Kylie Voorhees – BHJ Director
Sarah Tucker – BHJ Assistant Director
Lauren Torvi Prochazka – 181’s
Savannah Cox – 171’s
Annika Stevens – 161’s
Courtney Carmichael – 151’s
Courtney played volleyball at Central High School and was lucky enough to play at BHJ the first year it started. Thanks to the exposure she had through club volleyball, she was able to play volleyball at Northern State University for four years (Go Wolves!). She coached at NESD Club and taught at many NSU volleyball camps throughout college. Courtney still play’s at least twice a week on a coed team and love’s the sport of volleyball. Outside of the gym, she is a PA working in urgent care and a mom to her wild five year old, Harper. This is her second year coaching with Black Hills Juniors.
Jadee Barber – 141’s
Jadee Barber began coaching high school volleyball at Rapid City Christian School from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, she was a volunteer assistant coach at Stevens High School. She is currently the assistant coach at Hill City High School.
When not coaching, Jadee spends her time helping her husband with their cattle operation and livestock water storage business. She is also the mother of three children ages 18, 15, and 13.
This will be her fifth year with Black Hills Juniors Volleyball Club and she is looking forward to teaching individual skills, team skills, good sportsmanship and teamwork to players from local schools and the surrounding areas.
Elizabeth Pendegraft – 142’s
Elizabeth has played volleyball in three different countries, both coasts, Hermosa Beach, and in six islands in Hawaii. She played high school sports at Douglas High School. She holds numerous volleyball awards which include being a member of the 2003 SD. All State and All-Star Teams. Her senior year, she was a nominee for Rapid City Athlete of the Year. After High School, she went on to play Outside hitter at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She attended Mines for two years before starting her own business. Simultaneously, she ran the middle school volleyball program at St. Thomas Moore until her youngest son was born. In Black Hills Juniors infancy, she substituted for coaches.
She has four children Isabell, Ferris, Fox, and Fletch. Recently, when her youngest started school she started coaching and going back to school. Currently, she coaches two travel basketball teams as well as Black Hills Juniors. She finished her bachelor’s last year, and she is currently working on her master’s in counseling. In addition, she officiates for middle school, adult recreation leagues, and line judges/keeps book for High School. Elizabeth’s coaching motto “Don’t put limits on children because they are capable of so much.”
Emily Kulish – 143/144’s
Lorie Whiting – 143/144’s
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 enjoy’s teaching the fundamentals of this game to younger players and watching them have fun while improving their skills.
Lily Lundquist – 131’s
Lily played competitive volleyball for 10 years, has lived in 6 different states, and has played club volleyball for 5 different clubs. She graduated from Chaska High School in Minnesota in 2017 and is now a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where she played volleyball her freshman year. Her entire volleyball career she played middle blocker.
At Mines she is majoring in Applied Biological Sciences and then will continue her studies at Black Hills State University starting this summer and get a masters degree in Secondary Education. Her goal is to teach science at the middle school or high school level.
This is Lily’s second year coaching club volleyball, and she was a student coach for the School of Mines Hardrockers this past season. She believes hard work and positive attitude are the most valuable skills for young athletes. The quote she always lived by as an athlete is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.