UPVBC has the privilege of providing our athletes with instruction from coaches who possess some of the highest level of instruction and training the nation has to offer. Each of our coaches has coaching experience on a state and national level. UPVBC coaches are committed to helping each team and player reach their optimum performance in the sport of volleyball. In addition, many of our coaches have years of experience on both sides of the college recruiting process and can assist players and parents who are interested in pursuing a collegiate volleyball career.
Club Founder & Director | Head Coach 15 Adidas National
Missy grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Bishop Kelley High School in 1990. Missy was selected to the all state volleyball team for four years and was the MVP of the state tournament in 1989 and 1990 when Bishop Kelley won state. She was selected to Volleyball Monthly’s Fab 50 recruits her senior year and was a Volleyball Monthly High School All American. Missy played club for Mid-Cities(now TAV) out of Dallas, TX from her sophomore thru senior year. In 1990 at the USA volleyball junior nationals, Missy was selected as a first team All-American as an outside hitter.
Missy accepted a full ride volleyball scholarship to the University of Southern California where she was the starting setting for four years. Missy still ranks 6th in all time assists(1323) and 7th for service aces (40). She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration focusing in Finance and Human Resources.
In the fall of 1995, Missy returned to Tulsa, OK where she assumed the interim head coaching role at Bishop Kelley High School. After the high school season ended Missy moved to Joplin, Mo with her now husband David Frette. After moving to Joplin, Missy accepted the assist coach position with Missouri Southern, a division II college in the Missouri Valley conference. Missy coached two seasons with Missouri Southern before moving back to Tulsa in 1998.
From 1998 to 2003 Missy coached club volleyball for T-Town and Team Tulsa volleyball clubs. In 2003 Missy had her daughter, Emma and decided to step away from coaching club. Instead of spending her time coaching she turned her attention to raising funds for various non-profits in the Tulsa area. Missy currently sits on the Board of Directors for Leadership Tulsa, Clarehouse, and OK Region Volleyball Association. She also spent six years on the Arts and Humanities Council board and ran the Art of BBQ for 8 years, a national BBQ competition.
Missy has been a collegiate volleyball referee since 1999. She has refereed Division I, II and NAIA matches for the Big 12, Conf USA, Summit and Sunbelt conferences. Missy is currently an agent for New York Life, assisting individuals with building a stable financial future.
Missy comes from a volleyball family. Her mother, Peggy McCaw, was a collegiate and high school coach before starting club volleyball in the Tulsa, OK area. She sent over 15 guys to college on full or partial volleyball scholarships. She had three of her athletes participate on the USA Olympic Volleyball team: Chip McCaw, Ethan Watts and Scott Larkin. Chip is Missy’s brother who attended Pepperdine University on a volleyball scholarship and won a National Championship his sophomore year(1992). Chip went on to play in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Austrailia. After the Olympics he switched to beach volleyball where he spent 5 years playing on the AVP and FIVB volleyball beach circuit.
Missy has been married for 22 years to David Frette, a former Div. I volleyball player for The Ohio State University. Missy has two children, Emma and Lars.
Program Coach 16-18 | Head Coach 17 Adidas National & Assistant Coach 15 Adidas National
Chip McCaw put Tulsa on the volleyball map in men’s volleyball as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. His U.S. National Team career also included being an alternate at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and representing the United States in multiple international tournaments including the 1992 World University Games in New York and in 1995 in Fukuoka, Japan. After his successful indoor volleyball career, Chip made the move to the U.S. beach national teams program competing for 7 years on the FIVB World Tour and AVP pro beach volleyball tour, reaching a 4th place finish at the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
His mother is legendary Tulsa-area coach, Peg McCaw, who is credited with starting club volleyball in the area and coached her son, daughter, Missy, and several other players who went on to collegiate, Olympic, national team or professional careers. Like his sister, Chip earned a collegiate athletic scholarship to compete at the next level. He earned 2-time National Player of the Year honors at Pepperdine University where he led the Waves to the 1992 NCAA men’s volleyball national championship and earned all-tournament team honors as a freshman. He was a 4-year starting setter at Pepperdine, setting a single-match school record high of 117 assists his freshman year in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match against Long Beach State. During his time at Pepperdine, he earned AVCA All-American, and Volleyball Magazine All-American honors and was as first-time MPSF selection in 1994, a second-team pick in 1993 and 1995. Chip graduated from Pepperdine in 1995 having earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is a member of the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame. His son, Auden, is now attending Pepperdine and is a member of the men’s volleyball team.
