All our RVC coaches are background checked with USA Volleyball. They all are all USAV IMPACT, USAV Safesport and concussion management trained.
Christine Rietz is the founding member and Director of RVC. She is a volunteer in the position. She is also an active member of the community volunteering for the high school booster club. She is the principal for a local elementary school and has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and as a teacher for special needs children. Her philosophy is to provide volleyball as a support system for players as they go through the middle school and high school years. In addition, grow the love of the game and provide opportunities for all athletes no matter their financial situation. She is the club Safesport point of contact.
Brigitte Kwinn has been with RVC since 2016. She volunteers for the club and provides resources and guidance to the athletes about college recruiting. She comes to Arizona after 11 years of coaching club and high school teams in New York. She has a background in playing at the intercollegiate and adult level and coaching volleyball at all levels, to include coaching USAV juniors, adult coed (for 15 years) and high school level. She was an assistant professor in undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, retired from the US Army and currently is a lecturer in graduate systems engineering education. She is USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) level II certified. Her coaching philosophy includes striving to develop each athlete into a productive member of the team, to reinforce positive contributions and work with the athletes to overcome their negatives so they can continue to love the game.
Sean Peterson, joined the RVC coaching staff in 2017. He came to Arizona from Norfolk, VA after playing two and half years of college volleyball at Springfield College (Springfield, MA). While attending Springfield, he was apart of the 2014 Div. III NCAA National Championship team as a freshman starter middle blocker. Sean also has experience playing in the USA High Performance Pipeline and as a senior in high school he earned Conference Player of the Year honors, 1st team All-Region (Jr., Sr.) honors and also State and National honors. He also participated in an invitational High Performance Camp and Tournament where he was apart of the top 50 ranked players in his class. After suffering some back injuries, Sean and Springfield College decided it was best for him not to continue playing. While continuing his education, Sean chose to move to Tucson and support his girlfriend, Kendra Dahlke, who plays volleyball for the University of Arizona. In his first year of coaching, Sean has found some success while coaching the Sabino High School freshmen team. He also offers 1 on 1 or group practices to those who are looking to improve their skills. Sean’s goal while coaching is to help the athletes improve as much as possible, push them beyond their limits to help them reach goals they may have not thought were possible, and to have fun while teaching the athletes how to play volleyball. Sean is excited to be apart of RVC as he furthers his coaching experience while adding his ideas and knowledge to the culture of RVC.
Franklin Donley joined the RVC coaching staff in 2017. Has been playing and coaching camps in that time. He grew up playing beach volleyball in southern California then transitioned to indoor at 11 years old. He played club volleyball until he graduated high school. In high school, he played as an opposite/setter on his high school team then transitioned to setter where he was All-San Gabriel Valley Second Team, as a Junior and First Team as a Senior. As a club player, he played Setter and Defensive Specialist. He played at Orange Coast College before switching to Long Beach City College. He started coaching boys volleyball at Downey High School under Traci Dahl and was a Club Coach for that team, as well. He coached young women at Cal Jrs in Long Beach, Ca. He spent three summers working at The University of Arizona, David Rubio Camps where he worked with teams, intermediate and advanced H.S. players and Setters, exclusively. He spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach at Nogales High School Girls Volleyball, where he coached the team during their Spring and Summer Camps. Has played Adult Men’s Club Volleyball since 2005. His teams won Region Tournaments in Arizona and he played as a Defensive Specialist, Libero, Setter and Serving Specialist. He is still an avid sand player in Tucson. His philosophy on coaching is a simple one: He is here to get the best out of everyone on the court. He is a loud and vocal coach, but not a disparaging one. You come to work, and he’s there to work with you.
Kirstin Fink is a Tucson native and joined the RVC coaching staff in 2018. She played 4 years of Division 1 NCAA volleyball at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She earned academic honors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball All-Academic Selection. She was a four-year letter winner at Sabino High school before college. She played all four seasons of high school on the varsity squad.
Melissa Laborin joined the RVC coaching staff for the 2019 girls club season. She is originally from New Mexico and played all 4 years in high school on varsity volleyball. She also play softball, track, and basketball. She received a scholarship for both volleyball/track at Pima Community College and basketball at Cochise Community College. She took the basketball scholarship at Cochise. After college she continued to play in adult leagues around the city after a terrible compound fracture of her ankle she stopped playing and began coaching. Her coaching positions consist of Socorro High School in New Mexico varsity girls volleyball, Animas High School Volleyball/Basketball girls Varsity, Elfrida High School in Arizona varsity girls basketball, Sunnyside High School basketball girls varsity. Her coaching philosophy: I am a firm believe that if you have knowledge pass it on to those who do not. I also believe that playing sports as a child not only builds character and confidence but also gives a sense of accomplishment. Not everyone is a winner every time. We have to lose some to gain some, and if we gain something from every opportunity then we are winning. Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile-Vince Lombardi.
Torrie Rourke joined the RVC coaching staff in 2018. She has coached junior high, high school, USAV junior club and adult club teams. She grew up in a small town in Arizona. She still remembers playing volleyball for the first time when she was in fourth grade. Right then and there she knew how much she would love the game. Growing up she had four sisters who shared the love of the game. She always wanted to push herself to be as competitive of a player as they were. Playing sports in a small town had many benefits. Everyone wanted to see you do your best. Her family and tight knit community always supported, as well as, pushed her to go above and beyond. Volleyball taught her hard work, hustle, teamwork, responsibility, accountability, and above all love for the game. She has always been a utility player, playing libero freshman year, middle sophomore year, outside the last two years in high school, and setter during club. Although she did not choose to further her athletic career into college, she still loves the game and plays competitively in adult leagues in Tucson. While coaching she plans on passing my knowledge to each and every player. She strives to bring out each individual’s potential to show them that they are always capable of more. No matter what stands in their way, they can always overcome an obstacle. Most importantly, she wants the athletes to have fun, individually and as a team. She wants them to make life-long friends and take home memories.
Madison Page joined the RVC coaching staff in 2018. She graduated from Sabino High School in 2018 and is now a student at the University of Arizona. This is her first year as a coach. She has been playing volleyball for 9 years and played for club volleyball including with RVC for 4 years. In high school, she spent two years on Varsity as a right side as well as managing Sabino Boys' Volleyball for two years. Right now, she is an assistant coach for the RVC boys' team. Her coaching philosophy is to develop players to be coachable. By always working hard, being positive, and having fun, we can build a community of great volleyball players on and off the court.
Devan Lodge has been with RVC since 2016. Her volleyball experience comes from being an athlete. She played volleyball growing up in New Mexico and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to play volleyball in college as an outside and middle hitter. She continues to play adult league volleyball in Tucson. She is excited to share her love of volleyball and knowledge to build passion and competitive drive in our young athletes. Work ethic and the will to learn no matter the skill level is the key to success on her team. She looks forward to seeing each athlete's individual growth while fostering strong team unity and accountability.
Josue Sanchez-Lopez joined the RVC coaching staff in 2018. He was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Tucson at a young age. He played soccer in middle school and continued to play in high school. It was at Palo Verde High School that the boys volleyball coach convinced him to play volleyball instead of tennis during the spring season. He played four years in high school becoming captain of the Varsity team his senior year. He also helped initiate a club team at his college his freshmen year. Taking a break from school, Josue was offered a position assisting the Girls Volleyball team at Palo Verde High School. He has coached at the Academy of Tucson High and the Gregory school and hopes to continue to coach volleyball for many years to come. His coaching philosophy includes ensuring each player knows how they can contribute to the team and making sure they know how to play the game with confidence.