DIRECTORS & COACHES
Tom is the owner of the Pittsburgh Point Volleyball Club. Tom's career in Club Volleyball began 16 years ago when his daughter, Katie, began playing. He has fine tuned his beliefs and techniques over the years and formed them into the successful club you see today. Along the way, Tom spent 7 years as a WPIAL Head Coach, and 1 year as a NCAA assistant head coach. Currently, he is the Assistant Head Coach at Bethany College. Outside of volleyball, Tom has also worked as a special education teacher for the past 26 years. He continues to share his love, and dedications to the game of volleyball with his coaches, parents, and players.
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Chris played volleyball at Baldwin High School (class of 1993) then went on to play for St. Francis College (class of 1998) in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he was a three year starter at Middle Blocker and an academic all-American his junior and senior years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. For the last 17 years, Chris has taught middle school science in both Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township School Districts. He has been coaching volleyball at the middle school, high school and club levels since 1998. Chris served as the varsity head coach for the Peters Township Boys Volleyball team for 8 seasons (2007-2014) where he led them to, not only their first ever playoff appearance in program history, but a playoff berth in 6 out of 8 seasons. Chris is entering his 5th season as head coach for the Baldwin High School Girls Volleyball Team where his teams have played in 3 WPIAL championship matches, winning twice (2014 and 2015). Chris resides in Baldwin-Whitehall, has been married to his wife, Karolyn, for 15 years and has two children, Rachel – 13 and Alex – 10.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ryan has a master's degree in Education from Waynesburg University, and an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Sports Studies from Bethany College. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Moon high school and went on to play football at Bethany College in WV. After playing 4 years at Bethany, Ryan was hired on as a coach for the 2013-2014 season. Ryan continued to coach high school football at Moon and Hopewell, helping to produce caliber programs and a first win in a number of years. Today, Ryan works as a special education teacher at the Bradley Center in Robinson, were he provides quality education to under privileged youth. Ryan began with Pittsburgh Point back in 2013 as the strength and conditioning coordinator and quickly fell in love with the sport of volleyball. He took over as the Director at the start of the 2017 season, and continues to try to grow a quality club that provides great instruction and education of the game of volleyball.
Katie started her playing career at Charleroi Area High school. Katie was a four-year letterman and a first team all section player three out of four years. She went on to play at Bethany College where she was a four-year starter as a defensive specialist. She helped her team to three ECAC Championship wins and is ranked 12th all-time in service aces in Bethany College history. After her playing career ended she went on to coach as a student assistant for Bethany’s 2013-2014 season. Katie has been a coach at Pittsburgh Point for the past four seasons and continues to share her knowledge and love of the game with the girls.
Carly Kyper (Smithyman) is in her third year of coaching with Point. Prior to joining Point, she coached 2 years of club volleyball for Pgh Magic. She graduated from Waynesburg University in 2013 where she was a setter and captain of the volleyball team for three of her four years. Before college, she attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where she was also a setter and captain of her team. While at TJ, she was selected for the All-Section Team, the All-WPIAL team, and the Big 7 All-Star Tournament team. After competing in the sport for 12 years, she has decided to pass her knowledge on to girls who share her same love for the sport. She still plays Wednesday nights with Coach Katie Kurtz!
Miranda started her playing career in grade school and continued playing at Baldwin High School. She was a 3 year Letterman and Chris Kelly was her high school Coach. She is a back-to-back WPIAL Champion (2014-15). Miranda was on the first official Pittsburgh Point volleyball team with Tom Kurtz as her coach. She played for Point for 4 seasons. This is Mirandas second season coaching and she currently attends LaRoche College.
This is Jack’s second year with Pittsburgh Point but he’s not new to the sport. He started playing volleyball in 1984 at Belle Vernon Area High School and has been involved in the sport ever since. Jack has been coaching 5th thru 8th grade girls at St. Gabriel's Catholic School since 2003. He led the Gators to one Pittsburgh Diocesan Championship in 2014 and a 2nd place finish the year after. He began coaching at another local club in 2014 before moving to Pittsburgh Point in 2018. Jack’s goal is to provide a solid volleyball foundation and instilling a love for the game in young athletes.
Ellen grew up in Jefferson Hills, PA. She played 4 years of volleyball at Thomas Jefferson and attended CCAC South.
Ellen began coaching at Madonna Catholic Regional School when her daughter was in grade school. She was the Assistant Coach at Charleroi Area Middle School and the Assistant Coach at Charleroi High School for 7 years. She was also an Assistant Coach and chaperone for Pittsburgh Magic VBC when her daughter played for them before the start of Pittsburgh Point VBC.
Scott graduated from Slippery Rock University where he played Rugby for 4 years. He taught for 8 year, the last 5 at Juvenile Delinquent Program in FL.
Scott has much experience coaching multiple sports such as baseball, track & field, football and volleyball.
Recently, he coached Volleyball at Our Lady of Grace for 3 years (1 year JV and 2 years Varsity), and has coached 3 years 12U at Pittsburgh Point.
Before coaching at Point, she coached for one year at TopSpin Volleyball Club. She graduated from Westminster College in 2018 with a BS in Environmental Science. As a middle-hitter at Westminster, she was a four-year letter winner, and is currently ranked 2nd in kills and 6th in blocks in school history. She also became the 10th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 kill mark, finishing with 1,407. She was selected as the Presidents Athletic Conference Player of the Year her senior year, as well as being named to the first team all-conference sophomore through senior years. Before college, she attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, where she was a four-year letter winner who made the first-team All-Section, All-WPIAL, and All-State Teams her junior and senior year. Lexie started her club volleyball career at Pittsburgh Magic, where she played for 7 years, followed by one year at Pittsburgh Juniors. When she isn’t playing volleyball or coaching, she likes to play with her golden retriever puppy, Winnie.
Mandi is in her second season coaching with Point and is very excited to be on the "team". She currently coaches middle school volleyball for Upper St. Clair (2014-present).
After growing up in Cleveland, she played for The Universtiy of Akron (93-97) as an outside hitter.
She has a degree in special education, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Social Work at The University of Pittsburgh.
Mandi resides in the South Hills with her husband and 4 children, Andrew-17, Jake-15, Carli-13, Jillian - 8
Kim began her career playing volleyball at Baldwin High School, and was a 3 year letter winner, where she garnered All-State and All- Conference honors as a middle hitter, and Setter. During her sophomore season, she helped lead her team to a WPIAL Championship title and finished third in the state. During high school, Kim played for Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club and her team claimed three consecutive bids to nationals. Kim played collegiate volleyball at Eastern Michigan University, where she transited from setter to a libero. She finished her junior year with 590 total digs which then ranked second all-time in EMU history.
Kim currently works as a full time registered nurse and is the Assistant head coach of Bethel Park High School. Outside of nursing and volleyball, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their English bulldog, Hadley.