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 and current Assistant Coach at Central Methodist Garrett Case. 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 players will also have the opportunity to participate in college clinics ran by some of our favorite coaches in Missouri and bordering states. 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. Our most recent class landed 7 more athletic scholarships and we are extremely proud of Addison Davis (Avila University), Rhakala Blackmon (Central Methodist), Hannah Marcee (Central Methodist), Sam Doisy (Central Methodist), Emma Roush (Columbia College), Cassie Gray (Webster University), Aldon Pilz (Christian Brothers), as well as our athletes who have chosen an academic path Abby Reuschel (Loyola) and Abi Frerking (Missouri S and T). Huge congrats to our 2022 early signees Jerica Jackson (Pitt State), Emma Lea Benney (William Jewell), and Mary Henry (Columbia College).
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 $1750. Our Regional Teams compete in 8 to 10 tournaments as well with more of a local mix for $1550 . 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 Garrett Case or Loretta Jones.
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
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. In his most recent season at CMU, Coleman helped secure the team's 3rd straight trip to nationals and once again outdid himself making history as the team received their highest ever National Poll rating at number 9. Prior to CMU Coleman spent time as a High School Coach and Assistant at Westminster College.
Assistant Director Loretta Jones
Loretta Jones begins her third 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.
16 Regional 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. She currently works on the volleyball staff at Capital City.
13 1 and 16 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. In her off time, Kandace runs a successful sand program in the Columbia area and has already qualified multiple teams for Nationals in her first season.
17 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.
15 1 Coach Garrett Case
Coach Case starts his 7th 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 14UA coming off Gold Bracket finishes at two different qualifiers last season. Garrett is currently the Assistant Coach at Central Methodist University and was previously on staff at Seward County and Missouri State.
18 1 and 14 1 Nicole Murphy
Nicole has a highly decorated playing and coaching career. She made trips to the national tournament with her Columbia College squad as a middle blocker before leading Calvary Lutheran to the state tournament as a coach. Most recently she picked up a District Championship at Rock Bridge and was named Coach of the Year. She will now take over at Fulton High School, but has experience at the collegiate level as well.
17 2 Doug Tabbert
The 2020-2021 season will mark the second for 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 lead a team for the first time coming off a national tournament birth with his William Woods squad.
18 2 Tamika Drake
417 Columbia is happy to add Tamika Drake as a Head Coach this season. Tamika has helped several of our squads qualify for Power League and nationals as an Assistant Coach. She is currently the Head Coach at Missouri Valley and brings with her playing experience at Ohio State as well. We are extremely excited to have her leading one of our teams this season.
On top of these great coaches, our staff also includes two time First Team All Conference selection Krystal Brauner, Freshman of the Year and former 417 Columbia stand out Annabelle Maasen, All American OPP Jordan Wolfe, and newly added this season Lisiane Mattsdorf who is the current Graduate Assistant at Central Methodist. Lisi brings with her collegiate, high school, and professional coaching experience from abroad. She has spent the past few seasons running her own club where she has qualified multiple teams for nationals and specializes in developing young volleyball players.
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. We have recently added open gyms July 3rd 13s/14s from 1:00-2:30, 15s/16s from 2:30-4:00, and 17s/18s from 4:00-5:30 as well as July 7th 13s/14s from 6:00-7:30 and 15s/16s from 7:30-9:00 all at Stephens College.
Tryouts are almost here!!! We will host tryouts for all age groups at Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City 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
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."
"I am on child number two playing club volleyball. My older daughter was lucky enough to get one club season and a trip to AAU's with Coleman and H2 while he was still coaching. Coleman was new to the area at that time. She had played for two other clubs and there was no comparison. When it was time for Ava to play, she wasn't interested in playing for anyone else. The organization and communication that the club is run with is amazing. I would never be afraid to ask questions and I know they will be promptly answered. The level of coaching is second to none. Probably the most important thing to me is how much Coleman and the other coaches care about these girls. He really has their best interest in mind and makes decisions based on that. We love 417 Columbia and look forward to many more years."
"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."
"This is our daughter's third year playing competitive volleyball and her first with 417 Columbia. In spite of all the challenges with COVID, Coleman/417 found ways to make sure that the girls had a full compliment of practices and tournaments. We love how 417 invested in our girls by providing excellent training opportunities and a positive environment for the players. We were overly impressed with their emphasis on developing players with the skill, technique, character, and passion for the game. The level of coaching by Garrett showed the true commitment of the club to player and team development. Danielle was unsure at first whether to make the leap to a new team, but is 100% sure this is the place she wants and needs to be. The bond she has formed with her teammates is so fun to watch as a parent. 417 has helped her to take her skills to the next level and we are so excited to see what her future looks like with our new 417 family."
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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