Iowa Rockets Coaching Staff

The coaching staff for 2014-2015 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 and coaching volleyball for 26 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 2008 15R team earned a National Championship in the 15s age division making it the first Iowa team in history to take home the gold.  In 2012 came his second National Championship at 15 National. Another first for the Iowa Region was his 16s team to qualify in the USAV Open division and has since coached 5 team in the USAV Open Division - finishing as high as National Runner-up in Open. His teams have captured 1st and 2nd place at the USAV Iowa Regional tournament numerous times. 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.  His motto - "Play free and have FUN!"

Kyla Rodgers
Kyla is the club director for the Iowa Rockets Volleyball Club and has been playing volleyball for 26 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!  Also, her teams have won National Qualifier tournaments at 15s, 16s and 18s level. In 2014 she led her team to a USAV Open division bid at the National Tournament.  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.

Greg Allen

Diane Beckler

Rachel Berkland

Michelle Lutz

Rod Cooling

Vicki Daniel

Vicki is in her second year at Iowa Rockets & in her sixth year of coaching youth volleyball.  She joined the Rockets program after having coached with the Cedar Cyclone Volleyball Club in Tipton.  In her first season, she led the 12Black team to a first place finish at the Iowa Regionals & earned the National Division bid to the USAV Junior National Championships in Minneapolis.  In addition to her love of the game, she offers private instruction, enjoys spending time with her husband and three children (whom are frequent visitors in the Rockets gyms), and attends University of Iowa & Cornell volleyball matches.

Jeff Daugherty


Jeff has been playing volleyball on multiple teams year round for over 25 years. His first coaching opportunity came when he was a Sophomore in HS.  He and a friend coached a 6th/7th grade little league baseball team because no parents would volunteer. Jeff’s Dad Jerry coached him and his two brothers in basketball, football, and baseball and this rubbed off on both he and his younger brother Steve who both enjoy coaching. He’s coached his kids in volleyball, softball, basketball, t-ball, & soccer. He’s coached volleyball the last three years at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. He’s also coached the last four years for Rockets, coaching his oldest daughter Maddie’s teams in 12’s, 13’s, & 14’s. He just recently coached the first ever Rockets 11’s team to win the Regional Championship, with his younger daughter Kennedy on it. The 11’s team had a lot of success and he plans on coaching that team for many years to come. 


Paige Forrester

Renell Forrester

Danica Haight

Lauren Hansen

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. She has led her teams to top finishes in the Iowa Region.  In 2011 her 17R team captured first place in the Iowa Region tournament.  She has led 2 teams to third place finished at the highly competitive Chicago Power League. Her 2011 team captured 3rd place at the USAV National Tournament and her 2014 team captured 2nd place at the USAV National Tournament.  Lauren is an authorized high school coach and currently works at the Mercy Medical Center in the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.  This is her 6th year with Rockets and is the Rockets College Recruiting Coordinator.

Don Jackson

Don joined Iowa Rockets in 2010 after retiring from Procter & Gamble.  Don's love of the game began in college and he is actively involved in playing, coaching, and refereeing.  He has 20 years of experience coaching youth sports at all skill levels.  For the past 4 yeas, he has been a head coach for our U12 teams who have won numerous local and regional championships.  Don specializes in developing fundamental skills in our younger players, as well s mentoring our newer coaches.  He is also the head freshmen/sophomore coach and assistant varsity coach at Clear Creek Amana High School.

Amy Johnson (Boehmer)

Traimain Johnson

Josh Lukavsky

Michelle Lukavsky

Sarah Maynard

Erin Muir

Chin Nguyen

Chin has been playing volleyball for 24 years. He was part of the University of Iowa Men's Club team during college and played at the AA & A level men's team in Des Moines, Tulsa, & Chicago. He's been a Rockets coach since 2004 & has also coached in Bend, OR. He has coaching experienced with teams from 12s all the way to the 18s. In the past, Chin coached the 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, & 18s teams, which have captured 1st at Iowa Regionals four times and captured 1st at three National Qualifiers, and in 2013 captured a USAV National Championship!  Chin also joins the ranks of the few Iowa coaches that has led their teams to not one...but two USAV Open division bids.

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 head coach at Pleasant Valley HS since 2008. 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. 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. Stacey  has been a Rockets coach since 2009. She has led her team to numerous top three finishes at Iowa Region tournament.  In 2011 and 2012 her teams captured a USAV Qualifier chapionship and finished National Runner-up at the 2011 USAV Championships.

Darwin Sents

Shelley Slay

Danielle Smith

Watch here for additional new and exciting coaches to join the Iowa Rockets VBC coaching staff.