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Cobra Volleyball Coach Profiles

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

After seven years as head volleyball coach of Parkland College, Hastings enters his eighth season with an impressive record of 330-40 (89% winning percentage). Hastings led the Cobras to their first NJCAA title since 1999 guiding the Cobras to a perfect 57-0 season before winning the championship 3-0. The title came on the heels of back to back National Runner-Up finishes as PC finished 2nd in 2013 with a record of 52-3 and was 2nd again in 2015 going 54-3. Parkland's three-year record is an amazing 163-6!
Cliff has led the Cobras to national tournament appearances in each of his seven 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 that time period, the Cobras went undefeated in conference play, had 15 players earn NJCAA All-American honors (2-3 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 and was the AVCA Coach of the Year in 2015. 

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 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 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.

    Heather Horn
Heather is a former setter for the University of Illinois and has been with the Cobra Volleyball program for 10 seasons.  Parkland has a rich history of training setters who have gone on to receive national recognition and continued their success at four-year universities.  She brings over a decade of coaching experience between her work with Prime Time and serving as the head coach at the high school level at both Rantoul and St. Thomas More.
Heather's passion for the sport evolved from playing competitively around the nation at a young age which helped lead to her success at Illinois from 1997-2001.  Her team made the trip to the NCAA's on three occasions and reached the Sweet 16 in 1998.   During her collegiate career, Heather was honored with the Sandy Scholtens Award, was a three-time recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award, received Academic All-Big 10 honors, and was a George Huff recipient. She graduated with honors from Illinois with a major in communications.
Heather works full-time as the Chief Negotiator on labor agreements for the U of I.  In her spare time, she still finds time to play volleyball competitively both indoors and outdoors.

Ron Hoppe
Assistant Coach

In Hoppe's seventh 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 since 2012.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 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. He continues to play competitively both indoors and outdoors.
Alyisa Armstrong 
Aylisa is a former middle hitter from SIU-Carbondale and enters her 2nd year with Parkland and fifth year coaching. Armstrong played for Prime Time under Cobra Coach Cliff Hastings where she helped lead her team to consecutive USAV Jr. National Championships.
At SIU-C, she was a four-year starter earning First team All Missouri Valley as well as numerous academic awards including Capital One All-District and MVC Scholar Athlete. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Exercise Science and a Minor in Coaching. She graduated cum laude, 4.0, with a Master's Degree in Sports Management.  

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