I’ve been working on a succession plan for Piedmont Volleyball Club for the past six months. It has always been my intention to hand off the day-to-day management of the club to someone else while retaining the coaching aspects of my job, which keeps me young! I have found an extremely qualified individual, Kyle Milborn, to serve as the new general manager. I will continue working side by side with him until the point where the transition is complete, and I focus solely on coaching.
Kyle has a fantastic resume of both coaching and club management, coming to us from Club Fusion volleyball club, a well-respected and successful volleyball program out of Illinois. We are fortunate to have Kyle bring the expertise from ten years of working with this club. Kyle is excited for the new opportunity in our growing volleyball area.
Kyle’s father started Club Fusion with a business partner and quickly grew it into a large, thriving club in Illinois. While there was a place for Kyle to continue working and coaching, he sought out an opportunity to create his own club, preferably in the south. The harsh winters of Illinois made the southern states more appealing.
After evaluating many clubs, he chose Piedmont because he loved the Greensboro Sportsplex facility and the fact that our club is still truly in its infancy. He also liked that relative to other areas of the country, there are not a lot of competing clubs.
Club Fusion History and Success
Club Fusion was established in 1999, with 10 teams and an area high school as its home. After a short period of time, Fusion built a four-court facility called the Fusion Sports Center. After 16 years in operation, Club Fusion has:
- Approximately 100 Club Teams within the organization
- Won 11 National Championships
- Been one of the top three recruited Clubs in the nation since 2005, including #1 recruited club in 2013 and 2014
- Generated numerous All-Americans and later Collegiate All-Americans
What Kyle did with Fusion
Over the past 10 years, Kyle been involved with many facets of the company. As a program director, Kyle ran the Club Fusion – Crystal Lake location for four years, growing the location to double-digit teams in all four years while coaching the top 15’s and 16’s team. Once Kyle moved to the Marengo location, he was a tournament director and recruiting coordinator, working with VolleyballRecruits.net, bridging communication gaps between players and collegiate coaches. He also started Club Fusion’s beach volleyball program, with 100+ players in the first year.
On the court, Kyle served as a lead trainer and setters’ position coach. He he has coached multiple top national teams at Club Fusion. Some of Kyle’s successes include:
- 10 years coaching national level teams at Club Fusion
- A National Championship for 15-Open in 2009
- Multiple Top 10 Finishes at Nationals, including a 9th place finish in 2015 in 16-Open, with a 12-1 overall record
- 2015, 2014 JVA World Challenge 16-Open Bronze Medalist
- 2011 JVA World Challenge 17-Club Bronze Medalist
- 2010 JVA World Challenge 17-Club Gold Medalist
Kyle has coached and trained players who went on to NCAA Division I and Division II colleges such as:
- University of South California
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- University of Wisconsin
- University of Connecticut
- The Citadel
- University of Illinois
- Boise State
- High Point University
- Northern Illinois
- Loyola University Chicago
- University of Texas San Antonio
- James Madison University
- University of Illinois Chicago
- Bowling Green
- DePaul University
- Illinois State
Players trained by Kyle include Penn State’s Bryanna Weiskircher, Ali Frantti (AVCA All-American) and Simone Lee. He also trained Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke (AVCA All-American) and Northwestern’s Stephanie Holthus (AVCA All-American).
Getting Started with Piedmont
Piedmont families will get to know Kyle soon, as he is in the process of moving here and will begin working with our club during our fall trainings. As well, Kyle is going to help us take over the former Deacon Volleyball Academy (DVA) program that was run by the previous coaches at Wake Forest University. The academy will become a part of Piedmont Volleyball Club, using Winston-Salem facilities for practice space. More details on that program forthcoming.
So be on the lookout for Kyle this month…and show him some southern hospitality by introducing yourself when you see him!