Club EP Director
In addition to his Director role and oversight / directing of practices for ALL U14 and U12 teams
Chad Becker will be the Head Coach of 14-1s team.
With Becker’s guidance as the EPVA director and U14 head coach Eden Prairie’s youth volleyball program is aligned with a progression to the High School program. His involvement also carries out EPVA’s goal to be a top choice club for girls to advance their skills and play of volleyball. Chad Becker’s volleyball leadership within Eden Prairie dates back to 1996 when he first joined the High School Coaches Team. Becker advanced to his current position of Head Varsity Coach for the Eden Prairie Eagles which he has held since 2006. The Eagles are consistently a top ranked team in their conference under Becker’s leadership. In 2011, Eden Prairie won its first Class AAA Volleyball State Championship title. Becker was also named “Coach of the Year” in 2011 for Class AAA by the MN Volleyball Coaches Association.
Chad played for Naperville North High School (IL) and went on to play for the Univ of MN Men's Club - both at the setter position. Following college Chad went on to coach for EP Girls Athletic Association, Club Tonka and then spent 13 years coaching at Northern Lights before joining the EPVA.
Abby grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and began playing club volleyball at the age of 12 where she played as a defensive specialist for Eden Prairie. During high school she played primarily in the back row for JV and Varsity. Graduating high school in 2008, she went on to get a BS in Athletic Training from UW-Eau Claire. She played intramural volleyball and went on to win many league seasons as well as work as a volleyball referee in her free time. Most recently, Abby graduated from UW-Madison with a MS in Kinesiology. She brings to the program extensive experience working with a variety of athletes and is excited to help develop each girl as an athlete and leader!
Scott is very excited to join Club EP. Scott spent his volleyball playing days in southern California earning all-conference and all-state honors in high school and went on to play at El Camino College and at UC Riverside. After spending 7 years working in the video game industry, Scott returned to school to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, graduating with high honors from DePaul University. Scott’s decision to leave corporate America to teach high school was highly inspired by his desire to coach volleyball (as well as his wife’s desire to move back to Chicago). Scott moved to MN in 2011. He has 19 seasons of coaching experience with both boys and girls, ranging in age from 12 to 18... 12 seasons in Chicago coaching 9A, JV and as varsity assistant at GBS high school, including a 3rd place IL state tournament finish. The last 7 seasons have been in MN with Chanhassen CV (12-1, 13-1 and 14-2), Chanhassen HS (B-squad) and EPHS (9B).
Hanya Minta, is a 2007 Eden Prairie graduate and a two year letter winner who played under Coach Chad Becker. Hanya played Division I volleyball at Chicago State University where she was a starting setter for four years. She ended her volleball career with near records in both assists and hitting percentages. The 2012-2013 season was Hanya's first year coaching in the EP program. She led her 16-1s JO team to multiple top three finishes in tournament play.
Amy started playing volleyball when she was 10 years old and JO's when she was 12 and that is where her love for setting started. She attended Kennedy High School and was a 4 year letter winner, 2 year team captain and 2 year MVP. Her junior and senior year of JO she played at Club Tonka where she was coached by Chad Becker. To further her love of setting Amy attended setting camps taught by the U of M setting coach during the summer.
Amy attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls where she played setter and defensive specialist. During college Amy helped with camps during the off season.
After college she coached at Northern Lights for 4 years at the 14 age level and 1 year at Eden Prairie 14. She was the assistant varsity coach at Eden Prairie for 3 years.
Mackenzie started playing volleyball in 4th grade and continued throughout high school. She played under Chad Becker her senior year and unfortunately had to end the season early due an injury, but continued to stay on as a team manager. She graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2012 with a state championship title and continued to play on competitive leagues and intramural teams throughout college. Mackenzie has coached summer camps for Eden Prairie and is new to the EP JO coaching staff.
Meg is from Omaha, Nebraska where she played volleyball from 4th grade until high school. She started playing JO volleyball at age 12 as a setter for Premier Volleyball. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2012, she became a resident of Minnesota and began coaching at the high school level. Meg has coached 16's for Northern Heat, and also has varsity coaching experience through her work with the Minnesota Ultimate Youth Club Championship Girls' team. She currently works at Symtec, Inc. as a Marketing & Project Manager and continues to play in sand volleyball leagues over the summer. Meg is new to the program and excited to become part of the Eden Prairie JO team!
Gabrielle started playing volleyball when she was in 8th grade; that's when she realized she wanted to pursue volleyball as my primary sport. She played for Chad in high school and JO season for all four years. She was on the Varsity team her senior year at Eden Prairie when they won the first state title. She continues to play intramural in her free time. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and passion for the sport to the players that she coaches.
Kari started playing volleyball in 4th grade, played at Northern Lights in high school and graduated from Bloomington Kennedy. She continued her playing career as a Middle Blocker at Drake University.
Kari is in her 14th year of coaching at Northern Lights. While at Lights, Kari won two national championships at the 15s level and coached numerous players who went on to play at the Division I and II levels including two members of the USA national team. She spent 4 years as a Lead Coach at Northern Lights and serves as the Lead Middles Coach for 13s-15s.