Jade Schmidt played volleyball at the University of Montana where she was a four-year starter and two-year captain. She coached a USAV U18 team in Spring 2009 that qualified for and competed at Junior Nationals. She was hired as the varsity coach of in Belgrade in Spring 2012. from 2012 to 2015 they have compiled a record of 106-32, produced ten All-State players, won the conference title in 2012, 2014, and 2016, finished top 6 at state in 2012 and 2013, and 2016, and won the class A State Championship in 2015. In addition, Coach Schmidt was named Central A Coach of the Year in four seasons at Belgrade and was recently named Coach of the Year for Class A for 2015. Jade is a great asset to the Mountain One Program and we are glad to have her back!
As a freshman, Rizzo was one of three Bobcats to play in all 25 matches and 91 sets on the season, as MSU’s libero, she recorded a team-best 382 digs on the season, averaging 4.20 saves per game. The total was the ninth highest ever recorded in a single-season at Montana State, her 4.20 digs per set were eighth best in the Big Sky Conference overall, posted 19 matches in double-digit digs, including seven matches with 20 or more saves, registered season-best 33 digs in Montana State’s season-opening victory over Grand Canyon, had 11 service aces on the year, including a career-best two winners in MSU’s win over Weber State, recorded an unusual two kills from the back row against Idaho on Sept. 22, dished out 75 assists, averaging .82 per outing, notched a season-best nine assists at Air Force, and was an All-Big Sky Conference Academic honoree. In High School Rizzo prepped at Marist High School where she helped guide the Redhawks to a 41-16 mark during her time on the volleyball court. She was a two-time all-conference selection and served as team captain for two seasons, as well. Rizzo played club ball for the 1st Alliance, one of the most respected programs out of the Chicago area.
Sydney played in 83 of Montana State’s 91 sets on the season as a freshman and averaged 3.87 assists and 1.55 digs per set, posted four matches with 20 or more assists, including a season-high 28 assists in MSU’s 3-2 win over Weber State, registered two double-doubles on the season against Air Force and Northern Colorado, served up a season-three aces in Montana State’s season-opening victory over Grand Canyon, recorded a season-high 13 digs against Air Force, and was an All-Big Sky Conference Academic honoree. In high school Sydney won back-to-back state titles at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. The Thunder competed in the largest division in Arizona high school sports. Desert Vista posted a 41-3 mark during Sydney’s tenure with the club. DVHS finished the season ranked No. 1 in Arizona and No. 1 in the nation by Max Preps. She finished her career with 1,252 assists, averaging 10.7 assists per set. In addition, she posted 286 digs. For her efforts, she was a Tempe All-City Team Honorable Mention honoree and garnered Desert Vista Most improved Player accolades. Sydney is an outstanding student and a National Honor Society member.
Jessica will be heading up our U12 program this year. She has been the Sophmore coach at belgrade high School for going on 5 seasons He coaching and skills knowledge are a great asset to our program. Jess participated in track, basketball, and volleyball in High School. In college Jess had a successful career in basketball, married her high school sweetheart, and they now have 5 children. Jess is an amazing athlete and all around coach, we are very peased to have her for the upcoming season
Jessica played for the club, is the current director and is the assistant coach for U14. She oversees the program and has been coaching at various levels now for 12 years and multiple seasons. She coached at SMS, Bozeman High School, for Big Sky Volleyball Club, for Central Valley Volleyball Club, and most recently at Belgrade High School and Mountain one. This coming Fall she will be coaching for Belgrade Middle School as well.
Shann Mack, a native of Three Forks, Mont., and an alumnus of Montana State University, has spent the last seven years as the head girl’s volleyball coach at Three Forks High School.
Mack is a sixth generation Montanan, and a third generation Bobcat. Shann’s grandfather, Lindon Durham, played basketball for the Bobcats in the 1940’s. His Uncle, Mick Durham, competed for the Cats from 1974-1979, and was the head men’s basketball coach at MSU for 16 seasons. Mack’s cousins, Casey Durham, and Kalli Durham both played for the men’s and women’s programs, as well.
At Three Forks, Mack guided the program to a 117-36 (.764) overall record, and a 64-6 (.914) conference record. During his time with the Wolves, his teams won 50 straight matches against conference opponents. Three Forks won five consecutive district championships from 2013-2017, a second place finish at Divisionals in 2017, a top six finish at state in 2017, and a fourth place finish at State in 2011. His teams were Conference Champions in 2011, 2013-2017. Undefeated Conference Champions in 2011, 2014-2017.
During his tenure, Mack produced 15 All-State Selections, and 20 All-Conference Selections.