I.G.C.A. Senior Classic All Stars
Volleyball
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Amy Calonder
Awards/Honors:
16 out of 20 years coaching have been at Tipton High School and has accumulated 279 victories. Calonder was named 2017 and 2018 3A SE District Coach of the year. 2017 and 2018 Coach of the year for the River Valley Conference. Team accomplishments include Co-Conference Champions in 2017 and 2019 and sole champions of both the regular season and conference tournament in 2018 from the River Valley Conference. Led the Tigers to the first ever state tournament in 2017. Finished as State Runner-Up in 2018. A recipient of the Ed Thomas Coach of the week in 2017. Calonder is a 2017 inductee into the Clarke University Athletic Hall of Fame. She lives in Tipton with her husband Adam along with her three children Avary (14), Braydon (11) and Hadley (6).
Favorite Volleyball Memory:
I have many memories from all teams that I have coached. I have enjoyed getting to know my players and building relationships with them. My favorite memory comes from the 2017 season. To see the outpouring of support from our school and community for being the first ever team to make it to the State Volleyball Tournament. I will always remember the look on the players faces when they accomplished that goal of making it to the state tournament. That group will always hold a special place in my heart, in part to the memories we made together.
Angie Montgomery
Awards/Honors:
In 2009, Angie Montgomery took over as head coach of the Red Oak Volleyball program and has amassed an overall record of 291-110. Over the course of 11 seasons at the helm, she has led her teams to 10 straight regional final appearances, 5 state tournament berths, and 1 appearance in the state semi-finals. Angie has served on the IGHSAU volleyball advisory committee, is currently the 3A West district rep for the IGCA and has coached 6 IGCA senior all stars. She is extremely blessed to have been chosen to coach in the All-Star Classic this year and is looking forward to sharing the experience with her senior all-stars. Angie and her husband Jason live in Red Oak with their three sons Reese (10), Drake (7), and Asher (3). Along with coaching volleyball, Angie is also the director of Red Oak Volleyball Club and spends the off season with her fantastic coaching team training the future of ROVB.
Favorite Volleyball Memory:
My favorite volleyball memories always involve the relationships made with my players and fellow coaches. From prank wars with the girls to the many road trips to summer team camps, I will always cherish the memories, lasting relationships and laughter coaching has given me. I will never forget my first trip to the state tournament in 2010, beating highly ranked Carroll as an unranked team 17-15 in a 5th set thriller. I am forever grateful for the friendships I have made with coaches across the state and am thankful for the many mentors I have had along the way to help me continue to grow in the game of volleyball.
Brian Spanhut
Awards/Honors:
WCAC Coach of the Year 2018
Favorite Volleyball Memory:
Seeing our players grow and compete and make memories for themselves
Mike Embretson
Awards/Honors:
Ed Thomas coach of the week. (Sept. 19th) 2018 22-18 2019 17-22 Head coach at Benton from 1998-2005. Assistant at Kirkwood Community College from 2006-2017. Head Coach currently at Benton 2018-19
Favorite Volleyball Memory:
2016 NJCAA 7th place finish at Nationals for Kirkwood Community College.