Viking Women's Volleyball Coaching Staff
Brett Holt - Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Brett Holt begins his second year as women’s volleyball head coach at MVC, after serving as the graduate assistant during the 2011 season. In his first season Coach Holt led the Lady Vikings to a 19-12 record, the best season for the program in 16 years. In 2012 the women's volleyball team produced five all-conference athletes, and was a HAAC Scholar Team award winner. Coach Holt also serves as the men's volleyball head coach, taking over in 2012, and has a 42-20 record in two seasons.
In college, Coach Holt was a four-year setter on The Ohio State University men’s volleyball club team. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sport and leisure studies with a concentration in recreation management and coaching from The Ohio State University.
Previous to joining the staff, Coach Holt has held various coaching positions at the high school, club, and collegiate club levels. As the varsity assistant at West Holmes High School in Millersburg, Ohio from 1999-2006, the team made six appearances in the Ohio High School Division 2 State Final Four, including runner-up finishes in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He was also the head coach from 2000-2005 of the women’s club team at The Ohio State University, where in 2005, he guided the Buckeyes to a National runner-up finish at the N.I.R.S.A Collegiate Club Championships in Kansas City. He spent 2011 as the head coach of the 17-U National girl’s team with Mintonette Sports, the top club program in Central Ohio.
Coach Holt received his Master’s Degree in sport and athletic business administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Ashley Jackson-Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
Coach Jackson, better known as Coach Jax, enters her second season as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s volleyball program here at Valley. During her first season with the Vikings, she assisted the women’s program to a 19-12 winning record and help lead the team to a 5th place finish in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Along with high improvements to the record, Coach Jax also witnessed five women volleyball student-athletes receive All-Conference Honor awards ranging from First Team to Honorable Mention and four athletes receive HAAC Scholar Athlete Honors. With another successful season for the men’s program finishing 10th in the nation and a winning record of 21-10, Coach Jax was proud to see four men volleyball student-athletes receive MAMVIC All-Conference awards, including “Newcomer of the Year”. With such accomplishments in her first season, she is excited to see what the future will bring.
Before coming to Valley, Coach Jax completed her collegiate volleyball career at NCAA Division II Urbana University in Ohio, where she played as a middle blocker. Among a few of her accomplishments as a student-athlete, she received an Athletic Director Academic Award. Coach Jax also served as a club coach for Bean City Volleyball Club and has experience in running several middle school and high school volleyball clinics.
Coach Jax is pursuing a Master's of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management from Lindenwood University.
Kyle South-Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
Kyle South is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Vikings. Last season the men’s team went 21-10 and finished 3rd in the MAMVIC. The women’s team went 19-12 and finished 5th in the HAAC.
Coach South joins the program after finishing a successful season as an assistant with Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA where he helped the team to a 45-8 record and a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Coach South has been involved with volleyball throughout his life. As a player, he was a setter for men’s club programs at Lewis Central High School, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University. Since then he has been heavily involved in coaching prep volleyball at the high school and club level. In 2008 Coach South served as the varsity assistant at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, NE. Following that he spent two years at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs as an assistant before moving up to the college ranks in 2011.
As a club coach, Coach South has spent 5 seasons coaching 17’s and 18’s teams for the Kansas Volleyball Club Jets and Top Ten Volleyball club, respectively. In addition to team coaching, he runs several successful volleyball camps every summer as well as providing individual technical training to area youth throughout the year. Coach South also served as the coach for the Iowa Men’s High Performance team in 2013, finishing 3rd at the Asics National Championship.
Coach South received his degree in Music from Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS in 2009 and will begin pursuing a Masters of Kinesiology this fall.