Welcome, Coach Caira Dortch, to Apex Volleyball Club! She will be our Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Coach & Player Development. In addition to these duties, she will be the head coach of our 18 National Navy team.
Dortch recently spent 6 seasons (2014-2020) as the Head Coach at NCAA D-II, Southwest Baptist University. During her time at SBU, there were 9 All-MIAA recognition and 46 MIAA Academic Honor Roll recognition. She also guided the team to an AVCA team-academic award in 2017 and 2018.
Previous to SBU, Dortch spent three seasons (2011-2014) as the top assistant coach at Drury University. At Drury, Dortch primarily trained the Defense and Outside Hitters. She helped lead the volleyball team to their first ever GLVC conference tournament win in 2011. Dortch coached multiple All-Conference and Academic All-Conference players while at Drury.
In 2009, Dortch was the Assistant Varsity/Head JV Coach at Evangel and helped lead the team to a 28-9 record and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
Dortch graduated in 2009 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Pyschology and a minor in French. She played volleyball for Arkansas from 2005-2009 where she was a setter and defensive specialist. Dortch went on to receive her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in 2011.
Caira currently resides in Springfield, Missouri with her husband Jarrod and two daughters, Addisyn (8) and Evyn (2).
NEW EXCITING CHANGES
As we move forward into 2020, we have many exciting programs that are developing to help us reach new heights here at Apex!
Training: We will be formatting our weekly training schedules to allow for strength/agility sessions and small group position training for our teams! We are also looking forward to using video feedback as a new tool to get better, faster!
Coaches: Our coaching staff is a huge reason why being at Apex Volleyball Club is so much fun! This year we are thrilled to offer our coaches additional coaching clinics and leadership opportunities that will help both athletes and coaches reach their potential!
Recruiting: One of the most exciting things happening for our 15s-18s teams this year is the addition of our recruiting services that will be offered to our players. Being able to share how great our athletes are with college coaches is a privilege and we will be doing so through multiple avenues such as recruiting clinics, website updates, free film links, and proactive communication to college programs throughout the country!
Volleytots: Over the last 2 years, we have introduced a new program for our youngest athletes (6-8y), and we are ready to continue growing the game! Being able to offer more sessions of our VolleyTots Training programs will allow more of these young players to be involved throughout the year!
Outreach/Service: At Apex, we are passionate about providing opportunities to grow both as athletes and as people. One way we will be working towards these goals is through communicating about individual and team service opportunities!