2019 AVHS Volleyball Coaching Staff
Heather LaChapelle, Head Coach
Coach LaChapelle returns for her 7th season as head coach of the AVHS volleyball team. Coach LaChapelle was the South Suburban coach of the year in 2013. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, earning a degree in History while playing volleyball. In the past, Coach LaChapelle has coached for Carleton, Eagan High School, Lakeville North High School, and the Rosemount JO program. She is a 2004 graduate of Eagan High School where she was a member of the 2001 and 2003 State Championship teams. Coach LaChapelle teaches Social Studies at AVHS.
Hannah Specktor, Assistant Varsity Coach
Hannah is a 2005 graduate of Bloomington Kennedy, where she played under former Apple Valley graduate Kevin Nelson. An alumna of the University of Minnesota, Hannah spent five high school seasons with Bloomington Kennedy and more club seasons with M1. Hannah has a passion for volleyball and coaching and is excited to return to coaching Apple Valley Volleyball for her 7th season.
Jeff Groves, General Manager
A former head coach described Coach Groves as “the gear that makes the engine run.” His organizational skills and attention to detail allows the rest of the coaching staff to focus on what happens on the court. Coach Groves manages all the equipment, schedules workers and refs, and even manages the bus schedule for away matches. Jeff was the Section 3AAA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014. Jeff has deep connections to Apple Valley Juniors and the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association, and Jeff was recently inducted into the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mikki Modjeski, Junior Varsity Coach
Coach Modjeski is pleased to begin her 3rd year of coaching the AVHS – Junior Varsity volleyball team. She is a 2011 graduate of Forest Lake High School and alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to coaching at AVHS, she coached at the middle school level. Volleyball has been a big part of her life for many years. Mikki played six school seasons with Forest Lake where she was nominated to the All-State Volleyball Team. She competed many years in club volleyball with Lakes Volleyball, participated in the Mankato State University intramural volleyball program and continues to play intramural volleyball in the Twin Cities. Volleyball is a passion of hers that she is excited to share with her team.
Sam Firpo, B Team Coach
Coach Firpo is a long-time member of the staff at AVHS and has served the volleyball team in a number of capacities. This is Sam’s 6th season as B-Squad coach.
Ruthie Erickson, 9A Coach
Ruth Erickson is a 2008 graduate of Hastings High School where she played libero. This will be her 3rd year coaching. Ruth is very excited about coaching and cannot wait to get to know the girls! She is a 7th grade English teacher at Valley Middle school.
Kay Radichel, 9B Coach
Coach Radichel is excited to return for her 5th year as the 9B coach. She has a love for the game and prior to coaching at AVHS, she coached at the middle school level. Coach Radichel also teaches English and AVID at Apple Valley High School.