I am very excited to be coaching again this year!! Along with having 4 years of coaching experience, I have 12 years of playing experience. I began playing at age 8 in city league, and then club vball from age 10 through all of high school. Team Captain every year in club. I was MVP both years in Jr. High with holding setting assist records, as well as varsity setter all 4 years at Sunrise Mountain HS. I currently play college volleyball at Glendale Community College as Setter/RS, where in 2016 we won Region Title... and hoping for the same in 2017! Setting is my passion! I love working with the younger girls and can't wait to start the upcoming season!
I graduated from Sunnyslope High School in 2001 where I played varsity volleyball for three years, varsity basketball for two years, varsity soccer for two years, and varsity softball for three years. I was the captain and goalkeeper at Phoenix College for two years and was ranked #3 in the nation for saves per game. I also played one year at Phoenix College as their libero/ds, and we were ranked as high as #3 in the nation. I was a collegiate academic all-American in soccer and volleyball and both of my teams were named as academic teams of the year in their respective sport. I am going on my 13th year of coaching volleyball. I have coached the ages of 14-18 years old during high school and club. I am the current junior varsity coach at Westview High School. I was an Arizona region referee in 2015, and I am an Arizona region site director (2015-current). This is my third year with Az. Airstrike.
Volleyball is a huge part of my life! I played all 4 years at Sunrise Mountain HS, and the past 3 years I played college volleyball as well, at PC and CGCC. I enjoy coaching all ages and teaching players the correct skill sets. This will be my 3rd season of coaching with Airstrike and I am excited to start the new season!
Kristi Glidewell-Club Director/Owner
I am so excited to be coaching again this year! I began playing volleyball at the age of 8 with city league volleyball, and at the age of 12 I began playing club volleyball through high school. I played all 4 years of high school at Sunrise Mountain HS as setter then 2 years of college volleyball at Glendale Community College where both years our team made it to Nationals. I have coached ages 8 through 18 over the past 10 years and I cannot wait to get on the court and teach everything I can about the most amazing sport there is!
I am currently the head coach for the boys' volleyball program at Sunrise Mountain HS. In fact, I have been the programs only head coach since its inception in 2004. I also coached the girls program at SMHS for 4 years with a record of 93-63, winning 2 region titles, and making state playoffs 3 of the 4 years. I have been named volleyball region coach of the year 3 times since 2006. My passion for volleyball is very deep and since 1996 I have worked for the Volleyball Festival Tournament helping administer a top notch tournament. Through the years, I have also coached basketball and track. I have also served as athletic director for 2 years at my former school in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. I am excited to be coaching for another club season at Airstrike.
I am the founder for AZ Airstrike Volleyball....My background includes playing the role of parent for 18 years (30 seasons total) while my kids played club/HS/college vball, the role of coach, where I have 12 years of experience, and director of Airstrike Volleyball Club for the past 6 years. I have more than 20 years experience in Business Finance, Customer Service, and currently Real Estate. I enjoy working together with the coaches, players and parents. It is important to keep communication lines open, so that is a guarantee with our club!
I was a starting middle at Division 1 Jacksonville State University in Alabama. I also played two years for head coach Lisa Stuck at Glendale Community College …was a two-time all-state performer, earning second team as a freshman and first team as a sophomore…was a first team all-region player in both seasons, hitting over .400 and finishing in the top five in the conference and top 10 in the nation in kills…a second team All-American after guiding the Gauchos to a region championship as a sophomore, one year after claiming a conference title as a freshman…was named MVP of the San Diego Invitational Tournament.
Played at Sunrise Mountain High School for head coach Tony Gale…earned all-state honors in 2010 and 2011, while also claiming first team all-district and all-region accolades…was a second team all-region pick as a sophomore in 2009…led the Mustangs to back-to-back region championships in 2009 and 2010…had a career .316 attack percentage…was the team’s offensive MVP in 2009, 2010 and 2011, while grabbing Team MVP honors as a senior…holds the SMHS records for games played, block assists, kills, attack percentage, aces, service attempts and service percentage…was the Max Preps Player of the Year in 2011 and earned the US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award in 2012.
I have more than 6 years of coaching experience and looking forward to the new season!