Yvette Pearce, Co-Director
While growing up, I enjoyed playing sports and was a 3-sport athlete in high school, amassing All State honors in basketball, volleyball and track. I helped lead my high school volleyball team to 4 consecutive state titles with our HS volleyball program winning 6 State Volleyball Championships in a row.
Although I could have played volleyball or basketball in college, volleyball has always been my favorite sport. I earned a selection on the USA Today High School ALL-American Team for the state of Missouri. I then went on to play at University of Missouri-Columbia from 1988-1993, taking a medical redshirt for one year. Some of the top honors achieved during my career include: 1990 Olympic Festival Team, 1992 Female Athlete of the Year at Mizzou, 1992 All-American team, first team All-Conference, 1992 Strength and Conditioning All-American and MVP in all tournaments my senior year as well as a top 10 Female Leader on campus award. I remain a Mizzou top 5 record-holder in several categories including total kills, kills/set, and service aces as well as single season point leader. I am a member of of the Heart of America Region for volleyball, USAV member and have been coaching young players for over 25 years
For over 10 years I have been a Co-Director of a youth volleyball program called MYSL (Missouri Youth Sports League) for volleyball. This program focuses on youth volleyball development for athletes in 3rd-8th grade. Additionally, I serve as the SW Missouri Static Volleyball Director and coach. I’ve been married for 29 years to my husband Matthew and have 3 amazing children, Logan, Emma and Audrey Pearce.
I have a passion for coaching and developing athletes within the Static Volleyball Club and Missouri Youth Sports League program. Serving as a coach and Director allows me to impact lives and develop strong young athletes. In addition to developing my passion, I firmly believe in continuing education within the sport to increase my knowledge of the game and give my athletes a competitive advantage.
The quote below by Toby Morris is one of my favorite quotes. As a coach, it is important to develop athletes with a growth mindset and infuse confidence and courage to build character and skills.
“There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the makeup of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
Susan Patterson is a veteran coach of over 38 years, and she has been involved in the sport of volleyball for 50 years as a player, coach, and official. “Coach P” has coached at all levels of the game, from elementary through high school ages, including both public school and club settings. In the public school setting, Susan has been involved in programs, either as the assistant or head coach, that have earned 13 district titles, with two final four appearances. At the club level, she has had the privilege of coaching all levels with a high level of success, having won the Mid-East Qualifier and placing 9th, 5th, and 3rd at JO Nationals. Recently, her last two 18s teams earned each earned a bid to the USA Volleyball Junior National Tournament. In addition to her club coaching, Susan has impacted hundreds of the youth in our local community through her involvement in the MYSL program as well as through summer camps and clinics.
Susan officiates at both the high school level and club tournaments. She is also serving on the MSHSAA leadership team for the sport of volleyball. Her knowledge of the game and its rules and strategies are a key asset to her coaching, but her greatest strength is in her teaching of the game and its fundamentals to players. She has a great passion for the game and does much to develop the sport in our area.