Our coaching staff is a family figuratively and literally. Courtney Bland started coaching at Duchesne High School in 2002. She coached Maggie ('05), Erin ('06), Katie ('07), Abbie ('11) and Sarah ('12). She made 2 final four appearances with members of our coaching staff. Maggie joined her the last 3 seasons at Duchesne. After a short break from coaching, Courtney and Maggie joined St. Dominic in 2014-2015 season. This was also the year their dream of having a volleyball feeder program came true. Since then many past players have come to pass on their volleyball knowledge and love by coaching in the program. Which is a great testament to the type of coach Courtney was to all of us and continues to be in our program. Every coach in our program has played for us or mentored under us, which creates a great continuity throughout the coaching your daughter could receive year after year in our program.
We strive to lead with our Christian values, foster a positive learning environment, and lead by example. We also teach the other important aspects of athletics such as body language, teamwork, and nutrition. Our coaches come from many different backgrounds however we are all passionate about the game of volleyball. Our coaching staff prides themselves on their high expectations, competitive spirit, and fostering a love for the game. We support each other and our players to do nothing but our very best.
2018-2019 season: u12 Carolina coach
Erin has been with core since the beginning.
erin played for courtney at duchesne high school. she went on to play naia at missouri baptist university as a setter. she was on the all-academic team and was a captain of her team.
sHE HAS COACHED CLUB VOLLEYBALL FOR 8 YEARS, 4 WITH CORE CRUSADERS.
"The best part of coaching is getting to see the girls fall in love with the sport that I have loved for many years. being apart of a club that shares the same values that i do is very special. getting to coach under the best coach i have ever had is the best thing i could ask for. not only are we there to teach the girls all about the sport but hopefully to teach them important life lessons as well.
erin is married and they have 2 SWEET LITTLE GIRLS. sHE IS A RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST.
2018-2019: u13 Navy Assistant coach
sarah played for courtney and maggie in high school. she specialized in setting and hitting. after high school sarah attended mizzou and received her master's in occupational therapy. this is her first year with core crusaders.
"I am so excited to work hard and have fun with this great group of players and coaches!"
Sarah is recently married to her husband michael and they recently moved to foristell, mo. she is an occupational therapist at ssm st. joseph's health center. in her free time she loves to play with her golden retriever, hang out with her family, and spend time at the lake.
Assistant for U13 Carolina
CLUB DIRECTOR AND cO-FOUNDER OF cORE cRUSADERS
2018-2019 SEASON: cOACH OF U13 nAVY
played as an all around player at maryville university while receiving her master's degree in occupational therapy. she ended her career with 1,299 kills, is on the record book in 8 categories, SHe was all-conference 1st team, and received maryville's female athlete of the year in 2009. specialized in middle hitting and defense.
she has coached: 2009-2012 freshman team DHS, 2014-present JV girls SDHS, 2014-present Varsity boys volleyball SDHS, 2014-present core coach.
Maggie is an occupational therapist for the fort zumwalt school district. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 1 daughter.
2018-2019 season: u12 Carolina coach
kate has been with core since the beginning
kate played for courtney at duchesne high school. she went on to play NAIA at Lindenwood university. while playing kate received all academic team and they went on to be regional champions and received 5th at nationals.
she has coached club volleyball for 8 seasons, 4 with core crusaders.
"Volleyball has been a passion of mine for as long as i can remember and I love being able to help other little girls fall in love with the game just like i did. i love coaching for core as my faith is another huge aspect of my life and coaching for a club THAT incorporates those beliefs and values is important to me. getting to coach with the best coach i had as a player, some of my former teammates, and one of my best friends is an added bonus!"
when kate isn't coaching she is the coordinator of the autism program at mers goodwill. she has been married for 5 years and has one, adorable, little girl.
Head Coach of U13 Carolina
This is Cassie’s first year with core. She is in her third year at Maryville and is a 6-rotation outside hitter for the volleyball team. She is studying graphic design.
“I am very excited to coach volleyball. This game is my passion and I hope to share that with players and coaches. Volleyball has helped me become who I am today. And coaching for Core will be a great experience.”
Cassie is the oldest of four and lives in Freeport, Illinois. She grew up with her parents coaching her in softball, volleyball, and basketball. If she isn’t in the gym she’ll be hanging out with friends.
2018-2019 Season: Head Coach of U14 Navy
Brian has been with core since the beginning and has 2 daughters in the program.
Brian played club volleyball in college as a middle blocker and opposite side hitter and his team won regionals. He has coached youth sports for over 10 years including soccer and volleyball.
"As a coach finding a club that has the same perspective I have about development is a rare find. giving THE GIRLS the opportunity to learn and love the game while focusing on the technical fundamentals of all of the POSITIONS at the younger ages will give them a good base and ALLOW THEM to specialize at the older ages. by focusing on the process, instead of the result, at the younger ages, the girls will have the well-rounded tools NECESSARY to compete when winning matters. this philosophy in a safe, competitive, nurturing ENVIRONMENT that sets high expectations, holds the girls accountable while allowing them to play multiple sports, is why i love coaching for core!"
Brian is happily married to the woman of his dreams, sally. they have 2 beautiful daughters. he works in commercial mortgage banking.
2018-2019 season: U12 Navy head coach
Craig has been with Core since the beginning.
Craig played club volleyball in high school and college. He also played baseball and basketball for rockhurst university.
Craig has coached youth sports for 10 years including volleyball, softball, basketball, and baseball. This will be his 5th season with core.
"I coach because i love to compete and see young players develop. everyone wants to win, but i love focusing on fundamentals, that develop both skills and character. hard work and determination are needed to be successful in team sports-and to be SUCCESSFUL in life. i also coach for core so that i can build a stronger bond with my own two daughters.
Craig has been married for 18 years to his wife, sara, and they have 3 wonderful kids: Hannah, addison, and carson.
Assistant for U14 Carolina
This is Kayla’s first year coaching at Core Crusaders. Kayla currently plays Division II volleyball at Maryville University after transferring from Division III Regis College in Boston, MA. She is a Middle Blocker/Opposite Hitter. She is double majoring in Cyber Security and Business.
“I’m excited to get my foot in the door of coaching. Can’t wait to continue to grow my knowledge of the game along side great coaches and players."
2018-2019 season: Head Coach of U14 Carolina
Abbie Played for courtney in high school and played in college at William woods University as a DS and libero. She received libero of the year and holds the record for most digs in a season and most career digs.
She has coached 1 season Varsity assistant at FHN, 1 year JV assistant at SDHS, JV boys coach 2 seasons.
"I love coaching because no matter what the situation the outlook is always positive. the coaching staff works together so well and forever have each other's backs. everyone learns together and grows together. family is the most important this to me and Core has a strong family and faith base. added bonus getting to coach with former coaches and some of the best friends you could ask for.
When abbie isn't coaching she works at plumbers and pipefitters local 562. she recently got married (nee. o'mara), loves being around family and friends, and she loves to workout.
2018-2019 season: Assistant Coach u14 navy
taylor returns to core for her 2nd season. She currently plays division II volleyball at Maryville university as a middle blocker. She is a red shirt sophomore and is studying ENVIRONMENTAL science. She specializes in offense and blocking.
"I love coaching for core because there are many great coaches that work together to make each other have success. everyone gets to learn every position and that makes them great players in the future."
we are very excited to have taylor back, she couldn't fit more perfectly with our coaching staff and Core Family.
Assistant for U12 Carolina