All of our head coaches are either currently playing in college or have played at the collegiate level!
Agape Volleyball Club Director
Head Coach, AGAPE 16-2 Blue
- Two-time First Team All-League Player: Lakeridge High School (2005, 2006)
- 2007 Regional Champion at California Lutheran University
- NCAA Division III Tournament: 2007
- “Elite 8” NCAA Team: 2007
- Four-Time Scholar Athlete Award: 2007-2010
- B.S Psychology, M.A School Counseling
- Nine years of Head Volleyball Coaching Experience
- Head Volleyball Coach: Wilson High School 2012-2014, PIL League Champions 2012
- Head Volleyball Coach at Multnomah University
Head Coach, AGAPE 18-1 National
Emily Palkert is currently the women’s volleyball coach at George Fox University and brings a dynamic mix of playing and coaching experience to Agape Volleyball Club. A four-year AVCA All-American at Concordia University, Saint Paul, Palkert was a standout athlete in her playing days. She was named AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2007 and ended her career as the all-time career kills leader for the Golden Bears. She also led her team to four straight NCAA Division II national championships.
Palkert graduated from Concordia, Saint Paul, and earned a bachelor’s degree in child learning and human development in 2011. Upon graduation, she went on to play professionally overseas in Finland in the spring of 2011 and Spain in January of 2012. She earned the silver medal (highest in program history) while playing at Tampere, Finland.
Most recently, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Augsburg College (Minn.), where she helped the Auggies become conference co-champions in the MIAC in 2013 and 2014. She also coached four AVCA All-Americans, All-Central Region and All-MIAC athletes. During her time at Augsburg, the Auggies compiled an overall record of 87-32 (.709). She also earned a Master of Business Administration (with an emphasis in social entrepreneurship) from Augsberg in May of 2016.
Concurrently, Palkert coached a Mizuno M1 Volleyball club team in 2012 and a Vital Volleyball 17s Elite team from 2012 to 2015.
Assistant Coach, AGAPE 18-1 National
- 2013/Present: Willamette Valley Volleyball Club 16U
- 2015/16: George Fox University Assistant Coach
Joey Burda’s volleyball career began in 2004 at the annual Seaside Beach Volleyball doubles tournament. His career stayed with beach doubles for the next decade as he continued competing with his partner, Josh Sweigert, in tournaments across the West coast and eventually working their way up to a AA rating. Joey’s indoor coaching career began in 2013 at Willamette Valley Volleyball club and soon moved on to coaching at George Fox University from 2015-2016. Joey continues to coach and play volleyball passing on his passion for the game as well as values of dedication, discipline, hard work, respect, and teamwork.
Head Coach, AGAPE 16-1 National
- 2013/14: Excel NW Volleyball Club 14U
- 2015/16: Excel NW Volleyball Club 16U
- 2015/16: Portland Christian Jr High Head Coach
- 2016-Present: Portland Christian High School Varsity Head Coach
I grew up on the Southern Oregon coast and attended Pacific High School where I was a dual-sport athlete playing both volleyball and basketball. My background includes 8 years/12 seasons coaching volleyball as well as coaching basketball. My passion for teaching and being a mentor to young people is what drives me to this position. I hope to add to the lives of the athletes I coach by sharing my strong background in fundamentals as well as my love for the game and by furthering their confidence and excellence in volleyball. I am excited to be in the Agape family!
Assistant Coach, AGAPE 16-1 National
Assistant Coach, AGAPE 16-2 Blue
- 2013: Lettered freshman year
- 2013: Chosen 2nd team all league
- 2013: Rose City CEVA Regional Champions
- 2014: Adidas NW Regional Champions
- 2015: Chosen for first team all league
- 2016: Sportsmanship award with Sandy High School at state
- 2015 & 2016: 2 year school ball captain at Sandy High School.
- 2016 :2nd place at state with Sandy High School
- 4 year varsity player
- 4 year defensive specialist award
Head Coach, AGAPE 14-1 Silver
- Attended/Played for Pacific High School (So. California) as a Setter
- 3 time League Champions
- 3 time All-League
- 2 year MVP
- 2002-2006: Played as MH/OH at Storm Volleyball Club
- Attended/played for San Bernardino Valley College as a setter
- 2006-2007: 2 year Conference champs
- 2007: All conference MVP
- 2010: Nafanua 14s Black Assistant Coach
- 2012: Nafanua 14s Black Head Coach
- 2012-Present: Portland Volleyball Association as MH
- 2014-Present: Kingsway Christian Co-Ed Volleyball League as Setter
Head Coach, AGAPE 14-2 Orange
- I played at Faith Bible HS in Hillsboro,OR where I was 1st team All-League my sophomore, junior, and senior year. League POY my junior and senior year as well as 1st All-State both years.
- I played for TEAM HIKI NO my sophomore year and beyond
- Currently playing at Multnomah University in Portland, OR
Assistant Coach, AGAPE 14-2 Orange
- 2014 Second Team All-League (Lewis and Clark League)
- 2015 First Team All-League (Lewis and Clark League)
I’ve been playing volleyball for ten years, ten fall seasons and two club seasons. I went to Portland Christian High School and played at Mt. Hood Athletic Club as well as NW Reign Volleyball Club.
Head Coach, AGAPE 12-1 Silver
- 2008-2010: Head coach 14U Vancouver Parks & Recreation
- Volleyball camps and clinics for basic fundamentals at Green meadows, Lords Gym & Firstenburg Community Center
- 2011-2016: Volunteer coach at Laurelhurst Presbyterian Church
- 2016 Head Coach for 12U Gilbert Heights Elementary school (Undefeated)
Assistant Coach, AGAPE 12-1 Silver
- 2012: 14U Rose City CEVA Regionals Champions – Emerald City Classic and picked for the All-Tournament Team.
- 2014: 16U Athena CEVA Regionals Champions – Emerald City Classic – Picked for the Dream Team in Spokane, Washington -5th place at the GJNC New Orleans Nationals
- 2016: Central Catholic High School #1 in the Mt. Hood Conference. First team All-League Setter. Won the OSAA State Championships and 1st Team All-Tournament. One out of the 25 Top Setters. Committed to Evergreen State College