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: Caine Jette
Caine started playing volleyball in elementary school but has always been a multisport athlete, splitting time between volleyball, soccer, tennis, and football. In high school, he set and hit outside, placing 5th and 7th in the Hawai'i state tournament. He went on to set for MIT for three years before switching to DS/L for his final collegiate season.
After graduating, he stayed in Boston for a season to assist the MIT women's team, kickstarting his coaching career. Fast forward to this being his sixth season with ITVC, where he has worked at the 16s and 18s level. As a coach, developing strong character on and off the court is a priority of his. He believes athletes need to have freedom on the court to experiment (and fail!) in order to learn, so he takes a longer view with an emphasis on process first and outcome second. He focuses on ball control, court awareness, decision making, and strategy, and favors thoughtfulness and finesse over force.
Aside from indoor ball, Caine also has a passion for grass and sand volleyball and is often playing in adult tournaments on the weekends. He's coached for Thunder Beach for the past four years and really enjoys the versatility the doubles game fosters. He is SafeSport certified for indoor, as well as IMPACT and CAP1 certified for both indoor and beach.
When not playing or coaching, he works as a software engineer, a certified official for college volleyball, and a private tutor for middle and high school students. He enjoys spending his free time in the weight room or yoga studio, dancing hip hop competitively, or running. He has two adorable cats, Honu and Raine, and lives on a houseboat on Lake Union.
Assistant Coach: Minh Lam
I’m excited to start this upcoming season with ITVC. I started coaching for Mountlake Terrace High School with Blissa for two years assisting JV and Varsity teams. I like to focus on developing ball control, court awareness, defensive strategy and strength. While coaching, I was playing in adult tournaments every weekend. I enjoy playing all styles of volleyball, from men 6s to grass to beach doubles. I grew up playing soccer in SE Asia, as well as lettered in both soccer and tennis in high school. I picked up volleyball after graduating college and fell in love with the style of the sport, as well as the mechanics of every skill and position.