Howell, Michigan

Meet Our Staff

Mora Kanim

Head Trainer

Mora returns to Top Gun after many seasons with the club. As a former NCAA Division I athlete and coach, she has been in the coaching profession for more than 25 years. She was the Head Volleyball Coach at Kent State University (1997-2007) and the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Michigan (1992-1996) and Cal State Northridge (1989-1991). Mora worked with the USA Volleyball team (Atlanta 1996) as well.

 

She also has an impressive playing career at UCLA where she was a member of the 1984 NCAA national championship and two Final Four teams (1983, 1985). She received her BA degree from UCLA in 1988 and earned her MA in Sports Studies from Kent State.

 

Mora is the founder and owner of Coaching C.L.O.U.T., LLC through which she works with corporate and athletic teams to develop better communication, production and effectiveness.

Jayne Williams

18 Elite Coach

Jayne has been coaching with Top Gun for many years. She is the current Howell High School Varsity Volleyball coach and has coached at Ann Arbor Huron and at many University of Michigan and Michigan State University volleyball camps. She has also coached swim, softball and soccer. She played as a Middle Blocker for Howell High School, Schoolcraft College and the University of Michigan. Her coaching philosophy is that the wins are a bonus. It is about the process of learning volleyball and about oneself, and the growth that happens with both of those. Her favorite memories of volleyball are having the opportunity to play in Asia with Athletics in Action and playing with her sister (Jen Dhaenens!) at U of M.

 

Jayne has one daughter, Rachel, and enjoys photography and spending time with her family. She has her degree in Kinesiology and her teaching certification in physical education and health from U of M and is currently the Physical Education teacher at Challenger Elementary, where she has been for 16 years.

Hillary Down

16 Black Coach

Hillary is in her fifth year with Top Gun. She has coached for 11 years at Adrian Area Volleyball Association, Highlander Way Middle School and now with us! She also played many years before that including club, Sand Creek Varsity Volleyball and college volleyball at Henry Ford Community College. She says volleyball has shaped her into the person she is today; she has learned to celebrate her successes and learn from her failures and reevaluate. Her coaching mission is to outwork every team they meet and her coaching strengths include her work ethic, competitiveness, fun and being an aggressive player. She hopes to educate and encourage her athletes to love and live the sport as much as she has.

 

Hillary’s family includes her husband of 12 years, her 11 year-old twin sons and her 7 year old son. She enjoys working out, reading, playing volleyball and spending time with her family. She also attended the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and owns Phoenix Athletics, the youth performance training gym in Howell with her husband.

Victoria Langenstein

15 Elite Coach

Bio coming soon!

Heather L’Esperance

15 Elite Assistant Coach

Heather returns to Top Gun after seven years of playing for the club and at Brighton High School. Her favorite volleyball memory is winning Districts with Brighton. She decided to coach because of the passion she has for the sport and wanting to help each athlete learn and grow while doing something they love. Her coaching strengths include being competitive, hard working and motivational. Throughout her volleyball career has learned to let mistakes go and celebrate the little victories.

 

Heather plans on attending Northern Michigan University next year, trying out for their club volleyball team and studying Elementary Education. She has three brothers and six sisters and her hobbies include adventuring, being with family and friends and watching hockey.

Angie Williams

15 Black Coach

Angie has been playing volleyball for thirteen years, beginning in third grade all the way up to college where she was a defense specialist for Lansing Community College. She is now a student at Michigan State University studying Zoology. This is her second year coaching with Top Gun, but she used to play for the club. She began coaching a few years ago for a club team in Fowlerville, and is now the Varsity Assistant Coach at Howell High School. Her coaching mission is for her athletes to love the game and her coaching strengths are hard work and positivity. Her personal favorite volleyball memories are the friendships she has gained through the sport.

 

Angie’s hobbies are sand volleyball, camping and spending days at the lake with her family. A fun fact about her is that she used to play basketball and run track!

Sam Dibert

15 Red Coach

Sam has been playing volleyball for 10 years and rejoins Top Gun in her first season as a coach. After playing for Hartland, she continued on to play collegiate volleyball for four years as an Outside Hitter at Lourdes University. Throughout these four years, Lourdes made the NAIA National Tournament three times and won two WHAC conference tournaments. As a Junior, she received the Champions of Character award for showing the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Her coaching philosophy is to play hard and never give up. Even if you make a mistake, you can learn from it and continue to improve.

