Meet the Team

Meet our team of passionate Coaches! Each individual is special in their own way and most importantly: they care about your child's growth! When your child jumps for joy of being able to perform a skill seemingly impossible before, that's when we all get our reward!

We are excited to welcome new coaches to our Thunderbolt Family!!


Jadwiga Graham

Program Director, Coach

9-12, 13-15 Coed, Select Club 14U+

Originally from Poland, former player in High School and College, over 10 years of coaching experience in St. Louis and St. Charles area, extremely passionate about volleyball and young athlete's development.

"I believe foundation skills are a catalyst to an energetic, fun, fast moving game! Ball handling is #1, then everything else falls in place. What I enjoy the most is when I make a right call about the player's position (even if the player does not believe in her or himself) and later, the player discovers the power within herself and carries pride on their face! It's an amazing feeling! I love seeing a positive impact on players!"


Brian Taylor

Coach, 13-15 Boys and Girls

Played recreational volleyball for past several years. Coached 8-14 years old girls and boys recreational leagues for past four years. Coached one team to a league championship. Brian loves presenting challenges for youth and seeing them work hard to achieve their goals.
"I love seeing young athletes make progress in their abilities and love for the sport. Sports teach youth great lessons on life and prepare them for the challenges they will face throughout life. I love being a catalyst for that experience."
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Brandy Larson

Coach, 13-15 Girls, Select Club 14U+

Former captain, setter, and all American for her Varsity High School State Championship team, which placed Nationally two years in a row! Brandy is an extremely cheerful coach with 5 years of experience, known for her excellent setting and serving skills.

"I love the game of Volleyball and look forward to watching that love develop in younger players."

Privately, Brandy and her family of 5, love to travel and are always on the lookout for their next adventure! Her adventurous self, brings the passion to the volleyball court!!


Amy Sowinski

Coach, 13-15 Coed

Former High School player, current adult co-ed indoor and sand league player. Former Head JV Volleyball Coach and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Ocoee High School in Ocoee, FL. Known for serving strength, passionate about teaching good court communication and proper footwork. Eager to help young players refine skills to earn that spot on their desired team.

Tracee Raife

Coach, 16U Select Club, 13-15 Coed

Coach Tracee is an incredible Coach, wonderful personality with a pure passion for sport. You will be in care of a former high school and college volleyball player recognized from 1990 to 1992 as an Outstanding Offensive and Defensive player.  Also in 1994, recognized for Scholastic-Athletic Achievements by the Birmingham Post-Herald, selected as the Most Valuable Player, and presented the Distinguished Athlete Award by the United States Marine Corps.  In short: your athlete will be in GREAT care!

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Valerie Good

Coach, 9-12 Coed

Valerie played volleyball all through middle and high school as an outside hitter and backrow specialist and she was also named All Conference two years in a row in high school.  Valerie also played club/travel volleyball all through middle and high school where she primarily played the positions of setter and outside hitter.  After high school Valerie could not give up the game so she continued to play recreational volleyball in several different leagues and assisted in several volleyball camps.

“I have a great passion and love for the game of volleyball and I am so excited to be able to share my skills and passion with the young athletes.  Teaching the young athletes the fundamentals of the game and seeing the players improve brings great joy to me!”  One of my biggest saying is “Play Hard & Have Fun!”


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