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It is the philosophy of the coaching staff at Five1 Athletics to provide consistent feedback and coaching to all athletes regardless of team.  Coaches work together to provide consistent feedback and teaching so that when a 10U athlete learns and practices a skill, they are practicing and being coached in the same manner that our 18U athletes have learned and are practicing. 

Coach Eric Lazowski is the Director of Volleyball and provides the structure for all of our coaches to follow.  Fundamental skills are taught and practiced in game-like situations, and are coached within the context of the game.  Athletes practice and compete with and against each other, and are mixed between age groups during each time block.  This allows our athletes to benefit from the insight and experience from EVERY coach who happens to be present during that practice session.

We believe our unique practice environment is a distinct differentiator and our coaching staff is second to none.

Coaching staff listed below is TENTATIVE for the 2019-2020 season and is subject to change without notice.


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Heather Seegraves
Saginaw Valley State University

Head Coach, 18's


Coach Seegraves has been a part of our operation in Clio for the past four years.  She coached 18 North as part of the Legacy Volleyball organization in the first year of operation, and the Legacy 16 Black team the following.  16 Black had a very successful season and finished with a win in the Classic Division of the MJVBA State Championships! In 2017, Heather coached 14 Black and helped out with both 17 Blue and 16 Adidas as well during the 2018 season.  Last season, Heather took the reigns back with the 18's age group managing the 18 adidas roster.

Heather has extensive knowledge of the game and our training methods.  Heather has been coaching for more than 20 years at the high school varsity, junior varsity, middle school and club levels, after playing for DII Saginaw Valley State University while in college.  Heather also runs the Bay City Community Center programs to grow the game at home.


Jen Fry
University of Illinois/Washington State

Head Coach, 18's

New to Five:1 for the 2019-2020 season, Jen Fry is a native of Arizona, a Division II athlete, and a former collegiate volleyball coach who coached within the the PAC 12 and BIG 10 turned social justice educator who realized there was a need for educating not only our student-athletes of all ages, but the administration, staff, and coaches who train them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity.  

She has had over 15 years of collegiate coaching experience before making the decision to change careers and take a position outside of athletics. She was the Program Coordinator for Domestic Merit Scholarships at Duke University, which allowed her to work with college aged students as well as follow her passion of race, equality, and LGBT rights. She has had coaching stints at Elon University, University of Illinois, and Washington State University just to name a few. While at the University of Illinois, Jen assisted in helping her team make it to the D1 National Championship Match.

Coach Fry a USAV Olympic Pipeline coach with the Lakeshore Region High Performance program this summer, and is working on her doctorate degree at Michigan State University.  We are excited to have her with us this season!


Eric Lazowski
Michigan State University/Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Five1 Athletics Co-Founder and Volleyball Director
Commissioner, Lakeshore Region, USA Volleyball
Head Coach, 17 Black


Coach Lazowski, as the lead instructor for all of the teams in the gym, ensures consistency in training from our youngest athletes to the oldest.  Eric's background as a player, as a collegiate coach, club director, and current commissioner of the Lakeshore Region of USA Volleyball brings an extremely unique component to what athletes find when they train in our gym.  

His lifelong passion for the game of volleyball began while in college first at Central Michigan then at Michigan State and has continued throughout adulthood, as he transitioned from collegiate player, to professional beach player, to professionally trained coach. 

Previous Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach, Western Illinois University
Assistant Coach, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Texas El Paso
Assistant Coach, Florida Gulf Coast University
Assistant Coach, Barry University, Miami FL
Student Assistant, Michigan State University
Assistant Coach, Michigan State University Men’s Volleyball
Student Assistant, Central Michigan University
USA Volleyball:
Head Coach, USA Junior National A2 Team, Pula Croatia
Head Coach, USA JNT A2, Gold Medal HP Championships
Head Coach, USA YNT A2, Gold Medal HP Championships
Head Coach, USA JNT A2, Silver Medal HP Championships
Head Coach, Numerous developmental camps
Head Coach, Iowa Region HP, Bronze Medal HP Championships
Head Coach, Florida Region HP, Gold Medal HP Championships
Club VB:
North Director, Legacy Volleyball Club
Assistant Director, Oakland Elite Volleyball
Director, South Florida VBC
Director, Club Corpus VBC
Program Director/Recruiting Director, Austin Juniors VBC
Player:
FIVB Beach Qualifier, Acapulco and Toronto (2)
AVP Tour: Milwaukee, Muskegon, Jacksonville, Atlanta
USA Beach Volleyball: Huntington Beach, Deerfield Beach
MPVA, Tawas City Open Champion
Michigan State University Men’s Volleyball Club
Central Michigan Men’s Club Volleyball

Dallas Wimbrow
Paige Wimbrow, Assistant
Hartland High School

Head Coach, 17 Blue

Coach Wimbrow comes to Five:1 with 9 years of coaching experience at the developmental level, moving up to the older age group for both high school and club for the 2019-2020 season.  Coach Dallas has a tremendous level of energy and passion for coaching, and in his first year at Five:1 coaching 14 blue, saw tremendous success with his team.  14 blue finished an impressive 5th place in the Club division at Central Zone early in the season, 21st of 112 teams at the Mid-East Qualifier in St. Louis, and 2nd place in Premier at Motor City Madness.  "I've owned and operated a Landscape company for the past 26 years which allows me the flexibility to coach.  I just celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary with my wife, Connie.  We have two daughters."  

