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Tracy Vondran

Tracy Vondran-GCVC Volleyball

Tracy has been with CVA-Columbus since it's start in 2006. She has experience at the Jr. High, High School and Club levels. In 1984 Tracy played for Sports Performance in Chicago, Illinois and later moved to Southern California to play for Magnum Volleyball Club.

Tracy played at The Ohio State University under coach Jim Stone from 1989-1992 where she was a member of two Big Ten Championship teams and had one Final Four appearance.

After graduation, Tracy shifted gears and began coaching girl’s volleyball at Bexley Jr. High and High School from 1994-2001. In her final two seasons as the Varsity Head Coach, she coached the team to a league championship and to the District finals. During the 2002-2003 seasons she was the Assistant Varsity coach at Thomas Worthington High School where the Cardinals were league champions and District runner-ups. In 2007, Tracy moved to Olentangy Liberty High School as the Assistant Varsity Coach with Jen Chapman and helped guide the Patriots to their first league championship.  She has coached club volleyball since 1994.

Tracy is happily married to her husband, Chris, and has three children, Josie, Michael and Clara.

Jen Chapman

Jen has been the Head Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach at Olentangy Liberty since 2003 and lead the team to an OCC championship in 2007, 2009 and 2010, a District Championship in 2015, and most recently OCC Buckeye Division co-champs 2017.  These accomplishments earned her the OCC Capital Co-Coach of the Year in 2007, Coach of the year OCC Capital division in 2009, District Co-Coach of the year in 2009, OCC Buckeye division 2017, and Co-Coach of year Central district division 2017.

Jen is an active participant in USAV as a coach and is Impact certified. In 2007 she coached the CVA-Columbus U16 team and earned a bid to participate in the Junior National tournament in Minneapolis and in 2008 she coached the CVA-Columbus U17 team and earned a bid to Junior Nationals in Dallas. Jen has also coached various levels of open teams for Glass City Volleyball Club and for CapCity Volleyball Club. She lead teams at the U14 level for two years and the U15 level for one year and was voted “Coach of the Club” in 2005.

Prior to coaching, Jen played as a right side hitter for Heidelberg College and earned a degree in Secondary Education. Several of Coach Chapman's former high school and club players have gone on to play collegiate volleyball either as a scholarship or as walk-on athletes.


Kate Hammer

Kate Hammer-GCVC Volleyball

Kate returns to us with several years of playing and coaching experience. She played at Sheridan High School and was in the Athens Volleyball Club system. Kate continued her volleyball career at Marietta College. Kate has coached at Bishop Watterson High School and has spent time as an assistant coach at Capital University. Her club coaching career includes Mintonette Sports and CVA-Columbus coaching National teams at both clubs. Kate is also an OHSAA licensed official. In her spare time Kate enjoys playing adult league indoor volleyball, doing DIY projects, and has a side business called Rosie's Posies. She also enjoy spending time with her Boston terrier Rosie and her husband Brent.


Katie Capella

Katie Capella-GCVC Volleyball

Katie Capella has been coaching since 2012 across all age groups with Greater Columbus Volleyball Club and formally CVA-Columbus. She also played for CVA-Columbus back in 2006 and 2007 when the club was first established.

Prior to coaching, Katie played at Wittenberg University where she was a two-time 2nd team All American middle hitter. Her team made four NCAA tournament appearances during her career, and in 2011, Katie co-led her team to win the NCAA DIII National Championship.

She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Communication and currently works in sales for JP Morgan Asset Management.

Katie and her husband Jeff are happily living in Grandview with their black lab, Goose, and enjoy cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Charlene Johnson Whitted

Charlene Johnson Whitted-GCVC Volleyball

Charlene Johnson Whitted has built an impressive volleyball resume with her most notorious accomplishment as an Olympian in 2000. She is currently the Head Volleyball coach for both the 7th and 8th grade teams at New Albany Middle School. She is also the Director of Volleyball for American College Connection which is a recruiting company that helps get student/athletes noticed and recruited by Colleges. She is also a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils in which she helps educate people about natural remedies to help improve and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In 2015, Charlene returned to the Collegiate Coaching scene where she accepted a season-long position as an assistant coach with BYU who won their conference, finished the regular season 25-3, and made it to the Sweet 16 before losing to the eventual National Champion Nebraska. Her other Collegiate position was as an assistant coach from 2003 - 2007 at the University of Nebraska where they also captured the NCAA Championship Title in 2006, and were Runner Up in 2005.

