Arsenal Volleyball Academy started with a purpose to better the club volleyball experience for players, families, and coaches. As volleyball coaches, we experienced flaws in the club volleyball environment that we vowed to change. That's when Arsenal was born. Our mission is to create a better club volleyball experience for our coaches, players, and families. We add value to the communities we live and travel through the Arsenal difference:
Director / Owner
Brian was a 4-year varsity volleyball athlete at Mt. Healthy High School and played open level volleyball as an adult. He has experience head coaching high school teams Mt. Healthy Boys Varsity, McAuley Girls JV, Monroe JV, and Varsity Assistant Coach. He also has club head coaching experience at clubs Cincy Classics, MVA (now CVA), and Arsenal in the 14s, 15s, and 16s age groups. One of his biggest joys is watching young athletes overcome challenges and excel in their game through dedication and training. He has college experience in coding and is a Field Engineer for an international IT company. He manages coach hiring, placement, and development.
KELLIE SCHUMACHER (BARNHART)
Director / Owner
Kellie started playing volleyball at a young age, developing a love for the game as a child watching her older brother, named a Greatest of All Time in Cincinnati's Boys Volleyball History. She was a 4-year varsity volleyball athlete at Princeton High School and played open level club volleyball. She has club head coaching experience with Arsenal in the 14s, 15s, and 16s age groups. She graduated Dean's List from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA and double major in marketing and management. Her background is in marketing and property management. She manages tournament scheduling, uniforms and spiritwear, marketing, and administration.
Drew went to Roger Bacon and then the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program. Drew has experience coaching high school teams Badin Girls Freshman, Mercy McAuley JV, Monroe Girls Varsity and JV, Sycamore Boys Varsity, Roger Bacon Boys JV, and Arsenal in the 15s, 16s, and 17s, age groups. 2014 Asics Jr National Champions. He manages recruiting.
Coaching Profiles for every coach will be available soon. We're proud to say that most of our coaches return to Arsenal, including former Arsenal players. Our confirmed coaches for the 2023-2024 season are listed below. Several new coaches and many returning Arsenal Coaches' name are pending.
While we do our best to estimate the teams they will coach, this may be confirmed closer to the conclusion of team creation. We have age group coordinators which ensure the foundation of our training principles are executed properly. While all of our coaches are equipped and have the resources to handle any team need, we emphasize placing coaches that are most efficient at fittings a team's needs. Our experience in placing coaches this way has proven most successful in developing players in all areas.
10-1 & 11-1 Head Coach
Jen has been coaching for 21 years, does private lessons, and Training Teams. She is CAP I and Impact certified. She was a featured speaker on the “talking volleyball“ podcast and an active member of the AVCA. She has GCCYS coaching experience at Saint Columban, Saint Barts, and Saint Vivian, and was a 2018 first recipient of GCCYS‘s Coach of the Year Award. She has club coaching experience at Elevation, CVA, and Arsenal. Her teams always finish in the top teams at OVR regionals. She has been with P&G for 24 years, is currently a Director of Data Science, also with a background in chemical engineering where she has 17 patents for Product Development work.
12-1 National Head Coach
Heather is in her 4th year coaching at Arsenal and is excited to coach the 12-1 team this year. Prior to coaching at the club level Heather spent many years coaching a variety of teams and age levels in the GCCYS league right after her school career ended. Heather holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is an Intervention Specialist for Hamilton City Schools. Heather looks forward to coaching this year with her all-time favorite coaching partner, her daughter Bailey.
12-1 National Assistant Coach
Bailey is a senior in high school who is preparing her for 4th season as a coach at Arsenal. Bailey began playing volleyball in 3rd grade and has been playing club at Arsenal since she was 10 years old. When not playing indoor volleyball, you are likely to find Bailey playing beach volleyball. Bailey started and ran Arsenal's first beach program at our new location in Monroe. She is excited to get started with this season!
13-1 National Head Coach
Stefanie will be coaching the 13-1 National team for Arsenal this year. This will be her 4th club season at Arsenal. She has experience coaching in the GCCYS for St Julie Billiart, John XXIII, St Joseph Consolidated School, and St Peter in Chains School. She also coached for the last 4 years at Fairfield Creekside Middle School. She has officiated volleyball for 14 years. She enjoys watching her kids play sports and spending time with her family.
13-1 Assistant Coach
Leanna will be the 13-1 National assistant coach this season at Arsenal. This is her 2nd year coaching for Arsenal. She is currently a senior at Fairfield High School in her 4th season as the varsity volleyball team setter. She set a career milestone with 1,000 assists this season for the Indians, also obtaining Player of the Week. She plans to play on the Arsenal 18-1 National team.
14-1 National Head Coach
Jadyn will be head coaching the 14-1 team this year. She has club head coaching experience in American and National levels at the 14s, 15s, 16s, and 17s age groups at clubs including NKYVC, Positively Charged, and Cincy East. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati, where she also played club volleyball. While at UC, she was a recipient of 3 scholarships: Clermont Leadership Scholarship, Clermont Merit Scholarship, and Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. She has a deep understanding and appreciation for game analysis and training. Her organizational skills coupled with her passion for the game make for a reliable coaching experience.
14-2 National Head Coach
Sable is the current Girls Varsity Head Coach at Carlisle High School. During her time there, she improved the team's overall record to 10-15 in the first year from 2-21, and led the team to the 3rd round of the post-season tournament for the first time in over 20 years. She also has club coaching experience at the American level. She was a certified USAV Volleyball Official at both Indoor and Beach Juniors level from 2012-2015. She was also a certified OHSAA Volleyball Official from 2012-2015.
15-1 National Head Coach / Trainer
Josh is the current Varsity Head Coach at Lebanon. He also has 3 years of experience as the Varsity Head Coach at Preble Shawnee, with a record of 59-13, 2 league titles, 2-time Coach of the Year for league (WOAC and SWBL), and coach of the year for District 15 division 3. His coaching expertise also thrives in club volleyball, with experience at Borderline Juniors at both American and National levels.
BRYAN XIN QIAO
15-2 National Head Coach
Bryan coached 14 National at GCVC last year and helped the team achieve medal finishes at several tournaments, including 2nd at OVR Championships. His 16s team reached 3rd overall at the President's Day Challenge and also had a successful season. Bryan moved from Minnesota where he played himself competitively. He coached high school and club volleyball the past 5 years. He runs a fast offense and a variety of plays that push players' focus, footwork, and mindset to its potential. His daughter also plays, so he understands the club experience as a parent, too.
Social Media Manager / 16 -1 & 18-1 National Coach
Conner was a 4-year starter at Hamilton High School, where he was named 3x All Conference, 3x All Southwest Regional Team, and led his team to its most wins in program history. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in psychology and education. He has coaching experience at Buckeye Volleyball Club, Arsenal Volleyball Academy, and Hamilton High School. He coaches and manages our social media.
16-1 & 18-1 National Coach
Dylan holds the all-time kill record at Hamilton High School and is part of the winningest team in program history. This will be Dylan's third year coaching club and second at Arsenal. Dylan is a junior at Miami University studying Middle Childhood Education.
Lauryn played volleyball for 9 years, including 8 years of club. During her club season, her team won OVR 3 consecutive years. She's currently a Dean's List student at the University of Cincinnati, studying criminal justice.