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: Emilia Dronkert
Emilia grew up on Bainbridge Island and played club volleyball in the Puget Sound Region. She played D1 Volleyball as a Setter at Manhattan College in NYC, and then transferred to Seattle University, where she is studying political science. Emilia believes Volleyball should help teach real life lessons, and most importantly, BE FUN. In her free time, she loves to bake, knit, and ski.
Assitant Coach: Scott Baklenko
Scott is excited to enter his forth year as a coach for our U12 team with ITVC. He coached a U11 team for Glass City Volleyball Club in OH and a U14 and U16 team for Wind River Volleyball Club in OR. He is also currently part of the Thunder Beach Volleyball Club coaching staff. His previous teams learned much, grew as athletes and all fell in love with the game of volleyball. Scott's duties will mostley be as a tournament coach assisting Emilia.
Scott has coached youth teams in Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball for over 14 years. He is IMPACT certified for both Beach and Indoor. For Scott, volleyball is a family affair as he spends all his free time around the courts (both sand and indoor) with his three children and his wife.