Coach Allen Adams brings 17 years of playing experience to Chicago Bounce VBC. During high school, he was a standout player at Glenbrook South where he received all area honors and was recognized as one of the top 25 players in the state by both the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times.
Outside of his high school team, he competed for Adversity Volleyball Club where he won an AAU national championship and earned the opportunity to attend the USA Volleyball (USAV) Development Camp. In 2004, his team finished top 15 at the USA Boys Volleyball National Championships in the Open division. Coach Adams was recruited by multiple Division I–III schools such as Long Beach State, UCSD, NYU, Ohio State, Quincy, and Carthage. After an injury senior year, he went on to play for Western Illinois University where his team finished in the top 25 at the NIRSA Nationals.
Coach Adams has experience playing every position, but predominantly plays as an outside hitter or setter. He currently plays in the Adult USAV program at the A/AA level. He is also an EVP beach player and plays in multiple grass volleyball tournaments.
Coach Adams brings 9 years of volleyball coaching and officiating experience to CBVC. He started gaining his coaching experience during high school as a counselor at local volleyball camps. He continued learning to coach at the club and varsity levels in college. Coach Adams has also contributed to the USA Volleyball High Performance Program as an evaluator. He has turned down a coaching opportunity in South Africa, and, most recently, an opportunity to play collegiately at Robert Morris University. During his years of coaching club, his teams have been lead to several tournament championships and consistantly finish in the top three. His 2008–2009 Energy Girls’ 16 Blue team finished 6th in the USA Volleyball Great Lakes Qualifier. In the 2009–2010 season, he lead his Energy Girls’ 13 Blue team to a 3rd place finish in the Great Lakes Qualifier, earning a bid to the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships in Reno, and ultimately finishing 38th in the country at their respective age level. He has qualified four teams for the USA Volleyball National Championships. Other key finishes include his Girls’ 13 Rox team which took 3rd in the WCPL. HIs Girls’ 16 Rox team took 9th at the JVA event in Louisville and his Boys’ 15 Rox team took 10th at USAV Nationals. In 2012, Coach Adams’ Boys 17 Rox team finished 15th in the country at the USAV Boys Open Championships. In addition, several of Coach Allen’s players have made the USAV High Performance Pipeline. These are players who are potential prospects to train with the National teams in the future.
Outside of the club, he has provided multiple private clinics and lessons for groups and schools throughout the Chicagoland area. He has been an assistant Coach for Northwestern University’s summer volleyball camps He has also assisted in summer camps at Glenbrook South High School and the Glenview Park District. Coach Allen is USAV IMPACT certified, has a certification in the Positive Coaches Alliance, and is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). He is both IHSA and USAV certified as an official.
This is Allen’s second season at Chicago Bounce. He is excited to help our young athletes maximize their potential while growing individually as well.