Welcome to the home of 417 Juniors Columbia Branch
Bringing a new level of success and instruction to the mid-Missouri area!!!
At 417 Juniors Columbia, we’re devoted to providing our athletes with the highest possible level of instruction while maximizing touches and reps in the gym. We are lucky enough to have SEVEN collegiate programs represented on our staff (Missouri Valley, Central Methodist, William Woods, Columbia College, Evangel, Missouri State, and Drury). People always ask what makes a club different from any other. Our answer is this...on top of our practices we are the first club in the area to provide positional training sessions. This year those sessions will be ran by former Head Coach at Avila Loretta Jones. On top of that, we provide our athletes with free recruiting profiles managed by Club Director Coleman Lee as well as either a team or individual highlight video dependent on player's age division. This season each of our teams will also get the opportunity to experience a practice ran by Head Coach at William Woods Doug Tabbert on top of their normal team practices. Formerly H2 Columbia, our staff has helped every single senior involved in our program receive a college scholarship offer for five straight seasons. While we are more than happy to provide athletes with a chance to grow in the game and compete at the highest level possible during club season, our main goal is to provide the instruction and opportunities to make sure each of our girls can play at the college level if they have the desire to continue in the game.
About 417 Juniors Columbia
Experience the DIFFERENCE!!!
At 417 Columbia we are a family and we plan to keep it that way. Our athletes have a direct line to our entire staff and we make it a priority to build relationships with every single one of our players and parents. Although we provide opportunities and a level of training that is unmatched in the area, our club fees are very affordable and comparable to other options in the area. Our National Teams participate in 8 to 10 tournaments for $1,750. Our Regional Teams compete in 8 to 10 tournaments as well with more of a local mix for $1,600. Tournament travel spans from Springfield to St. Louis with most being held in the Kansas City area. We also offer a wide variety of college clinics and showcases available to ALL 417 athletes. All of our teams practice twice per week with opportunities each week and every month to participate in positional training and extra instruction from one of our Master Coaches Doug Tabbert or Loretta Jones.
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
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Club Director Coleman Lee
Coleman Lee had led the charge at H2 Columbia for five seasons before making the move to 417. He is currently the Head Coach at Central Methodist University and was named Conference Coach of the Year in his first season after winning the Heart of America Conference Championship and securing a top 10 finish the National Poll for the first time ever in CMU history. Prior to Central Methodist Coleman spent time as an Assistant Coach at Westminster as well as serving as Head High School coach for two different programs.
Assistant Director Loretta Jones
Loretta Jones begins her second season under the guidance of Director Coleman Lee. Loretta is the former Head Coach at Avila University and also spent time on staff at Rockhurst as well as Johnson County. Loretta has playing experience at both Mizzou and Rockhurst. This season Loretta will continue to run positionals for the club as well as offering an extra practice each week for both 13s and 14s.
14 1 Coach McKenzie Wagner-Bennett
McKenzie comes back to our club after taking several years off while serving as the Head Coach at Blair Oaks High School. She brings with her a wealth of success notching a stellar record in her final season at Blair Oaks while also being on staff at Fatima for their most recent state championship.
15 1 Coach Kandace Cook
Coach Kandace has been on staff with us for several seasons most recently earning a bid to Power League with 16UA. This season she will take over duties as the Head Coach of 15 1. Kandace has served as the Assistant Coach at Stephen's College and most recently Columbia College as well as taking her Calvary Lutheran team to the state tournament last season. She also played collegiately as a junior college athlete before finishing her career at Stephen's.
16 1 Coach Jaime Nelson
Jaime has spent the past two seasons with 16 and then 17UA. She has experience in the area as both the Assistant and Head Coach at Southern Boone as well as a long term club coach at Club Como. Jaime was a stand out MH at Columbia College.
17 1 Coach Garrett Case
Coach Case starts his 6th season with us leading the charge as one of the most successful club coaches in the area. He has two power league bids, 3 top 10 finishes at Regionals, a bid to junior nationals, and numerous top 8 finishes at qualifiers. This season he will lead 17UA coming off a bid to Power League. Garrett is currently the Assistant Coach at Central Methodist University and was previously on staff at Seward County and Missouri State.
