Coaches

Keba Phipps
Keba Phipps

Coach Keba joined the Team USA during the fall of 1986 at the age of sixteen and played in all five matches at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2003 World Cup and a berth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. There she finished in fifth place with the USA National Team. Coach Keba founded Team Keba in 2012 and has been coaching at the Club level for the past 7 years.

International Competitions
1987 – NORCECA Continental Championships (silver medal)

1987 – Pan American Games (bronze medal)

1988 – Olympic Games (seventh place)

1989 – NORCECA Continental Championships (bronze medal)

2002 – World Championships (silver medal)

2003 – FIVB World Grand Prix (bronze medal)

2003 – World Cup (bronze medal)

2003 – NORCECA Zone Championships (gold medal)

2004 – FIVB World Grand Prix (bronze medal)

2004 – Olympic Games (fifth place)

Keba Phipps
Irick Gardner

Coach Irick began coaching volleyball in 1988, primarily in Michigan but eventually expanded into Kentucky, and Windsor-Ontario, Canada. He coached at several levels, including grade school, high school, club and college (NAIA, NCAA II & JUCO). As part of a former travel club director and coach, he ran over 10 teams of which some were national competition level teams. Between coaching high school and running the travel club, he developed many players that proceeded to play at schools such as: Boise State, Iowa, Akron University, Harvard University, Bethune Cookman, Lehigh University, Robert Morris, Howard, Kentucky State, Middle Tennessee, Ohio State, amongst many others. Coach Irick is currently the Head Coach of Judson University.

Coaching
2019 - Current - Head Coach, Judson University
2016-2018 - Macomb Community College: Earned Conference Playoffs
2018 - Team Detroit National Volleyball Club Team - Qualified for the Junior Olympics 2018
1996-2016 - Club Director / Coach Instant Replay Volleyball Club
2004-2012 - Head Coach at Marian High School - First Championship (2010), Second Championship (2010), State Runners Up (2008, 2009), Final Four appearances (2008 – *2010)
2003-2004 - Concordia University Ann Arbor, Head Volleyball Coach
2000 - Worked with National and Jr. National Bahamian Teams
1997 - Head and Assistant Coach in Detroit Public Schools
1996-1998 - Assistant at Kentucky State University - Conference Championship
1995 - Assistant at Wayne State University
1994 - Head Coach at WD Lowe Secondary School Windsor-Ontario, Canada

Certifications
IMPACT – Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory
PACE – Program for Athletic Coaches Education: Windsor Coaching Seminar
Windsor Coaching Seminar Certi􀏐ication
Amature Athletic - Union Positive Coaching Alliance Levels 1 & 2
Protecting God's Children

Johnathan Bluhm
Johnathan Bluhm

Coach Bluhm established Coastal Volleyball in 2011. He has coached both high school and club. His teams have placed in AAU Junior Nationals Gold Division. Team Keba and Coastal Volleyball announced it's partnership in 2019.

Coaching
2015 Krop High School District Champions. 19-1 Season.
2016 Boys 18s 3rd Place AAU Junior Nationals Gold Division.
2015 Boys 18s (First Team) 2nd Place AAU Junior Nationals Gold Division.
2015 Boys 18s (Second Team) 4th Place AAU Junior Nationals Gold Division.
2014 Boys 18s 1st Place AAU Junior Nationals Premier Division.

Training/Certifications
Trained by Dr. Lian Lu. Former Olympian and Head Coach of China.
IMPACT Certified
CAP1 Certified
CAP2 Certified

Playing
1999 - 2003 Villanova Prep Varsity Outside Hitter. Southern California.
2003-2007 Emmanuel College Outside Hitter. Boston, MA.
2007 - 2008 Boston University Libero. Boston, MA.
2007 - 2009 Set Me Mens Semi Pro Libero. Rated AA. Boston, MA.

Awards
“FiVB” International Volleyball camp “MVP” award, 2002, 2003
“FiVB” International Volleyball camp “Best Defense” & “Best Serve-Receive Passer” award, 2001
Shöten Volleyball Club, “MVP” award, 2003 (summer)
Shöten Volleyball Club, “Best Defense” & “Best Serve-receive Passer” award, 2003 (fall)
“Freshman of the Year” Award, Emmanuel College, 2004; “MVP” Award, Emmanuel College, 2007
All State California 2001, 2002, 2003
"MVP," Villanova Preparatory School, 2003
“Coach’s Award,” Villanova Preparatory School, 2002
“Most Improved,” Villanova Preparatory School, 2001
“Rookie of the Week” New England & All-NECVA, 3/1/2004 & 3/22/2004
All-NECVA All-Tournament 1st Team, 2004
All-Tournament First Team MIT Invitational Tournament, 2007
1,000 Kill Club, Emmanuel College, 2007
AVCA 20+ Dig/Match Club, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Emmanuel College Career Record Holder in Digs, Digs/Game, Aces, Aces/Game & Kills