Paige is currently in her Senior year at Beloit College where she has been the starting setter of her volleyball team since her Freshman year.  "She is always my assistant coach."  Tatum is currently an incoming sophomore at Hartland High School and plays on the volleyball team.

Club Coach
2017-2018 - Legacy 13 West
2018-2019 - Five:1 14 Blue

*Silver winner at Volleyfest 13 open - 2017
*Silver finish in 14 open power league - 2017, 2018
*Gold bracket finish Presidents day 13 open, 2017
*2nd place 13/14 Attack volleyball tournament - 2017
*3rd place Motor City Madness - 2017
*gold bracket finish 13 Open Motor City Madness - 2018
*2nd place 14 Premier Motor City Madness - 2019
*1st 14s UofM Dearborn - 2018

High School Coach
2016-2018 - Hartland High School Freshmen
2019-Present - Junior Varsity

*League Champs - 2016
*2nd in league - 2017
Undefeated, League Champs - 2018
*(1) 1st place tournament win, 2016
*(2) 1st place tournament wins, 2017
*(2) 2ns place tournament wins, 2016
*3rd place tournament win, 2017
*overall record for 2 seasons 54-8



Tiffany Sayles
Sienna Heights University

Head Coach,16 Black

Coach Sayles joined our staff in 2017 and has coached young ladies in and around Genesee County for many years.  She has a tremendous knowledge of both the skill and strategy of the game.  "My love for the game began at my first practice in 7th grade.  I played school ball, club volleyball and summer leagues.  I always wanted to be in the gym.  That love the game has continued through all of my coaching years.  My favorite thing about coaching is seeing the athletes develop their skills and growing the game in their own lives.  Tiffany is pictured her with her two daughters, Lauren and Jenna - both athletes in the Five:1 gym!

Coach Tiffany also joined the USAV Olympic Pipeline Lakeshore High Performance Program this year as an assistant coach.

Playing Experience:  
Mott Community College
Sienna Heights

Coaching Experience:
Davison Junior Varsity - 8 Years
Davison 8th Grade - 12 Years
Intensity Elite (14u, 15u, 17u, 18u) - 6 Years 
Club Director / Coach - Lady Cards Volleyball (10u/12u) - 6 years
Matchpoint Volleyball Camp Coach - 3 years
Lakeshore High Performance Camp Coach - 2 years


Erica VanderHaar
St. Clair Community College
Head Coach, 16 Blue

Coach VanderHaar is a graduate of Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw, MI, and played at St. Clair County Community College playing volleyball.  She is currently finishing her degree at Central Michigan University to pursue studies in pre-medicine in hopes to continue into medical school and become a Psychiatrist or Pediatrician. Erica has coached at Nouvel Elementary when in high school and has run many camps for both high school and college.

Erica is entering her 3rd year coaching at Five:1.  She has done a tremendous job with every team she coaches and is highly respected by both the parents and athletes.  She spends a lot of time assisting in running camps and clinics in our gym during the summer.  Erica says, "I’m excited to be a part of the Five:1 coaching staff because I love inspiring young athletes to really push for their maximum potential and be the best player they can be both physically and mentally!"


Kari Carnell
Aquinas College
Head Coach, 15 Black

Coach Carnell joined our staff in 2017, and coached a very successful 16 Blue roster for the past two years!  A middle school physical education teacher by day, volleyball coach by night, Kari has a tremendous amount of experience playing and coaching the sport of volleyball!  We are very excited she has chosen Five1 as her club volleyball home!

