2021 AVHS Volleyball Coaching Staff

Hannah Specktor, Varsity Head 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 9th season.

Liz Link, Varsity Assistant Coach

Liz is excited for her first season with the AVHS program as the Varsity Assistant. Prior to coaching at AVHS, she has 8 years of coaching experience, specifically with Varsity and JV levels in the high school program. Liz coached with M1 Volleyball during the 2020-21 club season with the 16s and 17s teams.  Liz has a passion for coaching, teamwork and growth – both on and off the court.

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.

Brook Roberts, Junior Varsity Head Coach

Brook is starting her first season with Apple Valley as the Head JV volleyball coach! She’s a special education teacher at Scott Highlands Middle School and grew up attending schools in District 196. At her previous school, North St. Paul High School, she coached 9th grade, assisted Varsity, and our 16-1’s age group during club season for the 2019-20 school year. As a coach and educator she believes in growing and developing the “Whole Player” not just their volleyball skills, but skills that help them succeed in their futures. She’s all about self-reflection and encouraging players to communicate their goals as individuals and as a team so they can make progress towards those goals. She is very excited to be a part of AVHS Volleyball community!

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.