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Pentagon Coaching Staff


Attention Coaches!

We are always looking for coaches that want to be a part of our program. We have camps, clinics and club teams at multiple levels. Interested in coaching? Click on the link below to get started.

Pentagon Coaches Information Form


Mark McCloskey

Mark McCloskey

Club Director
Head Coach- 18 Orange

mark.mccloskey@sanfordhealth.org

  • 25 Years of coaching and club director experience
  • Assistant Coach University of Wyoming, University of Northern Colorado, Embry-Riddle (AZ) University, University of South Carolina
  • Clubs include KiVA, Colorado Juniors, Gamecock Juniors, Yavapai Juniors, TEVA
  • 16 Open AAU National Championship, 17 Club USAV National Champs, Multiple Open Qualifier Championships, USAV National Invitational Champs
  • USAV Meritorious Service Award
  • Former Senior Director, American Volleyball Coaches Association
  • University of South Carolina Graduate

Mandy

Mandy Heins (Mercil)

Assistant Club Director
amanda.mercil@sanfordhealth.org
 
Team: 14 Orange
Hometown: Dilworth, MN
Coaching Experience:3rd Year Pentagon, 3 Years Oak Grove Volleyball Club coach, 1 Year Hawley Club Volleyball coach, 3 Years DGF Junior High Basketball Coach, 1 Year Central Cass Track Coach, and 1 Year Assistant at Concordia College
Current Job/Schooling: Pentagon Volleyball Academy Assistant Director
Athletic Experience:  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School- Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. Concordia College- Volleyball: Setter/Right Side 4 year starter. Track and Field: 4 Year all Conference and National Qualifier
Favorite Superhero: Captain Marvel
Favorite Quote: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
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Ashley Kastl

Assistant Club Director
ashley.kastl@sanfordhealth.org

Team: 16 Orange
Home Town: 


Mark McCloskey

Courtney Thompson

Pentagon Volleyball Ambassador/Advisor

  • 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • 2014 FIVB World Championship Gold Medalist
  • 2005 National Championship-University of Washington
  • Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First-Team selection
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as selected by CoSIDA while playing at Washington
  • Pac-10 record for career assists with 6,552, which was third-best in NCAA history
  • Honda Sports Award as best volleyball player and was a finalist for the award as a senior
  • First female athlete to ever have her jersey retires at the University of Washington.
  • Led Kentlake High School (Kent, Wash.) to three state volleyball championships and also earned all-state in basketball as a senior

Abby Feyereisen

Team: 11 Orange
 


Suzann

Suzann Kluever

Team: 12 Orange
Home Town: Heron Lake Minnesota
Coaching Experience: 6 years Sanford Pentagon Coach
Current Job: Risk and Control Analyst/Projects at Citibank
Favorite Superhero: Wonder Woman - she has a lasso of truth
Favorite Quote: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games, 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
Role Model: Her friend Nancy - since the day they met she knew Nancy was someone she wanted to model her behavior after because Nancy is one of the kindest and most selfless people she knows 


Eric Thien

Kristina Newell

Team:   12 Blue
Hometown:  Apple Valley, MN
Coaching Experience:  10 years of Junior Club coaching and 4 years of Club Director experience with the Shakopee Volleyball Association in Minnesota.
Current Job/Schooling: Mom & volleyball coach
Athletic Experience:  Growing up, starting at 4 years old until I went to college, my main sport was figure skating. I also ran track in high school. During college I became involved in intramural sports, including volleyball, softball, and broomball.
Favorite Superhero:  Thor
Favorite Quote:  "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." -Tim Notke, HS basketball coach
Role Model:  Growing up it was Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist & World Champion Dorothy Hamill. Today it's my mom.  An amazing, courageous, and gracious lady!

 


Mercedes Covrig

Team:   12 White
 

 


Chloe Stitt

Team:   13 Orange
 

 


Caitlyn Martin

Team:   13 Blue
 

 


Eric Thien

Sydney Koolstra

Team: 13 White
Hometown: Tea, SD
Coaching Experience: 7th grade head coach at Tea & YMCA 6th graders
Current Job/Schooling:Business Administration Degree at Southeast Tech
Athletic Experience: Played volleyball since the 5th grade, when my mom was my coach! I was a setter all through middle and high school and my last year of club at the Pentagon I played outside.
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite Quote: "Try not to suck"- Mark McCloskey
Role Model: My role model is my mom, because she overcame a lot and made it look easy, without anybody knowing.

 


Morgan Bischoff

Team:   13 Silver
 

 


Lyndsey Gerhart

Team:   13 Black
 

 


Eric Thien

Kristina Hinrichs

Team: 14 Blue
Hometown : Wagner , SD
Coaching experience: 2nd year at the pentagon 
Current job: escrow officer 
Athletic experience : I’ve been playing vb for many years currently I play league volleyball all year around (sand in the summer ) two nights a week
Favorite super hero: iron man! 
Favorite quote : “great things never come from being comfortable “ I’m a big believer in if you don’t challenge yourself to do and try new things you won’t grow as a person. 
Role model : my papa. Nicest person you’ll ever meet! 

