Abby Kempfer, Head Coach 11s
My name is Abby Kempfer, and I’m super excited to get this club season started!
I started playing volleyball at St. Ann’s grade school, played all through high school at Nashville, and I played at Iowa Wesleyan University last fall. I played club volleyball for 5 seasons at many different clubs, and for the last couple years I have helped my mom at CC Elite practices.
I am currently studying at Lindenwood Belleville to be a nurse. I can’t wait to meet all the new girls!
Alexa Hoelscher, Assistant Coach 11s
My name is Alexa Hoelscher, and I am so thrilled to start this club season. I started my volleyball career off at Germantown Elementary School and continued on to numerous club teams. I later played at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese. I am currently studying to be a nurse at Kaskaskia College. I’m so excited to get this club season started!
Abby Frank, Head Coach 12s
Lydia Rehkemper, Assistant Coach 12s
Hello! I am so excited to be back with CC Elite this season!
I have been involved with volleyball since grade school and continued to play at Central while participating on numerous club teams. I then went on to compete at SWIC for two seasons. I continue to play when I get the opportunity.
I am currently completing my Dietetic Internship at the University of Oklahoma to become a Registered Dietitian. I will be finished with the program in November and then will be moving back home. I can’t wait for a great season!
Maisie Kampwerth, Head Coach 13s Black
Cristal Leonard, Assistant Coach 13s Black
My name is Cristal Leonard and I am a social worker at Clinton Manor Living Center. I played volleyball at St. Louis University and graduated with a bachelors of science in social work.
My love for volleyball started in 5th grade at Germantown Elementary playing for Mrs. Buller. During high school I played middle hitter for Breese Central high School and won a state championship my junior year. While at St. Louis University, I played middle and right side hitter.
Today I coach 5th and 6th grade volleyball at Breese Elementary and assist Lea Nenninger with the JV and Varsity volleyball which we finished 1st at state last year, 2nd the prior year and 3rd the year before that. I have also assisted Lea Nenninger coaching for SWI Crush for three years.
I am excited to coach for the club again this year and I look forward to working with the girls!
Adam Toennies, Head Coach 13s White
Hello CC Elite volleyball! I am very excited to be joining the Elite family this club season. I am a big fan of watching youngsters grow, not only in their knowledge of the game of volleyball and athleticism but, also learning a little about life and what it takes to “make it”. I try to leverage coaching to give my teams the best leg up on the court and off.
A little bit about me... I am married to Melanie and have three kids of my own and two step children who I love like they’re my own. I am nearing my 11th year at Red-E-Mix in Columbia as a plant manager. My volleyball “career” began when I was about 19, as a substitute player on a sand league in Highland. From there, I consistently played in indoor YMCA leagues as well as summer sand leagues for many years.
I began coaching in 2010 as an assistant to Chad Rakers’ C4 Crush 14’s team. In 2011, I coached under Fred Rakers for the C4 12’s team. The following year, Fred and I reversed roles as I took on my first head coaching job as the C4 Crush 12’s coach.
After C4 merged with SWI Crush, I stayed on for a few more years with the program. In 2014 I took on the freshman head coach position at Mater Dei until I turned it over after four years. Since then, I have taken a short hiatus from the game. I missed, so much, being a part of the game of volleyball and, as luck would have it, this position came available and I couldn’t be more excited about getting back in the gym!
I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for me and the team!
Jenna Ratermann, Head Coach 14s
My name is Jenna Ratermann and I am currently studying at Missouri Baptist University, majoring in Business Administration. I started my volleyball career at All Saints Academy and continued to play at Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College. I am currently playing at Missouri Baptist as a ride side hitter.
Aside from playing I am the assistant volleyball coach at All Saints Academy for the 7th and 8th grade teams. This will be my second year as head coach for CC Elite and I can't wait to get the new season started.
Taylor Holtgrave, Assistant Coach 14s
My name is Taylor Holtgrave & I am currently in nursing school at Barnes Jewish Goldfarb School of Nursing. I fell in love with volleyball when my career started at St. Rose, continued to play for four years at Mater Dei & then two years at Kaskaskia, where I was a defensive specialist. I love the game of volleyball & still try to play every chance i get!
I can’t wait for the season to start & get the chance to get to know & work with all the girls!!
Karen Roth, Head Coach 15s
Hello – I am a former player for Salem Community High School, Kaskaskia College and also played on the men's club team while at SIU. While in high school and college, I was a 6 rotation player as OH and then moved to setter while playing on the men's club team. At Kaskaskia College, I earned all GRAC honors and our team is in the Hall of Fame there. I am employed by Bank of America for 10 years now as a Project Consultant for their Global Technology Operations group. I am fortunate to hold this position while working from my home in Aviston.
I began coaching as a teaching asst at Collinsville Jr High many years ago which led to my first club coaching position with 12's in St. Charles, MO. I also continued playing well into adulthood – finally hanging up my sneakers at 7mos pregnant. Once I resumed coaching, I coached various teams from ages 14-17 for Clinton County Club Crush, SWI Crush and was also Head Coach for Salem High School. I have been fortunate to coach some very talented young players from the Metro-East including teams that have participated in Open division and been very competitive!
About 5 years ago, my kids' schedules became incompatible with mine, so I have been watching from the sidelines. I am ready to return to the court and look forward to getting to know your young athletes!
Sam Kampwerth, Assistant Coach 15s
Hello, my name is Sam Kampwerth and this is my first year coaching and I am so excited! I started playing in grade school at Breese District 12; then continued my career for 4 years at Mater Dei and played clubs for several years. I am currently at SIUE getting my bachelor's in actuarial science with a minor in business. I am super excited to get this season started!
Courtney Huels, Head Coach 16s
I graduated from Mater Dei in 2014 and went on to play volleyball and pursue my degree at Kaskaskia College. After KC I finished my bachelors at SIUE, where I graduated in May 2018. I received a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and began my career at The Korte Company in Highland. My coaching career has consisted of three years coaching club as well as two years at All Saints Academy.
My playing career began in grade school and continued through two years at KC. Throughout my school career, I played club for Clinton County Club Crush, SWI Volleyball Club, and SWI Crush. I have played in two national tournaments throughout my club career. While playing at Kaskaskia College, I was awarded MVP, Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and 1st team All Region.
I love every aspect of the game and am looking forward to the upcoming season!
Jessica Kempfer, Head Coach 17s
Hello my name is Jessica Kempfer. I am very excited to be returning as the 17U Volleyball Coach. I have had the pleasure of coaching volleyball for 9 years, both grade school and high school age girls. I started as an assistant coach for St. Ann’s grade school and then transitioned to coaching high school age girls in club volleyball.
I am Registered Nurse and work as a Disease Management Clinical manager for Anthem Inc. When I get the chance, I still enjoy playing sand volleyball and indoor tournaments. This season is sure to be filled with fun, competition, and friendships!
MacKenzie Tebbe, Assistant Coach 17s
Hello! My name is MacKenzie Tebbe and this will be my second year as an assistant coach for CC Elite. I started my volleyball career at All Saints Academy and then continued to play at Central for four years. I started playing club volleyball in seventh grade and continued for five years on various teams.
I am currently a freshman at Illinois State University where I am majoring in nursing. I am beyond excited to start the season and meet the girls!