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

After five years as head volleyball coach of Parkland College, Hastings enters his sixth season with an impressive record of 219-37 (86% winning percentage). 2013 marked the Cobras best season in fifteen years with an amazing 52-3 record and 2nd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. Cliff led the Cobras to national tournament appearances in each of his five years with 3rd place finishes in 2009 and 2012 as well. In those five years, the Cobras went undefeated in conference play, had 10 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 nice 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
Assistant Coach
 
Heather has served with the Parkland volleyball staff for eight seasons coaching the Cobra setters. Parkland has a rich history of training setters who have gone on to receive national recognition honors and continue their success at a four-year university post-Parkland. She brings nearly a decade of coaching experience between her work with the Prime Time Volleyball Club and serving as a head coach at the high school level (Rantoul HS and HS of St. Thomas More).

Heather’s passion for the sport evolved from playing competitively around the nation at a young age and moving on to become a setter for the University of Illinois varsity volleyball team from 1997-2001. Her team made the trip to the NCAA tournament 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 Ten honors, and was a George Huff recipient. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a major in communications.
Heather’s full time job is working as Chief Negotiator on labor agreements for the University of Illinois. In addition to her full-time work, coaching, and being a wife and mother, Heather still loves the sport of volleyball and finds time to play competitively both indoor and outdoor.


 
Ron Hoppe
Assistant Coach

In Hoppe's fifth year with the program, he continues to focus on team defense but will also help with some of the setting responsibilities. Hoppe will also continue to lead the recruiting efforts and coordinate the summer camps/tournaments. Outside of the Parkland season, Ron is head coach and assistant director for Prime Time Volleyball Club where he has coached teams at multiple junior high and high school levels the last five years. Hoppe's last three high school teams have all won their age division at the Windy City Power League. Additionally, he has led those three teams to the USAV Junior National Championships, highlighted by an 11th place finish with his 17 Blue team in 2013 and with 18 Blue’s repeat 11th place finish in 2014. 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.
 
 

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