 


Eric Thien

Allix Vance

Team: 14 White
Hometown: Faith, SD 
Coaching Experience: Coached 4 Fall League teams for the Pentagon this past 2020 season from 4th- 7th grade. 
Current Job/Schooling: 1st year Nursing student at Southeast Tech. 
Athletic Experience: Volleyball 6th- 12th grade, basketball 4th- 12th grade, track 6th- 12th grade. Appeared in a total of 6 state tournaments, 3 of them being volleyball, where I played/ started as a left back. 
Favorite Superhero: Thor 
Favorite Quote: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Role Model: My three older siblings. 


Riley Christiansen

Team:   14 Silver
 

 


Sofia Shibly

Team:   14 Black
 

 


Alyssa

Alyssa Chambers

Team: 15 Orange
Home Town: Sioux Falls, SD
Coaching Experience: 7 years Sanford Pentagon Coach, 4 years Sioux Falls West Club Coach, 2 years University of Sioux Falls Grad Assistant, 
Current Job: 9th & 10th Grade English Teacher at Harrisburg High School
Athletic Experience: Roosevelt High School Middle Blocker, All-Conference, All-State, State Tournament record holder for blocks, University of Sioux Falls Middle Blocker 4 year starter
Favorite Quote: Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."


Cheryl Fey

Team:   15 Blue
 

 


Eric Thien

Brad Lind

Team: 15 White
Hometown: Holdrege, Nebraska...rural farm kid
Coaching Experience: TCA High School men's volleyball (Colorado) 2014, 2015, Pentagon volleyball, fall league 2020
Current Job/Schooling: Creative Director in Marketing, First PREMIER Bank / Bachelor of Fine Arts, Commercial Art, University of Nebraska, Kearney
Athletic Experience: High School sports (football/basketball) 
College Sports (volleyball) Middle Blocker two years at Trinity Western University, British Columbia
USVA recreational teams and leagues, Senior league national tournament Triathlons (2004 Ironman)
Favorite Superhero: Goofy
Favorite Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God."
Role Model: Morris Lind (my dad)

 


Becca Koehn

Team:   15 Silver

 


Mariah McPartland

Team:   16 Blue

 


Randi

Randi Bosch

Team: 16 White
Home Town: Valley Springs, SD
Coaching Experience: 2 years Vermillion Middle School 7-8 grade Coach, 1 year Wakonda High School JV coach, 1 year Garretson High School Head Coach, 4 years Sioux Falls East Club Coach, 2 years at Sanford Pentagon
Current Job(s): GPAC - Search Consultant, Sanford Wellness Center - Membership Services, Denny Sanford Premier Center - Usher/Security
Athletic Experience: Brandon Valley High School Volleyball Middle and Outside Blocker, Basketball, Track, University of South Dakota Volleyball 1 year
Favorite Quote(s): "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying" & "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships" - Michael Jordan


Emma Nelson

Team: 17 Orange
Home Town: Byron, MN
Coaching Experience: Augustana Volleyball, Vital Volleyball Club, Club 43
Current Job: Augustana Volleyball Graduate Assistant
Athletic Experience: Played competitive volleyball since 5th grade. Went to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and played both volleyball and basketball for 4 season with the Wildcats.
Favorite Superhero: Thor
Favorite Quote: “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”  -Joe Namath
Role Model: Maya Moore


Chloe Stitt

Team: 17 Blue
 


Isaiah Jamison

Team: 17 Blue
 


Eric Thien

Sam Flynn

Team: 17 White
Hometown: Pierre, SD
Coaching Experience: 3 years at RHS
Current Job/Schooling: Office Assistant at Krohmer Plumbing & Freshman Coach at Roosevelt
Athletic Experience: I have been playing volleyball most of my life. I played in HS & went to Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell to continue my volleyball career. I currently still participate and the City Parks & Rec leagues, Digz sand leagues & Digz Adult Tournaments.
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite Quote: What lies behind us & what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Role Model:  My mother dearest! She's always been the hardest worker & my biggest supporter.

 


Lucy Bartee

Team:   Asst. 14 Orange

 


Nick Kappenman

Team:   Asst. 18 Orange
 

 


Michelle Aggen

Team: 
Home Town: Lakefield, MN
Coaching Experience: 3 years Augustana Volleyball, 4 year club coach
Current Job: Augustana Volleyball  Assistant Coach
Athletic Experience: Been around volleyball my whole life and have been competitively playing since I was 11. Played 1 year of college volleyball at Iowa Lakes Community College and 3 years at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Favorite Superhero: Black Widow
Favorite Quote: “Today’s a great day to have a great day” - Unknown
Role Model: Serena Williams