Co-Head Coach: Jen Baklenko
Jen is the director of ITVC’s indoor club and is the founder of their beach club program, Thunder Beach. She played and coached at the University of San Diego, where she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She has played professionally both indoors and on the beach on the following tours: WPVA, 4’s BL Pro Beach Tour, NVA, MPVA, and the USPV, as well as being the captain for the Puget Sound Region’s PVL team in 2012. She was on the Gold Medal teams for the East team at the Olympic Festival and the 2000 USPV Millennium Cup. Jen was the tour MVP for the MPVA and the team captain of the USPV team.
She has coached all levels of volleyball from Little Spikers, to 3 high school programs, 5 different clubs, 3 different Division 1 college programs and loves to share her passion and knowledge for the game that has been her life's work. Jen loves being a part of the ITVC Family and looks forward to continuing to keep the club at a high level of competitiveness while she is at the helm. Currently Jen contributes at the USA VB Regional level here in the Puget Sound both as the High Performance Head Beach Coach, and has coached High Performance indoor camps as well. She was asked in 2014 to help UW get the sand program off the ground as they started their first beach season, helped lead them to an 8-0 2015 season. She was with UW for 4 sesaons and is sad to give it up, but will focus on her club players and her family this year. She is IMPACT certified in both beach and indoor and is Beach CAP certified.
Co-Head Coach: Lauren Anderson
Lauren is returning to ITVC for her fifth year. Her career at ITVC has included assistant coaching for 12 Black and 16 Black and has also been one of our beach coaches for Thunder Beach. She has coached high school volleyball for 6 years including the head coach of Bellevue Christian and Junior Varsity coach at Inglemoor.
Lauren’s volleyball career started in junior high, competing at school and on a club team. Her passion for the sport quickly ignited and her 14 Black team eventually competed in the Junior Olympics. In high school, Lauren played every position from middle hitter to setter and finished her high school career as a right side at a 5A school in Colorado. Her coachability and athleticism allowed her to fill in whatever role was needed, ultimately aiding her team to two State berths, one with a sweet 16 finish. Lauren rowed on the Crew team at Seattle Pacific University, so she knows the discipline and work ethic it takes to compete at the college level. She graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics along with her teaching certificate.
Assistant Coach: Matthew Montera
Matthew Montera comes to the Seattle area from Virginia after graduating from Virginia Tech. He's played volleyball since 8th grade, when his mother made him to choose a sport. After an injury at Steven's Institute of Technology playing DIII Men's volleyball, he transferred to Virginia Tech and played mostly outdoors. In Virginia, he head coached middle school boy's volleyball and girls camps, but didn't have a lot of time to coach with school. After arriving in Seattle, Matthew decided to take coaching more seriously and assisted JV at Eastlake High School. Afterwards, he head coached 15's at Northwest Juniors and then went back to Eastlake as the assistant to their very competitive Varsity team. Besides volleyball, Matthew enjoys playing the piano, Magic the Gathering, and computer programming.