18 1 Coach Devin Walker
Coming off of winning a bid to Junior Nationals in his first season on staff with 18UA, Coach Devin is ready to dominate the Region with another team full of seniors. Devin is currently the Graduate Assistant at Central Methodist and also spent time as a GA at Missouri Valley where he played collegiately as well. He has a wealth of experience as a club coach and is dedicated to provided our seniors with the instruction needed to compete and succeed at the next level.
Master Coach Doug Tabbert
The 2020-2021 season will mark the first for Master Coach Doug Tabbert with our club. Doug is the current Head Coach at William Woods and former Assistant Coach at Benedictine College. This season, Doug will extra practices for each of our teams to give our athletes a better idea of what to expect from a college practice.
On top of these great coaches, our staff also includes Daisy Cheek who is the current Graduate Assistant at William Woods, Nicole Murphy who took her Calvary Lutheran squad to state finishing 2nd in 2018 and just wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in recent history with her Rock Bridge squad, and current Head Coach at Missouri Valley Tamika Drake who has assisted with some of the most successful seasons to date in our organization. We also employ successful student athletes in the area like 2019 All American Jordan Wolfe and 2019 Freshman of the Year Krystal Brauner.
We are hosting open gyms every Wednesday and Sunday in June for $8 at Stephens College. 11s and 12s are welcome to join us from 6:00-7:30 on Wednesdays followed by incoming 13s and 14s from 7:30-9. On Sundays we will offer open gyms for incoming 15s and 16s from 4:00-5:30. 17s and 18s are welcome to join us from 5:30-7:00. Payment will be accepted on the day of open gym through cash or venmo.
Tryouts are almost here!!! We will host tryouts for all age groups at Stephens College this season on July 9th. The tryout schedule is as follows...
11s/12s 11:00-12:30; 13s/14s 12:30-2:00; 15s/16s 2:45-4:15; and 17s/18s 4:15-5:45
Annabelle Maassen-Central Methodist, Mariah Radmacher-William Penn, Loran Pritchett-Southwest Baptist, Allison Keys-Triton College, Rebecca Janke-Lindenwood, Jorey Luebbert-William Jewell, Ellie Crede-Columbia College, and Tori Martin-William Penn.
Sarah Johnson-Central Methodist, Karli Wolfe-Central Methodist, Mikala Scott-Columbia College, Kennedy Robbins-Avila, Gracie Backes-Missouri Valley, Allison Murphy-Hannibal-Lagrange, Paige Lamm-Mineral Area, Emma Matteson-Webster, and Madison Irvin-Columbia College.
This season, seven athletes from our senior class joined programs represented on our staff. Prior to that we have placed three athletes at William Woods, seven athletes at Central Methodist, and one athlete at Stephens College. You can also find alumni at schools like Cowley, Benedictine, University of Central Arkansas, University of Texas at Arlington, Evangel, Mid America Nazarene, William Penn, and Lindenwood just to name a few.
What are your club fees?
Our club fees range between $1600 for Regional teams and $1750 for our National/Qualifier teams.
How does my athlete get recruited?
At 417 we take care of everything. Our Club Director Coleman Lee manages each players recruiting website and remains in contact with a large number of college coaches throughout the season. Our home base in Springfield, Missouri also provides athletes with numerous opportunities to get in front of college athletes.
How many tournaments and practices are included in fees?
All of our teams play in AT LEAST 8 tournaments. Our teams all practice twice per week. Additionally, athletes will have the opportunity to participate in satellite clinics, free positional training sessions, and extra practices with Master Coach Doug Tabbert.
Where are practices and tournaments held?
We utilize facilities in Jefferson City and Columbia for practices and positional training. Most of our tournaments are held in the Kansas City area with some being hosted in Springfield or St. Louis.
For more information about 417 Juniors Columbia, contact us today.
