Mountain One
Volleyball Club

Coaching Staff

​​Bert Palagi- Head Coach

This will be Bert's Fifth year coaching. He coached one year with Great Fals Volleyball Club, assisiting with the U18 teams, and the top U16 and U14 teams. This is Bert's third year coaching U18 for Mountain one .He has been involved in volleyball since he was 9. When he got to MSU he was introduced to the montana adult competitive community and has been playing in tournaments around the state for about 5 years now. He has also played in many out of state tournaments including the Spokane Sizzler and some tournaments in Denver and Las Vegas. Bert's specialties include passing, setting and right-side (he is a lefty!) hitting. Bert is excited to be the AAU 18s head coac this year and will work as hard as possible to create a positive team atmosphere and help the girls increase their skill as athletes as well as grow as individuals! We are lucky to have such a dedicated individual on our coaching team. 
Jessie Hardy- Head Coach

Jessie played volleyball at Huntley Project for 11 years, starting in the 2nd grade. Her team won the State Championship title three out of her four years of high school. She played all the way around, specializing in middle blocking and middle back defense. She was captain of her team and went on to earn the  MVP award of the Class B state tournament her senior year. She attended the University of Montana, majoring in elementary education. She has been coaching high school volleyball for 8 years. She started coaching C Squad and JV volleyball  teams at the age of 19, and became head coach for the first time when she was 24 at Fairview High School in Eastern MT. She has also coached several AAU volleyball teams throughout her coaching career. Her family has recently moved to Bozeman and  is excited to be back to Western Montana. She can't wait to start coaching competitive volleyball for the Mountain One program! 

​​Katie Rutecki- Head Coach

Katie Rutecki prepped at John Burroughs High School where she earned first and second-team All-Pacific League accolades as a setter and right side hitter. Rutecki dished out 10.87 assists per set at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California from the 2014 season through the 2016 season. This also earned her the #1 spot in all of California for assists per set. Under her leadership at the setting position, the Cougars posted a 26-4 overall record and an appearance in the State Championship. For her efforts, Rutecki earned Western State Conference First-Team honors as well as CCCAA All-Southern California Regional team kudos. She
now attends Montana State University and plays for their program. Rutecki has coached all age groups, and for both boys and girls teams at her previous high school. She has also participated in coaching for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) and the Santa Monica Beach Club (SMBC).



Assistant USAV 18s​

Kyra Fisher- Assistant Coach

Kyra Fisher has been an avid volleyball player since she began her career at Gallatin Gateway School when she was in fifth grade. She then went on to play four years for the Belgrade Panthers and was captain, as well as libero, of the team which took home the 2015 Montana State Volleyball Championship. After high school Kyra was recruited to the University of Great Falls, where she played for two years. 

Kyra assisted Belgrade High School's head coach, Jade Schmidt, in coaching Mountain One's U14 team as well as Central Valleys U12 team, and did a great job with our U14 program last season. ​kyra's love of the sport and enthusiasm shine through in her coaching style.
Sydney Mathison- 

Sydney played in 83 of Montana State's 91 sets on the season as a freshman and averaged 3.87 assists and 1.55 digs per set, posted four matches with 20 or more assists, including a season-high 28 assists in MSU's 3-2 win over Weber State, registered two double-doubles on the season against Air Force and Northern Colorado, served up a season-three aces in Montana State's season-opening victory over Grand Canyon, recorded a season-high 13 digs against Air Force, and was an All-Big Sky Conference Academic honoree. In high school Sydney won back-to-back state titles at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. The Thunder competed in the largest division in Arizona high school sports. Desert Vista posted a 41-3 mark during Sydney's tenure with the club. DVHS finished the season ranked No. 1 in Arizona and No. 1 in the nation by Max Preps. She finished her career with 1,252 assists, averaging 10.7 assists per set. In addition, she posted 286 digs. For her efforts, she was a Tempe All-City Team Honorable Mention honoree and garnered Desert Vista Most improved Player accolades. Sydney is an outstanding student and a National Honor Society member,

​​Jade schmidt- Head Coach U14

Jade Schmidt played volleyball at the University of Montana where she was a four-year starter and two-year captain.  She coached a USAV U18 team in Spring 2009 that qualified for and competed at Junior Nationals.  She was hired as the varsity coach of in Belgrade in Spring 2012.  from 2012 to 2015 they have compiled a record of 106-32, produced ten All-State players, won the conference title in 2012, 2014, and 2016, finished top 6 at state in 2012 and 2013, and 2016, and won the class A State Championship in 2015.  In addition, Coach Schmidt was named Central A Coach of the Year in four seasons at Belgrade and was recently named Coach of the Year for Class A for 2015.  Jade is a great asset to the Mountain One Program and we are glad to have her back!
Alyssa Rizzo 

As a freshman, Rizzo was one of three Bobcats to play in all 25 matches and 91 sets on the season, as MSU's libero, she recorded a team-best 382 digs on the season, averaging 4.20 saves per game. The total was the ninth highest ever recorded in a single-season at Montana State, her 4.20 digs per set were eighth best in the Big Sky Conference overall, posted 19 matches in double-digit digs, including seven matches with 20 or more saves, registered season-best 33 digs in Montana State's season-opening victory over Grand Canyon, had 11 service aces on the year, including a career-best two winners in MSU's win over Weber State, recorded an unusual two kills from the back row against Idaho on Sept. 22, dished out 75 assists, averaging .82 per outing, notched a season-best nine assists at Air Force, and was an All-Big Sky Conference Academic honoree. In High School Rizzo prepped at Marist High School where she helped guide the Redhawks to a 41-16 mark during her time on the volleyball court. She was a two-time all-conference selection and served as team captain for two seasons, as well. Rizzo played club ball for the 1st Alliance, one of the most respected programs out of the Chicago area.


​Carrie vanDyken- head Coach U14

Carrie played volleyball in the gallatin valley growing up. She was amazing to watch with her speed, court knowledge, and competitive mind set she was a force to be reconed with on the court. She recently coached for Manhattan, and is going to be in charge of starting up our U13 and U12 division. Cant wait to see what she can do with our young developing players!

Jessica Rahn-Director

Jessica played for the club, is the current director and is the assistant coach for U14. She oversees the program and has been coaching at various levels now for 12 years and multiple seasons. She coached at SMS, Bozeman High School, for Big Sky Volleyball Club, for Central Valley Volleyball Club, and most recently at Belgrade High School and Mountain one. This coming Fall she will be coaching for Belgrade Middle School as well.

More Coaches!

​​Jessica Christensen- Head Coach U12

​Jessica will be heading up our U12 program this year. She has been the Sophmore coach at belgrade high School for going on 5 seasons He coaching and skills knowledge are a great asset to our program. Jess participated in track, basketball, and volleyball in High School. In college Jess had a successful career in basketball, married her high school sweetheart, and they now have 5 children. Jess is an amazing athlete and all around coach, we are very peased to have her for the upcoming season
Greg Strohecker- Consultant

Greg, though retired has such a passion for helping young people that he has agreed to stay on as a consultant, coach, and is essentially overseeing things to make sure the club stays on track! Greg is the best

Clinic Coaches- 

Katie Rutecki​- setters
​Allyssa Rizzo- D
​Natalie Passeck-Pin hitters
​Ali Lynch- Setters
​Sydney Mathison- Setters
​Jessie Hardy- Middle s
Kyra Fisher- DS