Charlene was very active within the USA Volleyball High Performance program from 2002 through 2014. She was an assistant coach with the USA Junior National Team in 2002 and again in 2012 and 2013. Prior to that in 2010 and 2011, she served as an assistant coach for the USA Youth National Team which competed in the first ever Youth Olympic Games.

A member of the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2001, Charlene was blessed to travel the world, make lifelong friends and earn awards and medals in the process finishing 4th at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Charlene coached in the United States Professional Volleyball (USPV) league during the 2001-2002 season while she was recovering from a wrist injury. She also played 4 professional seasons; Italy in 2000 – 2001, Switzerland in 1996 – 1997, Salt Lake City, UT in 1994 – 1996. 

Charlene played collegiately at Brigham Young University from 1991-1994 and graduated with a degree in therapeutic recreation in 1999. She was a two-time AVCA All-American and helped the Cougars to their first-ever NCAA semifinal appearance in 1994. She started her career as the WAC Freshman of the Year in 1991 and finished as the WAC Player of the Year in 1994.

In Charlene’s Junior year of High School, she won the Nevada State Title and named 1st Team Prep All American and Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit. She moved her Senior Year to Pleasant Grove, Utah and she took that team to their 1st ever State Tournament and finished 4th.

Charlene played club volleyball for Nevada Juniors out of Las Vegas from 1986 – 1990. In those 4 years they finished 1st at the Junior Olympics twice, where she earned the MVP Award both years, and they finished 2nd once. They also had a 1st place and two 2nd place finishes at the Davis Festival.

Charlene is married to Randall Whitted and has 6 children.


Karen Morlan

Karen Morlan-GCVC Volleyball

Coach Morlan has coached high school female athletes for twenty volleyball seasons and just completed her tenth year as the head volleyball coach for New Albany High School, where she coached her team to an OCC-Capital Division conference championship and was voted Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.  In 2004, the New Albany volleyball team won the league for the first time in the school’s history and Coach Morlan was named the MSL Coach of the Year.  In 2014, the Eagles were District Runner-Ups.  She coached club volleyball for Columbus United Volleyball club for three years, coaching girls that were between 10-14 years of age.  During her eight years as an assistant coach at Westerville North High School, she was involved with four league championships, two district championships, and one regional championship. A 1993 graduate of Capital University, Coach Morlan currently teaches AP Calculus AB, Senior Seminar, and Engineering Mathematics in conjunction with Wright State University at New Albany High School.  She is the Mathematics Department Chair and Senior Project Coordinator.  She received her Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.  She resides in New Albany with her husband, Brian, and their three children: Kayla, AJ, and Kacy. 


Cassie Hausfeld

Cassie Hausfeld-GCVC Volleyball

Cassie Hausfeld, returns to GCVC on the coaching side of the court after her collegiate career at Seton Hill University. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice while competing as a starting outside hitter all four years and team captain her Junior and Senior year.  Her team made two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and reached the PSAC Championship Finals in 2014.  Hausfeld earned two All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 1st team honors and a 2nd team honor.  Hausfeld earned recognition for being a member prestigious 1,000 kills / 1,000 digs club.

Previous to this at Dublin Coffman High School she played and lettered on the Varsity team all four years. Notably, her 2009 and 2010 seasons were capped as State Championship Runner-up.  Hausfeld’s high school honors include 2nd Team All-Ohio DI, 1st Team All District, DI, and OCC Player-Of-The-Year & 1st Team.

Hausfeld has been coaching since she was 18 with local programs such as Dublin Youth Volleyball, Dublin Coffman High School, and Worthington High School and has also been giving players individual lessons since she was 18. Most recently Cassie coached at the Keystone Volleyball Club in Greensburg, PA as an Assistant Coach for the 14's. 


