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, "Coached 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 Executive Assistant to The Bara Team.
Jay Lubman is originally from Omaha, Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska.
Jay’s been an educator for 25 years, teaching in both Austin and Pflugerville. He received the 2005 Teacher of the Year award in Austin ISD, the 2017 Passionately Serving award, and most recently the 2020 Teacher of the Year award in Pflugerville ISD. He’s been coaching youth sports for over 25 years. He started his coaching career on the basketball court where he led his 11U Zavala Mustangs to a 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 and middle school-aged students in Pflugerville. Jay coached 20 volleyball seasons (springs, summers, & falls) in the Select Round Rock PARD League. He led his teams to 19 conference championships with 18 consecutive championship victories. 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 and crowned 2018 TAAF 11U State Champions.
Jay joined Empower Juniors in its inaugural 2018-19 season as the 12s Assistant Coach. He and Coach Heidi helped guide that team to 4 gold bracket championship appearances and maintained a consistent top 20 Lone Star ranking throughout the regular club season. In 2019-20 Jay moved up to coach with the 13s. In the last two tournaments, before the season abruptly ended, Jay helped advance the team to back-to-back gold bracket championship appearances. They ended with a top 30 Lone Star Region ranking.
Jay coaches a 16U summer team out of Austin’s Jewish Community Center that played in the 2019 Maccabi International Games in Detroit. They battled teams from Israel, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Jay is the father of two girls-Annalysa and Ava. He and his wife Iliana just celebrated 20 years of marriage. Jay’s passionate about teaching and being a difference maker in the lives of young people.
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. She continued her volleyball career playing for Southwestern Community College in Creston.
Jana has over 15 years of experience coaching youth sports as she has coached her now 21-year-old daughter in her athletic endeavors.
Jana recently moved to Austin and is looking forward to exploring the beautiful new city while empowering young people to gain all the skills necessary to live a happy, full life!
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