ABOUT US

Brenda Winkeler

Brenda is the founder and Director of Tampa North Volleyball Club. She is starting this new club using her 30+ years of volleyball experiences.

For 11 years she successfully coached Division 1 volleyball. As the Head Coach at Eastern Illinois from 2000 to 2004, she recorded an 82-72 record over five seasons. There she helped revitalize a Panthers program, making the NCAA tournament in 2001 playing Arizona State in the first round. In 2004 the Panthers captured a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title. Brenda left Eastern Illinois when she became the Head Coach at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois. She spent seven seasons as the head coach at Southern Illinois. During that time she led the Salukis to an 85-89 record, and helped establish a school record RPI of 107 in 2009.

She has worked as an assistant coach at two Division II NCAA programs as well as consulting and coaching with USAV Club programs in her local areas of Southern Illinois, Austin, Texas and most recently Tampa, Florida. Brenda was a teacher and Head Coach at every level within the State of Illinois system, including Club, High School, Junior College and Division 1 NCAA programs.

Her collegiate coaching experiences have included many honors and successes at both the team and individual level. At the NJCAA level she led the Parkland Cobras to a 1999 NJCAA National Championship.

Brenda has either been a coach, consultant or founder with a USAV club team in every area where she has lived. This started with her founding and directing of the Prime Time Volleyball Club in 1995 in Champaign Illinois. She has worked and coached with numerous other clubs ever since. This continued passion has led her to begin the Tampa North Volleyball Club.

Coaching History

Collegiate:

  • 2015-2016 – Saint Leo University Assistant Coach (Division 2)
  • 2014-2015 – St Edward’s University Assistant Coach (Division 2)
  • 2005-2011 – Southern Illinois University Head Coach (Division 1)
  • 2000-2005 – Eastern Illinois University Head Coach (Division 1)
  • 1990-2000 – Parkland College Head Coach (NJCAA)
  • 1984-1989 – Hume Shiloh High School Coach

Club:

  • 2015-2016 – Tampa United 14
  • 2014-2015 – Texas Shock VBC – Consultant
  • 2012-2014 – Southern Illinois VBC 14
  • 2001-2005 – Prime Time VBC JrHi/Youth Director • 1995-2000 – Prime Time VBC Director

Degrees/Certifications:

  • Master of Science; University of Illinois, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Millikin University, 1984

Kenny Lindberg

Kenny brings 15+ years of experience both coaching and playing to Tampa North. A Meadville, PA native and letter winner at Meadville High School, Kenny has also spent time playing club for both Tool City (Meadville) and Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Clubs. Following his senior year Kenny spent time playing in Italy as part of an American team, playing in cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice.

Following High School and Italy, Kenny enrolled at Division 1 Lees-McRae College, before finding a fit at nationally ranked Medaille College in Division III. Additionally, Kenny has spent time as a student manager for Medaille College, once opportunities presented itself. Following graduation, Kenny signed on with Commodore Perry High School in PA taking over their High School, and Junior High programs.

After his career sent him out to the Seattle area, Kenny worked as a volunteer with the AVP Tour’s Seattle Open, learning tips and tricks from some of the top volleyball players in the world.

Maggie Smith

Maggie brings nearly 20 years of experience between coaching and playing to Tampa North. A Chicago Suburb native and 3 year Varsity player at Stevenson High School-still to this day the winningest player in the past 20 years with a record of 98-19 during her three years on Varsity.  Maggie was named all-conference as a senior, all-conference honorable mention as a junior and selected as MVP at multiple tournaments during her high school career. Maggie played for the top team of her age group at Sky High Volleyball Club qualifying and competing in Junior Nationals 3 years in a row.

After High School, Maggie was offered a full-scholarship to play at Division 1 North Carolina State University in the ACC as a Middle Blocker. She was a 4 year starter for NC State.  Maggie can be found in NC States record books 3 times: 4th for Career Blocks at 415, 5th for Career hitting percentage at .296, and 2nd for total blocks in a single season at 164.  That blocking total landed her in the top 20 in the entire country in 2011.

Maggie won several awards during her collegiate career: Multiple All Tournament Selections, ACC Player of the Week, First Team All ACC, Team and Coach elected MVP, and the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year for NC State University.  Maggie earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion and Textile Brand Management and Marketing.

After college, Maggie found herself coaching at TNT Volleyball Club where she played nearly 10 years previous.  She coached both boys and girls ages 12-18 over her 5 years with the club.  Maggie also found her way back to her own high school as the Stevenson Girls Junior Varsity coach for 2016 and 2017. She assisted the Varsity coach with a 3rd place State Tournament Finish in 2016.

Maggie and her husband have now settled in Saint Petersburg, FL with their two dogs.

McKenzie Herold

McKenzie is from Evanston, Wyoming. She was a two time All State Player in high school and played libero for Central Wyoming College. She was previously an Assistant Coach at Laramie High School where they won Regionals and took third at state in 2017. McKenzie comes from a volleyball family her father is a veteran coach and her sister currently coaches volleyball!

She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Florida and plans to graduate in 2021.

Jaclyn Stephens

Jaclyn is originally from Russia. She moved to the USA at the age of 14 and at 15 years old she began playing volleyball for Brandon HIgh School JV team. After one year on JV and club volleyball, she played on varsity as a middle blocker/right side. She played volleyball for four years at Brandon HIgh School and local volleyball clubs in Tampa Bay area. After high school, Jaclyn went to Maryville College, TN which is a D3 school and played for four years.

During college, Jaclyn traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer and play volleyball. Her senior year, Maryville College won their conference and were undefeated where she stared as a middle blocker. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Jaclyn volunteered coaching volleyball at Semour, TN Boy’s and Girls Club. She also coached at Maryville Volleyball Clinics.