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2013 Class 4A State Qualifier

2014 Class 4A District Qualifier

Attention all Lady Spartans: All those interested in participating in the TJ Volleyball program this fall are invited to attend tryouts, starting August 14th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the gym.

It is mandatory that you acquire your golden ticket prior to the first day of tryouts or you will not be allowed to participate. Bring a copy of your current sports physical, pay your $60 participation fee to the school treasurer, and turn in a signed copy of the athletic packet to Ms. Locks in the Athletics Office to get your ticket.

For questions or more information contact Coach Rhee or Coach Nickless

Head Coach – Erik Rhee


Coach Rhee has coached club and high school volleyball for over two decades. His passion for the game began in college at Columbia University where he played for the Columbia Men’s team in his senior season as the setter. The team capped their season off with a 2nd place finish at the Ivy League Championships to nationally ranked Princeton. After moving back to his hometown of Toledo, OH he coached the Genoa High School varsity team to its best record ever, as well as coaching the North Coast Elite boys team to a top 20 finish at the Junior National Championships – one of only two non-California teams to earn such as distinction. After moving to Colorado, Coach Rhee began coaching at Sportsbridge and then NuuSky working with several different age groups. 303 Volleyball Club was formed the summer after NuuSky closed its doors. In 2013, Coach Erik led the 303 VBC 18 Elite team to a bid to the Junior National Championships in Dallas where the team finished tied for 21st in the American Division. This capped a season in which the team finished 4th at Crossroads, 2nd at Big South and 10th at the Show Me Qualifier. In 2014, Coach Erik helped the 303 VBC 13 Elite team earn a bid to the Junior National Championships in Minneapolis in the National Division. He also joined the coaching staff at Thomas Jefferson High School that year as the Assistant Head Coach and helped the team to a 17-7 record, an appearance at Regionals and a 2nd place Prep League finish. Coach Erik is married to Ann, and has two children Alissa and Jason.

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Assistant Head Coach – Kathleen Nickless


Junior Varsity Coach – Meg Cypress




Assistant Coach – Trisha Mortel

Coach Patricia Mortel is currently a junior studying marketing at MSU Denver. She is a TJ Alumni and graduated in the year 2012. She played for Coach Kathleen Nickless while at TJ before becoming an assistant coach this season. Coach Mortel has been playing volleyball since she was 12 and currently still plays for a Metro Intramural team. After graduating from TJ, she knew she still wanted to be a part of the program because of the family like environment. She helped every summer with camps, clinics and in the summer of 2014 helped coach the 8th grade futures team. During the summer, she fell in love with coaching the sport as much as she loved playing, so she was excited for the opportunity to become the freshman coach in the fall of 2014. Trisha has a little sister who is currently a sophomore and she really enjoys coaching/mentoring her in the sport they both love. She values her strong relationship with her former coach so that’s something she works hard everyday to help build and develop with the current players. She believes this program definitely is like a family, one that will help all of the girls in the program grow together and become lovely young ladies and perhaps even a future coach.

Below: Team Pic from Historic 2013 Season – State Qualifier, first DPS team in 29 years to make it to State. (Front L to R: Julia Turnbow, Jordan Graham, Makaila Roybal, Sabrina Kohrt, Celeste Henderson. Back L to R: Essence Reece, Coach Verna Julaton, Coach Kathleen Nickless, Celeste James, Jessica Jackson)



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