Coaching Experience

Corunna High school - Varsity Coach

  • 1 league championship
  • 3 district championships
  • 1 regional championship
  • Coached Miss Volleyball 2017


Corunna Middle School - 8th grade coach
Grand Rapids Catholic Central High chool- JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant
East Grand Rapids Middle School - 7th & 8th Grade coach

Club Volleyball

Coach, Arsenal Volleyball Club
Coach, Intensity Elite Volleyball Club
Coach, Saints Juniors Volleyball Club
Director & Coach, Rapid Fire Volleyball Club
Coach, Supreme Court Volleyball Club

Playing Experience

4 year player - Aquinas College
Genesee Area Volleyball Club
4 year varsity player- Flushing high school


Lana Rybkowski
Northwood University

Head Coach, 15 Blue

Lana was an All-American Outside Hitter for Northwood University. After she graduated she was recruited to play Pro in Europe. Played 3 years in Paris- France, a year in Spain- Menorca, and one year in Norway- Stod. After her indoor career she played two years in FIVB beach world tour. She's currently the assistant coach at Northwood university in Midland and the assistant coach for director Eric Lazowski and Lakeshore High Performance Select National team in Florida. 

Five1 Director on Lana: Lana brings a great amount of experience as a high level player and passionate volleyball athlete to our gym. She knows the game and will flourish in our gym culture. Very excited to be working again with Lana. 

Lana, who is Latvian, is pictured here with Olympic Gold Medalist Aldis Berzins - also Latvian.


David Shumaker 
Northwood University
 
Head Coach,14 Black

Coach Shumaker was named the fifth volleyball coach in the 34-year history of Northwood volleyball in December 2015.  In over 15 years as a head coach at two different institutions, Shumaker has posted 346 victories and a .644 win percentage (346-191).  

Dave came to our gym in 2017 and brings a fundamentals based approach to our team of coaches.  He is an integral part of creating a culture of game-based learning in our gym. In 2017 he led a very talented team of 18's athletes, winning multiple events. Legacy 18 North went on to win the American Division the OVR Columbus Qualifier and competed in the USAV 18's National Championships in Dallas, Texas placing 5th among 61 teams.  18 North also won the Open Division of the Michiana Power League in 2017, and placed 5th in the USA Division of the Mideast Qualifier, finishing the season at 39-8 overall.

2019 - Head Coach, 16 Adidas
2018 - Head Coach, 18 Adidas


Matthew "Duff" Duffield
Romeo High School

Head Coach, 14 Blue

Matthew “Duff” Duffield joins Five:1 VBC this season with a 36-year extensive background coaching various sports (football, softball, volleyball) and ages with success.  As a volleyball coach, he has coached middle school and high school programs, and in a number of clubs during his 18-year career.  In 2014-15, he was part of the State Championship coaching staff at Romeo High School.  Most recently, he has been involved in the USAV Olympic Pipeline program, High Performance, for the Lakeshore Region.

Coach Duff teaches Honors History at Anchor Bay High School.  He has two children, Kamryn and Drew.  Kam is entering her second year at Wayne State University as a setter on the varsity volleyball team.  Drew is 14 entering his freshmen year at Romeo High School and enjoys gaming in his spare time.

School Coaching Experience

2012-2019 – Romeo High School – Varsity Assistant
Class A State Champions - 2014
Class A State Runners-Up- 2015
MAC Red Conference Champions – 2013, 2014, 2015

2001-2012 - Anchor Bay High School – 8th Grade, Junior Varsity, Varsity
Conference Champions – 2009
MAC White Coach of the Year - 2009

Club Coaching Experience

 2005-2006 - Bay Area Volleyball Club
2007-2008 – Ultimate Volleyball Club
2009 – Michigan Elite Volleyball Club – 15u
2010-2011 – Ultimate Volleyball Club – 16u
2012 – Dynasty Volleyball Club – 12-14u
2013-2016 – Legacy Volleyball Club – 16u
2017-2019 – Michigan Elite Volleyball Club – 16u


Amy Geer
Northwood University

Head Coach, 13 Black

Coach Geer's volleyball career starting in Pinconning High School where she was a Four-Year starting Setter, Three-Time Team Captain, and earned Class B All-State Honors each of her four years. During her time in high school, she played for Valley Volleyball Club, where she successfully engineered her team to two state championship finishes in Michigan and a Nationals 3rd place finish. 

That success followed Amy to college where she was a Four-Year Starting Setter and Four-Year Team Captain for the Northwood University Timberwolves (‘99-‘03). She was GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 1999, went on to become the program’s first player to earn First-Team all GLIAC honors all four seasons, and departed as GLIACs Player of the Year her senior year. She also earned three NCAA Division II All American honors as Northwood’s Setter, and was inducted into the Northwood Timberwolves Hall of Fame in 2010. Amy was recently ranked #6 on Michigan’s top 25 volleyball players in the past 25 years, and was also inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Since her playing days, Amy has coached Bay City Central’s JV Team in 2003, Valley Volleyball’s 16s in 2012, and most recently Valley Volleyball’s 12s in 2015 and 2016. When she’s not coaching, Amy works as a Business Systems Analyst for Frankenmuth Insurance. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Dean, and three daughters, Audrey, Madison, and Avery. She still finds time to play volleyball, competing in Bay City’s Recreational Volleyball League.


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