Iowa Rockets Coaching Staff

The coaching staff for 2011-12 season continues to grow.  We currently have about 28 coaches and will post their information soon.  Iowa Rockets is pleased to have such a strong coaching staff.  The experience below shows the level of commitment our coaches have toward volleyball and the athletes they are helping.  They come from a variety of backgrounds...but all share a love for the game.

David Rodgers
David has been playing volleyball for 25 years. He loves the sport and participates in all aspects of the game, from player, to coach, to referee and scorekeeper. David is a NCAA Division I Referee, USAV Junior National Referee, and Regional scorekeeper and is a USA CAP Level II volleyball coach. In 2008 at the USAV National Tournament, his 15R team earned a National Championship in the 15s age division making it the first Iowa team in history to take home the gold. Another first is his team was the first team in the Iowa Region to qualify in the USAV Open division. His teams have captured 1st and 2nd place at the USAV Iowa Regional tournament and he has taken numerous teams to the USAV National Tournament. In 2001 David was awarded the Regional Service Award and in 2000 was awarded the Regional Meritorious Service Award for his contributions to Iowa Volleyball. Though David is an all-around coach, he specializes in setting, passing, and defensive systems. David is a USAV CAP II certified coach and a Junior National referee.
Kyla Rodgers
Kyla is the club director for the Iowa Rockets Volleyball Club and has been playing volleyball for 25 years. She was a player at the USAV Women's AA level and is a USAV Regional Referee, collegiate referee, Men's Big 10 referee. She has taken teams to the USAV National Tournament, finishing as high as 2nd and 3rd in the nation. In 2003 she led the Rockets 15s to a 1st place State finish and 3rd place in the Nation!  And her 16s and 18s teams have both won National Qualifiers.  Though Kyla is an all-around coach, she specializes in attacking, blocking, and offense. Her larger perspective of the game of volleyball focuses on coaching the whole girl, on and off the court.
Angie Boldt
Angie comes to Iowa after serving as a graduate assistant with volleyball operations at the University of Alabama from 2006-07. Angie was a student worker for volleyball operations at the University of Nebraska from 2003-06. During her time, the Cornhuskers were a perennial top-five program and won the 2006 NCAA national championship. She has four years of coaching experience at the club level, serving as both an assistant and co-head coach for the South Central Volleyball Club in St. Paul, NE, from 2003-06. She also taught private lessons at the Nebraska Volleyball Academy in Lincoln, and is a former coach at Club Crimson Volleyball Club in Tuscaloosa, AL. Currently Angie is the Director of Volleyball Operations at the University of Iowa and is on her third year as a coach for Rockets.
Brian & Karla Bronzynski
Brian & Karla Bronzynski come to the Rockets with 20+ seasons of high school coaching at Corwith-Wesley, Sioux Center, Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas & have an overall record of 654-285 in high school matches. Brian is currently the Head Coach at Clear Creek-Amana and Karla is the Head Coach at South Hardin in Eldora.
Brian & Karla have coached club for 12 years with Power Points, IPVA & Sports University taking 9 teams to Nationals finishing as high as 9th. Karla was the 2003 Iowa Region Female Coach of the Year. Their club teams have achieved an overall record of 714-185. The relationships that they have made with players, families and other coaches are what make coaching Club Volleyball special. They have coached over 50 girls that have gone on to play college volleyball.
Lauren Hansen (Brauneis)
Lauren has a wealth of experience as a coach and a player. She played high school volleyball in the Chicago area and was a member of the highly touted Sky High VBC program. Lauren is an authorized high school coach and currently works at the Mercy Medical Center in the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.  This is her 5th year with Rockets & coaches the 18R team.
Don Jackson
Don has been playing volleyball for 35 years and coaching youth sports for over 15 years.  Since retiring from Procter & Gamble, he has become actively involved in all aspects with volleyball.  He joined Iowa Rockets in 2010 and led 12 Gold to a 2nd place finish at Regionals.  Don is a certified high school ref.
Karen Meyer
Karen has been playing and/or coaching volleyball since she was in 7th grade.  During high school, she played at Cedar Rapids Washington and then continued her playing career with Missouri Western State College in the early 80's.  After college, she began a teaching/coaching career working with boys and girls age 12-17 in South America and Europe.  In Iowa City, Karen has coached at West High, Top Dog Volleyball Club, Little Hawks Volleyball Club, and now Rockets.  This is Karen's second season with the Rockets, having coached 13Silver last year.
Chin Nguyen
Chin has been playing volleyball for 22 years. He was part of the University of Iowa Men's Club team during college & afterwards, played at the AA & A level men's team in Des Moines, Tulsa, & Chicago. He's been with the Rockets for 7 years & has also coached in Oregon. He's experienced with players at the 12s level all the way to the 18s. In the past, Chin coached the 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, & 18s teams, which have won 3 Iowa Regionals & 3 National Qualifiers, and qualified   at the USAV Open division.  He currently is the head coach for 16R & assistant coach on 17R.
Stacey Ruff
Stacey has over 20 years of playing and coaching experience at the junior high, high school, club, and collegiate levels. Her tenur has included head coach at Hempstead HS in Dubuque (1997-1998), head and assistant coach at University of Dubuque (1999-2004), head coach at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL (2005-2007) and this is her 3rd year as the head coach at Pleasant Valley HS in Bettendorf. In her first year at PV, she led the 2008 team to its first State appearance since 1977. She also established the Pleasant Valley Club Volleyball program in 2008 which has grown to 10 teams. Her playing career includes one season at Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State) and 3 seasons at University of Dubuque. Ruff was inducted into the University of Dubuque Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Stacey Ruff is an AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) member.
Bethany YeagerThis is Bethany's first season with Iowa Rockets.  She's currently a Sophomore at the University of Iowa & is the starting Libero for the volleyball team.  She has started every match since stepping foot on Iowa's campus.  Bethany's been around volleyball all of her life mainly because her mother is a volleyball coach in the Greater Houston area.  She has won numerous awards during her career, but the most important thing is that she loves working with kids.  Welcome aboard, Bethany!
Watch here for additional new and exciting coaches to join the Iowa Rockets VBC coaching staff.