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Areté Coaches & Staff

Areté Leadership

Krista Gibson

Executive Excellence Leader | Director | Founder | Co-Owner

Lance Black

Executive Business Leader | Co-Owner

Pam Dewey

Executive Financial Leader | Co-Owner

Allison Brown Brandon Gibson Darren Smith
Logistics & Travel Coordinator Facilities Management Tournament / Site Director
           
Tara Labay Courtney Kopinski Mike Swem

Training Advisor,

Academy Coordinator

(Club Prep & Next Level),

Operations Support

Academy Lead (Lil' A's & Jrs.),

Operations Support

Recruiting Advisor,

Technical Development Lead

           
Neil Mendel Jason Steichen

Jerry Williams

Coaching Advisor  Boys Volleyball Lead Adult Volleyball Lead
           
Tara Ackmann Madi Black
Coaching Advisor & SafeSport Lead CrossTrain Lead

Areté Highlights

Since our inaugural year (2015-16) we have successfully grown from 9 teams, to 20 teams + our awesome 5-court facility, to 24 teams! And we are continuing to successfully grow while keeping quality, excellence, genuine care, honesty, integrity, ethics, passion, positive energy and expert knowledge & experience at the forefront! 

A Few Areté Success Highlights:

2015-16 Season (inaugural season): Launched with 9 teams & 12 Navy qualified for Nationals.  Areté ranked 16th overall out of only 46 ranked clubs / 18th for points toward Jr. Nationals / 14th for points toward ALL teams in all age groups finishing in the top 10% or 25% in the NTR (amongst over 100 clubs in the NTR)

2016-17 Season (2nd season): Opened the Areté Athletics Center (AAC) & successfully grew to 20 teams!  Areté ranked 12th overall out of only 47 ranked clubs / 13th for points toward Jr. Nationals / 10th for points toward ALL teams in all age groups finishing in the top 10% or 25% in the NTR (amongst over 100 clubs in the NTR)

2017-18 Season (3rd season):  Successfully grew to 22 teams! Already ranked 8th out of 135 NTR clubs in the North Texas Region! 19 of our 22 teams finished in the top half of all teams within the region, 10 teams finished in the top 25% and 3 finishing in the top 10% (5 teams finished as a top 9 team)! We are so proud of our 5 teams that qualified for and successfully competed at Nationals! 

2018-19 Season (4th season): Season results coming soon! 

2019-2020 Season (5th season): Areté teams & initial coaching alignments will be continually updated as we take special care and consideration in these decisions.  Alignments & total number of teams as shown below are subject to change.  

Our website will reflect accordingly providing the latest information as our teams & coaching staff continue to grow & evolve! Please visit our website often for the latest updates!  We are beyond excited about our upcoming 5th season & can't wait for another successful year! 

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Qualifying Teams!

HEAD COACH ASSISTANT COACH 2018-19 TEAM

Krista Gibson

Jim Shields

Areté 12 Navy Telos

Tara Labay

Mike Swem

Areté 14 Navy Telos

Neil Mendel

Courtney Kopinski

Areté 14 Navy

Krista Gibson

Dee Gonzalez

Areté 15 Navy Telos

Neil Mendel

Rikki Segleski

Areté 15 Navy

 

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Qualifying Teams!

HEAD COACH ASSISTANT COACH 2017-18 TEAM

Krista Gibson

Amber Biggers

Areté 11 Navy

Tara Labay

Mike Swem

Areté 13 Navy Telos

Neil Mendel

Courtney Kopinski

Areté 13 Navy

Tara Ackmann

Dee Gonzalez

Areté 14 Navy Telos

Krista Gibson

Travis McClung

Areté 16 Navy

 

We Are Hiring!


Join the A Team!

Join our 'A' Team!  We are hiring experienced, passionate, caring & knowledgable Head & Assistant Coaches who are eager to make a difference!  We are setting a new standard in the NTR; have a very positive, high energy culture for our coaching team and Areté families; and more...like no other!  We welcome you to become a part of our successful organization and team - we are beyond excited about our growth and future!  Please send your resume to Krista Gibson and inquire about coaching opportunities at Areté!  

 This could be YOU! Hiring!

2019-2020 Coaches & Teams

Initial coaching alignments and projected teams* for the upcoming 2019-2020 season are listed below! 

*Some alignments and team projections may be tentative and are subject to change.

