All Empower Coaches pride themselves in being in the game for the right reasons. We are passionate about being difference makers. We are committed and dedicated to building highly skilled volleyball athletes while fostering growth in essential life skills. We hold our girls to high expectations and inspire them to play and live their lives with relentless effort. Our end goal is to empower our athletes to use volleyball and the skills they have practiced in order to live full healthy lives and make a positive impact in our world.
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 past alumni invented the game of “Mintonette”, which later changed its name to Volleyball. She has a deep understanding of 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 Buyers Specialist for The Bara Team, helping people in her community become homeowners.
Jay Lubman has been an educator for 25 years, teaching 11 years in Austin and 14 years in Pflugerville ISD. He received the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2005 in Austin ISD and again in 2020 in Pflugerville ISD. In
addition, he received the PISD “Passionately Serving” award in 2018. He’s been coaching youth sports for over 27 years. He started his coaching career on the basketball court where he led his 11U Zavala Mustangs team to a championship victory in the 2002 Greater East Austin Youth League.
Jay now runs his own after school volleyball clinics, academies, and leagues for elementary and middle school students in Pflugerville. Jay coached 20 volleyball seasons from 2011- 2018 (springs, summers, & falls) in the Division I Select Round Rock League. In those 20 seasons he led his teams to 19 consecutive conference championships. Before he joined Empower, his last
11U team ended a 4 year run with a record of 72-0
in league play. They were runners- up in the 2017 10U State Championship tournament in Stephenville,
Texas and crowned 2018 TAAF 11U State Champions
in Texas City, Texas.
Jay joined Empower Juniors in 2018 as one of the 12U coaches. He and Coach Heidi helped guide that team to 4 gold bracket championship appearances and
maintained a consistent top 20 ranking throughout the
regular club season. He also coached with the 13s & 14s teams over the past 3 years. Coach Jay’s most
recent 13s team made 4 more championship
appearances in 2020!
Jay also coached a 16U team out of Austin’s Jewish Community Center that played in the Maccabi International games in Detroit in the summer of 2019. They battled teams from Israel, Detroit, Miami and New Jersey.
Jay is the father of two girls- Annalysa, a 19 year old studying Education at ACC, and Ava, a 14 year old
attending Pflugerville High School. In July he’ll be
celebrating his 22nd wedding anniversary to his wife
Iliana. Jay’s passionate about teaching and being a
difference maker in the lives of young people.
Fun Fact about Jay: his family recently auditioned in
Atlanta to appear on the game show Family Feud with Steve Harvey. Stay tuned to find out how they did! The air date will be in November in primetime on ABC!
13U&14U ASSISTANT COACH
Athletics have always been an important part of Jana's life and she believes it has played a major role in her ability to work hard and be a team player.
She was a 4 sport varsity athlete in high school at Southeastern Warren in Iowa. She made appearances at the state level in Track along with having All-State and All-Conference honors in Softball and Volleyball.
In Softball she played club and her team won The Iowa Games and place in Nationals. She played club volleyball for the highly successful Southeastern Junior Olympic Volleyball Club.
Jana has over 17 years of experience coaching youth sports as she has coached her now 22-year-old daughter in her athletic endeavors.
Jana moved to Austin last and has loved exploring the beautiful new city while empowering young people to gain all the skills necessary to live a happy, full life!