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

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 dog.

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.

Fiona Monday (Bolten)

Hello! I am excited to be part of such a great club! I have been coaching for over 20 years at every level from Division I college to elementary school volleyball. I love helping kids become confident, competitive, smart, healthy, responsible, successful, happy young adults! I’ve had the privilege to play collegiate volleyball at University of Kentucky and Florida State University, where I was a setter. I played high school volleyball at Berkeley Prep where we won four state titles. I also played club volleyball for Tampa Bay Juniors, under Director, Randy Dagostino.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Master’s degree in Sport Administration, and an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. I currently work as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Mom! I have two wonderful daughters and a very supportive, loving husband. I am honored to be around Coach Brenda and her staff. We are all committed to having your child be a great volleyball player and person! Please let me know how I can help you…….GO TAMPA NORTH!

Mike Lawrence

Mike brings 15+ years of coaching experience. He is a Florida native that attended Miramar and American Sr. High Schools (in Miami). He was a multiple sport athlete who played football, basketball and ran track. In addition to earning ALL County (Dade) and Top 5 ALL State High School Football Rankings, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to play football at Kansas State University.

During his time at K-State, he earned a few BIG XII Honors and broke records including ALL TIME LEADING Rusher in K-State history. Mike graduated from K-State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (minor in Social Studies) and a Masters in Marketing.

After college, he played professionally for 12 years (NFL Europe, GFL and Arena Leagues). In his off seasons, he was active in training and developing other athletes. This is when Mike found his passion for coaching.

Mike’s coaching career includes 5 years high school track, 15+ years football (high school and college levels) and 5 years of high school volleyball (Dunedin HS and Wiregrass Ranch HS) He was assistants and Head Coach. This will be his 1st year being a part of the Tampa North Volleyball Club family.

Jason Skoch

Jason is currently the Head Coach at St Leo University. Division II veteran, Jason Skoch, who has amassed over 400 wins and led his teams to five NCAA Elite Eight appearances during his career, was named Saint Leo’s new head volleyball coach on January 8, 2019, ushering in a new era for Saint Leo volleyball.

In his 14 years as a head coach Skoch, a five-time conference coach of the year, has put together a .790-winning percentage with a record of 413-110, including a 276-88 mark in 10-years at West Texas A&M. He has guided his programs to nine 30-plus win seasons while earning 13 conference titles, between Truman State and West Texas A&M, and 11 NCAA postseason appearances with five NCAA Elite Eight appearances.

Skoch picked up his 400th coaching win on Sept. 8, 2018 against MSU Texas, in sweeping fashion. He has guided 68 all-conference players and 34 all-Americans at Truman State and West Texas A&M. At West Texas, Skoch captured five Lone Star Conference Championships and made seven NCAA Regional appearances including three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. He was a four-time LSC Coach of the Year and helped the Lady Buffs set the record for the longest conference winning streak in Division II history at 87-straight matches which started in 2006, three years before he took over the program, and lasted until Sept. 17, 2011.

He guided the Lady Buffs to four perfect conference seasons including 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. In his four seasons at Truman State, he compiled a 137-22 record (.861), made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, developed 11 All-America student-athletes as well as two MIAA Most Valuable Players. The Bulldogs were MIAA regular season and tournament champions in both 2006 and 2007, and spent a portion of the 2005 campaign ranked number one in the national polls. Additionally, the Bulldogs were ranked in the AVCA Division II Top 25 Poll every week during his tenure as head coach. While still at Truman, Skoch recruited the 2009 AVCA National Freshman of the Year, Megan Sharpe.

In 2007, Skoch’s squad set season records in kills, hitting attempts, assists, digs and blocks en route to a 36-6 overall record, an MIAA tournament title, a No. 1 seed in the South Central Regional, and a trip to regional championship match. The 36 wins were the second-most in program history, as the team won the MIAA East division for the second-straight season.

Skoch has demonstrated success from the outset of his Truman tenure, as in his first season at the helm, Truman finished second in MIAA play and won the MIAA postseason tournament. After opening the season ranked second in the preseason national poll, the squad jumped up to No. 1 one week later for the first time in school history. They held the top spot for six weeks in 2005.

He capped off his first season at the institution with a South Central regional title before falling in the Elite Eight against host and national-No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney.

A former club volleyball player at Penn State University, University of Memphis and Oklahoma State University, Skoch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State in 1998, with a major in statistics and a minor in mathematics. The Yukon, Okla. native, Skoch went on to earn his Master of Science in statistics from Penn State in 2001.

Jason and his wife, Karen, have three sons, Jay, Kyle and Kade, and one daughter, Emmie.

Kate Frank

Kate brings 18 years of Volleyball experience between coaching and playing to Tampa North. Originally from Bowling Green, KY, Kate played for Greenwood High School  from the 7th grade on up and was a 4 year Varsity player. Kate was named the KHSAA All-State team as a junior and helped take her team to the state tournament 3 of her 4 years. Kate played for several different clubs during her 6 year club-career including BRAVO out of her hometown in Bowling Green and IMPACT (Now ALLIANCE) out of Nashville, TN.

After High School, Kate went on to play Division II ball at Ouachita Baptist University as a Middle Blocker/Right Side Hitter. While attending OBU, Kate earned a B.S. in Education/Kinesiology. She also coached club ball for Hot Spring Juniors out of Hot Springs, Arkansas in the spring of her Junior and Senior years.

After college, Kate got married to her husband, Aaron, and continued her teaching/coaching career at North Heights Junior High and Texarkana High School in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Her and her husband moved back to KY after one year and she coached the freshman, JV, and Varsity teams at Warren Central High School in Bowling

Green while teaching in different special education rooms. She also coached at BRAVO, where she used to play herself, for 3 years before her family moved to Tampa. She has coached for Tampa North for 3.5 years and is really excited to come back to the club after taking a season off for her growing family.  Kate previously taught/coached at Citrus Park Christian School in Tampa and now teaches/coaches at Countryside Christian Academy in Clearwater, FL.

 Kate and her husband have a 2 year old daughter, Dru, and 2 dogs- Roscoe and Anah.

Megan Sweeney

Megan grew up in Cocoa Beach Florida, where she began to play both indoor and beach volleyball at age 9. She was a six year varsity player, first making the team in 7th grade at her Jr/Sr High School. She is a lefty and played all 6 rotations of right side. She focused on specializing as a right side hitter but also played back row and led her team in serve receive.
She played competitive club for 6 years before focusing on high school volleyball, where she lead her team as captain senior year to the finals in the regional tournament – one of the farthest in school history. Early in her volleyball career she qualified for 2 indoor Junior Olympic tournaments and 1 beach volleyball National Championship, where she and her partner placed 7th in the country.
She has volunteer experience as a coach for summer camps and 1 year of club volleyball. She is excited to join the Tampa North Family!