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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

Areté Staff

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

Academy Lead

(Lil' A's & Jrs.),

Operations

Recruiting Advisor,

Master Coach / Technical Development Advisor

           
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 23+ teams, to our spacious 5-court facility and Performance + Recovery Center.  And we are continuing to successfully grow while keeping quality, excellence, genuine care, honesty, integrity, ethics, passion, positive energy + 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): We are so proud of our 5 teams that qualified for and successfully competed at Nationals! Finished the season ranked 9th overall in the North Texas Region and 8th overall for teams finishing in the top 10-25% percentage across all age groups. 

2019-2020 Season (5th season): Season was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19

2020-2021 Season (6th 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 6th season & can't wait for us all to get back on the court for another successful year! 

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 North Texas Region offering a very positive, high energy culture and training-focused environment for our coaching team and Areté athletes!  We welcome you to become a part of our successful organization and team.  We are beyond excited about our growth and bright future!  Please send your resume to Krista Gibson and inquire about coaching opportunities at Areté!  

 This could be YOU! Hiring!

2020-2021 Coaches & Teams

Initial coaching alignments and projected teams* for the upcoming 2020-2021 season are listed below!  Please check back often as our experienced coaching staff will continue to grow and evolve! *Some alignments and team projections may be tentative and are subject to change.

Areté 10's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
10 NAVY

Christina Friar

To be announced soon

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club

Will be updated starting August 8th
10 STEEL TBD TBD

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

Club

Will be updated starting August 8th

Areté 11's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
11 NAVY TELOS

Courtney Kopinski

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

National

Will be updated starting August 8th

11 NAVY

Michele Neidlinger

Savana Evans

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

National

Will be updated starting August 8th
11 STEEL

TBD

TBD

NTR:

Open

National:

National

Will be updated starting August 8th

Areté 12's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
12 NAVY TELOS

Tara Labay

Brooke Nettles

NTR:

Open

National:

National

Will be updated starting August 8th

12 NAVY

Kristen Jones

Megan Williams

NTR:

Open

National:

American-National

Will be updated starting August 8th
12 STEEL ETHOS

Shelby Truesdale

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

12 STEEL TBD TBD

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

Areté 13's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
13 NAVY TELOS

Krista Gibson

Madison Elwood

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

Will be updated starting August 8th

13 NAVY

Michele Neidlinger

Savana Evans

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

Will be updated starting August 8th
13 STEEL ETHOS

Maya McFadden

Kimberly Brennan

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

13 STEEL TBD TBD

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th
13 JADE

Dave Bose

Brant Ashcroft

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

Areté 14's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
14 NAVY TELOS

Leah Nielsen

Courtney Kopinski

NTR:

Open

National:

USA - Open

Will be updated starting August 8th

14 NAVY

Jerry Williams

Makenzie Shaw

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

Will be updated starting August 8th
14 STEEL ETHOS

Domonique Millsap

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

14 STEEL

To be announced soon

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting August 8th

Areté 15's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
15 NAVY TELOS

Tara Labay

Chelsea Parker

NTR:

Open

National:

Open

Will be updated starting July 25th

15 NAVY

Tara Ackmann

Maya McFadden

NTR:

Open

National:

USA

Will be updated starting July 25th
15 STEEL ETHOS

Jason Steichen

Kimberly Brennan

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

15 STEEL

TBD

TBD

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

Areté 16's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
16 NAVY TELOS

Neil Mendel

Madison Elwood

NTR:

Open

National:

Open

Will be updated starting July 25th

16 NAVY

Jason Kopinski

Mike Jung

NTR:

Open

National:

USA

Will be updated starting July 25th
16 STEEL ETHOS

Jerry Williams

Natally Silva

NTR:

Open

National:

American - USA

Will be updated starting July 25th

16 STEEL To be announced soon Ania Keen

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th
16 JADE

To be announced soon

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

Areté 17's

Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status
17 NAVY TELOS

Krista Gibson

Diana Gonzalez

NTR:

Open

National:

Open

Will be updated starting July 25th

17 NAVY

Neil Mendel

Rikki Segleski

NTR:

Open

National:

USA

Will be updated starting July 25th
17 STEEL ETHOS

To be announced soon

To be announced soon

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

17 STEEL TBD TBD

NTR:

Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

BOYS

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Division 

2020-21 Team Status

Jason Steichen

TBD

NTR:

Club - Open

National:

American

Will be updated starting July 25th

 

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            
Senior Jr. Coach Senior Jr. Coach Jr. Coach 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!!!

Congratulations to our 2018-19 GJNC Qualifying Teams!

HEAD COACH ASSISTANT COACH 2018-19 TEAM

Krista Gibson

Madison Elwood

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 GJNC 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