"Leaving a team you have played with for 3 years is a difficult choice for any teen. However our experience this season has been incredible from the coaches, players, parents and Director. The Director is constantly communicating and praising the girls. The level of feedback is amazing! The club is very organized with a focus on improving each girls skills, and playing high level teams. Our daughter has participated in many practices, skills clinics, and played in two well run scrimmages all before January, way more than other clubs. There is no doubt that our daughter made the BEST choice for her personal development."
"It’s always a little scary to try something new but we decided to try a new club this year. We couldn’t be happier. Stella has learned so much these last 2 months. It has amazed me the amount of time the coaches put into this club. We’re loving the positional training. This is our new home!"
"Mya has been playing club volleyball since 3rd grade and has had some great coaches over the years and also great experiences. This past year, we were fortunate enough to find this club and she was even more fortunate to be offered a spot on the 14UA team. From the beginning, not only did she form a relationship with both her coach and assistant coach, but Coleman and Loretta were always there for her and some of her biggest cheerleaders! We have never been with a club that has felt so much like a family. Not only with the club directors and coaches but the other teams within the club that are always supporting each other! It’s a dream come true for Mya and our family and she has finally found her second family!!!"
"My daughter has played club for 7 seasons. The last 2 have been with this club. I cannot believe the difference in her as an athlete, player, and person. Her confidence has SOARED and her game has really risen to the next level. She loves this team, her coaches, other team's coaches, and her directors so much!! As a new parent, I have felt so welcomed from the beginning. No other club has felt like home the way this one has. I adore our new club family! My kid has multiple college coaches communicating frequently with her, and I am sure that she WILL find a school that suits her both academically AND athletically!! We have absolutely no regrets making the switch!"
"This was my daughters first year to play with this club. She was a little nervous playing with new people and a new club. The parents and girls on the team were nothing but welcoming to her and us. The club is very well organized. Anytime, I had a question or concern it was answered almost immediately! Coleman and Garrett also did a great job welcoming us to the club and it truly did feel like they were really pulling for Kennedy. I saw them do this with all of the girls! They are not shy about praise which I think is great and builds confidence!! They also are always looking for ways for the girls to improve both individually and as a team. Kennedy made some great memories and some new friends this season. We made some great memories and met new friends as well! They call it a family, and Coleman and Garett really do make it feel like one."
"As a new parent, I can honestly say this is the first club we've played for (and we have played for 3 other clubs) where the director has a true "open door" policy. Coleman is what makes this club stand out above the rest. He genuinely cares for his players and wants them to have the best possible experience they can. He views this club as a family and refers to his players as his daughters. He is always searching for the best coaching staff and for opportunities for the girls to get time in the gym. The positionals offered are impressive. My daughter spent more time and got more out of that than any other club we've been a part of. Coleman checked in with us often, always seeking for ways to improve our experience as newcomers. He genuinely wants this to be the best club out there and his work ethic is above and beyond what we've experienced at other clubs. His openness and honesty (whether it's what you want to hear or not) is the one thing I respect most about him. We couldn't be happier with our decision to play for him this year, and we look forward to the upcoming seasons!"
Madison Mckim (current player)
"Playing for this club has literally been on my wish list since I started working one-on-one with one of the club's coaches. After the first open gym, I knew this is where I wanted to play after seeing how the coaches and Coleman interacted with us. Every time they would tell me something I needed to correct, they always gave me positives right back, which is very encouraging. Coleman is very hands on and involved with every team. He even goes to all the tournaments ready to cheer on his players. This club has top-notch coaches who are trying to up our skill level. With practices 3 days a week, including a skills practice, it has made me become a better player. I can honestly say that this is not only a club, but truly a family."
Lanie Lowry (former player)
"My experience with this club has never failed to amaze me. This club has helped me to build upon my volleyball skills, get seen by college coaches, and meet some of my best friends at the same time. The staff of is this club is unbelievable! When playing for this club, you get the opportunity to be coached by some of the best in the area and they bring in college coaches and other specialists to help them along the way. Whenever I need help both on and off the court, they are there for me. When I step on the court in my jersey a sense of pride comes over me. We are more than just a club, they have became like family to me and I couldn’t imagine my life without all the players and coaches that make this club what it is."
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