 

The person who’s influenced Sam the most is her former Top Gun coach, Jayne Williams (currently our 18 Elite coach!). Jayne pushed her to her greatest potential and gave her confidence to continue playing volleyball. Sam graduated this past December with a BA degree in Early Childhood Education.

Wendy Ball

14 Black Coach

Wendy is in her fourth year with Top Gun and is very excited to continue passing down her knowledge and love for the game to her athletes. She is originally from Pinckney and played volleyball throughout high school and in college. She is also an original Top Gun player from when the club originally started! She was an outside hitter, but played all around and continues to play sand and club ball whenever she can. Her coaching philosophies include positivity, encouragement, discipline, communication and having fun. She believes that even when things appear difficult, we can train to become better athletes and teach our minds and bodies to react appropriately in certain situations in life and volleyball. Communication is key not only in volleyball, but in all aspects of life.

 

Wendy has lived in Alaska, Virginia, Tennessee and holds a Bachelors in Natural Science with a minor in Geology and Psychology.

Elaina Rocco-Hoxie

14 Red Coach

Bio coming soon!

Rachel Meriweather

14 Red Assistant Coach

Rachel is a first-year coach with Top Gun, but in her fifth year as a player (she’s currently on our 18 Elite team!). She loves to coach because she is able to help girls learn and understand their unique strengths. Her own coaching strengths include being encouraging and understanding team dynamic and strategy. Currently a senior in high school, Rachel has played for the H.A.A.C.H Cougars (the Howell homeschool team) and for the Christ the King Jaguars (Ann Arbor homeschool team). Her favorite memory of volleyball is winning her league’s State Tournament against their rivals this past season!

 

Rachel is the oldest of four siblings and currently applying to colleges to be a nurse. When not playing or coaching volleyball, her interests include reading and playing piano.

Ellen Kirchmeier

14 White Coach

This is Ellen’s second year coaching with Top Gun after years of playing with us. She is excited to come back to a program and group of people she loves while having the opportunity to inspire and motivate young athletes like her coaches did for her. Ellen also played her high school career at Brighton as a captain. Her favorite memories of volleyball include finding some of her best friends and being able to accomplish great things together like winning the division and becoming district champions at Brighton.

 

She wants to teach her team that not everything in life comes down to winning or losing, or what the scoreboard says. And her favorite quote? “Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness,” by Lana Del Rey.

Carson Vestergaard

13 Black Coach

This is Carson’s third year coaching with Top Gun after several years of playing for the club. She also played as Middle Blocker for Hartland High School and the Michigan State Club Volleyball team, but is thrilled to now be able to coach and spread her knowledge to new players of the game. Her coaching strengths include building teams with players that have strong, refined individual skills while also communicating and playing competitively together. Her mission is to hold high expectations and pull the best player, teammate and person out of each girl while having fun and learning to love the game of volleyball.

 

Carson is currently a student at Michigan State studying Secondary Education and majoring in English and Math. She continues to play in indoor and sand volleyball leagues, and loves coaching volleyball camps, being involved in the College of Education and spending time with friends and family in her free time.

 

Catherine Irwin

13 Black Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

Brooke Amor

13 Red Coach

Bio coming soon!

Gabrielle Englund

13 White Coach

Gabrielle joins our staff after 14 years of being a player for Fowlerville schools and at Top Gun. She is currently a student at Eastern Michigan University studying Sports Management. She is excited to coach for Top Gun because she believes in the club’s focus on defining character, skills and abilities that will prepare the athletes for more than a volleyball game. She says volleyball is what makes learning these qualities so enjoyable! She coaches because she wants to mentor young ladies and teach them life lessons through the sport of volleyball, and her strengths include being goal-oriented, reliable and outgoing.

 

Gabrielle’s favorite sports movie is Rudy and her favorite volleyball memory is finally mastering her serve at States while playing for Top Gun.

Kim Heaman

12 Black Coach

Kim is in her second year as Head Coach of our 12s Program. She received a full ride to play volleyball at the University of Michigan as a Middle Blocker and has since coached volleyball at the middle and high school levels at Bronson Junior High and Northville High School. As a mom of three active children, she also coaches whatever sports they are playing, including basketball, soccer and softball.

 

Her coaching mission is for the team to play together, have fun and reach their individual athletic potential, which includes understanding the strategy of pass, set, attack. She values effort to achieve this outcome for each point over game wins and losses.

 

Kim graduated with a BS in Physical Education and Biology and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from U of M. She has lived in Hartland for 20 years with her husband and kids, Joe, Becca and Kate. Her hobbies include riding and competing with her horse, cooking and exercising.