Linda Snyder

Club Director and Founder
(847) 965-8028
While I have led Energy VBC’s rapid growth in size, I continue to adhere to that original vision. I will never allow our ambitious goals compromise our mission to develop the whole player, for each and every player regardless of level or ability. I am constantly looking to improve every aspect of Energy VBC’s capabilities and the Energy VBC experience.I began my interest in Volleyball back in 1977 when my High School, Mother McAuley, took it’s first of many State Championships. I feel it is a great sport for all and one you can continue to play throughout your life. Having had 2 daughters play over 11 years with various clubs on the North Shore, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I started Energy VBC…read more

Mike Sopocy

Assistant Club Director and Recruiting Liason
(847) 965-8028
I have been an avid volleyball player since the 7th grade and a dedicated volleyball coach since my Freshman year in college. I have 14 years’ playing experience so far, and I continue to play competitive indoor and beach volleyball. I have been coaching volleyball for over 8 years now; including coaching the women’s Bowling Green State University Club team to nationals for three straight years, as well as leading the men’s BGSU club team to nationals two straight years, finishing 7th in the nation both years.. Since 2009, I have been on the Glenbrook South High School Coaching Staff as the Boys’ Freshman A Coach, where I led the team to a conference championship, and I’m also a certified IHSA official.…read more
Mary Soapes

Mary Soapes

Director, Girls' Program, Boys' Program, and Energy Youth Academy (EYA)
(773) 219-1377
Mary has made a huge impact on the volleyball community amongst players, directors, coaches, and officials over the past 42 years. Her experience includes: 38 years coaching at a variety of levels including elementary, high school, and collegiate level in both high school and club, 18 years as a USA Junior National Official, 21 years as an IHSA certified official, ran clinics and training for all IHSA officials, coordinated assignments for high school and collegiate tournaments, 5 years as a collegiate women’s official in NAIA, NJCAA, and NCAA, former collegiate player, and being an ASEP instructor for safe sports.
Brittney Garcia

Brittney Garcia

Short Programs Coordinator
(847) 965-8028
Paul Lawson

Paul Lawson

Facility Manager / Master Coach
My name is Paul Lawson. I return to Energy with 28 years of volleyball experience, and I have been a certified referee since 1992. Most recently I was the head men’s coach at Pfeiffer University that was 15 in nation before the program was dropped.  I have over 405 wins as a coach with 13  appearance’s at a national championship, 4 elite 8, 4 final four, and runner up 2001.
Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Website Master
I’m Hannah Smith, and I handle all things website related. I grew up and live on the south side of Chicago, and graduated from Marist High School in 2015. I currently attend Saint Louis University in Missouri where I’m pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. I played club as a middle schooler for Coach Mary Soapes, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join the Energy family! Feel free to email me with any inquiries regarding the website.