Cobra Volleyball Coach Profiles
• Office: P204
• Phone: 217/373-3758
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After six years as head volleyball coach of Parkland College, Hastings enters his seventh season with an impressive record of 273-40 (87% winning percentage). The previous back-to-back seasons have marked the Cobras best in fifteen years with an amazing 2013 record of 52-3 and 2nd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, only to be topped in 2014 with a 54-3 record and same national finish. Cliff led the Cobras to national tournament appearances in each of his six years with 3rd place finishes in 2009 and 2012 as well. During that span, the Cobras are only one of two NJCAA teams in the country to have advanced to the NJCAA Division 2 National Tournament every year. In those same six years, the Cobras went undefeated in conference play, had 12 players earn NJCAA All-American honors (two All-Americans each year) and numerous region & conference award winners. Cliff was also honored with Coach of the Year awards for the conference and region multiple times.
Cliff brings 8 years of experience as director of Prime Time Volleyball Club and 11 years of 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 has watched Prime Time 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 both set and hit 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.
In Hoppe's sixth year with the program, he continues to focus on team defense and serve receive, but will also assist with some of the setting responsibilities. Hoppe will also continue to lead the recruiting efforts and coordinate the summer camps/tournaments.
Outside of Parkland Volleyball, Ron runs the Champaign-based Prime Time Volleyball Club. As a head coach for teams of various ages, Hoppe has led five to the USAV Jr. National Championships. Of those five teams, four have represented Prime Time’s first time sending a team in a corresponding age group (16’s in 2012, 17’s in 2013, and 13’s and 15’s in 2015). Hoppe is coming off back-to-back 11th place finishes at the Jr. National Championships, leading his teams to finishes well above their original seed. As an administrator, Hoppe has helped evolve the club from one with a local presence to one receiving regional and national recognition through the USAV Jr. National Tournament, national qualifiers, and regional power leagues. Ron also has interscholastic coaching experience, having spent two years as the head coach of Mahomet-Seymour High School where he lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back 20+ win seasons.
As a player, Ron helped lead BallState'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. He continues to play competitively both indoors and outdoors.