Get To Know Coach Casey:

WHAT IS YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE?

I am currently the Head Coach for West Wing Middle School and last season assisted with Fortitude’s CIT program. I began coaching summer youth camps at the age of 16 in my small town for extra summer money. In high school I assisted to coach the 12-13 year olds for our hometown club team. In college, I coached every summer for individual and team camps through the University where I played. I also assisted to coach 13-15 year olds for our Club Bear volleyball club. It’s great to be back in the coaching role!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE FORTITUDE FAMILY?

I first found Fortitude 2 years ago through CIT for my 12 year old daughter. This will be my 1st season coaching a team with the club.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING EXPERIENCE?

I began playing volleyball at the age of 7. I played all through high school where I was then recruited to play NCAA D1 Volleyball at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri as a middle blocker. During my college career we competed in a tour through Europe (Austria, Germany, Belgium).

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT STATES HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 

I lived in the small town of Lebanon, Missouri until I was 18, when I moved away to college in Springfield, Missouri. After graduation, I moved to Cypress, California where I completed my Master’s degree in speech-language pathology, and started my family. In 2011, my family moved here to Arizona.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

PIZZA

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK?

Caramel Macchiato with coconut milk.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? (OTHER THAN VOLLEYBALL) 

Whatever sport my kids are playing at the moment.

WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES VOLLEYBALL? 

I love being outside and hiking. I have my own direct sales business with Arbonne International, and I am the clinical manager at Banner Thunderbird Medical and Trauma Center, as well as practice as a neuro-rehab speech-language pathologist.

WHY DO YOU LOVE VOLLEYBALL?

When I’m on the court, the rest of the world doesn’t exist. I love the feeling of the game. I love working together as a team towards a common goal. And I love winning!