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
Director, Girls' Program, Boys' Program, and Energy Youth Academy (EYA)
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.
My name is Amanda DeLaCasa. I played High School and Club Kace volleyball for 4 years. I then started my coaching career which includes 4 years at the High School level and this being my 6th season coaching Club Volleyball. I am excited to start this season!
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.
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.