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MEET OUR DIRECTORS

Bo Yong - Club Director

Bo began coaching at Nebraska Impact in 2000 and in 2009 was appointed Assistant Club Director.  In 2015 Bo decided to start Banzai VBC with his two teams the first year and has grown over the past several years.  Bo coached Freshman and JV teams at Millard West High School for 4 years and had an overall record of 92-10.  Bo was the Varsity Coach at Omaha South High School for two years before moving to Ralston High School were he coached for the next 10 years.  In 2018 the Ralston team qualified for State for the first time since 2003.  Bo's teams have had great success over the years including many top finishes in National Qualifier Events.  Bo is a firm believer in goal setting saying "Each of us has a thirst in our hearts for something and its our goal in life to find it and keep going."

Cassidy Simmons - Assistant Club Director

This will be Cassidy's 9th year of coaching volleyball.  She played volleyball in college and all throughout her club season for a total of 15 years.  She attended Millard West High School were she lettered her junior and senior year.  Cassidy attended Southwestern Community College her freshman year where her team made their first appearance to Nationals in 12 years and got 5th place.  She made the 1st Team All Region and All Tournament as well as earning a spot on the All American 2nd Team.   Her sophomore year she attend Central Columbus Community College where she received 1st Team All Region as well as All Conference Team.  Her team went on to Nationals and placed 5th in the Nation and she again earned All American 2nd team.  Her final 2 years of college were played at College of Saint Mary's where she earned NAIA Scholar Athlete as well as MVP .  Cassidy graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor Degree in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Social Science.

Brittany Speckhals - Director of Player Development

Brittany's love of volleyball started at a very young age.  Rec ball to club volleyball by age 9.  In the summer of 2003 her club team went to the USA Jr National Championship were they WON!  She attended Bellevue West High School were she continued to grow, receiving a Gold State Medal.  After graduating she began coaching at Omaha Bryan High School for two years.  Brittany is currently the JV coach at Omaha Mercy High School.  This is Brittany's 4th year coaching at Banzai VBC.  She has a strong passion for teaching young athletes volleyball and life skills.  We are thrilled to have her as our Director of Player Development, overseeing all position training and private lessons.  Brittany is currently working on her degree in Sign Language Interpreting.  When not busy working she loves spending time with her son, Julius, doing anything outdoors.

Nick Friedrichsen - Director of Performance

Nick started his first weight lifting program with his father in the basement of their home using plastic sand and weights and a bar in 1991 while in 7th grade.  He attended Omaha Central High School where he was a 4 sport athlete, which included a Boys U18 Volleyball team.  Nick was also a member of the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams for the Eagles until graduating in 1996.  Nick has been working in strength and conditioning in one way or another for the past 15 years in addition to his full time job as a high school Skilled and Technical Science instructor.  He started training in college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Joe Hurley, formerly of Husker Power.   After graduating with a B.S. in Education, he began teaching and coaching at Millard West HS here in Omaha. While at Millard West, Nick was the director of performance for Volleyball (2003-2008), Girl's Basketball (2004-2007), Softball (2004-2007), Men's Basketball (2004) and Wrestling (2008) where he designed and implemented in-season and off-season programs for the Wildcats while coaching several sports which included head volleyball coach for 3 seasons.  He also served 3 seasons as a NSAA volleyball official while earning his Master's degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Nebraska-Seward.   In the private sector, Nick has been a competitive club volleyball coach for 16 years, starting with Sunset West & Premier VBC.  While at Premier, he had the opportunity to coach championship teams at the 17&U and 18&U levels.  During his time with Premier, Nick worked part time as a trainer with The Xplosive Edge for 3 years.  Nick sat for his USAW SPC certification at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS  in 2009 under USA Olympic Weightlifting  Judge, Tom Cross.  Nick has had the privilege to  work with and learn from some of the best strength coaches, physical therapists, coaches, and athletes in the country.  There is no better teacher than experience to learn how to pass that along to someone who is new to training. "Being involved in teaching and coaching athletics for so many years, I have been fortunate to see both sides of the coin from a performance perspective. "