Coaches

All of our coaches are USA Volleyball certified. Furthermore, Legacy has committed to making sure each and every one of our head coaches reaches their full potential so they can help your players do the same! To help facilitate this, we require all of our coaches to attend the Art of Coaching clinic within their first year of coaching for us.This high quality coaching clinic has college coaches from some of the best programs in the nation providing instruction. We know that what really helps your child improve at the sport they love is having a good coach and we are committed to having the best coaching staff in the area!  

 

Angela Hierholzer (Club Director/ 17 Elite Coach)

 

Angela started playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. She played volleyball for 4 years at Cardinal Stritch High School, 8 years of travel volleyball, as well as 1 year at the University of Findlay. She continues to play beach several nights a week. Angela started coaching travel volleyball in 2005. Since then she has coached at multiple schools, including, Mason Consolidated,  Kateri Academy, Waite High School, Varsity Assistant at Notre Dame Academy, Varsity Head Coach at her alma mater, Cardinal Stritch for 3 years and Varsity at Toledo Christian. In 2016, Angela was awarded TAAC Coach of the Year.  She has a great passion for the girls excelling at the sport she loves.

 

angela.hierholzer@gmail.com


Cierra Dempsey (Assistant Club Director/ Little Legacy Program Director/ 12 Legacy Coach)

 

Cierra started playing volleyball in 2001 (5th grade). She played travel throughout grade school and high school. She attended high school at Cardinal Stritch where she played volleyball all 4 years with 3 years being a varsity member. After graduating, she continued playing at the University of Toledo on the women's club team for 2 years. Cierra began her coaching career in 2012 as the JV Head Coach at Clay High School where she coached for two years and then Toledo Central Catholic for 1 year.  She also coached with Angela for 3 years back at their alma mater as the Varsity Assistant. Contact Cierra for information on the Little Legacy program (ages 3-9).

 

cierra.dempsey27@yahoo.com


Craig Short (14 Elite Coach)

 

Craig began playing volleyball in 2010. After 2 straight years of playing, he realized the sport came easily to him and began playing in prize-winning tournaments for both sand and indoor.  He competes in a number of local leagues/tournaments and has also competed at some very high levels, including playing in the NVL (National Volleyball League), as well as the men's USAV Indoor Nationals.  His coaching career began in 2014 as an assistant to Cierra, where they coached 15U and 16U.  In 2016, Craig took on the challenge of being a head coach for the first time.  In that first year, he led his team to a #17 finish out of 200+ teams. They then went on to AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL and won their division. Craig is focused on helping his teams to succeed by not only teaching them the basic skills of volleyball, but also by teaching them the mental aspects of the game. Craig has also coached at Timberstone Jr. High School. 

 

bigshort17@gmail.com 


Melissa Cobb (15 Elite Assistant Coach)

 

Melissa graduated from Cardinal Stritch HS in 2012 where she played volleyball for 4 years. She played travel and sand volleyball throughout high school. After graduating, she continued playing at the University of Toledo on the women's club team. Melissa continues to play volleyball in adult leagues several nights a week. This is Melissa's 2nd year coaching club and she has 12 years playing experience.


Madison Phillips (16 Elite Coach)

 

Madison graduated from Clay HS in 2014 where she played volleyball for 4 years, as well as club volleyball for 5 years. Madison graduated from the University of Toledo in 2018 where she stayed involved with volleyball by reffing and participating in intramural (indoor and sand) volleyball. She started her coaching career at Toledo Christian, coaching JV for the 2019 season. When she's not on the court, she's in the classroom, teaching middle school Math & Science.

 

madisonkphillips@yahoo.com 


Mahala Raleigh (11 Elite Assistant Coach)

 

Mahala graduated from Madison HS (Michigan) in 2018. There she received multiple conference honors and was 1st team academic all-state. She also played travel volleyball throughout HS and attended AAU nationals with her team. She currently attends the University of Toledo studying Human Resource Management. This will be her first year coaching club but has had experience coaching 10-13U in house teams. 

 

 


Logen Mustafaga (11 Elite Coach)

 

Logen graduated from Central Catholic HS in 2017. She played volleyball for Central and travel volleyball for 5 years. She has been coaching for 3 years, and is currently the 7/8th grade coach at Regina Coeli. 

 

logenmustafaga@yahoo.com 


Natalie Weeks (15 Elite Coach)

 

Natalie has been coaching since 2013 (6 years). She has experience coaching 11U, 14u, 17U and 18U. She played travel for 8 years and played at St. Ursula Academy during HS. She also played at BGSU for their club team and was a captain for 2 years. She was the JV coach at Cardinal Stritch for one year as well. She continues to play indoor and beach volleyball throughout the year. She brings a lot of energy and competitive drive to her teams!

 

neweeks17@gmail.com


Kayla Bekier 

 

Kayla graduated from Lake High School in 2018. She has been volleyball since 7th grade. Kayla just finished playing her 2nd year at Owens Community College where her team won the program's first NJCAA Division III National Championship... back to back years! She was Owens starting outside hitter both years. This will be Kayla's first year coaching.

 

Contact Kayla for private lessons

419-819-9275


Morgan McNeely

** If you are interested in coaching for Legacy Elite Academy, please contact us so we can set up a meeting.