Chip lived and trained in the Los Angeles area for nearly 30 years before returning to Tulsa in 2019. He spent a year at Pepperdine in 2018 as a volunteer assistant coach under current Head Coach, David Hunt, having previously served a few years as an assistant coach under legendary Head Coach Emeritus, Marv Dunphy. He coached club volleyball 4 years for Club Rockstar, where his son played, helping them to a Bronze medal finish at the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship.
Chip’s return to Tulsa to support the Ultimate Performance Volleyball club will include coaches training at all levels, while focusing on player development across all age groups.
Coach Peggy “Peg” McCaw started coaching in 1961, and she hasn’t stopped since! Her talents have reached far and wide in the United States’ volleyball community and included guest coaching and clinician positions in most of the 40 regional volleyball associations of USA Volleyball. Her firsthand experience as a player and a coach, from the junior high to collegiate levels, gives Peg a unique perspective, and a deep appreciation for sharing her knowledge with players of all ages.
UPVBC is very proud to have Peggy McCaw to help train our Tulsa coaches and players within the walls of the first club-run facility in the Tulsa area.
She is a champion of girls’ high school volleyball, providing in-service clinics for Tulsa public schools over many years that led to the formation of the first girls’ volleyball high school team in Tulsa. She started a boys’ junior program in 1989, considered the first of its kind in Oklahoma at the time, and was named USA Volleyball’s Boys’ Coach of the Year that season and again in 1991. Her team won the AAU Boys’ National Championship in 1990. Her son, Chip, a 2000 Olympian, was on that team.
But she didn’t stop there. Her passion for coaching and teaching young athletes continues to grow, following them into their adult years. She is the only coach in Oklahoma to have coached an Oklahoma men’s team and win the Open Division at the USA Volleyball Open National Championship. She also played at the U.S. Opens, earning 4-time All-American honors in the Senior Division.
Her desire to find high quality places for her own children to learn and play has been a lifelong mission for her and her family. She and husband, Charlie, who passed in 2019, would spend countless hours and many miles crossing the U.S to attend various junior club, collegiate and national team tournaments where Missy and Chip played. Missy was a high school All-American who earned a college scholarship to the University of Southern California, and is now the founder of the Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club. Son, Chip, won the 1992 NCAA men’s volleyball national championship in his freshman year at Pepperdine University before going on to the U.S. National Team and the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that competed at the Sydney Olympics. He ended his professional playing career as a member of the U.S. national beach volleyball team program, competing on the FIVB World Tour and AVP pro beach volleyball tour for 7 seasons. Chip was joined in the U.S. National Team system by several players who trained under Peg as juniors. Peg’s volunteer service includes sitting on the Volleyball Advisory Board for the Oklahoma High School Athletic Administration and being named Westside YMCA Volunteer of the Year.
Head Coach 11 Adidas National
Coach Thornburg has been playing volleyball since she was in fourth grade. She played for Bishop Kelley High School and was a two-time state champion in 2008 and 2009, as well as team captain. She has coached the Bishop Kelley summer volleyball camp for ten years.
Coach Thornburg, who just recently got married, is in her sixth year teaching Pre-K at All Saints Catholic School and her third season coaching for UPVBC. She was the 8th Grade Volleyball coach for All Saints Catholic School for 5 years.
Head Coach 12 Adidas National
Coach Jones started her volleyball career in 2006 as a 7th grader at Sapulpa. She continued her career to varsity as a freshman and graduated at Sapulpa in 2013, where she was a captain and All Tournament team. This will be her third year coaching at Jenks. She currently plays in a women’s and coed indoor league and also a coed sand league. Coach Jones works at QuikTrip and is going to TCC to become an interpreter for the Deaf.
Assistant Coach 12 Adidas National
She grew up in Haslet, Texas, and started playing volleyball when she was nine years old. At Northwest High School in Texas, Brooke became the school’s all-time career digs leader and holds the school record for service aces. She was named Defensive Player of the Year three times in Wise County and was a first-team all-district player three times as well.
Brooke became a four year letter winner at The University of Tulsa and was the starting libero for four years (2013-2016). She became the second player in program history to eclipse the 2,000 digs mark and finished second all-time in career digs at Tulsa. She was named conference Defensive Player of the Week multiple times. Her senior year she earned American Athletic Conference Second-Team. Brooke graduated from TU with a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2017. Brooke recently competed in an all natural body building competition where she won all of the divisions she competed in and earned her pro card. She has previous coaching experience in giving private lessons and assisting with camps and clinics throughout her career.