NAVY TEAMS

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2019-20 Team Status Link to Team Page

9 NAVY

Christina Friar

Madi Black

NTR:

Club

National:

Club

STATUS

 

10 NAVY

Michele Neidlinger

 

Ashley Foley

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club

STATUS  
11 NAVY

Courtney Kopinski

Makenzie Shaw

NTR:

Open

National:

National

STATUS

 

 
12 NAVY TELOS

Tara Ackmann

Shelby Truesdale

NTR:

Open

National:

National

STATUS

 

 
12 NAVY

Michele Neidlinger

Savana Evans

NTR:

Open

National:

American-National

STATUS  
13 NAVY TELOS

Krista Gibson

Eryn Davila

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

STATUS  
13 NAVY

Jerry Williams

Brooke Nettles

NTR:

Open

National:

American - Open

STATUS  
14 NAVY TELOS

Tara Labay

Mike Swem

 

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

STATUS  
14 NAVY

Jason Steichen

Chelsea Parker

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
15 NAVY TELOS

Tara Labay

Mike Swem

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - OPEN

STATUS  
15 NAVY

Neil Mendel

Courtney Kopinski

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
16 NAVY TELOS

Krista Gibson

Diana Gonzalez

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

STATUS  
16 NAVY

Neil Mendel

Rikki Segleski

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
17 NAVY TELOS

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

   
17 NAVY Coming 2020-2021 Season  

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

   
18 NAVY TELOS

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

   

 

STEEL TEAMS

Head Coach Assistant Coach

Division 

2019-20 Team Status Link to Team Page

10 STEEL

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club

   
11 STEEL

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

American

STATUS  
12 STEEL ETHOS

Kit Cruz-Verona

Laurie Stevens

NTR:

Open

National:

American 

STATUS  
12 STEEL

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

American

   
13 STEEL ETHOS

Natally Silva

Maya McFadden

NTR:

Open

National:

American

STATUS  
13 STEEL

Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

American

   
14 STEEL ETHOS Maya McFadden

Kimberly Brennan

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
14 STEEL

Kit Cruz-Verona

 

Caitlin Watson

 

NTR:

Open

National:

American 

STATUS  
15 STEEL ETHOS

Jerry Williams

Selby Rains

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
15 STEEL

Wes Johnson

Courtney Johnson

NTR:

Open

National:

American

STATUS  
16 STEEL ETHOS

Sceley Thompson

MacKenzie Shaw

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

STATUS  
16 STEEL Coming 2020-2021 Season

 

NTR:

Open

National:

American

STATUS  

 

JADE TEAMS

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2019-20 Team Status Link to Team Page

11 JADE

TBA TBA

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club - American

STATUS  
12 JADE

Dave Bose

Brant Ashcroft

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club - American

STATUS  
13 JADE TBA TBA

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

American

STATUS  
14 JADE

TBA

TBA

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

American

STATUS!  
15 JADE

Jose Montenegro

Hilary Watson

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

American

STATUS  
16 JADE

Caitlin Watson

Sceley Thompson

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

American

STATUS  

 

BOYS TEAMS

Head Coach

Division 

2019-20 Team Status Link to Team Page

12u BOYS

Jason Steichen

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club - American

POSITIONS OPEN!

Tryouts Sept. 7 & 8 @ 1:00 - 3:00 PM

 
14u BOYS Darien Kuydenall

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club - American

POSITIONS OPEN!

Tryouts Sept. 7 & 8 @ 1:00 - 3:00 PM

 

 

Development Specialists / Floater Coaches

To schedule a lesson with any of our Coaches listed above or one of our Development Specialists/Floater Coaches listed below, please contact us!

Heather Stewart Travis McClung Jenny McClung Kayla Jordan
Development Specialist Development Specialist Development Specialist Development Specialist

 

Jr. Coaches

For information about our Jr. Coach Program and/or to apply for a Jr. Coach position, please contact us

Alex Bellows Madi Black Avery Voss Ashley Foley Katie Kopinski Maddie Speicher  Open Open
Senior Jr. Coach Senior Jr. Coach Jr. Coach Jr. Coach Jr. Coach Jr. Coach    

 

Grateful For Our Amazing Inaugural Jr. Coaches - Leading the Way

Alex Bellows Sarah Speicher Madison Dollarhide
Inaugural Jr. Coach: 2015-Present Inaugural Jr. Coach: 2015-17 Inaugural Jr. Coach: 2015-17

We are so proud of you!  

Good luck at Oklahoma State University!!!

We are so proud of you!  

Good luck at the University of Arkansas !!!

We are so proud of you!  

Good luck at Texas A&M!!!