Coaches

Alyssa Finn, 12U Head Coach

Alyssa began playing volleyball for Salem Volleyball club in middle school, played club throughout high school and was selected for the Columbia Empire Youth Regional Team twice.  While playing, she had the opportunity to compete against the Russian and Chinese Youth National teams.  Alyssa was a three-year starter for Sprague High school as an outside hitter and libero and was selected for All-Valley League two of those seasons.  She went on to play three seasons for Pacific University as a libero.  Her coaching career began in 2009 with OJVA where she coached three seasons at the 14u level, along with several summer camps.  She has coached 12U and 14U teams for Southside since 2009.

Shannon Friesen, 12U Assistant Coach

Shannon began coaching at the high school level at McNary High School in 1997, where she coached various teams until 2004. Since then, she has coached for Mid-Valley Volleyball Club from 2006-2007, and as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club from 2015-2017. She began coaching for Southside in 2016 and returned to McNary as Assistant Varsity Coach in 2017. When she is not coaching, Shannon enjoys hiking, camping, and riding ATV’s.

Alexis Stewart, 12U-2 Coach 

Alexis began playing volleyball in 7th grade, and began playing club volleyball shortly after. She played all four years of high school. Alexis has been coaching for Southside since 2016 and is currently an assistant coach for the 14U team. When she is not coaching, Alexis plays city league volleyball and is also a full time college student.

 

Cammy Baker, Club Director/14U-1 Head Coach

Cammy Baker began her love of volleyball when she was a young girl spending hours passing the ball with her sister and taking the volleyball everywhere she went.  Cammy grew up in Iowa and was a standout high school setter, playing all four years on varsity and for a local club team. Following high school, she played Division 3 volleyball at Hesston College in Kansas as the team’s Libero.

After college, Cammy married her husband, Drew, and begin her coaching career at Western Mennonite School coaching both Middle School and High School levels. She put her coaching on hold to continue to grow her family but continued to play in an adult coed league in Salem.  

Cammy began coaching again in 2015 for Central Youth Sports and Central Youth 14u club volleyball team. She loves sharing her passion for volleyball with other young girls, training them to be players with a solid work ethic, respectful of parents, coaches, and teammates, and instilling a sense of pride and integrity in all they do on and off the court.

Scott Kirchner, 14U-2 Head Coach

Coach Kirchner’s passion for volleyball began out of high school when he played for a Men’s B level team, competing in USVBA tournaments throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Selected to compete on a Junior Development Team, he spent two years playing in Canada and the USA. He attended college at Oregon State University where he was a member of the OSU Men’s Club AA Team, competing in the Northwest Collegiate League.

Scott has a long history of coaching volleyball with experience as an assistant coach at Oregon State University and Central Oregon Community College and many years of volunteering throughout the state.He has coached at North Salem High School since 2005, currently as the head varsity coach, and has coached for Southside since 2013.  

Brittany Oakman, 14U-3 Coach 

Brittany Oakman played varsity her freshman year in High School with a winning state tournament in 2006 and all-conference the following two years.  She played as a DS/OH at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN division 3, where they made it to the NCAA second round in 2011.  Coach Oakman has coached 2 club teams in her hometown of Virginia, MN and has coached for Southside since 2016. When she is not coaching, Brittany enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing the ukulele.

 

Brandi Holmes, 16U Head Coach

Coach Holmes fell in love with volleyball at the age of ten and has been playing and coaching ever since.  She played club volleyball in Washington DC until she moved to the Salem area where she played in high school for North Salem High School and for a local club.  About five years ago, she began volunteering with the Boys and Girls club where she has coached a variety of ages.  She has assisted the volleyball program at Houck Middle School and is currently the JV coach at North Salem High School.  Coach Holmes enjoys playing volleyball in both an adult co-ed league and women’s league and has been coaching for Southside since 2014.

Jasmine Havig, 18U Head Coach

Jasmine has been involved in the Volleyball world since she was a child and played competitively through high school where she played four years on varsity.  After graduation, she was recruited to play at Umpqua Community College where she was a setter for the Riverhawks.  Coach Havig spent four years coaching at the high school level and has coached for Southside since 2010.

Marysia Gilyard, Assistant Coach

Coach Gilyard began playing volleyball in middle school for Salem Volleyball Club.  She went on to play for South Salem High School and was part of the undefeated Valley League Champion team in 2003.  In 2006 she began coaching a Salem Volleyball Underground 12u team, and in 2009 was the Assistant Coach for South Salem High School’s freshman team. She joined Southside for the 2015-2016 season is looking forward to another successful and exciting club season.