2018 Jenks Volleyball Coaches
Tanna Smith - Head Varsity and 7th Grade Gray
Coach Smith is in her 5th year as the head coach of the Trojans and 11th year as a high school coach. She originates from the Hoosier state of Indiana. Upon graduation from Blackford High School in 2000, she headed to the east coast to be a setter at Division 2 Mount Olive College; there she was named freshman of the year in the conference. Wanting to move closer to home and play at a more competitive level, Tanna took a scholarship offer at Division 1 IUPUI where both her passions of competitive volleyball and art would be met. For education, she would attend Herron School of Art and Design through Indiana University where she would study a Bachelor's in Art Education to become a second generation art teacher, following in her mother’s footsteps. As a Jaguar in the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League), Smith was the leading 5-1 setter and one of the team captains all three years she played (2003-2005). In 2002, she was named to the Mid-Continent All-Tournament Team and was awarded offensive player of the week multiple times during her career. She held the career assist record of 3,814 until 2009, assists per game record of 12.66, assist records in a three set match of 53, 47, and 46, assist records in a 4 set match of 68, 64, 63, and assist records in a 5 set match of 72, 72, 67 and 66, and ranked as one of the top setters in her conference and top 50 setters in the nation during her career. In 2001, she began coaching for Circle City Volleyball Club at the request of her college coach; she continued to coach for Circle City until 2007 when she decided to follow her two brothers to Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, Smith opened her high school career with Heritage Hall as the Varsity Assistant to Bill Hamiter and Head JV Coach, while teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School. At Heritage, the Chargers went on to win two state Championships in 2007 and 2008. In the spring of 2008, Smith was offered the head coaching position at Edmond North. In her first year, the Huskies tied for 3rd in the 6A State Championship Tournament, the highest finish for the school in years. In 2010, they took 5th with a young team, and in 2011 the Huskies went on to take state runner up to Bishop Kelley.
In 2013, when Coach Smith took the reins her first year as a Trojan, she led the Trojans to a regional championship victory after a three year spell without a regional title. The Lady Trojans then went on to upset Union in a five set nail biter to move on to the semi-final round of the state championship, eventually falling to the state champion, Edmond Santa Fe. Although they finished 3rd place at the state tournament, it set a new precedent for the Jenks Volleyball program, and Coach Smith was selected as the 2013 Frontier Valley Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year.
The 2014 season was another exciting ride, Smith not only started the 7th grade volleyball program, but also head coached it all while chasing after a long time coaching dream of winning a state title with her varsity team. It was in that year that Coach Smith led the Trojans to yet another regional title and a 6A state championship title upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament! Again, she was named the 2014 Frontier Valley Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, awarded the 2014 Tulsa Metro Volleyball Coach of the Year, and Region 7 selected Smith as their nomination for the 2015 All State Coach of the Year.
After losing 10 seniors from the 2014 State Championship team, programs across the state wondered what the Trojans might be able to accomplish in their 2015 season. Entering her third season at Jenks, Smith yet again had success leading a young team to a third regional title and a runner up finish, falling to Edmond North in a four set battle. For a third year in a row, Frontier Valley named Smith the 2015 Conference Volleyball Coach of the year. She was also was named Region 7 Coach of the Year, All State Coach of the Year, OSSAA Volleyball Coach of the year, NFHS Oklahoma Volleyball Coach of the Year, and was a national finalist for the Double-Goal Coaching Award.
In addition to coaching high school, Coach Smith has continued to hone her craft coaching club volleyball ages 11-18 for the last 14 years and is headed into her 15th club season. This will be her 2nd season as co-club director of Ultimate Performance Volleyball with Missy McCaw-Frette. Prior to starting Ultimate she worked for the nationally recognized Oklahoma Peak Performance for 10 club seasons and 3 club seasons at Circle City Volleyball Club in Indianapolis. At Op2, she has played the role of a head coach, assistant coach, co-head coach, and lesson/clinics specialist. As a head coach of the 14-1s for the last three years, her teams have placed in the top 13: in 2014 her team placed 13th, in 2015 and 2016 they placed 5th in the nation at USAV Junior Nationals.
"It has been a long time dream of mine to grow the game in Tulsa and I am excited to continue be a part of not only coaching high school 6A volleyball, but also club ! I hope that I can do for other coaches and athletes what Op2 did for me that will impact volleyball for years to come.”
