Annika Stephens – BHJ Club Director & 16 Black

Annika first started playing volleyball in third grade and she hasn’t stopped since. She was lucky enough to be around during the creation of the Black Hills Juniors, and she played with the club for six years. After she graduated from Central high school in 2013, she went to Dakota State University, where she played all four years. Annika was also a coach for the Madison Area Volleyball Club as well. After she graduated college, she moved to Virginia Beach where she still played volleyball, and was fortunate enough to help with camps at local high schools. Now that she moved back to Rapid City, she has been blessed and is excited after coaching in the club for the past two years and has now taken over as the new BHJ Club Director.

Sarah Tucker – BHJ Assistant Director 

Sarah is a graduate of Rapid City Central and went on to play volleyball at National American University for a year before transferring to Huron University where she finished her collegiate career. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 2005 and returned home to coach three years at Saint Thomas More and two years at Rapid City Central. She has coached six years with the Black Hills Juniors and this her fourth year as the Assistant Director. Sarah owns and operates a home daycare and helps frequently with volleyball in our area. Sarah and her husband Todd share four children; Makenna, Kaylee, Kayson, and Bentley.

Lorie Whiting – Activities Advisor

A Nebraska native, Lorie was born and raised on a small rural dairy farm. She was recruited to play basketball at SD Mines but ended up playing volleyball instead. Playing volleyball for all four years at Mines, she helped her team win four consecutive conference titles and earned the nickname “The Wall”. After graduating as a metallurgical engineer from Mines, she had careers in Salt Lake City, UT and Wahoo, NE before marrying her husband Kelly. She has coached at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels in Rapid City. The Westside Elementary Volleyball Program was organized and run by Lorie from 2008 thru 2015 which gave a lot of younger players their first exposure to the sport of volleyball. Lorie and her husband have two daughters….Cate (Setter on the University of Alaska Fairbanks volleyball team) and Tessa (member of the 2018 Stevens Raider Championship Team). She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of this game to younger players and watching them have fun while improving their skills.

Coach Kayla Deranleau – 18 Black

I am a Rapid City Native, graduated from Central High School. I played college for one year at Mt. Marty in Yankton, SD. I came back to Rapid after that and have been here ever since. I coaches at Central for three years then switched to club and I’ve been with BHJ for 5 years and counting.

I love working with the girls, seeing how each of them grow not only on the court but off the court as well. My favorite part of volleyball is watching the girls see and feel what its like to be successful and see that passion for the game be driven by that success.

Coach Lyle Lehmann – 16 Green

Coach Elizabeth Pendegraft – 15 Black

Coach Jordy McPherson – 15 Green

Jordy graduated Rapid City Christian with 4 years of varsity volleyball under her belt. Being moved to every position on the court during high school allowed Jordy to go to DWU and start her college volleyball career with a deep understanding of the game, and ability to specialize as an outside hitter and defensive specialist. Jordy will graduate in May 2021 with her Human Resources degree and has started her career with the city of rapid city in their human resource office. Outside of work Jordy enjoys spending time with her dogs and reading!

Coach Krystal Weber – 14 Black

Krystal was born and raised in Southwest Nebraska. In high school, she competed in volleyball, basketball, and track. She played volleyball at Chadron State College and graduated with a degree in education in 1998. She has been teaching science and coaching volleyball ever since. She was an assistant coach starting out in Southeastern Nebraska before moving back to her hometown to become the head coach. After ten years, her family moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, where she continued to be a head coach at two of the local high schools over the family’s eight years there. Two years ago, they moved to Rapid City to be closer to family. She now teaches in Sturgis and coaches the 9th and 10th grade teams. She and her husband, Clayton, have two children, Kellen and Chloe, attending St. Thomas More. They enjoy following both kids in all of their athletic activities.

Coach Ashley Solano – 14 Green

Ashley grew up in Rapid City and played volleyball for Central High School as the libero. Through high school, I played multiple sports including softball, volleyball, gymnastics and track. I decided to pursue collegiate track after winning state in the 300 meter hurdles. I have recently moved back from Sioux Falls with my business degree and look forward to coaching for BHJ my first time this season.

Coach Katie Angel – 14 Green Assistant

Coach Lily Lundquist – 13 Black

Lily is a Minnesota native but has lived in 5 other states including South Dakota. She came to South Dakota for school and to play volleyball for South Dakota Mines. Lily played volleyball for 11 years and for 6 different clubs. Her whole volleyball career she played middle blocker and this is her 3rd season coaching the 13s team for BHJ. Lily is finishing up her master’s degree in secondary education and is currently student teaching at Central High School. When she isn’t in the gym Lily enjoys reading, baking, crafting, and spending time with her friends, family, and fur babies (Milo the corgi and Merida the cat).

Coach Emma Eckel – 12’s & 13/14 Local

Coach Emma is originally from Wisconsin and came to South Dakota for school and to play college volleyball. She played volleyball for 10 years and played club for 8 of those years. She has been working with Black Hills Juniors for 2 years as a coach for the 12’s. When she isn’t in the gym you can find coach Emma studying or on a hike in the hills.

Coach Frankie Stone – 12’s & 13/14 Local

Frankie Stone is a Rapid City native. She started playing volleyball in the early grade school years and played all the way through high school where she played for Rapid City Central High School Cobblers. Starting off as a setter, she eventually transitioned into a DS. When she is not on the volleyball court, she manages a bridal store and likes to spend her spare time with her husband, Jerad and their two dogs Dan and Tilly. This is her first year with Black Hills Juniors and is excited to bring her skills to the team!

Coach Julie Hofer – 12’s

I grew up playing volleyball and loved playing club volleyball. I got recruited to play volleyball at junior college and then DWU in Mitchell SD . I started coaching volleyball in Mitchell and then moved to the black hills and coached as well. I have coach all ages from elementary school to college athletes. I love challenging my athletes and watching the succeed.

Coach Brittany Beaird – Assistant

I grew up playing volleyball. I did not go to college to play, but throughout the years I have helped my sister (Kayla Deranleau) and mom (Nancy Deranleau) as they coached their BHJ teams. I moved home in December 2019, had a kid in March 2020 and have been patiently waiting to join the BHJ team. I have been coaching the skills camps and it has been a fun challenge to help girls of all different skill levels. I look forward to see what the future brings.

Coach Jacey Miller – Assistant

Jacey is originally from Gillette, WY where she played High School volleyball for the Campbell County Camels. She then played two years of Junior College volleyball at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY. She went on to finish her collegiate volleyball career at Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. After last years attempt to coach JO volleyball was cut short due to COVID-19, this will be Jacey’s first full year as a BHJ coach.

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