Paula Baechle was born in St. Louis then her family moved to Jonesboro, Ark in second grade, where she lived until she graduated from Jonesboro High School. Not knowing what she wanted to do when she grew up, she decided to enlist in the U.S. Army and spent the next four years serving her country while being stationed in Ansbach, Germany and Ft. Ord, California. While stationed in California, Paula played softball for the Signal Corp and competed in the military softball league. Upon exiting the military, she eventually moved back to the St. Louis area and obtained her degree in Architectural Design/Drafting at Ranken Technical College.
Paula is married to Dale and they have 4 children. Paula coached two of their daughters in CYC volleyball from the time they were old enough to touch the court, and assisted Dale in coaching softball and basketball. After a need for a career change, she went back to college to obtain her teaching degree, and was hired to teach Science / Special Education at Seckman High School, where she also was hired as the Freshman Girls and Boys Volleyball Coach that same year. Paula has been coaching at the high school level for 5 years now, with the last two years being a Varsity Coach along with daughter Ahna.
I have a deep appreciation for team work. My days in the military instilled in me the values and need for hard work, dedication, and most of all…teamwork. I have always believed that when a group works together, great things can be accomplished. A team is more than just a group of people who come together for a common purpose, it’s a family, and that family comes together to conquer all that is set before them. I also believe that in any sport, and especially volleyball, it is the most basic /solid fundamentals that will win games.
This is Paula’s second year with Momentum and she is looking forward to working with this organization.
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Born and raised in St. Louis, MO- from a volleyball family. Nathan grew up playing baseball, but transitioned to volleyball his senior season at Westminster Christian Academy. After graduating Nathan played four years for the men’s program at Calvin in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating Nathan returned home and started working at Boeing. Nathan coached the boys program at Westminster in 2021 along with his dad Tim Hall. Tim Hall is one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the St. Louis area. Nathan just recently got married, but is excited to help as much as possible this upcoming season alongside Paula.
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Jacob was born and raised in St. Louis and went to high school at Pattonville Senior High. He played Varsity Volleyball there for 3 years in various positions such as Outside, Middle, Opposite, and Setter. He was Second Team All-Conference in 2016 and a Conference Champ in 2017. He played Club Volleyball for 3 years and then went on to play in college. He went to Culver-Stockton College where he was a double major in Business Administration and Marketing. He played as an Outside, Defensive Specialist, and Setter.
Jacob is currently a High School Coach at Parkway North as the Head JV Boys and Girls Coach. He also serves as the Varsity Assistant for both teams as well. This will be his 4th year coaching Club, his first with Team Momentum.
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Cole was born and raised in St. Louis, went to high school at Pattonville Senior High. Cole was a 4 year varsity starter at Pattonville. Cole won All- Conference player of the year, was 1st Team All-Conference, 1st team All-State, 1st Team All-Metro. Cole played his entire club career for HP on their royal teams as a 6 rotation outside hitter. Cole is currently playing volleyball at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Cole is no stranger to Team Momentum as his twin, Sam played for our Navy teams for 7 seasons. This will be Coles 1st year coaching and we are so excited to have him!
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Ryan VonFeldt, I currently live in St. Charles but was born and raised in Collinsville Illinois. I am married and a father of 3 amazing boys. I started playing volleyball in high school, following in my older sisters footsteps. Played club ball many years as well as in the Prairie State Games in Illinois. My high school (Althoff), didn't have a team at the time.
My coaching career started at a student assistant at the college I attended. (Belleville Area College) the team ended up placing 5th in the nation.
I was hired on at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for the Womens team, assistant for 2 years, then took over as head coach for 8 years. During that time, I helped start the boys program at my Althoff. I was an assistant there for 2 years before then moving to St. Charles. I was then hired on at Francis Howell North where I coach the boy’s team for 9 years.
Spent some time away from coaching for about a year and I was hired on to start up the mens team at STLCOP, now University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. This is my third year with the program. I have spent the last 2 years coaching with Crossfire as well.
As a coach, I work to get the most out of my players while teaching them the skills of the game. My coaching style is geared to make sure the players enjoy the game enough to want to come back year after year. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing my former players become coaches themselves.
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For the last 10 years, Jim has been coaching club volleyball, 6 years coaching girls club and 4 coaching guys. He has had experience coaching from 12U through 18u. His passion for the game began when he played for Francis Howell North in the first year they offered volleyball as a men’s sport.
Jim’s goal on the court is to “Work Hard, Play Hard, and Be Humble.”
One of Jim’s favorite accomplishments in his career, both on and off the court, has been the creation of the Lyle Rakers Charitable Foundation, a non-profit that raises money for ALS research.
Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Lindenwood University. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Andrea, and they are the proud parents of Kate and Will.
“We are a volleyball family,” said Jim.
His daughter Kate is currently playing volleyball for Westminster College and his son Will plays varsity volleyball at Francis Howell Central and club for the last 4 years.
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Austin was born and raised in St. Louis. He attended Francis Howell North, where he played as a middle hitter all four years. He also played for High Performance travel team for 3 years as a middle hitter. He then continued his volleyball career at St. Ambrose University where he majored in Criminal Justice.
This is Austin’s first year coaching at Momentum. He also is an assistant coach at Francis Howell North for the guys volleyball team!
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Jason grew up in St. Louis and went on to play soccer at Forest Park Community College and went on to graduate from Missouri State University. Post college Jason began playing volleyball competitively that would continue for over 30 years.
Jason began coaching when his oldest son began playing club volleyball. Jason has coached at the club level for over 10 years. Jason was the assistant varsity coach of Christian High School in O’fallon for the 2019 season.
Jason and his family have been long standing ambassadors of the sport, including building their own back yard grass court several years ago, where hundreds of pickup games have occurred with grade school athletes, high school athletes, college athletes, and even a few retired athletes. It has become a popular summer destination for many in the community to continue playing this beloved sport. This will be Jason’s first year with Team Momentum.
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Ray is from St. Charles Missouri, and spent the majority of his time through high school playing baseball and basketball. Ray was introduced to the sport through his son and the Haven’s family and has been watching and helping at practices over the last 8 years as time allotted. Ray has developed a passion for the sport, with great appreciation of the speed, complexity, and psychological momentum.
This will be Ray’s first season of coaching, and first season with Momentum.
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