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The Starter Club - What We're About

Mission Statement: The Starter Club is a volleyball organization created by players who truly love the game and want to share that passion with others. The coaches are dedicated to providing organized junior sand volleyball with structured practices designed to develop and enhance skills. The games will be coach-officiated and played on well-maintained courts. We encourage parent participation and promote fun above all, yet understand competition is a beneficial aspect of any sport.

Goal: The Starter Club will offer junior sand volleyball instruction provided by some the top sand coaches and players in Arizona. The Starter Club will offer an internet-savvy form of communication with Twitter feeds embedded on the website, Facebook fan page and Instagram profile photos while offering direct contact at 480-560-5090 or email.

Culture: We welcome all junior volleyball players, both boys and girls, of any skill level from ages 12-18. There are NO TRYOUTS because EVERY player makes the Club. The Starter Club was created to allow all players the opportunity to learn the game, whether just starting out or advancing acquired skills. Our coaches will introduce the game with a Fun-First, Competition-Second philosophy in a unique 10 week format.

Meet Our Coaches!

Allen Alexander: Owner, Coach
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Allen Alexander, owner and coach, established The Starter Club in 2009. Coach Allen was an instructor from 1999-2003 and program director for Leona Group Arizona, LLC from 2003-2004 and has developed an entire coarse curriculum for East Valley Institute of Technology. Coach Allen applies his years of experience in preparing daily lesson plans to his coaching. In 2008, Coach Allen established The Sand Club where he has officiated over 1000 sand volleyball games. In 2010, Coach Allen received a Double-Goal Coaching Certification through Positive Coaching Alliance and understands the importance of building character as much as competitive athletes.

Coach Allen is originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin and is married to Heather Alexander with two daughters Gabby and Kylie. When Coach Allen is not playing, officiating, or coaching volleyball he is enjoying his family. During the mornings, Coach Allen runs a web company with his wife. Coach Allen loves pizza and stand-up comedy.

Melody Rayne: Beach Tennis/Volleyball Director
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Melody Rayne, certified USPTA tennis pro and USA beach volleyball certified coach, brings the exciting new sport of beach tennis to Arizona along with her conditioning expertise for training beach volleyball players. Melody started competing at a very young age and became a touring pro at the age of 17, including the events in Australia other parts of the world. Melody shares the same philosophy of a fun-first, competition-second approach to coaching.
Born and raised in Pacific Northwest (Washington state), Melody moved to Arizona to pursue her professional tennis career and her previous career as a commercial pilot. She now resides at her mini ranch complete with horses, donkeys, chickens, pheasants, dogs, and cats.

Claudio Gonzalez: Youth Volleyball Director (Se Hablo Español)
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Claudio Gonzalez, USA beach volleyball certified coach and tournament director of the 2015 AVPNext Series, is a true fan of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball and the backbone of the success at The Starter Club. Coach "Dio" was the coach of the Year 2012-2014 because of his dedication of catering his lesson plans to every skill level and creating space on the court for every player to feel part of the team. Since 2012, Coach Dio is accredited for helping players make their school volleyball team by promoting good character and a foundation of volleyball fundamentals.
Coach Dio is an Arizona native and spends most of his time either playing volleyball or spending time with friends and family. He is your "wikipedia of international beach volleyball" if you every have a question about beach volleyball outside the states. His next traveling adventure is to Florida to watch the 2015 FIVB Season Final Grand Slam.

Katie Tomsyck, Head Coach
Coach ”K”, Katie Tomsyck was a 4 year starter and 3 year captain in college as a libero. Her sophomore year she was ranked 5th in her conference for digs. Throughout college she coached an indoor 18’s club team and later was the assistant coach for 2 years at a University in LaCrosse Wisconsin. She is a USA volleyball certified coach and voted the top upcoming 2015 AAA EVP beach volleyball player here in Arizona. In 2014, Katie played six women’s 2’s sand volleyball tournaments with the Arizona EVP and ranked 2nd in AA points.