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Mr. Michael Neuner, Head Varsity Coach

Michael Neuner is the Head Varsity Coach for the CHS Volleyball team.  He coached 3 years as the JV Coach and this is his third year as the Varsity Coach.  He played volleyball at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He played all four years there and helped coach the women’s team for two years.

Once Michael moved back to this area from Iowa, he coached men's volleyball for Francis Howell high school and did private lessons. He is currently an elementary Physical Education teacher in SLPS.

As a part of the Clayton coaching family, Michael focuses on developing on and off the court skills. He strives to help the girls on his team grow as individual students and players and build a bond between teammates. His team will have fun, work hard and compete at their highest level. 

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Mr. Adrian Kuehn, Assistant Coach

Adrian Kuehn is the Varsity Assistant Coach for the CHS Volleyball team. His teaching career started at Clayton High School in 2016. He teaches special education for the Special School District and was placed at Clayton High School. He has been playing volleyball since 8th grade when he played for IC. Since then volleyball has been an important part of Adrian's life. He played high school and managed the girl's team for four years. As Adrian graduated and went on to college, he played on the club team. Since Adrian's time coaching at Clayton, he has coached at the Freshman, JV, and Varsity levels. The two most memorable coaches that he tries to be like are his dad and the late Darlene Grimshaw. Both had great relationships with athletes and pushed them to be better people on and off the court. They both taught student-athletes how to always work hard and push themselves out of their comfort zone to be better. What Adrian loved most about them was that they were both strict in practice but still the person everyone loved and wanted to talk to. This is the kind of coach he strives to be. Today, Adrian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and hopes one day his daughter will enjoy the sport as much as he does.

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Mr. Gabe de la Paz, Assistant Coach

Gabe de la Paz is the JV Head Coach for the CHS Volleyball team and has been a biology and physics teacher at CHS since 1996. This will be his fifth season with the CHS volleyball program.

Coming from the state of Indiana where basketball is king, Coach de la Paz was introduced to the great game of volleyball in college. He was a JV girls coach and assistant boys coach for two years at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois. Upon arriving at Clayton in 1996, he coached the first ever CHS boys volleyball team and was the girls assistant coach. He chose to give up coaching when his second child was born in 2001, but has remained a student of the game since then--playing in leagues and watching regularly.

What Coach de la Paz loves most about the sport of volleyball is the teamwork required to execute a play. Each player, upon touching the ball, has just one fleeting chance to make those around them better. Maximizing that opportunity depends on the player realizing how they fit into the greater whole of the team.

Coach de la Paz loves all types of food, enjoys the music of Taylor Swift (Eras Tour Chicago!) and his favorite animal is the pelican!

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Ms. Jasmine McCormick, Assistant Coach

Coach McCormick have been playing volleyball since 7th grade until a senior in high school. She loves the game of volleyball and became very passionate about it as a sophomore in high school. 

After graduating high school in 2018 she poured her love for the game over to coaching. She has coached various ages groups since 2018. She first started off coaching the 7th grade middle school team for 2 years then coached a 15’s club volleyball team. Once Covid hit she took a break for 2 years, then started back coaching. Last year was her first year coaching high school volleyball and she loved every second of it and watching the girls grow throughout the season. She also coach club with the Aces Volleyball Club. 

Outside of volleyball she love to spend time with my family and friends, take lots of vacation and most important make memories that last a lifetime.

She is excited to be apart of the Clayton family and looks forward to helping each player grow, develop, and master skills on the court.