Head Coach 12 Adidas
Leah LeBlanc was born and raised in Little Rock Arkansas. She was named All-State as a setter in high school at Episcopal Collegiate. She graduated with a BA in Biology from Lyon College where she played as a setter and defensive specialist for 4 years.
Coach LeBlanc started coaching club volleyball in 2009, and has since coached in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Since 2016 she has coached at Cascia Hall (7th grade and Junior Varsity) and Ultimate Performance.
Head Coach 13 Adidas National
Ryan Wills is in his sixth season as head volleyball coach at The University of Tulsa.
In his 12 seasons coaching on the collegiate level, Wills has been involved in 10 winning seasons, seven 20+ win seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season, Wills guided the Hurricane to a 19-12 overall record and fourth place in the American Athletic Conference. After being picked to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, Tulsa earned a postseason bid in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. That marked the program’s first postseason appearance since 2012. The Hurricane was dominant at home throughout the campaign, boasting an 11-2 mark at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Tulsa played in a total of five five-set matches, going 3-2 in competition. One of the three wins came in a thriller vs. Wichita State, as the Hurricane snapped the Shocker’s 22-0 conference record since joining The American in 2017. During that match, the Hurricane eclipsed 39 points in the first set, which tied the program record.
Wills returned to his alma mater after three years as an assistant coach at Alabama. He was appointed the Tulsa head coach on Feb. 7, 2014.
Wills was born and raised in Tulsa and graduated from Wright Christian Academy before attending The University of Tulsa. He earned his bachelor’s degree from TU in business administration in 2008.
After his graduation from Tulsa in 2008, Wills was a volunteer coach at UCLA for two seasons (2008- 09) under now-retired head coach and National Volleyball Hall of Famer Andy Banachowski, the all-time winningest NCAA Division I women’s volleyball coach and winner of six national championships.
Wills was also the Beach Program Director at the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, where he developed and directed a sand volleyball program for the club. In 2009, the program won the inaugural National Club Championship for club beach volleyball.
Wills’ wife, Evyn, was a four-year letter-winner for the Golden Hurricane volleyball team and completed her career ranked first on the school’s all-time digs list as a libero.
He and Evyn have one son, Ryder.
Assistant Coach 13 Adidas National
Coach Biggins is beginning her sixth year of coaching school volleyball and her fourth year of coaching club volleyball. She played volleyball at Wright Christian Academy for seven years and each year was voted as team captain by her teammates and coaches and awarded All-State throughout her playing career.
Coach Biggins is the Head Volleyball Coach at Glenpool Public Schools and is in her senior year at Rogers State University. Coach Biggins received her Associates of Arts in Education and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in psychology.
Head Coach 13 Adidas
Coach Shans has been coaching volleyball since 2001 with Jenks High School. His first few years he coached the Jenks Freshman team and then, starting in 2006, moved up to be the Jenks Junior Varsity coach and continues to the present. Coach Shans was the member of the Jenks coaching staff that won the Oklahoma 6A State Championship tournament in 2006 and 2014. Coach Shans also has 12+ years coaching club volleyball and has coached 13’s, 14’s, 15’s, and 16’s teams.
Besides being a coach, Coach Shans has taught secondary science for 27 years and was selected as the Jenks Freshman Academy Teacher of the Year for the 2012 – 2013 school year. This year he is teaching 9th grade biology at Jenks Freshman Academy. He is a member of the Freshman Academy Technology Team and the FAHS Awards Committee. Coach Shans has a son, Isaac.
Coach Shans looks forward to the upcoming club season with UPVBC.
Assistant Coach 13 Adidas
This is my 2nd season with UPVBC.
I played NAIA-level college volleyball in NE. I have coached High School in NE, IL, and OK for 15 years and club ball for 11 years. Coaching volleyball is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy the challenge of progressing the skill of athletes as well as guide them to be a good teammate and have fun along the way. My husband, John, and I have 4 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 grand-dogs.
Head Coach 14 Adidas National
After playing volleyball for 7 years, and graduating from Edmond Santa Fe, Coach Horton moved to Columbia, Missouri to attend Mizzou and pursue a career in Education. Her family received an opportunity to move to Tulsa this past summer, and she began teaching 6th grade math and science at Jenks East Intermediate in the fall. Through Jenks, Coach Horton is in the second year of coaching 7th grade volleyball team.
