Serve City Volleyball Coaches
Our coaching team features an exciting mix of experience, wisdom, passion, enthusiasm and understanding of the game that will greatly benefit our 12U to 18U national and regional athletes.
Jeff Smith: Click here for more about our director’s 21-year indoor and sand coaching career, including recently joining the 1,000-win coaching fraternity with 1,006 career coaching wins. Jeff is the club director and lead trainer for SCV and will also coach two teams this season. He is also a master coach for Chicago Sand Volleyball.
Brad Hornstein: after assistant coaching our 16 Blue and 14 Blue squads this season, Brad will serve as head coach of our 17U Blue (national) team next season. He will also bolster our middle school coaching ranks as coach of our middle school short season number 1 team from Jan. 6 to March 7.
Ashley Eason: the former Aurora University libero and team captain completed her fifth year of club coaching this season with 15U Blue. Ashley will pour her coaching acumen and passion into head coaching our 16U Blue (national) coach in 2019-2020.
Jason Gentile: Jason is an exciting new addition to SCV. He joins Serve City as 14 Blue (national) coach after two seasons as a middle school coach and two seasons as the freshman coach at Joliet West High School. He will then move up to coach 15 Blue in 2020-2021. He is now a freshman coach at Hinsdale South.
Jessica Smith: Jessica (a DS/libero this fall at Judson University in Elgin) is our new 13U Blue (national) coach after coaching 14 Red last season. She is a Serve City alum who made the National Junior College Athletic Association all-academic team while playing at Harper College last year.
Syreeta Smith: Syreeta is our new 15U Red (regional) coach after a two-year stint as head coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Chicago. She also played for two seasons at Governors State University and made the all-conference team as a senior at Crete-Monee High School.
Amanda Modelski: Amanda joins Serve City as the coach of our new middle school short season number two team that will play from March 9 to May 16.
Gianna Lolli: After serving as a roving assistant coach for our 14 Red, 15 Red, 13 Blue and 13 Red teams last year, Gianna will take the helm as coach of our 12U Red (regional) team in 2019-2020. Gianna has amassed several years of playing experience with Serve City’s 14U to 18U squads as well as the Legacy Christian Blaze and brings a strong volleyball IQ and a tremendous love for the game and for young athletes to her new role.
Catherine White: Catherine is our new 13U Red (regional) coach. Catherine brings a tremendous depth of knowledge of the various technical skills, tactics and strategies of the sport to Serve City after a long playing career that included several years of club volleyball and four years of playing at DeKalb High School as a right-side hitter and DS. She has also coached at a wide array of middle school and high school camps and clinics, including NIU coach Ray Gooden’s summer camps.
Dennis DeGarcia: After coaching our 18 Blue (national) team last season, Dennis will serve as a substitute coach for several of our teams this season with his wife due to give birth to their third child in December.
Krissy Euer: Krissy coached our 15U Red team last season after a 3-year stint as middle school head coach and varsity assistant coach at an international school in Thailand. She will serve as a substitute coach this season while obtaining her master’s degree and student teaching this school year.