Allison Merkle

Allison Merkle-GCVC Volleyball

Allison Merkle played at CVA-Columbus as a setter from 2007–2013. She was a varsity starter her last two years at Bishop Watterson, where she earned 2nd Team All-District DI. She then went on to set for Loyola University Chicago’s Women’s Club Volleyball team. Allison served on the executive board three out of her four years, including President of the organization her sophomore year. During this time, she led her club to a 5th place finish at the NCVF National Championship. In addition to coaching her team at Loyola, Allison has coached at CVA-Columbus lessons and practices, and she is currently coaching the Immaculate Conception 8th grade team with staff member Tracy Vondran.


Christine Simpson

Christine Simpson returns to coach at Greater Columbus Volleyball where she previously assisted coaching 11’s and 18’s during the 2012 season. She is excited to begin coaching again!

Christine played at Wittenberg University where she was a Right Side/Outside Hitter. Her team made four NCAA tournament appearances during her career, and was named 2nd Team All NCAC in 2011. Additionally in 2011, Wittenberg won the NCAA DIII National Championship and Christine was part of the All-Tournament team for her performance.

She graduated in 2012 with dual degrees in International Studies and Spanish and now works in Sales for Ohio Laser. Christine lives in Columbus and enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.


Matt Brown

Matt grew up in northern Ohio, playing basketball & baseball in high school. His introduction to volleyball came while attending Ohio Wesleyan University where he played on the club volleyball team for 2 years as a middle blocker/defensive specialist. Matt has been coaching youth sports (volleyball, basketball, baseball) in Central Ohio for nearly 20 years, including various junior high volleyball teams at St. Andrew School over the past 10 years. Currently, Matt is the middle school history and religion teacher and 4th-grade girls volleyball coach at St. Andrew School in Upper Arlington. With all of his free time, he is currently working toward a Masters in Sports Coaching from Ohio State University and enjoys spending time with his wife, Bree, and two children, AJ and Addie.


Erin Pence

Erin played volleyball at Cornell University where she started as an outside hitter all four years and served as team captain her senior year.  Erin graduated from Cornell in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Prior to that, she played high school volleyball at Thomas Worthington and earned All-Ohio honors her junior and senior years.   

Erin previously coached 16's at CVA-Columbus during the 2012 season and has spent the past two springs coaching the Unified Volleyball team for Northwest Special Olympics.  She is thrilled to be joining the GCVC team this year.  When she is not coaching or playing volleyball, Erin enjoys spending time outside with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Odie.


Kim Dixon

Kim Dixon joins our coaching staff with many years of coaching and playing experience. She is a 1989 graduate of Reynoldsburg HS where her team was a two-time State Runner up. In college, she was a Defensive Specialist at Walsh College from 1989-1991, and then transitioned to play for The Ohio State University from 1992-1993 under head coach Jim Stone. The Buckeyes finished in the Elite 8 during her career there.

Kim has been the JV Head Coach for Fairfield Union High School where her teams have routinely finished top three in the league.  As the Assistant Varsity Coach, the program won back to back District Titles during her tenure. Kim was responsible for defense development and serve receive for the varsity program while also training multiple serving styles (float, jump topspin, jump float or hybrids). She assisted with setter training for both teams and coordinated strength and conditioning training for the volleyball program overall.  

Kim has multiple years of club coaching experience while at Central Ohio Volleyball Club where she coached 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U teams. For the past two club seasons, Kim has broadened her volleyball resume by becoming an OVR Provisional Official.

Kim is happily married to Fairfield County Deputy Sheriff / Lancaster High School Resource Officer Jeff Dixon. She has two children, Cyera Rose and Geoff. Aside from being an RN and volleyball coach, Kim and her family live an adventurous life on Twin Creek Farm where they raise goats and AKC Great Dane pups. Other animals that call the farm home include a 26 year old mounted patrol horse named Sundance, a couple Pygmy goats and a half dozen ducks.