Dani Chase - Assistant Varsity
Brian Shans - Junior Varsity
Brian Shans is beginning his 18th year of coaching volleyball with the Jenks Trojans Volleyball program. While participating in the Corporate Challenge Volleyball League in 2000, Coach Shans was approached by Oklahoma volleyball legend and Jenks Volleyball coordinator Jesse Cooper and offered a position to coach one of the two freshman volleyball teams. Coach Shans grew in his coaching skills during the 2001–2004 school years while coaching the freshman teams. In 2005, Coach Shans was asked by then Head Coach Beth Erickson to move up to coach the junior varsity team and to be her assistant varsity coach, a position that he has filled to the present. The next season in 2006, Coach Shans assisted Erickson in winning the 6A State Volleyball Championship, beating Edmond North in four sets. Coach Shans continues to fill the junior varsity coach position and over the years, the junior varsity team has continued to excel as shown by finishing several times as the top JV team in the Frontier Valley Conference. Coach Shans was also a member of the coaching staff under the leadership of Head Coach Tanna Smith when the varsity team, featuring 10 seniors, won the 6A State Volleyball Championship in 2014. He is also involved in club volleyball. Starting in 2004 Brian Shans joined Team Tulsa Volleyball Club, where over the years he coached the 14’s, 15’s, and 16’s teams. In 2017, Shans joined the Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club and coached the 13-2 team. During the 2018 club season, he coached the 15-2 team.
Besides being a coach, Coach Shans has taught secondary science for 25 years and was selected as the Jenks Freshman Academy Teacher of the Year for the 2012 - 2013 school year. This year he is teaching ninth grade biology at the Jenks Freshman Academy. He is a member of the Freshman Academy Technology Team and the FAHS Awards Committee. Coach Shans has a son, Isaac.
Coach Shans is thankful to everyone who plays a part in the success of our program.
Annice Ridgway - 9th Grade
Coach Ridgway is beginning her fourth year of coaching volleyball with Jenks. Coach Ridgway is a former Jenks Volleyball setter, who started setting on her 8th grade team and continued setting all the way through her senior year, graduating as a Lifer in 2009. While on the Jenks High School varsity team, she was a two-year letterman. Coach Ridgway also played on several club teams with Team Tulsa, NEO, and Club ONE Volleyball Clubs, from 2003 through 2009. As a member of the Club ONE 17's (2008) and 18's (2009) teams, they qualified to play at nationals.
Coach Ridgway is not a newcomer to coaching as she has several years coaching high school and club volleyball while attending the University of Tulsa, working towards her Bachelor of Science, which she achieved in 2013.
Coach Ridgway is ready to come on board and to continue the tradition of excellence in Jenks Volleyball.
Sofija Berezovska - 8th Grade Maroon
Coach Sofia was born and raised in Latvia (Northern Europe). She started playing volleyball at the age of 9 and played all the way throughout school and university. Sofija came to America to play volleyball for Seminole State College in Oklahoma and two years later transferred to MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas. Sofija has trained in every position but feels most comfortable as an outside hitter. In previous years, she coached club for Southwind Rising Volleyball Club in Kansas. This past club season she coached a 13's team for Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club in Tulsa.
Ali King - 8th Grade White
Danielle Parsons - 7th Grade Maroon
Coach Parsons returns to the Jenks Volleyball program for her 8th consecutive year. The previous 7 seasons she served as Varsity Assistant coach. This year she will be coacing the 7th grade Maroon team.
Coach Parsons played volleyball at Edmond Memorial HS where she helped her team earn three state championships. She then played in college at Missouri Southern University (MSU). She was all conference three years at MSU and stayed on as an assistant coach in 1993. After moving to Tulsa in 1994, Coach Danielle assisted Bishop Kelley High School by coaching their freshman team and assisting with varsity from 1995-1997.
Coach Parsons coched the 13's team at Ultimate Performance Volleyball Club last year. Coach Parsons' full time job is with the Tulsa Police Department, where she has been employed for 24 years working in patrol, narcotics, and child crisis. She is married with 3 children. Coach Parsons' oldest daughter Darian graduated from Jenks and was a member of the 2014 State Championship volleyball team and is a sophomore volleyball player at Lees McRea College. Coach Parsons' two other daughters, Peyton and Sydney, attend Jenks HS. Peyton is a senior who plays varsity volleyball and Sydney is a level 10 gymnast at South County Gymnastics.
Coach Parsons is currently a Tulsa Police Officer assigned to the Detective Division and has been with the Tulsa Police Department for 23 years. She resides in Jenks with her husband and 3 children.
Thanks to Duane Whitsett for the Coaches' photos!