Heidi Yohe, originally from Washington state, started playing club volleyball at the age of 10, when her older sister let her borrow her knee pads and told her “Coaches don’t care if you are the best, they want to see you working hard and being a good teammate, call every ball and have fun!”
She applied this advice and became a talented Outside Hitter on varsity teams and highly competitive travel club programs. Eventually she found her collegiate volleyball career at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where a past alumni invented the game of “Mintonette”, which later changed its name to Volleyball. She has a deep understanding for the rich history of the sport and a true passion for the game and the people who play it.
Heidi was awarded New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team honors, Athlete of the Week multiple weeks, and voted Most Valuable player by her coaches and peers. Her senior year, Heidi lead her team to a conference title as the libero and ace leader. She still holds the school record for serve reception percentage and is third for career digs per game.
At Springfield College, she studied Youth Development and Recreational Leadership. She has always had a passion for working with young people to ensure they are healthy both mentally and physically. She won the prestigious Senior of the Year award for her efforts on the court, in the classroom and working as a camp director for inner city youth.
Heidi started coaching while playing collegiality. She led her first team ever to a regional title and earned a bid to the Junior National Tournament when she was just 20 years old. After that, she was hooked and has been dedicated to being a constant student of the game, while teaching young women the skills and life lessons that come with it.
While not Coaching, Heidi loves all things family and adventure. She lives in Austin, TX with her partner and daughter. She enjoys camping, swimming, rock climbing, SUP boarding, yoga and hiking. Heidi works for Keller Williams Realty as the Executive Assistant to The Bara Team.
Jay Lubman is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He began playing team sports at an early age and competed in basketball, baseball, and football throughout his life. He learned that the most essential skills in life are often times taught through team sports.
Jay’s been an educator for 23 years, teaching in both Austin and Pflugerville ISD. He received the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2005 in Austin ISD and the 2017-18 PISD “Passionately Serving” award. He’s been coaching youth sports for over 20 years. He started out his coaching career in basketball where he led his Zavala Mustangs team to a victory in the 2002 Greater East Austin Youth League Championship.
It wasn’t until later in life that Jay developed a love for the game of volleyball. He now runs his own after school volleyball clinics, academies and leagues for elementary aged students in Pflugerville. Jay’s coached 20 straight volleyball seasons in the Round Rock PARD League. In those 20 seasons he’s led his teams to 19 conference championships with 18 consecutive conference championships. His most recent Highland Park Bulldog Pride team has a record of 72-0 in league play. They made it all the way to the championship in the 2017 TAAF 10U State Tournament and most recently were victorious in earning the title of 2018 TAAF 11U State Champions.
Jay is the father of two girls-Annalysa, a 16 year old at Pflugerville High School and Ava, an 11 year old at Park Crest Middle School. In July he’ll be celebrating his 19th wedding anniversary to his wife Iliana. Jay loves to spend time with his college brothers attending and hosting Nebraska football, basketball and volleyball watch parties. Jay’s passionate about teaching and being a difference maker in the lives of young people. He loves watching inspirational movies like Freedom Writers, Hoosiers, and Remember the Titans. He also loves to read and discuss powerful children’s books like Zane and the Hurricane, Because of Winn Dixie, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
Jay is incredibly excited about being the newest member of the Empower Juniors Volleyball coaching staff. He believes this program will not only teach high quality volleyball, but will also lead the way in teaching the whole child.