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Cobra Volleyball Coach Profiles

Cliff Hastings
Head Coach
  • Office: P204
  • Phone: 217/373-3758
  • Email: chastings@parkland.edu

After eight years as head volleyball coach of Parkland College, Hastings enters his ninth season with an impressive record of 382-42 (90% winning percentage). The previous four seasons have marked the Cobras’ best in fifteen years with National Runner-up finishes in 2013 (52-3 record) and 2014 (54-3) followed by National Champion finishes in 2015 (57-0) and 2016 (52-2). Cliff led the Cobras to national tournament appearances in each of his eight years. Parkland is the only NJCAA Division 2 volleyball team to accomplish this historic run during that timeframe. In those same eight years, the Cobras went undefeated in conference play and had 18 players earn NJCAA All-American honors (2-3 All-Americans each year) as well as numerous players named region & conference award winners. Cliff was also honored with Coach of the Year awards for the conference and region multiple times.
 
Cliff brings nearly 20 years of volleyball leadership experience to Parkland as director of Prime Time Volleyball Club as well as success coaching club and high school teams (Rantoul HS and HS of St. Thomas More). Cliff coached Prime Time's 18 Blue team to the Junior Olympics both in 2008 and 2009 and guided Prime Time’s move from a local club program to one of national recognition having sent 15 different teams to USAV Nationals through winning bids in the Great Lakes Region and other National Qualifiers.

Cliff graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Monmouth College where he played basketball, ran track and played on the men's club volleyball team. Cliff was an All-Conference middle hitter and competed as setter and middle hitter for adult men’s club teams that finished 5th and 9th at USAV Nationals post-college. Cliff's full-time job is as the Director of Sales & Strategic Initiatives at Wolfram Research, Inc overseeing operations in the Americas, Asia and Australia for the company.

Cliff is extremely proud of the reputation Parkland volleyball has built both on, and off, the court. Coupled with the success on the court, Cliff enjoys working with the players to find great homes to play volleyball at a four-year university post-Parkland. And, he notes his greatest joy comes from seeing the girls mature to be young women full of confidence in themselves and passion for Parkland and for each other. Cliff mentions that he always looks for potential Parkland players to strike that balance of love for winning, for the sport, for working hard, for making new friendships, for finding themselves, for getting a great education and for giving back to others what they have been so fortunate to have in their own lives.
 

 
Ron Hoppe-Hastings
Assistant Coach

Hoppe-Hastings enters his eighth year with the program where he continues to focus on team defense and serve receive. Ron will also continue to lead the recruiting efforts and coordinate the summer camps/tournaments.
 
Outside of Parkland Volleyball, Hoppe-Hastings serves as the Director of Operations for the Champaign-based Prime Time Volleyball Club. As a head coach for teams of various ages, Ron has led five teams to the USAV Jr. National Championships since 2012. Ron also spent two years as the head coach of Mahomet-Seymour High School where he led the Bulldogs to back-to-back 20+ win seasons.
 
As a player, Ron helped lead Ball State's men's club volleyball team to the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. As an outside hitter in 2004 and libero in 2005, his team had back to back top ten finishes.

Ron graduated cum laude from Ball State University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He completed his master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education in 2008. Ron and Cliff have twin daughters, Alexandra and Sydney, and reside near St. Joseph, Illinois.



Heather Fletcher 

Heather is a former defensive specialist/libero entering her first year with the Parkland volleyball staff. She is a former Prime Time Volleyball Club athlete of three years, one of which was coached by Parkland Head Coach Cliff Hastings. Heather now serves on the Prime Time Volleyball coaching staff as well.

Heather played libero for Kankakee Community College from 2009-2011 where she served as team captain and was awarded an Academic All-American. She then played for Illinois State University’s club volleyball team from 2011-2013 while earning her bachelor’s degree in History. Heather continued her education at Western Illinois University, completing her master’s degree with a 4.0 in College Student Personnel in 2015.

Heather is an Academic Advisor in the Division of General Studies for the University of Illinois working with undeclared students in their first and second year of college. Through advising and teaching first year seminar courses at the university, Heather supports students as they navigate college and find their major and career passion. In addition to advising and coaching, Heather still enjoys the sport of volleyball and plays competitively.



Amanda Wulff 

Amanda Wulff is a former setter entering her first year with the Parkland volleyball staff. She played club volleyball at Competitive Edge in Bourbonnais, Illinois during her junior and senior years of high school. She went on to play collegiate volleyball at Kankakee Community College and was a five-time all-tournament team award winner including being named as a Region IV All-Tournament Team and Region IV All-Region Selection. Amanda continued her volleyball career playing club volleyball at Illinois State University where she was chosen by her teammates as captain of their team.

Amanda graduated from Illinois State University with a double major in Business Management and English and currently works for Benefits Planning Consultants in Champaign within their Accounts Receivable department. She continues her love of club volleyball as a coach for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she was an assistant coach this past spring. She has given private volleyball lessons on serving and setting for current high school players and enjoys hearing all the improvements in their volleyball techniques and seeing their confidence grow as players.



Alayna Jackson 

Alayna returns to the Parkland volleyball team after concluding one of the most successful playing careers in Cobra history. Jackson was the starting middle for the 2014 Parkland team that finished 54-3 and finished 2nd in the country. In that year, Alayna finished 5th on the team in kills (283) and kills per set (1.85) and second on the team in hitting percentage (.428) and total blocks (215). Alayna returned to action in 2016 again as the starting middle to help the team to a 52-2 record and national championship. She finished with 1.7 kills/set and 1.25 blocks/set. Alayna ranks #3 in the Parkland record books with a career .445 hitting percentage and is at #5 in career blocks despite missing 15 matches her second year with a preseason injury.

Prior to Parkland, Alayna was a graduate of Champaign Centennial HS. She currently works as a CNA at Clark-Lindsey and is finishing her nursing degree. Alayna has one daughter, Ava, and lives in the Champaign area.

 

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