In her free time she love to try new restaurants and walk her dog, Thunder. This will be Coach Horton second year with 13 Adidas with Ultimate Performance!
Assistant Coach 14 Adidas National
Coach Dena started playing volleyball when she was in the 7th grade. She played high school volleyball at Broken Arrow lettering for two years and serving as a Captain her senior year. She has been coaching volleyball for 5 years starting as the Head Coach for the Broken Arrow 9th Grade team while she was in college.
Since graduating college and starting her career, she has been coaching club volleyball.
Coach Dena attended Oral Roberts University and then finished her Bachelors in Business Management at OSU. She works in IT recruiting but her passion is helping young girls develop not only as athletes but also as women. In her spare time she still enjoys watching volleyball and even playing both in leagues and with her sisters any chance she can.
Head Coach 15 Adidas National
Coach Hinds has been coaching and playing volleyball for 26 years and bring a wealth of knowledge to Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club. He has played at the highest level along with some of the best players and coaches in the world, including Carl McGown, Hugh McCutcheon and Troy Tanner.
Coach Hinds started playing volleyball when he was 16 under the direction of Peggy McCaw. While in high school he was named to the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 and also chosen for the 1994 Junior National Team. He was recruited by some of the top D1 collegiate Men’s volleyball programs in the country and decided to play for Brigham Young University. He was a 4-year started as an outside hitter while at BYU. During his senior year, BYU won the 1999 National Championships and Coach Hinds was named to the MPSF All Conference Team and voted by his coaching staff as the Team MVP. After college he was invited to play with the USAV National Team but decided to venture to beach volleyball. He played both semi-pro and professionally until 2007 when he married his college sweetheart. They now have 3 children and live in Jenks.
Since moving back to Oklahoma in 2002, Coach Hinds has been involved with coaching volleyball with several club teams, including a sand volleyball club in the summer of 2019. Coach Hinds is in his fourth year coaching for Ultimate Performance and enjoys passing the knowledge and skills he has learned during his years of playing on to young players.
Assistant Coach 15 Adidas National
Coach Justin comes from a volleyball family where he gained his love for the sport from his parents. He has grown up around the game and has played every position through his career, finishing his 18’s season with a Top 30 finish at Boys Junior Nationals.
Justin has been coaching since his junior year in high school and has coached at every level. Most recently Justin graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019 where was the head student assistant for the OU Women’s Club team and acted as an assistant for the Kaizen 18’s Boys team for several years.
This is Coach Justin’s first year with Ultimate Performance.
Head Coach 15 Adidas
This will be Coach Andy’s fourth year coaching for UPVBC. The last two years Andy has been an assistant on two teams that qualified for Nationals, including a top 20 finish last year. Andy has been exposed to the game of volleyball since he was a toddler and played club volleyball as a 6-rotation middle hitter. Andy’s volleyball knowledge has come from many of the top volleyball minds in the Tulsa area.
Andy graduated from Bixby High School and then graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. While attending TU, Andy was a manager for the Men’s Basketball team and received an Athletic Letter for his contributions to the team. Andy also holds an MBA from The University of Phoenix.
Andy currently works as a Project Manager for the oil and gas industry.
Assistant Coach 15 Adidas
Coach Sofija was born and raised in Latvia(Northern Europe). She started to playing volleyball at 9 and played all the way throughout school and university. Sofija came to America to play volleyball for Seminole State College in Oklahoma and two years later transferred to MidAmerica Nazarene University(Kan.). Sofija has trained in every position but feels most comfortable as an outside hitter. For the last three years, Sofia has coached club for Southwind Rising Volleyball club (Kansas.) for ages 12’s,13’s,14’s,17’s.
This is Coach Sofija’s third season with Ultimate Performance.
Coach Ridgway is a former setter and defensive specialist that started playing volleyball when she was 13 years old. While on the Jenks High School varsity team, she was a two-year letterman. Coach Ridgway also played on several club teams from 2004-2009 and qualified for nationals twice with her teams in 2008 and 2009.
Coach Ridgway is not a newcomer to coaching as she has several years coaching high school and club volleyball starting in 2009 while attending the University of Tulsa, working towards her Bachelor of Science, which she achieved in 2013. After graduating, she continued coaching while teaching Biology and Pre-AP Biology at Jenks Freshman Academy from 2014-2019. She decided to leave the classroom and pursue a nursing degree in the Accelerated BSN program at OU-Tulsa.In her spare time, Coach Ridgway likes to cheer on the Cubs with her dog, Wrigley, run to train for half marathons, and learn to play guitar.
