school, and recreationally and at the club level in college. This is her third season with Utopia Beach Volleyball. 


  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 13A-2
  • 2017 - Head Coach - Gesu, 7th Grade
  • 2016 - Head Coach UBV 12R #25 / 166 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2016 - Assistant Coach - Gesu, 6th Grade

Brandon was an assistant wrestling coach at Mentor High School in the late '90s and only began coaching volleyball in 2012 when St. Mary of the Assumption needed a coach for his daughter's 4th grade team. He has since served as both Head Coach and Assistant Coach for all three of his daughters at St. Mary of the Assumption and Utopia.


  • 2017 - Head Coach f13 Elite
  • 2016 - UBV Head Coach 12A #4 / 22 Final OVR Ranking -  OVR Champions
  • 2016 - UBV Assistant Coach 14A
  • 2015 - UBV Head Coach 11R  and Assistant Coach 13R
  • 2014 - UBV Head Coach 10R and Assistant Coach 12R
  • 2012 - Present - Head and Assistant Coach - St. Mary of the Assumption (Mentor) - multiple grade levels


Jessica Steible
Head Coach 12 - American-2

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified

Rich Walton

Managing Partner

Head Coach 13 - American-1

Head Coach 15 - American-2

​USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified, CAP I & II Certified

Kelly Cholewa

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified​​​

Kathy Buzzanca
Head Coach 11 - Regional-1

​​​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified

Courtney Brassow
Head Coach 14 - American-2

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified​​

Rachel Raimondo
Head Coach 15 - Elite

​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified

Peter has been coaching volleyball for 16 years starting with CYO and progressing to Brush, West Geauga, Kenston and Eastlake North. Presently he’s the head coach at Valley Forge High School. He became a R1 volleyball referee 8 years ago and still plays every Wednesday in a men's league.


  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 16A-1
  • 2015 - 2016 - Eastlake North H. S. - J.V. Coach
  • 2014 - 2015 - Kenston H.S. - J.V. coach
  • 2013 – 2014 – West Geauga H.S. - Head coach
  • 2013 – Present – Mayfield Vill. Sand volleyball - referee
  • 2011 – 2013 – Brush H. S. - J.V. coach
  • 2011 - 2017 - Eastside V. C. - J.O. coach
  • 2007 – 2009 - Regina H. S. - J.V. coach
  • 2003 – 2007 - St Paschal Baylon School Varsity volleyball coach CYO 8TH Gr.


Hugh Daly

Co-founder / Club Director

​Head Coach 11 - Regional-2
​USA Volleyball – IMPACT &

ASEP Certified

  • Jessica started playing volleyball at the age of 17 in local recreational leagues across Lake County before moving to Columbus where she played in various intramural leagues at Ohio State - Go Bucks!

  • Since then, she has played about 3 days per week in both indoor and sand leagues/tournaments and has been involved in helping her younger sisters train for their school teams. Aside from volleyball, Jessica has been coaching youth summer softball teams for several years.

Jimmielee Vires

16 Elite (Schultz) – Assistant Coach
USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified
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​Utopia Beach Volleyball​ - Head Coaching Staff

Brandon Marshall

Head Coach 13 - Elite

​Head Coach 12 - Elite

​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified

Rachel joins Utopia for her first season as Head Coach after assisting the club at speciality camps and programming throughout the last year. She recently completed her senior season at Heidelberg University where she was named to the AVCA Honorable Mention All-America team. Rachel is the 18th selection in Heidelberg volleyball history to earn All-American honors. Other notes of accomplishments include:


  • A two-time OAC Libero of the Year, leaving the Berg as one of the most decorated players in the program.
  • Racked up 2,054 digs throughout her career
  • Set fourth on HU's all-time list 
  • Three year varsity player for Mentor High School
  • While a Cardinal, Rachel was named First Team All-conference in 2013, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, All-district honorable mention, 3rd Team All-News Herald in 2013, and selected to the Gilmour All-Tournament team in 2013.
John Semen
Head Coach 14 - American-1

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified,

CAP I Certified

Peter Mihu

Head Coach 14 - American-3​​

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified, CAP I Certified

​Andrews Osborne Academy  - Head Varsity Coach, former  CYO volleyball St. Mary of the Assumption and Notre Dame Elementary School, Utopia Beach – 6 years


  • 2017 - Andrews Osborne Academy Varsity Coach
  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 15A #37 / 78 Final OVR Ranking 
  • 2017 - Head Coach UBV 14A #31 / 82 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2016 – Head Coach UBV 14A #31 / 86 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2016 – Head Coach UBV 15A #37 / 78 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 – Head Coach UBV 14R ranked #48 / 237
  • 2015 - Head Coach #62 / 203 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2015 - 7th grade Notre Dame Elementary CYO City Youth Runner-up
  • 2015 – Head Coach UBV 13R #9 / 196 Final OVR Ranking
  • 2014 – Head Coach UBV 12R #19 / 175 Final OVR Ranking
Becky Griesmer

​Director of Social Media and Communication

Head Coach 15 - American-1

​​​USA Volleyball - IMPACT Certified

Laurie Nosse

USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified

Jack Tamburello

14 American-1 (Semen) – Assistant Coach
USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified​​​

Tony Goolsby

Head Coach 16  - American-1
USA Volleyball – IMPACT Certified
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