Head Coach 16 Adidas National
Coach Bart began coaching varsity volleyball at Tulsa Webster in 1996 for 3 seasons. She then took time off in 2000 to have her daughter, who is currently playing collegiate volleyball. She took a job at Whitney Middle school and began coaching volleyball again from 2001-2003. Coach Bart decided to take players to a high school camp and that is where Peggy McCaw connected her with Sapulpa High School for another Varsity coaching position. She coached at Sapulpa High school from 2003-2012. Coach Bart was named All-State coach in 2008 as well as Region 2 coach of the year. During her time at Sapulpa, she helped direct and coach club volleyball for Sapulpa athletes for about 5 years. Coach Bart also coached at Team Tulsa Volleyball Club from 2009-2012. In 2013, Coach Bart went to Jenks Middle School to teach and started coaching 8th grade volleyball at Jenks Middle School in 2014 and continued until 2017.
Coach Bart is ready to start another season with Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club and help her athletes #BeUltimate!
Assistant Coach 17 Adidas National
Coach Brad stated playing in his late teens and was coached by Peggy McCaw. He quickly excelled in the sport becoming a top player and competing at an elite level in both indoor and beach winning tournaments all over the country.
Coach Brad has competed in AVP qualifer events, was AVA points leader in Oklahoma for many years and placed in the AVA Sand Championships in Santa Barbara.
He has spent the last several years coaching youth sports including basketball, soccer, football and volleyball. Brad has been assisting volleyball players from beginners to collegiate level for many years. This will be Coach Brad’s second year being an Assistant Coach for UPVBC.
Coach Brad has been married to wife April for 20 years. They have a daughter Olivia who also plays volleyball and son Dax who plays lacrosse and is a student athletic trainer for Broken Arrow high school.
Head Coach 17 Adidas
Coach Justin comes from a volleyball family where the love of the sport has been passed down generations from his grandmother, who currently serves on the GCVOA board. Coach McCowan has been playing volleyball since he was a child. His final year of club volleyball his team celebrated a top 30 finish at nationals. Coach McCowan is entering his 8th year of coaching, which began as a student assistant at Union high school and more recently he was the head student assistant at the University of Oklahoma for two seasons under head coach Lindsey Walton.
Coach McCowan has also spent time as the University of Oklahoma collegiate club head coach, Kaizen 17s boys practice assistant, and is currently entering his second year of 16’s at Ultimate Performance.
Head Coach 18 Adidas National & Assistant Coach 16 Adidas
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Strength and Conditioning Coach
Doug Decker is a diehard volleyball competitor and Owner of Vertical Limit Fitness: A premier Functional Fitness and Strength and Conditioning Training Center. Over the last 21 years he has been involved with the sport of volleyball in some form or fashion. He currently competes on a regular basis in Beach Volleyball tournaments and is still one of the top competitors within the region while in his 40’s. Doug contributes his continued success in athletics and life, to his consistent exercise routine and active lifestyle. The methodology of training (Vertical Response Training, VRT™) he uses, has allowed for many of his clients to receive College Scholarships and their school of choice. VRT is the ultimate program for athletes when it comes to increasing the Four ‘S’s’: Speed, Strength, Stability and Stamina, i.e. POWER output– all needed to be an elite player.
– Owner and Trainer of Vertical Limit Fitness
– Manager/trainer women’s NCAA Volleyball – Oral Roberts University (1995-1997)
– Assistant Volleyball Coach – Bishop Kelly High School – State Champions (1998)
– Golden Eagle Club Volleyball Coach (1996-1999)
– High School/Junior College Volleyball Referee (1997-98)
– Private skills instructor to individual High School Volleyball players
– Strength, Agility and Vertical Jump instructor to H.S. Volleyball players
– United States Volleyball Association competitor
– Guest Speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) – Bixby High School
– Guest Speaker for Local Heroes program through OSU-Tulsa GEAR-UP
– Guest Speaker for Summer Youth Institute through Tulsa Community College
– Lead facilitator for Youth Leadership workshops and initiatives through the Building Community Institute
– Co-facilitator/trainer for Professional Learning Workshops with BCI (Leadership, Diversity)